Meeting/Event Information


November 15, 2018

Ronald McDonald House Energy & Sustainability Initiatives
November 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia
3925 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Learn about their recent $40M energy efficient expansion project

$35.00 Member

$45.00 Guest

$5.00 Student/Unemployed

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, located at 3925 Chestnut Street, is nearing the completion of an approximately 40 million dollar capital expansion project. When completed, the facility will house 127 families in private, hotel-style bedrooms.  Building design, HVAC, lighting, and water conservation have all been factored into the overall design that will not only reduce their impact on the environment, but will also conserve financial resources. Additionally they will be installing a solar array on our building to reduce their demand on the grid.


11:30-12:00 Registration and lunch (Lunch is provided)

12:00 Introductions

12:15-1:00 Speaker presentations


Jason Fierko, PE and Principal with EwingCole

Jason Fierko is a Principal, mechanical engineer, and energy modeler at EwingCole, a national leader in architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and sustainable design. With 16 years of experience, he specializes in energy efficient and zero net energy designs. He received his undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering and Masters of Engineering Management from Drexel University. He is an instrumental participant in EwingCole's sustainability group and has been involved with several LEED Certified and zero net energy projects. He speaks regularly on LEED certification, energy modeling, zero net energy and building energy use reduction strategies. He recently presented “Challenges of Net Zero Design in an Urban Environment” at the 2018 World Energy Congress in Charlotte, NC. He works with integrated architecture, engineering, lighting, and interior design project teams.

EwingCole, in practice for nearly 60 years, is a nationally recognized, fully integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm of over 400 professionals. With offices in Charlotte, Irvine, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh, we offer a multi-discipline practice, and tailor our approach to the specific needs of each project.We take great pride in the range of our work. Our firm has emerged as a leader in the design of:

  • Cultural Institutions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Installations
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Science and Technology Facilities
  • Sports and Entertainment Venues
  • Workplace Offices and Interiors


Micah Gold,Markel, Founder of Solar States

After running a successful software business for 16 years, Micah Gold Markel was looking for a new challenge. When he attended a speech by Green For All advocate Van Jones, a light went on in Micah’s head: connect sustainable energy, education, and economic development using solar energy as the basis to tie it all together. So Micah founded Solar States in 2008 to put this plan into action. The company, a certified B Corporation, is taking the opportunity to affect positive environmental and economic change by making a commitment to solar energy project implementation and education. In addition to installing solar arrays on schools, homes, and commercial buildings, Solar States works to connect students from our region with the green-collar economy through training and jobs as well as investing in our region’s future and local economy.

Solar States is a Philadelphia-based solar installation and education firm investing in positive environmental and economic change since 2008. We are a certified B Corporation, as we are committed to focusing equally on profit, the health and wellbeing of our employees, and the environment. We pay a living wage and retain decent, hard working people we train and trust.  Solar States and it’s founder, Micah Gold-Markel, founded the Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative which creates educational and workforce development partnerships where we offer solar industry training and provide career opportunities to people who are interested and motivated to join the solar industry. In 2016 Solar States hired five full time employees from the education and workforce development program pipeline. Importantly, of the five new employees, four are minorities and one is a woman - which is rare in the solar industry as well as the construction industry.

Our current staff is made up of more than 30 folks from the Philadelphia region, ranging in age, background, ethnicity and educational background. We have master electricians on staff and a number of our employees are certified by the National American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  Our vision is to use solar as a force for social change. We want to educate more students in the states we work out of by establishing solar classes in the surrounding schools.  By getting more people to go solar we see this energy source as a way to revitalize the planet from past harsh alternatives. We have more than doubled in size (staff, revenue etc.) since 2014, and project that to happen again in the next couple of years as our mission unfolds.

Jim Murray, Co-Founder of the Ronald McDonald House and former GM of the Philadelphia Eagles

Transportation/Parking: There is limited street parking on Chestnut and 39th in our area. Septa Route 21 bus runs eastbound on Chestnut; westbound on Walnut. Market St subway has a stop at 40th and Market. LAZ parking lot at 39th and Market, and Penn Parking garage above the Fresh Grocer at 40th and Market.


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April 18, 2019

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April 18, 2019
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Philadelphia, PA 19133

Learn about the ECA and their energy programs in Philadelphia at their LEED GOLD training facility

May 16, 2019

Energy/Sustainability Initiatives

May 16, 2019
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