Located in the Ballston district, at 900 N. Glebe Road, the building is a state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region through opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot facility is U.S. Green Council LEED-certified. The exterior of the building features first floor amenities – including retail, exhibits, an outdoor terrace restaurant, and abundant green space. The interior includes computational laboratories, offices, and a conference center to accommodate meetings, forums, symposia, and other events. The second floor conference center is where the AEE meeting will be held. 

​The cost of admission is just $30.00 for National Capital Chapter members 


World Resources Institute is a global think tank that works that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Mary will be giving an overview of WRI’s work in the climate and energy field, including the Clean Power Plan and WRI’s standards that help companies, schools, and governments measure and report greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation will show how energy use and management crucially matters in fighting climate change.

When: November 20, 9:30 AM to 1PM EST

Where: Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability
900 North Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22203

Pay parking located within the building.
Ballston Metro and Ballston Mall are within two blocks.

Prior to WRI, Mary spent a year in Brussels, Belgium through a Fulbright Fellowship to analyze regional energy demand projects and the impacts of EU directives on energy efficiency. She also specialized in ecosystem classification and preservation at the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and in wetland management at the DuPage County Department of Economic Development and Environmental Planning.

With the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy, she led faith-based advocacy and outreach on environmental issues.

Mary graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Social Sciences. She also pursued graduate coursework in Science and Environmental Management at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

PRESENTATION BRIEF: Connecting the Light Switch to Sustainability

An introduction to the programs and activities at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), especially as they relate to leadership on energy issues.

​FEATURED VENUE: Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington

​and $40.00 for non-members. Student Chapter members with valid identification are admitted free-of-charge. Advance registration for all attendees is strongly recommended to ensure sufficient space and meals.

FEATURED SPONSOR: Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

(more at http://cligs.vt.edu/about/)
The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) educates, inspires, and empowers professionals to create a better future for people and our planet.

To help current and aspiring sustainability practitioners address the cross-boundary demands of global growth and development challenges, CLiGS delivers graduate education, professional development, research and consulting.

SPEAKER BIO - Mary Sotos, World Resources Institute

Mary Sotos is an Associate in the Energy program, where she supports Charge, WRI’s global renewable energy initiative. She provides carbon accounting insight and policy analysis towards the goal of identifying and accelerating collaborative purchasing models between utilities and corporate customers.

While at WRI, she led the multi-stakeholder development process and authorship of the Scope 2 Guidance update to the Corporate Standard, clarifying how companies account for emissions from electricity purchases. For leadership in this project, she was awarded by the Leader in Green Power Market Development award by the Center for Resource Solutions (2014). She also co-authored the GHG Protocol’s Global Protocol for Community-Scale Emissions Inventories and the U.S. Public Sector Protocol, and provided training and capacity building workshops around the world.


9:30 AM to 9:55 AM            

Registration and Coffee Networking

10:00 AM to 10:10 AM         

Welcome and AEE announcements

10:10 AM to 10:50 AM         

Connecting the Light Switch to Sustainability

11 to 12                             

World Resource Institute

12 PM to 1 PM                    

Networking Lunch in Il Porto. Located on the first floor of CLiGS

SPEAKER BIO– Andrew Perlstein, Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (more at http://cligs.vt.edu/people/andrew-perlstein/)

Dr. Andrew Perlstein is Assistant Director at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, where he teaches in the Executive Master of Natural Resources program and leads the Center’s China-related initiatives. He received his PhD from Stanford University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources where he focused on urbanization and urban planning in China. Prior to Stanford he received an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Environmental Earth Sciences and Asian Studies at Dartmouth College.

November 20th: Sustainable Development Presentations