October 14, 2021 | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

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October 14, 2021 | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit

This year TESS is back for TESS 2.X, the first virtual version of our annual event.

As we individually and collectively examine our impact on our fragile planet and the changing climate, it has never been more important to promote sustainability in the planning, design, and operations of theme parks, destination resorts, and other entertainment venues.

TESS 2.X will examine the ways entertainment leaders are meeting their sustainable design goals (SDGs) and environmental, social, and governance goals (ESGs). We will share how industry giants are driving their SDGs and ESGs to meet our global challenge by embracing regenerative design and positioning themselves to reap the benefits of innovation. We’ll also hear about a potential green rating system that could be applied to theme parks. 

Click here to view the Summit Program.

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8:30 am to 9:00 am
Andrew Fastman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | Associate | Cuningham 



Sustainability – An IAAPA Perspective
9:00 am to 9:20 am

Andreas Veilstrup Andersen | CEO & President | Liseberg Group 

All-Electric Housing
9:20 am to 9:40 am
Mark Ginsberg FAIA, LEED AP | Founding Partner | Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

Harnessing the Power of Fun in the Sun with Wet'n'Wild Hawaii
9:40 am to 10:00 am
Jeffrey Kaemmerlen | President & CEO | Sunspear Energy
Scott Loos | Hawaii General Manager | Wet-N-Wild

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Andrew Fastman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | Associate | Cuningham 



An Interactive Tool for Circular Economy Strategies in the Built Environment
10:30 am to 10:50 am

Gary Miciunas | Associate Principal & Director of Strategy | Cuningham 

Sustainability in Foodservice Design and Operations
10:50 am to 11:10 am
Kerry Bowden | Principal | Bowden Associates Consulting Group 

Making Retailing Operations More Sustainable – From Store Design, Environments, Signage, Product, Product Packaging to Sourcing
11:10 am to 11:30 am

Andrea Froehle | VP of Marketing & Communications | Event Network

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Andrew Fastman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | Associate | Cuningham 


Creating the Sandbox - Designing Longevity, Flexibility, and Technology to Produce Sustainable Themed Entertainment Venues
12:00 pm to 12:20 pm

Chris Moore | Technology Designer | Theatre Projects
Robert Young | Project Manager | Theatre Projects

Hey Alexa, What are the Latest Sustainable Technology Trends for Themed Environments
12:20 pm to 12:40 pm

Bryan Hinckley | Global Vice President of Immersive Experiences | Electrosonic 

Imagineering a Sustainable Future
12:40 pm to 1:00 pm

Emily Dow | Design + Delivery Studio Executive | Walt Disney Imagineering 
Caitlin Krasovic, AIA, NCARB | Senior Architect | Walt Disney Imagineering

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Andrew Fastman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | Associate | Cuningham 



Towards a Green Rating System for Theme Parks
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Paul Hutton, Cuningham, FAIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow BD+C | Principal and Director of Regenerative Design | Cuningham
Bill Weinaug, P.E., LEED AP | Vice President | EXP
Amy Pastor, PE, CxA, LEED AP | Vice President of Sustainability | EXP

Cuningham founded the Themed Entertainment Sustainability Summit (TESS) in 2008. An annual event to promote sustainability in the creation and operations of entertainment venues. Over the years, many prominent entertainment industry leaders have presented at TESS, and it is a well-known industry-wide conference involving owners, operators, developers, practitioners, consulting disciplines, and designers. The result has been active collaboration between participants and an open sharing of sustainable design and operational standards utilized and developed within the entertainment community.

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