Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Shifting Our Built Environment to Net Zero

wind farm

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Speaker: Sandra Leigh Lester, Founder and CEO, affectingchange


What role do our buildings play in our cities? How do they impact our ecosystems, energy systems, and our climate?

Why is climate change such an urgent issue and why must action be taken without delay? What can we do to reduce the impact of our buildings, and what should you keep in mind when doing so?

How do you move a portfolio of buildings to net zero? I’ll review my experience working on a portfolio of buildings for Colleges Ontario. We will go over the definition of deep synergistic retrofit and net-zero carbon buildings.

Is LEED the best rating system? What are the best way to measure success to ensure that the buildings that are being developed or retrofitted are energy efficient, healthy, resilient and contribute to the development of our local economies, and how can they positively impact our society?


Sandra Leigh Lester

Sandra Leigh Lester BTech(ArchSci) MCOD ARIDO IDC CPHD CSBA LEED AP BD+C HLC3 has a Masters Certificate in Organizational Development from Schulich Business School at York University in Toronto and a Certificate in Change Management from the Canadian Organizational Development Institute. She is also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED-accredited Professional with a Specialty in Building Design and Construction, and she works on Certified Passive House projects and is a Certified Passive House Designer. She founded her consulting practice, affectingchange in 2010. She has done work on over five continents, and her projects have won over eighty awards including a prestigious Clean50 Top Project Award in 2021. She has taught at various postsecondary institutions and is currently a Professor at Humber Advanced Institute of Technology in Toronto.

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Dr. Dibs Sarkar
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Jointly Sponsored by:
HUGO NEU Corporation
Geosyntec Consultants
Brown and Caldwell
H2M Architects and Engineers
The Catalyst Group