2020 Sustainability Symposium

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Fri, 5/1/2020 - 8:00am - 4:30pm

Penn State at The Navy Yard, 4960 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Save-the date for Green Building United's tenth annual Sustainability Symposium!

The Symposium is a full day of educational sessions covering cutting edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices. Please join us to hear experts from across the region and beyond as they gather to discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a session proposal! We will be contacting everyone in February. Sessions will be announced in early March.

Registration & Ticket Information

A limited number of Early Bird tickets will be on sale from late February (members-only) to early March (open registration).

Members: $50 Early Bird / $100 Regular

Non-Members: $125 Early Bird / $200 Regular

Note that $100 Chapter Membership covers the difference between the non-member and member rates!


Pre-Symposium Workshops: Thursday 4/30/2020 | 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Penn State at The Navy Yard

Full-day Symposium: Friday, 05/01/2020 |  8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
Penn State at The Navy Yard

Happy Hour: Friday, 05/01/2020 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
URBN, Acid Bath, Building 543, 500 S Broad Street, Philadelphia

Sessions & Tours

Sessions will be announced in early March.

Select the image below to view last year's program.

Event Day Details

Event Day Check In

Registration on the day of the Symposium opens at 8 AM.  We do encourage purchasing tickets in advance, as the event has sold out in prior years.

You will receive your name tag  and a print program the morning of the Symposium at registration. Your name tag is your ticket into panel sessions.

As in previous years, sessions are filled day-of on a first-come, first-served basis.  The smaller rooms tend to reach capacity first (107, 209, & 211), and we encourage you to arrive to those rooms earlier than the session start time to secure a seat.



The Expo is available throughout the day and we encourage attendees to stop by during the Registration/Breakfast hour, the morning break, and lunch.

Our sponsors help to make the Sustainability Symposium possible!


Breakfast & Lunch

Light breakfast, coffee, and tea will be available between 8 - 9 AM  in both Penn State at The Navy Yard Buildings, 661 and 7R, and throughout the morning hours.

Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. A variety of sandwiches w/ chips and fruit will be served.

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available for breakfast and lunch. Philadelphia Catering staff will be on site to help you with your meal selection and options for dietary needs.

Drinks and food can be taken into all classrooms.  Please feel free to enjoy breakfast and lunch in any classrooms, or anywhere there is indoor or outdoor seating.

Transportation & Parking

The Sustainability Symposium can be reached by various means of transportation.  See below for specific directions.

Public Transportation:

The Navy Yard Center City Express Shuttle or Broad Street Line Subway & The Navy Yard Loop Shuttle will take attendes right to Penn State at The Navy Yard.  For more information and schedules visit The Navy Yard's Shuttle webpage. Both shuttles stop at the corner of Kittly Hawk and 12th Street, where Penn State at The Navy Yard located.  It's recommended to take the 7:50, 8:10, or 8:30 Express Shuttles or to connect from the Broad Street Line to the Loop Shuttles.


For directions to The Navy Yard visit The Navy Yard's Direction webpage. Once at The Navy Yard Broad Street gate*, continue south on Broad Street until Kitty Hawk. Turn left on Kitty Hawk and then turn left on 12th Street. Penn State at The Navy Yard is at 4960 South 12th Street and registration is in both buildings on 12th Street.  

A map of the Navy Yard is also available.


There is plenty of free and available street parking in The Navy Yard and Green Building United recommends that drivers use street parking. Additionally, there is one parking lot available by PIDC for use by Symposium attendees about two and a half blocks from the Penn State buildings. The parking lot is slightly south of the intersection of Normandy Place and 13th Street, across from the PIDC building. The parking lot in front of Penn State at The Navy Yard is NOT available for use.

Penn State Buildings: 

Penn State at the Navy Yard has two buildings, 661 and 7R.  Building 661 is on the west side of 12th street between Kitty Hawk and Constitution, and Building 7R and League Island Park are on the east side of the street.  Building 661 includes the Expo, Room 107, Room 201 and Room 202.  Building 7R includes Room 103, Room 209, and Room 211.

*Please know that parts of The Navy Yard will be in preparations for the Broad Street run on Sunday, May 5th. This will not result in any road closures or parking issues around Penn State at The Navy Yard.


Interested in sponsoring and having an expo table at Green Building United's largest event of the year? Showcase your company's products and/or services to an audience of 600+ building industry and sustainability professionals! Please contact Margaret Salamon, Green Building United's Development Director, if interested.  

Steering Committee & Tour Committee

Steering Committee

Adam Cutler | Alex Grella | Angela Iraldi | Anne Larsson | Brad Molotsky  
Brendan McGrath | Dr. Dan J. Tisak | David Mauer | Ed Confair 
Elizabeth Larsson | Jeff Manns | Jim Bradley | Jodi Papaleo 
Kate Flint | Ken Levenson | Laura Hansplant | Laura Maiale 
Lisa Markley | Mark Sanderson | Mary Hall | Matt Thomas  
Michele Halsell Ed.D. | Nick Aster | Pat Coleman | Saleem Chapman
Shane Clark | Troy Hannigan 

Tour Committee

Ramune Bartuskaite | Nicole Carey | Bill Fisher | Yolandita Lopez | Madonna Miranda | Bridget Novielli | Zhan Shi | Lisa Shulock | Jen Tran

THank you to our SPONSORS

Legacy Partners

Platinum Partners

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