Building Green: New Advances in Sustainable Homes

Joseph Priestley Society
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Coproduced by the American Chemical Society as part of its ACS Webinar series, our panel of experts presented advances in the sustainable use of resources in residential housing. Resources include housing design, innovative construction materials, and efficient construction engineering; new systems for consumables like water, natural gas, and electricity; as well as the framework of suitable land use, community regulations, and modifications.

The panelists demonstrated how the benefits of sustainable living can be enjoyed in existing and new residential dwellings, no matter the size or the setting. The impacts of such projects will come into focus in light of such trends as climate activism and COVID-19 restrictions on cleaner air.

The goal of our panel discussion was to demonstrate that sustainability and comfort go hand in hand, to offer affordable and efficient solutions to that effect, and to convince that improvements in individual housing lead to lasting benefits for the community as a whole.


Marc Duey

Managing Partner, Duce Management, Project 1851 Benefactor


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Marc Duey

Marc Duey, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, has founded or funded over 15 pioneering companies. Interested in sustainable dwellings and associated building technologies, he is currently funding Project 1851, a climate-change–inspired demonstration initiative in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Duey has over three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and brings a great deal of commercial business and product launch experience to portfolio companies. He is an adjunct professor at West Chester University in marketing, artificial intelligence, and pharmaceutical product development. He is looking forward to the grand opening of the Duey Center for Biomedical Engineering opening the fall of 2021.

Duey serves on the board of trustees of International House Philadelphia and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. He is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.


Rob Fleming

Professor and Director, MS in Sustainable Design Program, Thomas Jefferson University


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Rob Fleming

Rob Fleming is an educator, author, LEED®-accredited professional, and architect. He is the cocreator and director of the award-winning Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University. With over 250 graduates, the program is one of the oldest, largest, and most innovative sustainable design programs in the world.

In 2020 Fleming coauthored his third and fourth books: Sustainable Design Basics and Sustainable Design for the Built Environment. He is a sustainability fellow at Re:Vision Architecture in Philadelphia, where he consults and facilitates integrated design charrettes.

In all his work, Fleming strives to advocate for social equity in the built environment; regenerate the natural environment, make place-making a critical part of sustainable design; and bring economic viability to sustainability projects.


Louis Padulo

President Emeritus, University City Science Center


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Louis Padulo

Louis Padulo is president emeritus of the University City Science Center, where he served as president and chief executive officer since 1991, following a year’s appointment as visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to that, Padulo was president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He was a visiting professor in the Media Lab at MIT and at the University of Tokyo before joining UAH. Previously he spent 13 years as dean of the college of engineering at Boston University and, in his last year, as associate vice president. At Boston University he was also a professor of mathematics and of engineering, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Technology, Strategy, and Policy. In addition, Padulo has served on the faculty of Stanford University for seven years, having also taught for nine years at Morehouse, Harvard, Columbia, Georgia State, and San Jose State University.

Padulo has worked as a computer scientist for IBM, a design engineer for RCA, a systems analyst for the Mitre Corporation, and as a consultant for numerous national and international organizations. The author of two books and several articles, he earned his doctorate at Georgia Institute of Technology, his master’s degree from Stanford University, and his bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, all in electrical engineering. Since retiring from the Science Center, Padulo has served on several corporate and civic boards and frequently teaches product design and entrepreneurship courses as an adjunct professor at local universities. He also served as the founding executive dean of Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Edgar Stach

Professor, Thomas Jefferson University


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Edgar Stach

Edgar Stach is a licensed architect and professor of architecture at Thomas Jefferson University. He maintains a joint faculty relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is the founder of e-HOMES.

Stach is a recognized expert in high-performance buildings and renewable energy technologies. His deep experience in the building industry, architecture, and research enables him to provide innovative design solutions, new product ideas, and public-private partnerships for his students and clients.

Stach has had a private architectural practice for 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at Jefferson, he held academic positions at the University of Tennessee since 1999. He has received numerous awards for his work and has published over 50 papers.


About the American Chemical Society

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the US Congress, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the world’s largest scientific organizations with more than 150,000 members in 140+ countries. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The vision of ACS is to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

About the Series

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.

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