The Boston Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers.

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ABX 2020 – TH14: Demystifying Lighting from Specification to Installation @ Virtual - Platform and login details provided after registration
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

When it comes to the lighting design process, even seasoned professionals may not always be aware of all those involved outside of their own industry. From architects and engineers to manufacturers, distributors, product reps, and contractors—lighting design involves the expertise of numerous professionals across all fields. Ensuring successful lighting design means ensuring that all players involved are aware of what others are contributing at what stage of the process. “Demystifying” the roles, value, and expectations of all involved opens the door for more effective communication and specifications—critical to the delivery of a successful project that is consistent with the original design intentions. This workshop aims to equip both emerging and seasoned professionals with a better understanding of the process, greater confidence in their interactions with others involved, and a clear path to improving the specifications they provide.

IES with BSA K-12 Educational Design: Germicidal Ultraviolet Lighting (GUV) Solutions for Schools @ Virtual
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the IES Boston and Rhode Island Section, and the Boston Society of Architects K-12 Education Design Committee for a presentation on germicidal ultraviolet lighting solutions for schools.

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, K-12 School Facility Managers have sought solutions for making their schools safe for students, teachers, and staff. Germicidal ultraviolet lighting (GUV) has been understood as an effective germicidal disinfectant since the 1930s, and recent research has confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 is effectively made inactive with UV-C light. The biggest issue is how best to harness GUV light to fight this pandemic and the spread of the virus. What is the role of GUV light to protect children and care providers?

A Lighting Designer and a Mechanical Engineer will present the benefits and unique challenges of applying GUV lighting solutions in K-12 schools. This presentation will answer critical questions regarding GUV lighting including: What are the best applications of GUV in K-12 Schools? How is GUV light disinfection effectiveness measured? What is the most effective GUV spectral range and dosage for fighting COVID-19? How can K-12 Schools safely deploy GUV without risks to students, teachers or staff. Is GUV part of a long-term solution to mitigate germs and viruses in schools?

1 LU/HSW credit available pending approval.

This is a Free event with registration through the BSA website here.


Edward Bartholomew, IALD, LC, LEED AP

Principal Bartholomew Lighting


Edward H. Wellington

Project Manager, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Consulting Engineering Services


Empathetic Lighting: An Industry Snapshot of Material Transparency & Practices @ Virtual event - information provided after registration.
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Empathetic Lighting: An Industry Snapshot of Material Transparency & Practices

Please join the IES Boston and Rhode Island section for a panel discussion on material transparency and industry sustainability practices. The architectural industry has made large strides in the last 5-10 years in its sustainable product offerings, building practices, cleaner materials, and regenerative ideals. But where does this leave the lighting industry? While some may bring up the substantial reductions in energy usage with LED technology, we must pause and ask ourselves if better efficiency and lower wattage are enough. Stacked up next to the architectural offerings, we have a long road ahead of us to get up to speed with the rest of the movement regarding luminaire material transparency and climate impact. While we may be able to boast high efficacy, have we considered how our luminaries are made, what materials are being used, how they are harvested, and where the products go at the end of their useful life? Are we asking for PVC free wire casings and Environmental Product Declarations? Where do we stand in our education, progress, and practice?

This session will begin with a summary of a sustainability survey by a group of lighting designers which gauged lighting manufacturers’ present and future practices regarding material transparency, climate impact, and social health and equity. Some of the lesser-known components of the survey, such as the Red List, EPD’s, and Declare & Just labels, will be further examined. A panel discussion of industry experts will subsequently discuss next steps in self-organization facilitating the establishment of recommended guidelines around production and specification of luminaires that are both high performing and sustainably manufactured. Additional discussion topics will include how to hold sustainable business practices at different scales of business, as well as the choice to publicly share measured sustainable manufacturing practices, such as through Declare labels. The session will conclude with questions and participation from audience members.

This event is approved for 1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits

This event is approved for 1.5 General LFA CE credits.


Learning objectives

  1. Participate in a live discussion with panelists regarding the sustainability survey results and recall how we might gain more ground in use and specification of responsibly sourced and manufactured materials making up the luminaires on the market.
  2. Recognize the opportunity to be a market leader in this new wave of sustainable manufacturing and discuss how manufacturing practices can impact the wellbeing of those along the supply chain, as well as end users. Evaluate the risk of business practices falling behind within 5 years’ time by not adopting these principles into practice.
  3. Acknowledge the level of trust between specifier, client, end user, suppliers and manufacturers that can be achieved through transparency labels and assess personal practices regarding specification or obtainment of said labels. Explain how these transparency labels address material disclosure, climate impacts, social equity, and health of building occupants.
  4. Define the value of celebrating and sharing progress towards larger, more lofty sustainability goals as a way of advertising company values, making the movement more mainstream, and valuing progress over perfection. Give examples of how these sustainable attributes can be shared with clients and end users, allowing them to make informed choices about products that will impact the health of users in their spaces.


Zoom information will be provided after registration. This event will be recorded.



Reiko Kagawa LC, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, Fitwell Ambassador

Reiko joined Sladen Feinstein team at company’s early age in 2004.  With her academic background in both architecture and interior design, she cherishes the beauty of architectural space.  She enjoys bringing life into the architectural space with light.  Knowing how powerful the lighting can be in the architectural space, she is constantly pushing the limit of the lighting designer’s role in a project’s vision, sustainable footprint, and occupant’s wellbeing.  After completing one of the first Living Building Certified project; Hitchcock Center for Environment, she has been focused on a wholistic sustainable approach.  She also received many national level lighting awards and in 2018, Reiko was named one of Lighting Magazine’s top 40 under 40 lighting designers, joining a prestigious group of young designers.


Karen Jess-Lindsley

Karen is the co-founder and CEO of Lindsley Lighting. She embodies a mix of corporate experience, know-how, and entrepreneurial spirit. As CEO at Lindsley Lighting, she oversees corporate strategy, marketing, sales, finance, legal and anything else that comes with starting and running a fast-growing company.  Prior to being in the lighting industry, she founded a very successful management consulting company focusing on strategic planning and brand development for startups as well as Fortune 100 companies. Having spent a significant portion of her career in the wine and beer industries, she has developed several successful new brands including George Killian’s Irish Red Ale (Killian’s Red), Zima (product concept) and Winterfest for Coors Brewing Company and R Collection for Raymond Vineyards. She also has a strong background in retail, transportation, and logistics. Karen has a BS in Journalism from University of Colorado, Boulder and an Executive MBA from St Mary’s College in California.


Ren DeCherney Manufacturing Manager, Business Development at ILFI

Ren was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She went as far across the country as she could go to get her undergraduate degree at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she got a degree in Art History and French. She was an interior designer in Juneau for several years, working in a commercial firm and then a residential firm before getting a Masters in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. After graduation she worked in Portland as a designer, where she took her firm PVC-free. She was then the Director of Industry Transparency at Source, where she implemented various features to help designers integrate sustainability criteria into their material selection and specification process. She is quite possibly the only person who loves talking sustainability but does not like being in nature itself.


Scott Sorensen

Scott is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for BEGA North America. A 20-year veteran of the lighting industry, Scott joined the BEGA family in 2013 and currently resides in Santa Barbara, CA. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Minnesota State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, completed the Leadership Development Program through the Harvard Business School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership & Change through Pepperdine University. Scott was Lighting Certified through the NCQLP in 2003 and became a LEED Accredited Professional through the USGBC in 2004.  Together with his wife and two children, they enjoy taking their Jeep wherever the roads end, playing a round of golf, any musical event, and as much time behind the helm of a sailboat as possible!


Alexandra Gadawski, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Alexandra is a designer and sustainability leader at HMFH Architects. She provides integral support to every project she is a part of, applying her passion for building performance to help the project team solve problems and make decisions during every stage of design. Her contributions to lighting design through daylight and energy modeling support student health and reduce energy.  She has a background in energy consumption and voluntary building standards and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Design of Buildings from Cardiff University in Wales and a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.



Melissa Mattes LC, LFA, Living Future Ambassador, LEED Green Assoc., IALD

Melissa leads Sladen Feinstein’s sustainability efforts and is tirelessly curious about what it means to embody space, particularly through the lens of lighting.  Her orientation towards regenerative living and design began by redefining her personal living habits to better align with her spoken sustainable values.  This then led to closer examination of her practiced values in the workplace.  Melissa has presented at multiple national conferences on the principals of living and lighting.  She earned her Living Future Accreditation, is an Ambassador for ILFI, and has taught several interior design lighting courses at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2020, she was named Lighting Magazine’s international class of 40 under 40 top lighting designers.  When Melissa is not designing or teaching, she loves spending time outdoors and dancing Brazilian Zouk.



IES Boston Illumination Awards Gala @ Renaissance Waterfront
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This event has been rescheduled!