2019 Sustainability Symposium Tours

Registration for tours has closed - Symposium attendees can sign up day-of on a first come-first served basis 


We are excited to announce this year's Symposium tours, focused on energy, green stormwater infrastructure, cutting edge construction, LEED, adaptive reuse, and more! If you are interested in attending a tour, make sure you are first registered for the Sustainability Symposium, happening Friday, May 3rd at Penn State at The Navy Yard. 

All tours are accessible and happening rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Note that tours will be happening concurrently with sessions. Please see the event page for this year's schedule.

Each tour is $10 and capped at 25 seats, and last year we sold out! Check out this year's offerings below and save your seat today!!

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Tour 1 

Energy at the Navy Yard: Testbed for the future of electrification and transition to renewables

The Navy Yard runs its own private unregulated electric utility and this tour will have two exciting stops that highlight this unique feature. We will first visit the Network Operating Center to learn how the Navy Yard Electric Utility is modernizing and integrating distributed energy resources (solar PV, peak shaving plant, battery storage, EV program, and more) and energy efficiency, demand response, and alternative tariff structures to be the utility of the future. Next we will see Penn State’s building-scale microgrid which includes solar PV, battery systems, microturbine, and building integration to discuss the value and future of microgrids.

Tour Guides 

Rudy Terry, PIDC

Andy Mackey, ProtoGen Energy

Lisa Shulock, Twice Green 

Rob Morin, Ameresco                                                                                                                                            

Tour 2

Green Stormwater Infrastructure at the Navy Yard: Innovation and resilience               

Explore the green infrastructure masterplan for the Navy Yard and the role stormwater management plays in the resilience of a rapidly expanding urban neighborhood. The expansive green spaces increase the amount of pervious surfaces while encouraging physical activity and community engagement. This scenic walking tour will feature the award winning Central Green (designed by James Corner Field Operations), League Island Park, and Langley Avenue. The tour will explore the innovative stormwater management systems throughout the Navy Yard. Rain gardens and bioswales will be highlighted by a walk along Rouse Boulevard, one of the many green streets. 

Tour Guides 

Bill Fisher, Liberty Property Trust

Andrew Stathos, Pennoni

Katherine Weiss, Pennoni

Elizabeth Norton, Pennoni

Joseph Sikora, Sikora Wells Appel

Tour 3

Making a Case for LEED: Case studies of a national and local brand

This tour will comprise two fascinating cases of the LEED building standard applied on a national and local brand. The first is Courtyard by Marriott, a given hotel typology which was leveraged to redefine a national prototype. Tour attendees will learn how design guidelines intended for a typical suburban site were adapted for an urban site and maximize the efficiency and performance to make LEED an attractive feature for a Marriott franchisee. The second building, FS Investments Headquarters, will serve as an example of a building that was designed to fit the owner’s company vision, unique culture, and wellness programs. Attendees will learn how a LEED building can impact users to stay motivated to think creatively and work hard for their investors, clients, and community.

Tour Guides 

Mark Sanderson, DIGSAU

Scott Erdy, Erdy McHenry

Nate Hamill, Erdy McHenry

Derek Beckman, Courtyard by Marriott

Ben Tamker, Liberty Property Trust

Tom Trala, FS Investments

Tour 4 - SOLD OUT

Urban Outfitters, Inc.: Mixing past and present with adaptive reuse  

Join PIDC, master developer of the Navy Yard, on a scenic walking tour of the Navy Yard to Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s (URBN) award-winning global headquarters. URBN, which owns the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, and the Food and Beverage division, has grown its corporate headquarters in Philadelphia to more than 2,500 employees in the last 10 years. Tour attendees will see URBN’s 11-building multi-phased campus, one of the region’s best adaptive reuse projects, which combines old and new. URBN’s corporate headquarters is home to dog friendly offices and design studios, a public café and coffee shop housed in a vast former pipe and coppersmith shop, a former dry dock turned floating park, its Bloom Box Energy system that consists of stacked fuel cells that convert chemical energy from natural gas and water into electricity, and more.

Tour Guides

Jennifer Tran, PIDC 

Andrew Trump, PIDC

Dave Ziel, URBN (Urban Outfitters) 

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