Energy 2002: A Hot Success

August 1, 2002

Photo of FEMP Staff standing in front of Energy 2002 Exhibit

FEMP Exhibit Staff (left to right): Nellie Tibbs Greer, Jennifer Landsman-Ayers, Bill Martin, and Jane Vander Linden.

By all accounts Energy 2002, the Fifth Annual Workshop and Exposition sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program, was a resounding success. More than 1,000 participants registered for the event, held June 2-5, 2002, in Palm Springs, California. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration, Energy 2002: "Hot Challenges, Cool Solutions," was the highlight of the year for many energy management professionals.

Feedback from attendees at this year's event was outstanding. Eighty percent of participants rated the workshop "excellent," with the remaining 20 percent rating it "satisfactory." Eighty-seven percent of attendees said they would recommend the program to their colleagues. The vast majority of attendees are facility energy managers involved with energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy. However, each year sees an increase in other occupations, such as procurement officials, policy analysts and managers, and architects. Similarly, most participants categorize themselves as either "Federal civilian," or "Federal military." In recent years, there has been a strong effort to reach out to the private sector, utilities, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations. This is due in large part to suggestions made by previous attendees to include these sectors in the program.

Energy 2002 offered the following workshop tracks, with up to eight sessions in each:

  • Energy 101;
  • Distributed Energy;
  • Facilities;
  • Policies, Programs, and Partnerships;
  • Project Financing;
  • Renewables: The Green Scene;
  • Sustainable Building Design;
  • Technology;
  • Transportation;
  • Utilities, and
  • Water Resource Management.

While all segments of the workshop were well attended, the most popular track at Energy 2002 was undoubtedly Sustainable Design. More than 1,000 people attended the eight sessions in this track, which included "Best Practices in Building Commissioning," "Workplace Standards - Air Quality/Ergonomics," and "Pentagon Renovation Program." Other popular sessions throughout the event were "Rules of Thumb," "Measurement and Verification," and "New and Emerging Technologies."

Plans already are underway for Energy 2003, which will be held August 17-20 in Orlando, Florida, at the Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa.

For program and registration information on Energy 2003, visit the Energy 2003 web site. For additional information on Energy 2002 including, speaker presentations and a list of attendees, please visit the Energy 2002 web site.