When: Wednesday, August 14 / 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Organizer: AIA Baltimore

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AIA Baltimore Summit: Countdown to 2030 and Beyond

Wednesday August 14, 2024
8:30 – 11:00 AM
The Center for Architecture and Design
100 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


About this Event:

The AIA Baltimore Summit: Countdown to 2030 is a moderated panel discussion about the AIA and Maryland State 2030 commitments, decarbonization and achieving net zero emissions. With 2030 fast approaching, sustainability experts reflect on our progress, and share their perspectives on how we can strive to reach our goals beyond 2030. Join us for a morning of idea sharing and networking. There will be a mini expo before and after the panel event featuring companies with innovative products to support your sustainable designs. Breakfast will be provided.


8:30 AM – Doors Open
9:00 – 9:30 AM – Breakfast and Exhibitor Networking
9:30 – 10:45 AM – Panel presentation; discussion; and Q&A
10:45 – 11:00 AM – Wrap Up/Exhibitor Networking/Raffle Giveaway

Interested in being an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this event? Contact Ally Lancaster at alancaster@aiabalt.com. Click here to view the benefits package

Meet the Panelists:

Moderator | Melanie Ray, AIA, NOMA, LEED G, Fitwel Amb.
Associate, Hord Coplan Macht 

Melanie is a licensed architect and Associate in the Affordable Housing studio at Hord Coplan Macht in Baltimore, MD and currently serves as the President of Bmore NOMA, the Baltimore Chapter of NOMA. She is the 424th living black woman licensed in the US to practice architecture and is an active mentor to aspiring architects, supporting NOMA’s goal of doubling the number of licensed black architects by 2030. Melanie is passionate about ensuring all communities have access to well-designed, beautiful, and functional buildings and public spaces, and believes that we all play a role in creating that vision.

Lisa M. Ferretto; AIA, LEED, WELL, EcoDistricts AP
Sr. Director, Climate & Design Excellence, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Lisa Ferretto has over 25 years of experience in sustainability and architecture and joined the AIA in 2022 as the Senior Director of Climate Action & Design Excellence. Before coming to AIA, she was a Sustainability Director at a large Architecture firm, consulting on projects across all market sectors, promoting the integration of sustainability and well-being throughout the design process. Lisa is currently a Baltimore City Sustainability Commissioner and previously served on Maryland’s Green Building Council advocating for environmental equity. In 2021, she was recognized as one of the Top Ten Women Leading the Fight against Climate Change by WOW, Women of the World, and in the Say it Loud exhibition by Baltimore NOMA and AIA, recognizing contributions of women and BIPOC designers in Maryland.

Senior Associate, Quinn Evans Architects

Nakita Reed is an award-winning architect with experience in the rehabilitation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings. She is a Senior Associate at Quinn Evans, a LEED®-Accredited Professional and a certified Passive House Consultant.  She serves on the board of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, is a co-chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Heritage Buildings (ZNCC) and is host of the Tangible Remnants podcast – a podcast that explores the intersection of architecture, preservation, sustainability, race & gender.

Julian Goresko
Director of Sustainability, Johns Hopkins University

Julian Goresko is the Director of Sustainability for Johns Hopkins University, serving as the university’s lead sustainability officer and managing JHU’s Office of Sustainability for one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. In his role, Julian works with university stakeholders and external partners across areas of climate change, built and natural environments, responsible consumption, transportation and mobility, and educational and co-curricular partnerships. Julian has worked in higher education for fifteen years and has broad experience in sustainability planning and implementation at all scales. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Studies with concentrations in sustainability and is a proud walking commuter who lives with his family in the Hampden neighborhood.

Jordan Taylor
CEO of Synergy Grid

Jordan Taylor is the CEO of Synergy Grid, a sustainable real estate development company specializing in high-performance housing and microgrid communities. With 15 years of experience in renewable energy and sustainability, Jordan has a strong background in solar development, green financing, and energy efficiency.

At Synergy Grid, Jordan integrates advanced renewable energy technologies and sustainable practices into affordable housing projects. His leadership ensures that these projects meet high environmental standards while providing accessible paths to homeownership.

Previously, as the Director of Renewable Energy at Sustainable Capital Advisors, Jordan focused on climate finance and technical assistance, developing programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption. He created community engagement initiatives and workshops to educate on solar energy benefits and developed underwriting models for community solar projects in low-income areas.