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The Gathering Place for Leaders in Energy & Sustainability

In late August, Johnson Controls joined agencies of the federal government and other sustainable energy industry partners in Denver, CO for Energy Exchange 2019, the Department of Energy’s premier event attracting over 2,600 attendees. 

The event offered over 100 training sessions on energy topics including federal and state policy, resiliency, technology, financing and management.  Energy Exchange also provided a great networking opportunity to learn the latest in energy efficient products and solutions.

Johnson Controls is highly involved at Energy Exchange because it is the gathering place each year where we can meet and network with many of our federal government customers and industry partners.  And, the training sessions are extremely valuable.

Mark Wagner, Vice President for Government Relations at Johnson Controls, and BCSE’s Chairman, organized the Policies and Strategies track (T01) at Energy Exchange with eight different training sessions.  The sessions included leading officials from the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and the Colorado Energy Office. 

Please mark your calendars and join us for Energy Exchange 2020 in Atlanta, August 11, 2020.


Mark Wagner is the Vice President for Government Relations at Johnson Controls and the Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy's Board of Directors.

How to Connect, Collaborate, and Conserve at the 2017 Energy Exchange


Are you going to the Federal Energy Management Program’s 2017 Energy Exchange? The federal government’s premier energy event will bring together agency officials, program managers, and the private sector August 15-17 in Tampa for two and a half days of educational sessions and networking in the exposition hall. This is the place to be if you are thinking of working with the federal government, but with over 2,000 attendees at the event, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips for how you can get the most out of this experience.

1. Plan ahead. There are many educational sessions which are divided into 16 tracks on topics ranging from high performance buildings to fleets to doing business with the federal government. You can pick and choose sessions from different tracks and map out your schedule in advance. The website also offers recommended agendas for particular target audiences.

2. Be strategic in visiting the exhibitor showcase. This is a tremendous opportunity for one-on-one conversations with federal energy managers and prospective business partners. Consider reserving exhibitor space to showcase your technology. Check out the list of exhibitors in advance and plan whom you want to visit. There is plenty of time between educational sessions to visit the expo hall.

3. Don’t forget to bring an ample supply of business cards. This should be obvious, but many people underestimate what they’ll need. Don’t be caught empty-handed when you meet a prospective client or business partner—and make sure to follow up with your new connections when you get home.

4. Continue learning after the event. Slide decks from all presentations will be posted to the website in the weeks following the exchange. Answers to almost every question you might have about federal energy programs can be found in this wealth of resources.

As the largest energy user in the U.S., the federal government needs innovative solutions to power its buildings and fleets more cleanly, efficiently, and reliably. Your technologies and services can help.

I hope to see you at the 2017 Energy Exchange!

Mark Wagner is Vice President of Government Relations for Johnson Controls and the Chairman of the BCSE Board of Directors.

Originally posted on the blog of the Clean Energy Business Network.