5th annual forward symposium is going virtual in october


This annual event is designed to bring Louisiana’s diverse green industry professionals together to propel the state’s sustainability conversations forward. Past events have attracted USGBC member and non-member business professionals, environmentalists, architects, educators, nonprofit leaders, and students. The symposium creates a platform where leaders can collaborate and explore what is happening across Louisiana and how, through our collaborative efforts, we can inspire the next generation of leaders and move the state towards a more sustainable, resilient future. 

This year's FORWARD Symposium will be going virtual. We have engaging and interesting content and speakers with GBCI continuing education credit.

Member Cost: FREE for all sessions

Non-Member Cost: $17 per session**

Student and Educator Non-Member Cost: $5 per session (with a .edu email)**       

**Might be cheaper to just become a Member!

Zoom links will be sent to registrants the morning of the event.



Keynote Speaker: Andres Duany, Principal at DPZ Architects and Planners

Climate-Resilient, Adaptive Town Planning and Architecture

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC’s ongoing reports reflect the growing evidence for a changing climate caused by human activity, and chart its risks, potential impacts, and possible options for prevention. They have been used to inform the Paris Agreement on climate change. Drawing on extensive research done for Governor of California Gavin Newsom, and presented in Boulder, Colorado, Andres Duany will discuss mitigation strategies in carbon reduction and sea level rise aversion, and in their relative success or failure, chart how might a city prepare to get ready, and how local adaptation may be increasingly required in the future.

Introduction by Charles Sutcliffe, Chief Resilience Officer, Governor's Office

1 hour GBCI: 920022633



Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District

Rex Cabaniss, WHLC Architects

Angela Hyatt, Schwartz/Silver

A Passion for Progress and An Urban Oasis: The DDD of Baton Rouge and The New River Center Branch Library Tour

Mr. Davis Rhorer will present the Downtown Development District’s initiatives over the past 33 years that have catalyzed the recent surge of public and private investments; including Water Campus, Watermark Hotel, The Heron, The River Center Library, and the Central Green. This will be followed by a Virtual Tour of the new 4-story River Center Library building`s green/sustainable design features, like the custom window sunscreens, louvers and trellised roof top terrace, orientation, and connection to the award-winning Central Green.

The session can be viewed below however it will not count toward GBCI credit.



Linda Baynham, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Brandon Felder, Executive Chef, Centerplate 

Sustainability at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is a leader in sustainability among major facilities hosting large scale events. Sustainability Director Linda Baynham will cover the programs and improvements that are ongoing and being refined. Some general sustainability programs such as recycling and composting, energy and water reduction strategies, and pursuing LEED certification. Linda will also touch on what the Center is doing during Covid and moving forward with future events.

The session can be viewed below however it will not count toward GBCI credit.



Terri Hogan Dreyer, NANO Architecture, AIA New Orleans President

Kelsey Wotila, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Javier Marcano, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Small Steps Towards a Big Change: How Small Firms can Set and Achieve Sustainability Goals

As the current President of the AIA New Orleans Chapter, Terri Dreyer has been an integral leader in driving awareness towards climate change, particularly towards increasing firm participation in the AIA 2030 Challenge, which aims to have all new buildings, developments, and major renovations be carbon-neutral by 2030. Terri will discuss the importance of the challenge, and how small firms can make major impacts too. She will discuss the firm’s WELL and LEED accreditations and projects they have completed. There will be an overview of the 2030 Challenge and the impact it can have on the built environment. The local AIA 2030 Challenge Symposium will be introduced as a way to learn more and sign up for the Challenge.

1 hour GBCI: 920022636


  Postponed to thursday november 5

Dr. Claudette Hanks Reichel, Director of LaHouse Resource Center

Solution Fusion: The Blending of Benefits at LaHouse Resource Center

LaHouse Resource Center, an educational demonstration house on the Louisiana State University campus, tapped the expertise of many prominent building scientists, designers, and
industry experts to blend high energy-efficiency, resilience, health, appeal, and economic benefits in its four high-performance building systems. Dr. Reichel will show highlights and provide insights into how and why LaHouse achieves “building solution fusion”, the balanced integration of all the above attributes for the region’s climate, hazards, resources, and future.

1 hour GBCI: 920022694


Camille Pollan, Program Manager at the City of New Orleans' Office of Resilience and Sustainability

The Post-COVID Opportunity for Sustainable Transitions

Our recovery from the economic, social, and health shocks of COVID-19 present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild cities and communities in a way that improves the quality of life for all residents, and improves our environmental outcomes. Not only can we maximize reinvestment dollars to create green jobs and accelerate GHG reduction goals, but we can also utilize targeted sustainability projects to address inequities and make our systems more resilient to future shocks. This presentation will show how communities around the world are using creative visioning to embrace a new normal in transportation, building science, and nature-based solutions, while rejecting old paradigms that no longer serve our collective needs.

1 hour GBCI: 920022637

Schedule is subject to change.


For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Dru Lamb [email protected].