Air & Waste Management Association's 116th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Smart Growth: Balancing Development, Restoration, and Resiliency, June 5-8, 2023, Orlando, FL

Opening Keynote Panel: Sustainable by Design 

Tuesday, June 6, 8:30 – 10:30 am ET, Orlando Ballroom

Sponsored by: 3M logo


Featured Keynote Speakers: 

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Kate MacGregor
Vice President, Environmental Services, 

Presentation:  Delivering America's Best Energy Value 

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Jeffery Koerner, P.E.

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Presentation:  Emissions, Air Quality, and Rules
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Dr. Jennifer L. Languell
President and Founder, Trifecta Construction Solutions 

Presentation:  Resilient by Design

Jordan Haywood HeadshotModerated by: Jordan M. Haywood, Discipline Expert – Environmental Engineering, Siemens Energy   

Jordan Haywood is a Discipline Expert in Environmental Engineering with Siemens Energy in Orlando, dealing primarily with power plant air emissions and acoustical issues. Prior to joining Siemens in 1999, Jordan worked as an air pollution consultant for several years following graduation with a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1996. Jordan is the 2023 A&WMA President and previously served on the International Board of Directors from 2015-2017. He spent six years as a Group Coordinator with the Technical Council, chaired the Florida Section three times, served as the Student Committee Chair for ACE 2011 in Orlando, and served as General Conference Chair for the 2012 Florida Section Annual Conference. Jordan also spent nearly six years in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Reactor Operator/Electronics Technician. 

Kate MacGregor – Vice President of Environmental Services, NextEra
Kate currently serves as the Vice President of Environmental Services for NextEra, charged with ensuring thoughtful environmental planning and compliance from project development through to operations. 

Prior to joining NextEra, Kate served as the Senate-confirmed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, responsible for overseeing 70,000 employees and an annual budget of over $14 billion. Kate’s work at Interior included overseeing responsible domestic energy and mineral development on public lands and waters, implementation of the Great American Outdoors Act to enhance our National Parks, combating the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaskan Natives, enhancing rural broadband, overseeing the Department’s COVID-19 operational response, and other Interior-focused priorities. Kate also served as Interior’s Regulatory Reform Officer, charged with improving Interior’s review and promulgation of regulations, as well as identifying regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification.  

Kate joined the Interior Department after working on Capitol Hill for 10 years.  She served as Legislative Director for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and also served as Professional Staff handling energy and public lands-related issues on the House Natural Resources Committee for two Chairmen.

Jeffery Koerner, Director of Division of Air Resource Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Koerner has more than 30 years of experience in air pollution control and regulation.  He has worked with numerous industries and participated in more than 750 air permit projects.  As Director, his primary responsibilities are to implement the Clean Air Act and ensure compliance with the federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  In 2020, EPA re-designated the last non-attainment area to attainment making Florida compliant with all NAAQS.

Jeff graduated from the University of Florida in 1985 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida and a graduate of the 2014 class of the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute, which is sponsored by the Florida Engineering Society and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida.  In addition to membership in the Florida Engineering Society and the Air and Waste Management Association, Jeff also represents Florida in the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and the Southeastern State Air Resource Managers (SESARM). In 2021, Jeff received AWMA’s S. Smith Griswold Award for outstanding accomplishment in the prevention and control of air pollution by a governmental agency staff member.

Dr. Jennifer L. Languell, Founder and President, Trifecta Construction Solutions
For more than 25 years, Dr. Jennifer Languell has championed the implementation of green building and sustainable development principles within the construction industry.  She is called upon by leading builders and developers to help them develop strategies to achieve their sustainability and resilience goals by creating more resource efficient, healthy and durable projects. 
For her work, Dr. Languell and Trifecta have received numerous awards from government and industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders, Center for Sustainable Florida, and the Florida Green Building Coalition.  Her knowledge and leadership in the area of sustainability have made her a sought-after subject matter expert for the media in outlets such as BusinessWeek, CNN Headline News, HGTV, NPR and CNBC.  Dr. Languell was also selected as a technical advisor and star for the Discovery Channel’s environmental series Discovery Project Earth.      
Dr. Languell serves in leadership roles with many non-profit organizations that are involved with green building and sustainability.  She is Certified Woman Owned Business, Certified Residential Contractor CRC#1330049, a past President of the Florida Green Building Coalition., a LEED Accredited Professional, USGBC Green Rater, Class 1 Certified Energy Rater, NAHB Verifier, Certified Green Professional, Certifying Agent with the Florida Green Building Coalition and she currently serves as the chair of the board for Babcock Neighborhood Schools.