As NESEA and BuildingEnergy lead the charge to create low-energy buildings and transition to renewables, we must also grapple with the broader implications of the ways we build and power our buildings: What are the health impacts of our material choices? What is the role of big data in advancing efficiency? How do our building practices influence our sense of community connection? How do we balance building scale approaches to climate change with community and regional scale approaches? In this two-part plenary, internationally renowned thought leaders will share their cross-disciplinary work to address energy and climate change, as well as environmental challenges that go beyond energy.