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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August 31 – September 4, 2020
The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.
IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.
DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $249*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $349
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.
The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.
Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.
More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.
Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.
The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.
Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.
DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $299*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $399
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members
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.
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 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 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.