The mission of the SAME Energy & Sustainability Community of Interest (E&S COI) is to engage COI members and support the Department of Defense on energy & sustainability (E&S) activities across the SAME enterprise in support of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan – Securing America’s Future, Together. Specifically, the E&S COI will lead efforts to strengthen industry-government engagement by fostering a supportive environment to discuss E&S activities and advancements in support of the A/E/C community and our national energy security.


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Organization Structure

Community Chair
Michelle Sipe Exaros
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
(610) 392-2185

Vice Chair
Norm Campbell

Communications & Outreach
Lindsey Kennington
Mark Falasca

Programs & Webinars Lead: Vacant

Industry & NGO Outreach Lead
Dave Robau

Public Sector Lead: Vacant

Mike Geer

Andrea Andrews

Volunteer Engagement Lead
Marcellus de Rochon

Young Professional (YP) Liaison
Mitch Minotti

Strategic Alignment & Goals

Goal 1: Strengthen Industry-Government Engagement

  • The E&S COI provides a platform for industry and government members to grow professionally in a mutually supportive environment.

Goal 2: Build and Sustain Resilient Communities

  • Many advancements in E&S are incorporated into resilient designs. The COI provides multiple platforms to share these advancements and additional research needs through the E&S Track at JETC and regularly scheduled COI webinars.

Goal 3. Develop Leaders for the Profession

  • Through the development of the E&S Track at JETC, we provide focused themes to continue to drive the E&S conversation.

Goal 4: Enrich the STEM Pipeline for the Nation

  • The E&S COI asks members to volunteer for STEM competitions and encourages members to mentor at SAME STEM summer camps to encourage our next generation to pursue STEM careers.

Goal 5. Prepare Service members and Veterans for the A/E/C Industry

  • The E&S COI provides a platform to leverage the leadership of service members and veterans for them to address challenges in the A/E/C profession.

Stay Engaged

Energy Management and Commissioning for Reliability and Resiliency
Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters

Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Virtual via Big Marker (Login information will be sent to you separately)

Webinar Description:

Traditionally employed for verifying that facilities comply with the Owner’s and User’s requirements and functionally testing systems in accordance with designers’ intent, energy managers’ and commissioning providers’ roles have expanded to include their involvement in risk management. This is especially true with critical infrastructure, mission critical facilities and complex control systems.

When assessing risks, there is a need to address the synergy between reliability, resiliency, and security. Many projects and systems face a variety of vulnerabilities, including:

  • Natural Disasters – Weather-related storms, floods and fires
  • Intentional Attacks – Physical (terrorism), Cyberattacks
  • Material / Component Failures – Manufacturing defects, deterioration due to age and wear
  • Human Error – Programming complexity and/or lack of experience and training

Cost: Complimentary for SAME members / $25 for non-members

Speaker: Robert Knoedler, P.E., CxA, EMP; Immediate Past President, Energy Management Association (EMA)

Learn more about the event and register


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October 19-20, 2020, Washington, D.C. Area‚Äč

The 2020 MILCON Contracting Summit is designed as a hybrid event for in-person and virtual attendance. Downloading the event app and setting up your attendee profile will allow you to view Summit agenda, view speaker presentations, participate in Q&A, polls, and individually connect with other in-person and virtual attendees/exhibitors/sponsors - during live event and for the 3 months following the Summit.  


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