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Author: Simran Klair & Nate Nilles

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Modern energy managers harness the power of building data to improve resource efficiency, enhance employee well-being, increase operational efficiency, and to create a culture of sustainability at their organization. Tune as we share Modern Energy Management stories from industry leaders who are blazing the trail.
22 Episodes
In this episode, we're joined by Acuity Brands Director of Sustainability, Adam Handler.  He discusses what It was like building a sustainability program from the ground up, empowering local facility teams to set establish their own goals, and more. 
In this episode, we have our first International guest from South Africa, Lungi Manzini, share her perspectives on sustainability from a global and business perspective. She also shares her thoughts on women's roles within the Industry, how technology plays an important part of enegry management, and the outlook for the triple bottom line. 
In this episode, we sit down with sustainability consultant and founder of the company Astrapto Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton to discuss the future of sustainability moving forward. We take a hard look and what Green Teams are and are NOT, and what companies can do to continue investing in sustainability initiatives. Astrpop is giving our listeners a special deal on 2 of their upcoming virtual seminars. Use the codes below for a special discount price when you sign up! Sustainability is a Team Sport – special rate of only $79 – use MEMTEAMSPORT at checkout the Sustainability Leader Within – special rate of only 19.99 use code MEMIGNITE at checkout
As COVID-19 continues to make affect communities around the world, many businesses are still grabbing with what the future of building operations will be moving forward. Increased focus on safety measures such as Indoor air quality, filtration, and more will continue to be a major focus as buildings reopen and alter operational plans. In this episode, guest Ruairi Barnwell of DLR Group reviews how teams can incorporate ASHRAE's guidelines for building readiness Into their organizations, and what the future of building operations will be like as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASHRAE's guidelines here. Connect with DLR Group here.
Many of us are impacted by school closures throughout the country, Energy and Facilities Managers are no exception. Tune in to this episode to learn how Marcia Coker, Facilities Manager at Wylie ISD in Texas, shares how they quickly reverted to holiday setbacks which resulted in 30% month over month energy reduction. We discuss other important considerations facilities managers are dealing with because of school closures and how districts are taking energy dollars saved and reinvesting those dollars towards distance learning costs. Marica explains the power of having this type of data at your fingertips and provides advice to other leaders who are looking to do the same.Checkout Wylie ISD's Energy Dashboards hereIf you like our show, tune in and subscribe at and please leave a review in the Apple Podcast App. Questions, Comments, or if you'd like to guest star on the show please email
The uncertainties around COVID-19 is having a significant impact on every industry. For commercial real estate (CRE), entire office buildings are emptied with mandated work from home policies in effect. Yet, many building management teams aren't equipped to manage this shift. In the face of everything from antiquated building equipment to technologies lacking remote access, how can onsite teams ensure buildings are optimized and energy-efficient when there aren’t people in the office? Matt Ganser, EVP of Engineering & Technology at Carbon Lighthouse, joins the show to share the challenges of remote work for facility managers, including the reality that controls are not remotely accessible or adaptive to the number of people in the space. When everyone is working from home over the coming weeks (and the trend that more people work from home in general), there is a huge opportunity to reduce the carbon impact of your building and save money leveraging new CRE technologies.If you like our show, tune in and subscribe at and please leave a review in the Apple Podcast App. Questions, Comments, or if you'd like to guest star on the show please email
Tune in to this week's episode of Modern Energy Management as John Kavulich, Vice President of IoT Solution Sales at Acuity Brands, shares how digital lighting networks are making connected facilities a reality for retail, aviation, healthcare, and other industries. We explore IoT use cases that help building owners digitize their facilities, improve energy efficiency, and understand what's happening in their buildings by capturing data from lighting networks and beacon technology.If you like our show, please leave us a review in the Apple Podcast App or share our show with a friend in the industry. Questions, Comments, or if you'd like to guest star on the show please email
The 345 California Center is a 48-story office tower in the financial district of San Francisco, California. Completed in 1986, the 211.8 m tower is the fifth tallest in the city. Tim Danz is the Chief Engineer of this skyscraper and joined our show to share how he's implemented Modern Energy Management in this building. Questions, Comments, or if you'd like to guest star on the show please email
In this episode, we share the audio recording from a recent Smart Energy Decisions webinar on the State of Energy Management. In the webinar, our expert panel reviews and shares their insights on some of the key findings from our "State of Energy Management 2019" research report with input from 200+ energy, sustainability, and facilities leaders.Expert PanelNate Nilles, VP at BuildingOSTim Porter, Director at UrjanetSteve Gosset, Partner at Generate CapitalWatch the full webinar here.Download the State of Energy Management 2019 Report here.Learn more about the SED Innovation Summit hereHeaded to the SED innovation summit? Connect with Amber and Nate at the eventEmail: or and let's connect at the show!Questions, Comments, or if you'd like to guest star on the show please email
As we close out 2019 and welcome 2020, we reflect on how far the industry has come and make our best guess at where we think it's headed in the next decade. We're joined by John Failla, the Founder and Editorial Director of Smart Energy Decisions. Tune in as we uncover a list of predictions made way back in 2012 and determine which ones came true. We also make our own predictions about energy management for 2020 and beyond.In this episode, we mention the 2020 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit. Learn more about this event by visiting the Smart Energy Decisions website. Thank you for listening to our show. Subscribe for weekly shows at, where you'll also find additional resources to modernize your energy program. If you like our show, please be sure to leave us a review on the Apple Podcast app and share it with a friend or colleague.Do you have a modern energy management story you'd like to share with us? Please email us
In this episode, we're joined by Jigar Shah, the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital and formerly the founder and CEO of SunEdison. He is also a host on one of our favorite energy podcasts, the Energy Gang. In this episode, we reflect on how far the energy industry has come and explored industry predictions for 2020 and beyond. Get a free copy of our "2019 State of Energy Management" research report with best practices, insights, and strategies from over 200 energy and sustainability leaders.Tune in and subscribe to the show at, where you'll also find additional resources to modernize your energy program. If you like our show, please be sure to leave us a review on the Apple Podcast app.Do you have a modern energy management story you'd like to share with us? Please email us
In this episode of the Modern Energy Management Podcast, Martha Larson, Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability at Carleton College shares her journey of modern energy management on campus. In this episode Martha shares:Her modern energy management journeyHow technology helped Carleton modernize their energy programWhy the role of "Energy Manager" is changingand much more.Don't forget to subscribe to the Modern Energy Management podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Visit for more information about the podcast and additional resources to modernize your energy program. Get a free copy of our "2019 State of Energy Management" research report with feedback from over 200 energy and sustainability leaders about.
In this episode, we're joined by Ian Lahiff, the Energy Project Manager at City of Orlando. With initiatives driven by the Mayor's Office, the City of Orlando has made a major shift to sustainable infrastructure and green building operations. Tune in as we discussIan's journey to Modern Energy Management at OrlandoThe how technology has played a major role in these initiatives Why resiliency is an important factor for city energy managementCool projects Ian is working onTips and advice Ian has for other energy and sustainability prosIf you enjoy our show, please share it with someone you know who might find it interesting as well. Don't forget to leave us a review in the Apple Podcast app. Would you like to come on our show and share your story? Email us at
In this important episode, Thomas Morrison, the Director of Energy Management at EN Power Group in New York unpacks everything building owners need to know about and how to prepare for NYC's Local Law 97. After withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, we're starting to see hundreds of cities in the United States implement local laws and mandates for energy reduction in their buildings. New York City has always been at the forefront of this evolution, and this podcast explains how building owners can reduce energy consumption in the 20,556 buildings that are required to meet this mandate.
Tune in as we chat with Tim Porter, the Director of Partner Sales at Urjanet, and we explore how much processing utility bill data manually is actually costing organizations. In this episode, we discuss the results of a recent Smart Energy Decisions survey to over 200 energy and sustainability professionals. We review:Why 55% of respondents are still processing utility bills manuallyThe hidden costs and unknown negative impacts of manual processesThe technology behind automated bill data collectionStories from organizations who made the switch from manual to automated bill processing
In this episode, we're joined by our good friend, Jim Simon, Sustainability Director at Gonzaga University. Hear Jim's story of turning his passion for the environment into his full-time career. We break down his unique approach to getting students and university staff engaged in campus sustainability initiatives.Headed to AASHE next week in Spokane? Jim is an AASHE veteran and shares his tips for making the most out of this event and hear what sessions he's most looking forward to. If you're headed to AASHE be sure to connect with us. We're hosting an exclusive happy hour for industry folks. Email to get added to the list.
Debra Shepard, Principal and Founder of Riverstone Sustainability Consulting, explores her work and experience executing sustainability and energy conservation programs for her higher ed, municipality, and corporate clients. The City of Boston recently published its updated Climate Action Plan. In this episode, Debra reviews everything you need to know about the changes and discusses ideas for meeting these targets.In this episode we review:Boston's new Climate Action Plan, what it means, and how to address itBest practices for benchmarking energy consumptionOpportunities for grants to help you optimize your energy programsThe importance of partnering with local utilities
In this episode, we chat with Andy Stein, the Principal Consultant at Stein Sustainability LLC about incorporating energy management into an organization's sustainability strategic plan. Tune in to learn:The importance of including energy reduction in your sustainability strategic plansHow different organizations from retail stores to universities built out their sustainability plansThe importance of utilizing technology and data in sustainability reportingTips for working with influencers to help you create the impact you're trying to achieve
Tune in as Kyle Shipp, the Director of Smart Buildings at DPR Construction, discusses their unique, occupant focused approach to the construction of Smart Buildings. In this episode we discuss.The importance of employee-focused constructionHow existing buildings, older can also be "Smart Buildings"How wellness and experience of a building impacts building designDPR focus on the communities they're building inKyle's advice to those with Net Zero building initiatives
In this episode, Jane Stewart, the Energy Specialist at Washington and Lee University, walks us through the energy conservation story at the ninth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It was important to maintain the familial, welcoming culture of the university when considering an energy management program. In this episode, you'll earn how Jane was able to weave resource efficiency and sustainability into the already strong culture of this institution. The result: since the launch of the energy management program on campus Jane and the team have reduced energy consumption by 30% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 34%. All of this accomplished as the university grew by ~250,000 Sqft. Learn more about the incredible work happening at Washington and Lee and many other innovative organizations by subscribing to The Modern Energy Management Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.Have a story you'd like to share? Email us at, we'd love to have you on the show!
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