Green Best Practices for Construction


Duration:60 minutes


As the movement toward LEED and Envision projects grows, owners and contractors alike are prioritizing green best practices for the construction phases of the project life cycle. This webinar will explore those best practices—from recycling materials to minimizing waste to using alternative energy—on projects that have achieved LEED and Envision certification. We talk with owners and operators about the cost, efficiency and outcomes of having a green construction site.

During this webinar, panelists will discuss:

  • Value engineering for smarter use of cutting-edge alternative building materials, including living concrete, recycled plastics and hemp products
  • Comprehensive planning based on the complete lifecycle of buildings that encompasses the full spectrum of green elements and how they work together
  • Close collaboration with the end-users of sustainable projects to ensure they understand how all the green systems will function and how that will impact their daily lives

The content of this webinar is produced and directed by ENR's editorial team.

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Melanie Lincoln

Preconstruction Manager

Melanie Lincoln is a preconstruction manager with AECOM Hunt who has been in the industry for over 12 years. Melanie graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S in civil engineering in 2007.

She has been exposed to many aspects of construction and has held various roles throughout her career in superintending, engineering, cost control, and preconstruction. She has been involved in a variety of project types including healthcare, high rise, industrial, transportation, and sports.

Melanie has been the principal for LEED on the construction side for several projects and was most recently voted as one of ENR Southwest’s 2020 Top Young Professionals.

Dr. Dana Al-Qadi

Environmental and Energy Engineer

Dr. Dana Al-Qadi is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from CEE. She received her doctoral degree in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.

Today, she is an engineer with AECOM’s Smart Energy team, where she focuses on advancing communities and infrastructure, including electrification, carbon reductions, smart cities, resilience, and energy.

She is on the editorial board for the IEEE Smart Cities Journal and serves as the Secretary on the IEEE Chicago section’s Executive Committee. She was recently named an ASCE New Face of Engineering, ENR Top Young Professional, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 under 40.

tom kefalas



Sr. Director
LA Metro, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Dept.

Tom Kefalas is a Civil Engineer with a concentration on geotechnical and environment, as well as Sr. Director for LA Metro's Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Department. He feels fortunate to be part of a regional transportation renaissance at LA Metro fueled by Los Angeles County Measures R and M.

Tom is currently managing the compliance and sustainability programs across all of LA Metro’s Capital Projects (“28 by 28”) $20 Billion program which touches on all aspects of the environmental spectrum.

His main focus for the next 8 years is to keep his company’s projects in compliance, and meet sustainability goals. It is an exciting time at LA Metro and he is eager to share some of his experiences!

Mark Shaw (Moderator)

Editor, Mountain States & Contractor Business Strategy

Engineering News-Record

Mark is the Mountain States & Contractor Business Strategy Editor for Engineering News-Record.



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