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8:00-9:00—Registration at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV

9:00—Spoken Word Performance by Dr. Javon Johnson, Director of African American & African Diaspora studies at UNLV

9:15—Welcome remarks—Sara Gutterman, CEO Green Builder Media

9:30—The Big Pivot: Sustainability Strategies for a Changing World, Andrew Winston, Global Sustainability Expert and Author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot

10:30—Morning networking and refreshment break

11:00—Sustainability for All: The Nexus Between Sustainability and Social Justice, Heidi Harmon, Mayor of San Luis Obispo and Kalpana Kotagal, Civil Rights & Employment Litigation Partner at Cohen Milstein and co-author of the "Inclusion Rider"

12:00—Networking lunch

1:00—Delivering Sustainability, Sam Rashkin, Department of Energy Chief Architect and Gene Myers, Founder/CEO Thrive Home Builders

2:00—Climate Action Now: The Fundamentals of the Green New Deal, Rhianna Gunn Wright, Co-Author of Green New Deal and former Policy Director for New Consensus

3:00—Afternoon networking and refreshment break

3:30—Getting to Zero: The Urgency of Zero Emissions, Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030 and internationally recognized architect, author, and educator

4:30—Closing remarks—Ron Jones, President Green Builder Media

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” 

—Martin Luther King Jr.


Andrew Winston


Andrew Winston, globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges and author of Green to Gold, The Big Pivot, and Green Recovery.

Rhiana Gunn-Wright


Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Policy Director for New Consensus and was one of the co-authors of the Green New Deal. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Gunn-Wright worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), and on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Ed Mazria


Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030 and internationally recognized architect, author, educator and visionary with a long and distinguished career.

Gene Myers


Gene Myers, CEO/Founder of Thrive Home Builders, six-time winner of the Department of Energy’s Grand Award for Innovation, and the first production builder to deliver “solar standard” homes, build net zero communities, and use Colorado beetle-kill lumber in the construction of its homes.

Kalpana Kotagal

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Kalpana Kotagal is a Civil Rights & Employment Litigation Partner at Cohen Milstein. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in her 2018 Best Actress acceptance speech.  A highly-accomplished and award-winning plaintiffs’ lawyer, Ms. Kotagal is a champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and was featured in the highly-acclaimed 2019 documentary, “This Changes Everything,” produced by Geena Davis.

Javon Johnson

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Javon Johnson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Through performance poetry and the spoken word, Johnson creatively addresses crucial social justice issues.  His first book, Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities, unpacks some of today’s most complicated issues and reimagines social relationships.

Heidi Harmon

Sam Rashkin


Heidi Harmon is the Mayor of San Luis Obispo, which has one of the most ambitious carbon neutrality goals of any city in the United States. A social, environmental, and gender justice leader committed to creating an equitable and sustainable world, she has been able to create a politics of belonging by instituting a sanctuary city, celebrating indigenous people, and lifting up all voices.

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Sam Rashkin is Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  Author of “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It”, a book that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience, he has earned a national reputation for his work leading housing programs that have partnered with thousands of home builders and resulted in over one million certified high-performance homes.

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