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USGBC Montana Annual Summit & Leadership Awards

Register for event
Starts On - March 8, 2018 - 1:00pm
Ends On - March 9, 2018 - 5:00pm
11 E Park St
Butte , MT 59701

Register today for the premier green building event in Montana. Connect with other USGBC Montana members and supporters during building tours, education workshops and networking events at the 2018 Annual Summit, taking place March 8-9 at NorthWestern Energy in Butte.

Our Annual Summit unites sustainability leaders and professionals exploring solutions to a more resilient, profitable and equitable built environment in Montana. Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Summit; our open call is now closed. For any questions, contact Kris Wilson. View our past Annual Summit program.

Continuing education

Approved for 6 GBCI credit hours, 6 AIA pending.

Thursday, March 8

Events are in Mountain Standard Time.

1:00-4:30 p.m. / Green Schools Service Project & Green Building Tours

The National Center for Appropriate Technologies (NCAT) hosts a sustainable service learning project from 1-3 pm. Attendees will receive an educational tour of NCAT's facility including their PV system and local food production farm followed by a chance to pitch in with volunteer work. Wear clothes that can get a little dirty, leave your mark on the community, and learn about projects that are ongoing in Butte and beyond!

Tour NorthWest Energy's general office in uptown Butte 3:30-4:30 pm. This innovative building is currently pursuing LEED certification. The modern structure lends a fresh new look to Butte's historic uptown, and provides NorthWest Energy's employees with a healthy and productive indoor environment

5-8 p.m. / Leadership Awards Dinner at Front Street Station

Come celebrate green building leadership in Montana with your peers and colleauges!

9-11 p.m. / After-party

Covellite Theater with musical guest Satsang. $10 cover.

Friday, March 9

Events are in Mountain Standard Time.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. / All-day conference at NorthWestern Energy Headquarters

A Tale of Two Cities - How Montana Communities Approach Energy Efficiency and Sustainability 

  • Jaya Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., LEED AP. Assistant Professor, Montana State University School of Architecture - Moderator
  • Ben Schmidt, Air Quality Specialist, Missoula City County Health Department – Panelist
  • Heather Higinbotham Davies, Energy Conservation Technician, City of Bozeman – Panelist

Learn from a panel of experts about advancements in energy code and community sustainability.

Taking the Next Step in Sustainability Education Programming in K-12 School

  • Ryder Delaloye, Curriculum Director, Whitefish School District
  • Ben Cummings, Earth and Space Science Teacher, Sentinel High School Missoula

A look at how the green schools movement in Montana is taking shape through the support of Arc and Learning Lab.

NorthWestern Energy Office Case Study

Northwestern Energy's general office in uptown Butte is raising the bar in terms of sustainability and maximizing human resources through building design and programming in a historic mining town.

Zeroing in on the Envelope

  • Eric Schmidt, Assoc. AIA, CPHCⓇ, LEED Green Assoc., High Plains Architects
  • Ed Gulick, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, High Plains Architects

As we strive for zero energy buildings and beyond here in Montana we are challenged by our demanding climate. Enter the high performance envelope’s four tenets: continuous insulation, air and moisture barriers, and balanced internal and external gains.

Solar Power and Solar Ready Design in Montana
Speaker: Christopher Borton, Co-founder and Director, Sage Mountain Center

Learn about the current state of solar energy in Montana, and how building design could better use our solar resources with a focus on homes and small businesses.

Water: It Falls From the sky, Then What?
Speaker: Randy Hafer, President and Co-owner, High Plains Architects, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

This session will detail the collection, storage, treatment, use, retreatment, reuse, and release of water from a 100 percent onsite water system.

Friday Closing Address – Green Building in Montana
Speaker: Mike Tuss, Architect, Principal, Sustainable Design Director, CTA Architects Engineers

A look at where Montana green building has been, how it’s evolved, and where it’s heading, this closing address promises to be an inspiring send off from a veteran green building professional.

Thursday Evening Awards Keynote - Stockman Bank: Sustainability, Financing, and Community
Speaker: William Coffee, CEO, Stockman Bank of Montana

CEO Bill Coffee discusses Stockman Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility motivations for pursuing LEED certification, funding trout stream restoration, and other aspects of the intersection of finance and sustainability. Or as it may be better known in Montana terms – doing business as a good community member.

5:30-7:30 p.m. / Networking Happy Hour and Butte Architecture and Brewery Tour beginning at Muddy Creek Brewery

Book a room at our select locations, Historic Hotel Finlen (100 East Broadway Street, Butte, MT 59701), during your stay in Butte for our Annual Summit.

For reservations, please call:

  • (406) 723-5461: Main Hotel Rooms — $82/night single, $92/night double
  • (800) 729-5461: Motor Inn (across street)- $70/night single, $80/night double