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Zero Energy, Zero Carbon & Electrification: Possible and Happening!

In this session, we will explore what net zero energy (aka zero net energy) and electrification means, why these outcomes are important to state energy offices with California taking a lead, and why zero energy is achievable by all.


The free webinar below has been brought to you in partnership with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Learn more about CHPS’ School Building Science Friday webinar series here.

About the Webinar

Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings, commonly referred to as net-zero buildings, are gaining momentum as an emerging green building trend across the world. In this session, we will explore what net zero energy (aka zero net energy) and electrification mean for K12 schools, why these outcomes are important to state energy offices with California taking a lead, and why zero energy is achievable by all schools in all climate zones.


  1. Understand what zero net energy buildings are
  2. Understand what zero carbon and electrification mean
  3. Identify actions state energy offices are taking to promote and support the creation of zero net energy schools
  4. Identify the importance of zero net energy school buildings in fighting climate change, reducing school district utility bills, and creating healthy school environments for children and the adults who serve them
  5. Learn about success stories in a Kentucky public school district

Watch on-demand anytime! In order to receive your CE credit please make sure and complete the CE quiz.

CE Credit


Limited Seats Available

Limited seats available, reserve yours now!


Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, CHPS Board Director

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite is a CHPS Board Director and former Senior Director of Advanced Energy Efficiency Solutions at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Carolyn oversaw and coordinated NEEP’s programs to disseminate critical information between stakeholders, helped drive the successful completion of program deliverables, and more efficiently utilized resources to achieve organizational outcomes. She managed NEEP’s High Performance Buildings team and assisted states in improving energy code compliance and operational energy savings for retrofits and new buildings. Carolyn has been a longtime CHPS partner and Board member and oversaw the adoption and continued use of the NE-CHPS Criteria.


Amy Cortese

Amy Cortese, New Buildings Institute

Amy Cortese is Program Director at New Buildings Institute (NBI). Amy has experience in sustainable design consulting and implementation of energy efficiency market transformation approaches. At NBI, Amy is responsible for managing implementation teams covering all aspects of NBI’s work. Her research has covered a broad range of technical topics, including individual and whole building technologies as well as a deep dive into decarbonizing the school sector. Amy also now serves on the CHPS Board of Directors. 

Mike Wilson, Warren County Public Schools, KY

Mike Wilson has been Director of Facilities for Warren County (KY) Public Schools since 2015. In this role, he oversees the district’s custodial services and energy management. He is a native of Warren County who desires to see the students of the district grow academically, athletically, and socially, and he strives to ensure his department delivers exceptional service to the district’s more than 17,000 students and 2,500 adults. Mike also served on the Warren County Board of Education and helped oversee the renovation of 5 schools and the construction of 7 schools, including the nation’s first net zero energy elementary school, Richardsville Elementary. Mike has also recently joined the CHPS Board of Directors.

Will Vicent, California Energy Commission

Will Vicent,CEM, LEED AP, is Manager of Building Standards at the California Energy Commission. Will is dedicated to reimagining our built environment into one that is more inspired, more ecologically intelligent, and more equitably distributed. Throughout his career he has worked collaboratively with nationally recognized design firms, builders, developers, utilities and research entities to bring to life verified zero emission buildings. Currently, he leads an all-star office at the California Energy Commission who are responsible for maintaining and updating California’s Energy Code, its companion energy compliance software, and outreach & education programs. In 2019, he received the Net Zero Trailblazer award for his leadership in decarbonizing our environment.


Most frequent questions and answers
CE approval for this webinar is pending, however we do expect it to be approved for 1 geneal hour and 1 HSW LU.
Yes! Certificates of completion will be sent via email to everyone who attended the live session within 72 hours. When completing on-demand a certificate of completion will be available upon successful quiz completion.
The live webinar will be available for on-demand viewing within 72 hours of the live session. All registrants will be proved with on-demand access. The login details needed to view on-demand will be sent via email.
Yes! We are happy to report your credit to USGBC and AIA. To ensure there are not any delays in the reporting process please make sure you enter your reporting details when registering for the webinar.
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