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Event Series Event Series: Women in Green Roundtable

Women in Green Roundtable

November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The BE+ Women in Green Roundtable is a venue for architects, designers, construction managers, and sustainability professionals to collaborate as Women in the industry.

Reach out to womeningreen@builtenvironmentplus.org with any inquiries, questions, or concerns.

View the roundtable’s webpage

Group Leadership:
  • Chair / Moderator: Allison Zuchman, Senior Sustainability Consultant at The Green Engineer
  • Board Liason: Jenn Taranto, Director of Sustainability at STO Building Group
  • Board Liason: Kristen Fritsch, Sustainability Coordinator at Elkus Manfredi Architects

Topics & Featured Leaders

March 2022 - Owners and Real Estate Developers

This roundtable session will include leaders from the real estate development sector and higher education responsible for overseeing their organizations ESG initiatives, sustainable design, and green building certification projects. Learn about what led them to their current roles and what unique skills have made them successful. Learn how each are advancing sustainability efforts within their own organizations and within the building sector overall. Gain advice on working most effectively with developers and clients on your projects. Join us and bring your questions!


Featured Leaders:

Jenny Whitson – Director, Sustainability & ESG at IQHQ

Heather Henriksen – Managing Director, Office for Sustainability at Harvard University

Neetu Singh Siddarth – Sustainability Manager at Boston Properties

Randa Ghattas – Senior Sustainability Project Manager at MIT

2021 Topics

November 2021 – Construction Leaders

Of all people working construction, women comprise only 10.3 percent. This roundtable session will include women from Boston area construction companies including a Passive House specialist,  a sustainability manager, and project managers.  Learn what led them to work in this industry including how they moved into their current roles, what challenges they may face and what unique skills have made them successful.

Join us for this lively conversation and bring your questions!

Sustainable Leaders:

  • Kate Starr – Project Manager at Commodore Builders
  • Alex Testa – Project Manager at Siena Construction Company
  • Caroline Murray – SPD Senior Project Manager / Sustainability Manager at Turner Construction & SourceBlue Manager, Architectural Products


  • Jenn Taranto – Director of Sustainability, Global Services at STO Building Group


August 2021 – Building Performance Leaders

This roundtable session will include three building performance leaders including a founding principal of a woman-owned energy analysis and sustainable design consulting firm, a building performance analyst with experience working at both an engineering firm and currently a local sustainable design consulting firm, and a technical principal in a sustainability practice within one of the world’s leading engineering firms. Learn about what led them to their current technical roles and what unique skills have made them successful. Gain some advice if you are interested in pursuing energy analysis work, and learn how to most effectively work with analysts on your current projects. Join us and bring your questions!

Sustainable Leaders:

  • Samira Ahmadi – Founding Principal of enviENERGY Studio LLC
  • Jasmine Abdollahi – Building Performance Analyst at The Green Engineer
  • Joelle Jahn, Associate – Technical Principal at WSP USA


May 2021 – Sustainability Directors, Coordinator, Manager

This roundtable session we have three sustainable design practice leaders representing a small, medium and large-size design firm joining us to share about their roles and how they integrate sustainable design into their practices. If you are interested in learning about sustainable design topics and practices that are gaining the most ground in their firms currently, getting advice on how to establish a role or how to be a sustainability champion in your firm, getting firm leadership on board and how to implement strategies, join us and bring your questions!

Sustainable Leaders:

  • Kate Bubriski – Director of Sustainability & Building Performance at Arrowstreet
  • Alison Nash – Architect and Sustainability Practice Leader at DiMella Shaffer
  • Kristen Fritsch – Sustainability Coordinator at Elkus Manfredi Architects

*Roundtables are FREE for Built Environment Plus Members.

**New to the Roundtables? Join as a Newcomer, and come visit up to 3 times for FREE. After that, consider becoming a BE+ Member, or purchase general admission to return as you like.


November 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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