WE + Sustainability = Your New Competitive Advantage

Monday, March 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite #225

       To enhance your learning experience, this event will be held at theMart, the world’s largest sustainable building.  Just hop a cab and meet us there.

Join the Workplace Evolutionaries WE & the Sustainability Community at one of the world’s greatest sustainable buildings, theMart, as we heed the “call to action” and dive into the 3rd industrial revolution, its impacts on the built environment, and why we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for!


theMART is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center. One of Chicago’s premier international business locations, it attained LEED Gold status in 2013. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 25,000 people each business day; in total, nearly 10 million people visit theMART each year.

Located on the Grand Stair on the 2nd floor, Marshall’s Landing is theMART’s center of gravity for gathering, socializing, eating, drinking, caffeinating and working.  We will have an opportunity to learn more about theMart and participate in a brief tour as part of the day’s events.

During World Workplace 2017, Jeremy Rifkin, an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist gave a compelling keynote on the 3rd Industrial Revolution, its impact on the built environment and our unique role.  He challenged us to take action which resonated deeply with both the Workplace Evolutionaries and the Sustainability Community. Together we have rallied to create an unforgettable session designed to expose “what’s possible” and create a roadmap for bringing this competitive advantage to our organizations.

Our global thought leaders promise to open your minds to the latest thinking in technology, IoT, data analytics, environmental psychology, well-being, energy and utility management, and much more. We have sought out leading-edge case studies with key insights and learnings.  To end the day, you will be guided through a powerful exercise designed to help you create your own, “unique action plans.”

This session is for everyone involved in the built environment that hears this call and wants to engage in a meaningful discussion and play a role in leading this important initiative.  This includes Facility Managers, Corporate Real Estate Executives, Workplace Strategists, Data Scientists, Technology and Sustainability Experts, Architects and Designers, and Change Leaders.  You won’t want to miss this!

Program at a Glance

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Time Activity
8:30am Welcome, Introductions and Embracing the “Call to Action” 


Bill O’Neill, IFMA Chairman of the Board, Univ. of Minnesota

Kate North, Global Chair, WE and Managing Director, Workplace Innovation, Colliers International

Dean Stanberry, ESUS Community Chair, and Director of FM Services, AbraxasFM

Glenn Dirks, Workplace Strategist, Dirks Consulting | WE Customer Enablement

9:30 am EXPLORING “WHAT’S POSSIBLE”: Case Studies of Successful Sustainable Projects

Moderator: Christopher H. Cayten, Principal, CodeGreen Solutions


– THE MERCHANDISE MART – Mark Bettin, Vice President, Engineering/Sustainability, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

– METHOD SOAP – Karl Heitman, Founder & President, Heitman Architects Inc.

– COOK COUNTY – Dr. Ann Kalayil, Bureau Chief, Cook County, Bureau of Asset Management

– THE EDGE – Jan-Hein Lakeman, Executive Managing Director USA, OVG Real Estate

11:30 am Lunch Break 
12:30 pm MAKING IT HAPPEN: Leveraging Technology

Exploring the Latest Technologies: What’s here? What’s coming? Why it matters?

Moderator: Dean Stanberry, ESUS Community Chair, and Director of FM Services, AbraxasFM


Chris Zlocki, Head of Innovation, Colliers International

Sonny Garg, Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

Ruairí Barnwell, Principal, DLR Group

1:30 pm MAKING IT HAPPEN: The Impact on Human Performance

The truth about density and utilization; Sustainability as a way to attract talent; The connection to well-being and the new ROI; Psychological and behavioral implications.

Moderator: Kate North, Global Chair, WE and Managing Director, Workplace Innovation, Colliers International


Shona O’Dea, Senior Associate, DLR Group

Kate Lister, President, Global Workplace Analytics

Dr. Sally Augustin, Principal, Design With Science

Ellen Keable, Principal, Jacobs

2:30 pm MAKING IT HAPPEN: Managing Energy

The new energy landscape: tools, resources and solutions to optimize energy performance and drive value in your organization.

Moderator: Christopher H. Cayten, Principal, CodeGreen Solutions


Cindy Zhu, US Department of Energy

Craig Haglund, Program Manager, ENERGY STAR, U.S. EPA

Amy Jewel, Chicago Advisor, City Energy Project

3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm MAKING IT HAPPEN: Taking Action – Prioritizing your Sustainability Goals

Facilitator: Shona O’Dea, Senior Associate, DLR Group

5:00 pm Wrap up
5:15 pm Tour & Social Hour: Tour of the theMart’s sustainable features. Sign-up on-site. Limited availability.

Workplace Evolutionary WE + Sustainability Pre-Conference

Course Member Price Nonmember Price
WE + ESUS Pre-conference (for IFMA Facility Fusion Full Event attendees) $100 $150
WE + ESUS Pre-Conference only $200 $250