Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to keynote Fourth Annual Philadelphia Condo Congress

Sep 18, 2015


Mini Trade Show for Multi-Family Housing Buildings at Friends Center on October 15 


Blondell Reynolds Brown, an at-large member of Philadelphia City Council, is the keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual Philadelphia Condo Congress, a free mini conference and trade show focused on sustainability issues for Philadelphians who live in multi-family housing, including an estimated 900 condominium associations, an increasing slice of residential housing in the city.

"We are excited to hear from Councilwoman Brown on the city’s new multifamily utility benchmarking program, including the sustainability benefits to the city and economic benefits to homeowners,” said Joan Batory, chair of the Green Condo/Co-op Initiative, the event’s planning committee. “Multifamily energy benchmarking has taken hold in many other major cities including Washington, DC and New York and we are looking forward to the benefits of the program in Philadelphia,” Batory added. City Council approved an expansion of the city’s energy benchmarking program to multifamily residential buildings earlier this year. The Condo Congress will include a breakout session that will train attendees on how to use the EPA’s Energy Portfolio program for tracking and benchmarking utility use.

In addition to Councilwoman Brown, Joseph Minott, Executive Director of the Clean Air Council will speak on multifamily buildings’ role in improving local air quality and reducing global warming, and there will be four breakout sessions for the purpose of homeowner and property manager education.

The Congress also includes four interactive educational workshops, a mini trade show with diverse exhibitions, networking sessions, and a light supper.

The Condo Congress is free and open to the public. The event is followed by an After Party for which there is a registration fee. For more information including the schedule of speakers and to register, visit the website for the 2015 Philadelphia Condo Congress or call Community Associations Institute, 877-608-9777.

When: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Registration opens at 3:00 PM. Sessions will be from 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM and 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The Keynote Session will start at 4:30 PM. The mini trade show will conclude at 7:30 PM. Attendees can come for one session or stay for the entire program. Attendees can register and pay online for an after-party at Tir Na Nog.

Where: The Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia


Breakout Session 1: Making Your Building Safer: Learn how to neutralize an armed intruder and safeguard yourself and your residents.

Breakout Session 2: The Wonderful World of Trash: This session conducted by recycling experts is an opportunity to “unwrap” the package and see the real worldview of trash as a commodity.

Breakout Session 3: Energy Choices to Make Your Building LEED Certifiable: This program will take you through LEED certification, energy criteria and infrastructure and operation choices to maximize your certification opportunities.

Breakout Session 4: Want your building to be an EnergyStar? Learn hands on training in how to use EPA’s free Portfolio Manager software to track your building’s utility costs and earn coveted Energy Star certification.

Speakers: City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown; Clean Air Council Executive Director Joseph Minott; Jim Giblin, Manager, The Kennedy House; Lt. Joe Rovnan, Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, Phil Bresee, City Recycling Coordinator; Patty Barthel, Public Affairs, Waste Management; Emily Linn and Andrew Kreider, US EPA; Rupal Prasad, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Rob Fleming, Philadelphia Design Center, Philadelphia University; Eric Schwartz, The Energy Co-op.

Who Should Attend:

  • Managers in condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners associations.
  • Homeowners and elected volunteers in condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners associations
  • Individuals interested in learning about how to make any building more sustainable.

Background: The Philadelphia Green Condo Congress is a collaborative project of the Philadelphia Green Condo/Co-op Initiative, Community Associations Institute, and the Greater Philadelphia Condo Managers Association. Philadelphia Green Condo-Co-op Initiative is a local grassroots organization of volunteers whose goal is to help building managers and owners in our unique communities adopt sustainable operations and maintenance practices that will protect the environment while saving money through education, information networking, and advocacy.

With more than 33,000 members dedicated to building better communities, CAI works in partnership with 61 chapters—including the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter—to provide information, education and resources to community associations and the professionals who support them. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. For more information, call 877-608-9777 or visit


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