Smart Cities Track

Session 1
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Committed to Sustainability: What the City of Dallas is Doing and Why
Frank A. Camp

The City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality presented a draft Sustainability Plan to the Transportation & Environment Committee of the Dallas City Council in August 2012. The plan consists of 46 goals organized into five technical areas where city activities can cause impacts. The goals came primarily from: (1) City Council Strategic Plan, and (2) Environmental Management System objectives and targets. Example goals in the five technical areas are:

  • Air Quality – Replace fleet vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Land Use – Identify more green building standards to be added to the current ordinance.
  • Water Quality – Continue the Cease the Grease program and clean 36 percent of the city’s sanitary sewer lines.
  • Materials Management – Reduce water leaks by inspecting 2,500 miles of water main line annually.
  • Energy – Continue to purchase at least 40 percent of city’s energy from renewable sources.

photo of Frank CampFrank Camp is the interim managing director of the City of Dallas, Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ). OEQ’s 23 employees oversee the city’s Environmental Management System and Quality Management System; regulatory compliance audits for city facilities; sustainability, outreach and training programs; air quality policies and initiatives; spill response; and the Municipal Setting Designation program. Before joining the city in 2004 (as one of OEQ’s initial employees), Frank worked in environmental engineering consulting for 30 years. He holds a doctorate in Aquatic Ecology from Virginia Tech and bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of North Texas. He is certified as a Registered Environmental Manager by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals.

Session 2
10:30-11:15 a.m.: 10:30-11:15 a.m.: How High Performance Green Buildings Influence the Economy of Cities
Gary Olp

photo of Gary OlpGary Gene Olp directs the highly acclaimed GGO Architects, a boutique green architectural practice in Dallas dedicated to excellence in design and sensitivity to place and the environment. GGO Architects is a general practice established in 1987 to effect a fundamental change in the application of the craft of architecture based on an understanding of environmental stewardship. Gary’s efforts reflect an enterprising approach to energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, enhanced fresh air systems with an emphasis on reducing construction waste and the use of natural, non-toxic building materials. His firm has secured the USGBC LEED Platinum certification for the Plano Environmental Education Center, LEED Silver LEED certification for the McCommas Bluff Eco-Training Center, Gold level certification for the city of Dallas Northwest Service Center, Silver for the city of Dallas Hampton-Illinois Library and many more. Two of his residential buildings have also received significant achievement awards. Mr. Olp's own home was awarded IBO's EVHA Silver Award, Custom Category for Hot Humid Climate in 2005. He has served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic boards, committees and task forces, including the nonprofit Sustainable Dallas organization. Gary is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and is one of the originators and co-chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Dallas Chapter AIA. He is immediate past chairman for the board of the North Texas Chapter of the USGBC.

Session 3
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Smart Buildings Help Create Smart Cities
Karen Benson

Well into the 21st century, we see that we need to use different thinking to provide new solutions to the issues of human habitation and development as we head towards 9 billion people on our planet. Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Buildings use a tremendous amount of resources and contribute greatly to our carbon footprint, and in the U.S. we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Is there a way we can build and live smarter? This fast-paced session provides an overview of “Smart Buildings” strategies for rated (LEED®, CHPS®) and non-rated green buildings. We will then use “big thinking” within the framework of the triple bottom line of sustainability to brainstorm what are our best solutions for building smart in the 21st century. Be prepared to think differently in this interactive session.

Karen Benson, LEED AP BD+C, grew up in a construction family and has climbed the career ladder in construction, from laborer to consultant. She has been involved in sustainability since the mid-1970s, when she tried to take sheetrock to the dump. She designed and built her first passive solar “green” residence in 1982 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Karen has traveled and lived around the globe, gaining first-hand knowledge of design and construction for climates from the Arctic to Africa. A frequent speaker on the benefits of green facilities, Ms. Benson's book on green building, My Building is Smarter than Me, will be published in October 2013. She is listed as an expert in green building with the U.S. Department of Education, and consults with the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities. Karen is business development director for Steele & Freeman, Inc., a construction manager, and she chairs the North Texas US Green Building Council's Green Schools Committee.

Session 4
2-2:45 p.m.: Is Dallas a Smart City?
Zaida Basora

Zaida Basora, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is assistant director of Dallas Public Works Department. She is a registered architect and sustainability advocate whose leadership took the city’s commitment to sustainability one step further with the adoption of the green building code. Her work in Dallas has been recognized with the Building Officials Association of Texas 2008 award of excellence for extra large jurisdictions and a 2009 CLIDE Award in the public policy and planning category. She serves on GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Building's new Green Building Advisory Committee; co-chairs the Codes and Standards committee of Dallas AIA; and serves as a member of the Texas Society of Architects Sustainability Committee. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in January 2012.