The IES Norfolk/Virginia Beach Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Webinar: Navigating Stress
Feb 18 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

We each experience stress. That stress is caused by certain triggers, shows itself in specific ways, and can be mitigated through intentional practice. During “Navigating Stress” we are going to get real on what stresses us out, our personal responses, and what we can do to manage that stress productively! Then we will turn the tables and look at those around us. How can we increase our awareness of others so we recognize when we are witnessing someone’s stress and determine what we can do to support their success.

Topics covered:

  • Self-awareness in terms of stress (causes, reactions, and potential solutions)
  • Other’s awareness in terms of stress (causes, reactions, and potential solutions)
  • Action plan for navigating our personal stress

This program is designed for industry professionals, facility managers, consultants, architects, interior designers, sales representatives, distributors, engineers, and lighting designers who are interested in identifying what causes stress and how to manage that stress productively. Please share this invite with your friends, coworkers, and clients.

Speaker: Danielle Kennedy
Danielle KennedyAs the Founder & CEO of Kadima Leadership, Danielle Kennedy’s personal purpose is to inspire leaders to make intentional choices. She seeks out leaders who are passionate about people, dedicated to self-development, and willing to challenge their own assumptions. When she was in college, she connected with the Organizational Development Team at ING DIRECT. Her experience highlighted the value of personal leadership and the exponential impact it has on them, their team, and the organization. Danielle shifted her education to focus on expanding leadership capacity and have been gaining valuable experiences leading her to open the doors to her own leadership development consulting firm, Kadima Leadership.

RSVP Details:
Free Virtual meeting, but please RSVP so we can complete the attendance list. CEU certificates will not be available. 

Lighting Tour at the Virginia Aquarium @ Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Tidewater) Virginia Section of the IES Featuring guest speaker:

Sean Bourgeois

Director of Facilities, Life Support and Technology at the Virginia Beach Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
6:00pm-6:30pm Group 1 (10 people max)
6:30pm-7:00pm Group 2 (10 people max)

Aquariums have a diverse set of lighting requirements. One of them is to first attract customers from the roadway and then provide light to help guide attendees through exhibits.  Then, within the tanks, there are certain wavelengths and color temperatures to help marine life adapt to their environment as well as to assist in breeding process control. In the tour, we will see how these lighting environments have adjusted to LED for energy savings while meeting the Aquarium’s needs for it customer, staff and inhabitants.


  • Front of House lighting
  • Back of House Lighting
  • How lighting affects the inhabitants of certain areas and environments
  • Tour of the facility “Behind the Scenes”

This program is designed for industry professionals, facility managers, consultants, architects, interior designers, sales representatives, distributors, engineers, and lighting designers who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the design requirements of front of house and back of house in an aquarium facility. Please share this invite with your friends, coworkers, and clients.

Sean BourgeoisSean is a US Navy veteran and ODU alumni.  In 1991, Sean accepted a position managing the “Sea Giant” at the old Dome site on 19th street. From this he fell in love with the facility and the mission. Sean has held many positions from research technician for stranding program, operations manager, educator, life support and controls systems engineer to his current position: Director of Facilities, Life Support and Technology at the Virginia Beach Aquarium & Marine Science Center. He was instrumental in the conversion from older light sources to LED over the last 8 years as well as collaborating on the design of the new March Pavilion project to open later this year.

This is a free in-person meeting, but reservations are required to be allowed into the Aquarium.  Only 10 people will be allowed for one half hour session.  We are trying to make this tour as safe and successful as possible, so please follow the latest COVID regulations in addition to the information below.  Click here for directions.

Virginia Aquarium In-Person Tour Requirements (please read):

  • Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose
  • Maintain 6 feet between you and other attendees
  • Wear no loose items – may fall into water or equipment
  • No photography
  • Closed toe shoes required, no heels
  • Do not touch water or equipment
  • Some spaces may be loud
  • Some spaces are steps or ladder access only

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021. RSVP here!  Deadline to RSVP is Monday, March 8th, at 5pm.  

Webinar: RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments, is also new guidance from the IES, and complementary to the design process of LP2. In this session, physical characteristics of outdoor space will be discussed alongside the importance of pedestrian reassurance. Our RP-43 discussion will walk attendees through thoughtful examples and the ground-breaking illuminance recommendations of pedestrian applications. Spoiler alert, you may achieve better results using less light. Highlighted within the RP-43 illuminance tables are a newly organized structure based on the design process itself. Additionally, ranges of acceptable illumination are offered based on responsible design choices such as glare and spectrum, thus giving the designer increased flexibility to achieve their goals.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

BSR/IES RP-43-XX is pending. This webinar is preview of the upcoming Recommended Practice.

Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives Landscape Forms, Inc., Moderator
Rick UttingRick Utting is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Landscape Forms, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of site furniture and outdoor lighting. From 2007 to 2019 Rick led the lighting program for Landscape Forms by emphasizing quality of light for people and the outdoor environment. As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Rick is Vice Chair of the “Lighting for Exterior Applications” standards committee and a frequent speaker on the topic of outdoor lighting. Rick holds a Master of Science degree from Western Michigan University and thirty years’ experience directing product development that includes a U.S. Patent for low-glare and twelve luminaire design awards. In 2013, Rick created the Lighting Leadership Xchange, a university based event that fosters the exchange of information between lighting design professionals and students from undergraduate illumination programs.

Naomi Miller
Naomi MillerMs. Naomi Miller is a designer/scientist in the solid-state lighting program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. Working to bridge the gap between technology and application, Miller promotes the wise use of LEDs, and works with industry to overcome the hurdles where LEDs are not ready for prime time. Miller has received over 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets, and parking lots. She chaired the IES Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings (DG-18-08). She is a Fellow of the IES and Fellow of the IALD.

Charles G. Stone, II
Charles G. Stone, IICharles joined Fisher Marantz Stone in 1983 and became President in 2003. The firm’s New York and Seattle studios have received over 200 awards and successfully completed over 5000 projects on five continents. Charles’s “Traveling Light” lecture tour features ten explorations of light and culture and has visited universities and conferences in 22 nations; continuing virtually in 2020 with Podcasts and live Conferences “in” Dubai, Palm Springs, and Buenos Aires. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Association of Lighting Designers. In addition to annual teaching and recruiting visits to universities worldwide, Charles is active in education as a member of Project Candle at Penn State University, and the Advisory Board for the incipient Architectural Lighting program at Oregon State University. He repeatedly asks his young staff, “what do we make here?…. the answer: “Magic”.


A special thanks to this month’s Educational Webinar Platform sponsor:
Landscape Forms