MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Introduction to the Portland 2030 District”

2030 LogoA program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), the Portland 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in downtown Portland that aims to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation, while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owners’ returns on investment.

Join the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for breakfast on November 7 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn By the Bay  for an overview on the accomplishments and current efforts of the District.  This will be followed by a case study on cost savings and insights into how to get started on reducing energy consumption in your commercial buildings.

What is the Portland 2030 District? How will it reach of its goal of reducing energy & water consumption and transportation emissions 50% by 2030 in commercial and multi-family buildings in downtown Portland? How can building owners get started on reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings? Join us for an update on the Portland 2030 District and learn more about the current efforts and accomplishments of the founding members, and how they are obtaining utility data for benchmarking, financing, decision making, and working with the appraiser community. Attendees will learn more about accessing on-line tools & local cooperative purchasing, as well as specific strategies and case studies for cost savings.

About the Event:

November 7, 2017 – 7:30AM to 9:00AM

Holiday Inn By the Bay

88 Spring Street
Portland, ME

Breakfast: 7:30 AM
Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

About the Panel:

Drew Swenson has developed and financed numerous real estate projects and overseen property asset management and financial advisory services for clients throughout Maine and New England. He has served with distinction as a President and CFO for affordable housing, commercial development and operating companies.  In addition, he has been a CPA for 32+ years with KPMG, Berry Dunn and now with FTS US. Inc., a New York City based CPA firm specializing in alternative investments such as real estate, hedge and private equity funds.  Drew specializes in strategic and real estate business advisory services, real estate and hotel syndication, development, financing, tax planning, bankruptcy and turnaround consulting.

Drew holds a BA English, Magna Cum Laude and BA Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maine. He also holds a JD from the University of Maine School of Law, an MA in Tax Laws, LL.M.Tax, Cum Laude from the Boston University School of Law and a CPA Certification in the State of Maine. Drew is a member of the Maine Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs.

He was a founder and former treasurer, president and director of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association and is and has been a trustee, director, officer and otherwise active in numerous other civic and charitable activities.

Fred Horch is a small business owner and passionate advocate for Maine’s people and environment. His company, Spark Applied Efficiency, helps businesses find smarter ways to save energy.  He is known in Brunswick for F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies, a store he founded and operated for several years prior to launching Spark. Fred has a BA in political science and computer science from Swarthmore College, and a law degree from UC Berkeley. Before moving to Maine with his wife and children, Fred worked as legal counsel for TriNet Services, an Internet consulting practice in North Carolina, as a legal editor for Nolo Press in Berkeley, California, and as a summer legal clerk for Pacific Gas & Electric, a major California utility.

Michael Pulaski leads Thornton Tomasetti’s Portland, Maine, office. He has more than 10 years of experience in sustainability consulting, providing sustainability strategies and engineering, energy and environmental analysis, and certification management. His clients range from building owners to design teams and contractors for new construction and existing structures. He is well versed in all LEED rating systems, and in Living Building Challenge certification and Passive House standards. Michael has a PhD in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $45 each  | Non – Member: $55 each

Register After October 31, 2017:  Member: $55 each  |  Non-Member $65 each

Your RSVP is requested by October 31, 2017. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after October 31, 2017.

This MEREDA Morning Menu Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. 

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