The AERC Virtual Spring Meeting: June 15 – 16


All sessions will be accessible via Zoom. Session times listed on the program are in EASTERN TIME.

Monday, June 15

12:00pm – 12:30pm | Welcome, Introductions, and Program Update

This session will provide an update on AERC activities and programs.

  • Nicole Blackshear, AERC Managing Director
  • Erika Burns, AERC Program Manager
  • Ralph Vasami, AERC Executive Director


12:30pm – 1:00pm | AERC Marketing Committee Update

The AERC Marketing Team will host a session covering top marketing and communications highlights achieved throughout the first half of 2020 as well as initiatives to be completed by the end of the year. The session will speak to media outreach, website development and improvements, the re-design process of the commercial certificate and residential label, partnerships with organizations like the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and participation in the Lighting and Home for Tomorrow Competition, and more.


2:00pm – 2:50pm |  Findings from National Lab Field Studies on Interior and Exterior Shades

Representatives from AERC’s national lab partners will share updates on their to-be-published energy savings research work on roller shades and cellular shades.

  • Mahabir Bhandari, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Katie Cort, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Lucy Albin, AERC Program Associate


3:00pm – 4:00pm | Commercial Secondary Window Utility Pilots 

Presenters from Consolidated Edison (NY) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance will share details of their upcoming respective pilots and field tests, including information about the steps they took to allocate internal resources towards the effort, the pilot and field test design and incentive offerings, and anticipated goals and outcomes. This session will help manufacturers of commercial secondary windows as well as other products better understand the process utilities and efficiency organizations follow to launch an incentive offering, and to learn more about opportunities to participate this year.

  • Erika Burns, AERC Program Manager
  • Natalie Fish, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Mei Poon, ConEd (NY)
  • Moshfiq Islam, ConEd (NY)


Tuesday, June 16

1:00pm – 2:00pm | AERC Utility Working Group Meeting

The AERC Utility Working Group will hold its normal monthly meeting, sharing updates and information related to conference attendance and utility outreach.

  • Erika Burns, AERC Program Manager


2:15pm – 3:00 pm | Effects of COVID-19 on Workplace Sustainability

The physical workplace was one of the first sacrifices made in the global war on COVID-19, and it will be under unprecedented scrutiny as we navigate our return to work. A silver lining of this crisis is the opportunity to better understand our true nature and to learn important lessons for the future. What can this pandemic teach us about all the systems it has disrupted? Aiming this question at the workplace highlights relationships among factors like space planning, worker behavior, and emerging technology, and helps to identify the changes in our processes and behaviors needed to help prevent history from repeating itself. Extending those questions even further suggests a corollary between our responses to the current pandemic and the longer-term issues and threats of climate change. This session will discuss possible shorter- and longer-term impacts on workplaces and the environment.

  • Paul Hagar, AERC


4:30pm – 5:00pm  | Virtual Social Networking Activity – Trivia


AERC Office Hours | By appointment only – schedule in advance

AERC and Intertek (Program Administrator)* staff will be available to discuss company-specific topics and needs, from certification planning, budgeting, to marketing plans and outreach to customers or suppliers. Contact Lucy Albin to reserve a time slot during the week of June 15th.

Registration is closed for this event

Thank you to our Sponsor

The Mackinac Technology Company


Increase your exposure by sponsoring the AERC Virtual Spring Meeting


Video & Logo Recognition (non-exclusive – 2 available)

  • 30-second sponsor produced video to play once during the AERC Virtual Spring Meeting*
  • Logo on opening and closing slides of each session
  • Logo in email blasts sent to membership regarding the Virtual Spring Meeting
  • Sponsor recognition on the AERC website:



Logo Placement (non-exclusive – multiple opportunities available)

  • Logo on opening and closing slides of each session
  • Logo in email blasts sent to membership regarding the Virtual Spring Meeting
  • Sponsor recognition on the AERC website:

For more information, contact Connor O’Rourke at + or [email protected]

*Subject to AERC approval