An expert panel of facility professionals will share their experiences engaging, educating, and motivating building occupants to achieve good energy and resource savings results – and happy building occupants. Each panelist will provide a case example of a behavior change initiative, the framework used, communication tools, and metrics tracked. Attendees will come away with a set of tips for getting started with their own occupant engagement programs. (information provided courtesy of IFMA)

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Karen Cochran
Real Estate Sustainability Strategist, PG&E
Karen Cochran has added value to PG&E’s real estate in a many ways over the last 3 decades. As their Sustainability Lead since in 2007, she works to transform their properties of over 200 sites with 7 million square feet of buildings across California from Bakersfield to Eureka. This program reduces the use of energy and water, sends less waste to landfill, incorporates environmentally friendly materials and practices, and achieves LEED certifications for major remodels and new construction. She has been a panelist and a speaker on various real estate sustainability issues on the local and national level.

Joseph Ashurst
Facility Manager, University of Utah
Joseph Ashurst is a Facility Manager at the University of Utah. He earned his BS from BYU’s nationally recognized Facility Management program and his MBA from The Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Joseph is an active member of the Utah IFMA chapter and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Inter-mountain Building Operators Association. He specializes in CMMS implementation, process improvement and energy efficiency projects, and currently manages specialized research and academic facilities with unique spaces (cleanroom, vivarium, MRI, Poison Control Center, etc.)

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