Building The SCSU School of Business: CT’s First State-Owned Net Zero Design

August 5th, 2024 | 3:00 – 4:30pm

SCSU | 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515

Tickets: Members Only, Complimentary

Event Agenda:

2:30 | Arrival & Check-In

3:00 | Program Start

3:20 | Building Tour

4:00 | Networking, Refreshments & Snacks

Southern Connecticut State University’s new School of Business opened in 2023 as CT’s first state-built, net-zero energy building. Featuring solar and geothermal systems, this 64,000 square foot, all-electric building represents visionary leadership in CT’s executive branch and more than a decade of commitment at SCSU to respond to the climate crisis and reduce the carbon footprint of university buildings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is supporting Connecticut’s climate goals to decarbonize and electrify the built environment across its portfolio of state-built projects.
  • Learn how the State’s commitment to sustainability is driving design for 21-st century educational facilities and how the DAS Construction Services Division partnered with SCSU on this building project.
  • Learn how 100% of the building’s energy needs are being met via 52 on-site geothermal wells and a dedicated solar field generating 635kW of energy.
  • Learn about SCSU’s Commitment to Sustainability which includes achieving net-zero carbon emissions in operation, fostering climate resilience and sustainable practices on campus and as part of a broader community, and educating the next generation workforce.

Click the link below to register to join us for a presentation and guided tour of this next generation of state facilities.

Your Presenters and Tour Leaders:

David Barkin

State of Connecticut | Dept. of Administrative Services | Construction Services

Chief Architect

As Chief Architect for the State since 2013 David has organizational responsibility for construction project management, and technical services for the state’s $1.4B construction program and oversees plan review for the states $3B in active municipal school grants.

David is responsible for developing and monitoring design and quality standards for new and renovated construction and participates in the selection of AEC consultants to the State.

David has been a consistent advocate for sustainability and decarbonization throughout his career.

The Chief Architect is the State’s interface with the AEC industry and, in addition to his role as Chief Architect, David is Director of Operational and Process Planning within DAS and has recently been designated the agency Sustainability Officer.

David graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and from the University of Connecticut with a Master of Public Administration.

Michelle Gilman

State of Connecticut | Dept. of Administrative Services


Michelle Halloran Gilman was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont in February 2022. In her capacity as Commissioner, Gilman has overseen ambitious climate sustainability measures across the department and collaborated with federal, state, and non-profit partners to expand agency capacity in support of small and minority businesses engaging with the state.

In her role as Commissioner, Gilman actively participates in several policy boards, including the State Bond Commission, the Connecticut Paid Family Leave Authority, the IT Capital Investment Committee, and the GreenerGovCT Steering Committee on State Sustainability.

Prior to her current role, Gilman served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer to Governor Lamont, where she successfully managed COVID-19 initiatives, notably the nationally recognized free testing program for vulnerable populations and the implementation of the state’s vaccination program.

Before joining the Lamont Administration, Gilman acted as an advisor to various elected officials, including United States Senator Christopher Dodd and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Gilman is a proud graduate of Central Connecticut State University.

Suzanne Huminski

Southern Connecticut State University

Associate Director of Sustainability

Suzanne Huminski is Southern CT State University’s first Sustainability Coordinator. In 2010, she proposed to the university’s administration that she serve in this role for a pilot semester as her Master’s capstone project, and she has been there ever since.

Working across almost all sectors of SCSU’s operations, Suzanne helps plan and implement projects in energy and other resource efficiencies, renewable energy, waste reduction, curriculum development, experiential learning, community outreach, land stewardship, and strategic planning.

She oversees SCSU’s involvement in the national Climate Leadership Commitment for colleges and universities and created an award-winning interdisciplinary internship program for undergraduate and graduate students with sustainability-focused career goals.

Event Logistics:


Available onsite. Attendees can park in the Wintergreen Garage. The walk from Wintergreen Garage to the School of Business, on the corner of Wintergreen Avenue & Farnham Avenue, is about 3 minutes. Our event will begin and end in the Regional Water Authority/ Claire Bennitt Watershed Foundation Community Room on the first floor of the School of Business. The Community Room has a retractable glass wall, which should make it easy to find. Upon arrival, please find the registration table in the hallway outside the Community Room to check-in. For more directions, please visit the SCSU Campus Map.


When you register you will receive a link to our GroupCarpool to help our sustainability-loving community save gas and curb greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a simple interface that does not require setting up an account. Offer your car or find one to ride in.


Light snacks will be provided. Bring your reusable water bottles. In an effort to be green and reduce waste, we will not be providing plastic water bottles. The school has drinking fountains and water bottle fillers.

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