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November 19, 2010

The Navy Yard Today: From Active Ship Building to Clean Energy Innovation
November 19, 2010
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Urban Outfitters Corporate Headquarters - Navy Yard
5000 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112

$30.00 GPAEE Member Ticket

$35.00 National Member Ticket

$5.00 Student or Unemployed

$35.00 Non GPAEE Member Registration

On Friday, November 19th, Will Agate - VP of Philadelphia International Develpoment Corporation for the Navy Yard Management and Development, will provide an update on the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficiency (GPIC).  This project has gained national press and funding support and has established The Navy Yard as a national center for research, education and the commercialization of energy-related technologies that focus on smart grids, sustainable building design and materials, clean energy storage and distributed energy, energy management and control systems, and IT systems and security. 

The $129 Million in federal funding that made this project possible will include some of the following key activities:

  • Core research into integrated approaches to building energy efficiency technology and policy, to be led by Penn State University in partnership with the TC Chan Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Purdue University, and a host of other partners.
  • The creation of a new home for the GPIC through the renovation of the historic Building 661 at the Navy Yard into a highly energy efficient building that will itself become a test-bed for GPIC technologies - an effort that will be led by the City of Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).
  • Technology commercialization functions, Intellectual Property management, and seed investment for GPIC-developed technologies will be led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, the Wharton Small Business Development Center, and PIDC.
  • Engagement of local and regional networks of Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career centers to ensure that workers reap the maximum benefit from this initiative.

The GPIC will work to further interdisciplinary research into building energy efficiency technologies; support the commercialization of new energy efficiency technologies to generate new jobs and economic activity; develop new approaches to training and career development in the energy efficiency field; and craft new public policy approaches to reducing energy use.

Speaker Biography:

 Mr. Agate recently joined the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to lead in the continuing development and daily operations of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The Philadelphia Navy Yard is one of the nation's most exciting examples of a successful reuse of a former military installation (in fact, the first Naval base in the nation) into a vibrant mixed use community that functions as one of Philadelphia's primary economic development engines.  Slightly larger in area than Center City, the Philadelphia Navy Yard comprises 1,200 acres with more than 5 million SF of buildings that serve as home to just over 100 businesses employing more than 9,000 workers.  Over the last six years, significant investment has been managed by PIDC to begin implementing the 2004 Master Plan developed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which defines six diverse areas of usage and redevelopment ranging from a continuation of three Navy operations, to heavy industrial, to Class A office, and, most recently, the establishment of the Navy Yard Clean Energy Campus as one of the most successful concentrations of clean energy businesses, education, test bedding and incubation in the United States. 

Over the Summer, 2010, Mr. Agate led the PIDC team in determining a strategy to continue to own and operate the Navy Yard's existing unregulated electric grid, to add smart grid overlay technologies and to potentially better serve as an open network for more robust distributive generation and energy storage opportunities for the existing and future businesses at the Navy Yard.

Immediately prior to joining PIDC, Will served as Vice President with the Philadelphia-based Princeton Energy Systems where he assisted in the design and implementation of master sustainability plans, primarily for education-based communities.

Mr. Agate also takes an extremely active role in the communities within which he is involved, with current involvements with the Delaware Chapter of the US Green Building Council as the chapter's Advocacy Committee chairperson; serving on the advisory board of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; and as Vice Chairperson of the Fund for the Water Works.  Mr. Agate also previously served as President of TriState REALTORS Commercial Alliance, served as the Vice Chair of Commercial Practices for the Pennsylvania Board of Realtors and is a former director of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Philadelphia .


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