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Advisory Board Chairs

Marybel Batjer
Secretary
Government Operations Agency
State of California

Anna Caballero
Secretary
Business, Consumer Services and
Housing Agency
State of California

Matt Rodriquez
Secretary
Environmental Protection Agency
State of California

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Concurrent Sessions

Note: Session details and times may be subject to change to accomodate session organizers and presenters. Check back for program updates.

Tuesday, April 7

Green Building Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Zero Net Energy- Scalability and Implementation
Scalability of Zero Net Energy, its implementation and an overview of State and Municipal climate action plans. Case studies of large scale community, mega structures and human scale buildings will provide sn overview of how ZNE is applied across scales and includes a ZNE masterplan at a community college, an Emerging ZNE school in Solana Ranch, the NREL facility in Golden, CO and SMUD’s facility and discuss the verified (by NBI) first public ZNE library (NZEBC registered + LEED Platinum target) in the state of California.

The presentation will address:
• The impact of State and local Municipal climate action regulations.
• The impact utilities can have with design assist grants.
• The innovative design strategies and building systems that help achieve ZNE across scales.
• Learn how to track building performance through metrics and what to look for.
• Understand that ZNE performance is a design/ engineering problem and a user operations issue.

Presenters:
Gerard Lee, Studio Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute
Peter Turnbull, Principal, Commercial Buildings and Zero Net Energy Program Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Porus Antia, Associate-Building Simulation-Manager, Stantec

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
CALGreen: Present and Future
The California Building Standards Commission’s 2013 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle produced a CALGreen Supplement (blue pages) in January of this year that has an effective date of July 1, 2015. Staff from the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development will review these latest updates to the CALGreen Code. Electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, bicycle parking requirements, fixture flow rates, HVAC installer and special inspector qualifications, and more will be reviewed in this educational session. The 2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle, which will produce the 2016 California Building Standards Code will also be addressed. The 2013 California Green Building Standards Code went into effect on January 1, 2014.

Presenters:
Michael Nearman, Deputy Executive Director, California Building Standards Commission

Enrique M. Rodriguez, Associate Construction Analyst, California Building Standards Commission

Kyle Krause, Codes and Standards Administrator 1, Department of Housing and Community Development, State Housing Law Program

Stoyan Bumbalov, District Representative 11, Department of Housing and Community Development, State Housing Law Program

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Building Commissioning: CALGreen and Energy Codes
Do you have questions concerning building commissioning in California? If so, you are not alone and this high-level educational session may prove invaluable to you! The panel will include representatives from the California Building Standards Commission and the California Energy Commission who will clarify just “who does what” and provide direction concerning commissioning requirements. Additionally, a chief building official will address the subject of commissioning enforcement, and a certified commissioning professional- with many years of practical experience- will discuss the importance of the role commissioning plays in efficient building systems.

Moderator: 
Dave Walls, Executive Director, Sustainability Programs, International Code Council

Panelists:
Enrique M. Rodriguez, Associate Construction Analyst, California Building Standards Commission
Courtney Ward, Energy Commission Specialist, CEM, LEED AP, CMVP, California Energy Commission
Gregory Mahoney, CBO, LEED® AP, Chief Building Official, City of Davis
Orry Nottingham, P. E., CAP, Inc., Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP), Energy Measurement and Verification


Local Government Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Green Paths to Economic Growth: Local, Regional and State Perspectives
A growing number of communities throughout California are recognizing that their climate, energy, health and economic development goals are all related. This session will offer perspectives from sustainability champions at the local, regional and state levels on how to support the growth of jobs and economic activity while also advancing community sustainability and quality of life. The audience will leave with increased knowledge of sustainability strategies, useful resources, successful examples and funding options to promote sustainable economic and community development in today's challenging economic climate.

Moderator: Steve Sanders, Sustainability Program Director, Institute for Local Government

Presenters:
Bill Higgins, Executive Director, California Association of Councils of Government
Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Creating Safer Streets and Healthier Communities
Sustainable communities are healthier communities. In sustainable communities, residents are exposed to less pollution and have more opportunities to be physically active and have access to healthy food choices. One way local governments can create healthier and more sustainable communities is by adopting complete streets policies that foster the development of streets designed to accommodate all potential users – bicyclists, drivers, transit riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This session will feature state, regional and local representatives. Panelists will discuss how different levels of government and organizations can work together, and examples of innovative programs and technologies used to create safer streets and healthier communities across California.

Moderator:
Melissa Kuehne, Communications and Development Manager, Institute for Local Government

Presenters:
Elizabeth Baca, Senior Health Advisor, Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Lacey Symons-Holtzen, Team Manager for Active Transportation & Project Coordinator for Connect Card, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Obaid Khan, Transportation and Operations Manager, City of Dublin

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Every Drop Counts: Local Action to Save Water, Energy and Money
Approximately 19% of California’s electricity usage is water related. With such a strong connection between water and energy use we have great opportunities, through water efficacy measures, to save water, energy and money in one fell swoop. This session will include a discussion of the water-energy nexus and how cities and counties can save money too with both technological innovations and behavioral changes.

Moderator:
Christal Love Lazard, Program Coordinator, Institute for Local Government.

Presenters:
Howard Brewen, Water Resource Recovery Facility Supervisor, City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department
Bob Hitchner, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Nexus eWater


Water Management Track

Achieving 20 Percent Reduction: A Community College Success Story
In January 2014, Governor Brown called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20% and noted that mandatory restrictions could be forthcoming. The San Mateo County Community College District’s Chancellor Ron Galatolo responded to this proclamation in January by declaring a 25% water use reduction goal for the entire District. Fast forward to present: SMCCCD as a whole has reduced usage by 22.7%, and are striving to continue to conserve. The SMCCCD Facilities Team will present on SMCCCD’s water use and successful Water Efficiency Program: the steps of the process; past, present, and future measures; challenges; and opportunities.

Presenters:
Joe Fullerton, Energy Management Coordinator, Facilities Planning, Maintenance and Operations / San Mateo County Community College District
Carmela Gaspar, Sustainability Specialist, Facilities Planning, Maintenance and Operations / San Mateo County Community College District

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saving Water in a Drought
This session will focus on essential water conservation strategies and the incentives that are available from state and regional sources to implement them. It will also offer an overview of California’s water crisis and a look ahead at regulatory changes that may be enacted in response to recent drought conditions and the possibility that more dry years lie ahead.

Presenters:
Peter Brostrom, Section Chief, Water Use Efficiency Section, California Department of Water Resources
Monica Garcia, Project Research Assistant, Regional Water Authority



3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Onsite Water Reuse Systems: Perceptions, Policies and Implementation for Building and District Scale for Non-potable Applications
What do you know about water reuse? Every project you design very likely has a water source or two that can be used for non-potable applications, but can you permit it? How do you address the ‘yuck’ factor? In this interactive and fun session we will explore barriers to implementing onsite water systems and how to overcome them. Participants will learn about the San Francisco Non-potable Water Program, which streamlines design, construction and ongoing operation of onsite water systems, and learn how grey, black and sewer mining water reuse systems work at many scales. We will present how a more integrated and collaborative design process allowed 181 Fremont, Transbay Transit Center and SFPUC Headquarters to include water reuse and made it happen. Come learn how to think differently and be more effective, not just more efficient when designing with water in mind. Its more than just specifying low flow fixtures.

Presenters:
Bill Worthen, Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc.
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


Green Fleets Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Easy Ways for Businesses to Lower Their Fleet Carbon Footprint…
and You Can Do the Same At Home!

Reducing your carbon footprint to save money and improve fleet performance can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. And many of the same strategies that can be implemented in the workplace can also be done at home. Learn about easy ways to begin making improvements with practical ideas and guidance to more efficient use of capital, reducing your energy use, reducing waste and steering your company toward a more efficient and sustainable future. Saving on your home budget using many of the same practices will benefit your pocketbook and the environment.

Presenters:
Jeremy Kranowitz, Sustainability Director, Sustainable America
Andrea Stephenson, Market Development, C & S Development

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hydrogen, the Fuel of the Future and It’s Here Today!

Early commercialization of fuel cell automobiles has begun. In fact, fuel cell cars and retail hydrogen stations are here today and growing with targeted deployment in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, the Southern San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Santa Barbara and San Diego. In addition to its growing use in automobiles, hydrogen has been used for years to fuel forklifts, to provide standby, emergency and remote site power and is being developed as a range-extending technology for electric trucks. Significant grants, incentives and other funding opportunities will be available for fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen stations. Learn about the grants, incentives and funding opportunities for fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen stations and how the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations will roll out.

Presenters:
Chris McWhinney, CEO, Millennium Reign Energy LLC
Chris White, Communications Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Battery Electric Vehicle and Electric Chargers (EVSE) - Funding and Technology Update

Demand for electric vehicles (EV) has risen significantly as more vehicles have become available. California just passed 100,000 EVs on road! Even cheap oil won’t stop electric vehicle sales. Worldwide, automakers are building electric vehicles for consumer and business use, everything from electric bicycles and scooters to electric trucks. Will mass market plug-ins become a real consideration for car buyers? Can electric chargers (Electric Vehicle Service Equipment or EVSE) keep up with consumer use demand? What considerations should the consumer/business make when installing an electric charger? What incentives, grants and credits are available for EVs and EVSE? This session will answer these questions and more.

Presenters:
Lisa Chiladakis, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Bill Boyce, Supervisor, Electric Transportation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Leslie Goodbody, Air Resources Engineer, Innovative Heavy Duty Strategies, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board


Innovative Technology Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Autodesk Solutions for Energy Auditing
In this class students will learn how to leverage Autodesk solutions to guide preliminary design decisions and build greener. Brian Lee of CAD Masters will use Autodesk Green Building Studio to perform rough energy calculations and decide best shape, location, and orientation of a building. Students will view a 3D building model in Revit, and perform simulated fluid movements. Students will also learn how to optimize airflow characteristics through building design, improving circulation and reducing energy costs. The instruction will conclude with a demo using a set of Oculus Rift VR headset. Users will get to see what it is like to ‘walk through’ a building model and examine objects with the latest in virtual reality.

Presenter:
Brian Lee, Application Engineer and Instructor, CAD Masters Inc.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
VRF Solutions for Schools
VRF solutions are well suited to older schools with lightweight structures built in the 1950’s & 1960’s, and traditionally designed without air conditioning or mechanical ventilation. VRF technology lends itself to a Fan Coil in an equipment enclosure, or a lightweight rooftop unit with remote Condenser that can be prefabricated if need be, and retrofitted over a summer during a modernization. VRF retrofits work well in older buildings because it can be added on to, or replace existing equipment in limited space, where there is currently limited or no ductwork. VRF may be the least expensive option in some of these cases, or may offer a reasonable payback relative to other options. When combined with Economizers or ERV’s, these all-electric systems can provide superior energy efficiency that are consistent with moving towards energy goals outlined in Cal-Green reach codes, LEED, and Net Zero energy strategies.

Presenters:
Ruben Willmarth, Commercial Regional Sales Manager, Carrier Ductless & VRF
Miles Shinneman, Commercial Salies Manager, Sigler / Commercial Sales / Norcal

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Water Savings with Dolphin Non-Chemical Water Treatment System
The Dolphin non-chemical water treatment system has been used successfully on hundreds of cooling tower/chiller systems and evaporative condensers throughout Northern and Central California for over 10 years and has provided significant pollution prevention, health and safety, and operational cost savings benefits. Up until now, very few users have taken advantage of the considerable water savings afforded by this technology through recycling of blowdown water for irrigation or other gray water uses. This presentation will explain how the Dolphin's environmentally friendly and cost saving pulse-power technology prevents scale and controls corrosion and microbial activity without the use of chemicals which allows for
recycling of the blowdown from Dolphin treated systems. Information will be provided on local Sacramento area installations that are using this technology to save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water annually.

Presenters
Rick Taseff, President/CEO, Precision Environmental & Power, Inc.


Wednesday, April 8

Funding Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Financing Built Environment Climate Action Plan Goals
States, cities, and counties have the daunting task of attempting to create policy that helps reduce GHG emissions in our existing building stock. Most cite buildings contributing to 40% of our GHG emissions, higher than any other category. Renewable Funding is the founder of PACE financing in California. The CaliforniaFIRST program is active in over 200 cities and counties throughout California. We are working on a number of additional financing products to help property owners reduce energy and water use in commercial and residential buildings. Renewable Funding will continue to provide innovative solutions that enable property owners to finance their energy- or water-reducing projects.

Presenter:
Joe W.G. Livaich, Regional Director, Renewable Funding

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
SMUD's Cutting Edge Utility Programs
If you're looking for a fast-paced, energized and informative conference session, then look no further! An experienced panel from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), will present on a wide range of intriguing topics, including: rebates and incentives; green energy programs; energy efficiency programs designed for municipal, commercial and industrial customers; new and emerging technologies; automated demand response; electric vehicles; and more.

Presenters:
Rob Lechner, Supervisor, Commercial/Industrial Accounts Management, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Wade Hughes, Senior Product Services Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Jim Parks, Program Manager, EE & CR&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Harlan Coomes, Principal Engineer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Residential PACE

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) continues to be a relatively new funding source for energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial property owners. Today over 32 states, including the District of Columbia, have adopted some type of PACE legislation. While many States have been focused on commercial PACE because of issues raised by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); the residential PACE market has been successfully operating in California for several years. Representatives the counties of Placer and Sonoma, and HERO will provide an update and highlight some of the challenges they have encountered and how they have overcome those barriers. Finally, each representative will focus on how their Programs are addressing consumer protections compared to traditional consumer credit.

Presenters:
Kimberly Hawley, Chief Deputy Treasurer, County of Placer
Jane Elias, Energy & Sustainability Program Coordinator, County of Sonoma
Crystal Adams, Staff Analyst, Western Riverside Council of Governments


Green Schools Track

Note Time: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
How to Teach Water Issues Using the EEI Curriculum and National Geographic

From the basics of the water cycle to the complex decisions about meeting human and ecosystem needs, the topic of water is critical to all Californians. Join us to learn how you can use the K-12 California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum and National Geographic’s “Earth’s Freshwater” educator guide to help your students better understand the issues surrounding one of California’s most precious resources. Our presenters will take you on a journey through both of these free educator resources and explain their benefits. Along the way find out how the EEI curriculum’s water units can be used to support Common Core learning and help you prepare for the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters:
Roni Jones, Alliance Liaison, National Geographic Education Programs
Kurt Holland, Project Based Learning Specialist, Broader Impacts West

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Prop 39: Maximizing Financial, Environmental and Learning Outcomes through Strategic Facilities Improvements, Conservation & Education
This session is designed to help superintendents, facility directors, school leaders, and teachers make the most out of Prop 39 funding. Prop 39 has the potential to simultaneously reduce school operating budgets and environmental impact, while engaging students in applied STEM service-learning and leadership projects. This session will explore cost-effective ways to: leverage Prop 39 funds for expansion of retrofit and retrocommissioning capacity; enable successful conservation campaigns; and engage students in meaningful service-learning and leadership. Attendees will: learn about low and no-cost energy use reduction strategies including Building Operator Certification and conservation campaigns; hear data-driven stories on successful models statewide; and learn about educational resources such as school energy auditing curriculum that enables students to help their school get the most out of Prop 39 while developing career skills in alignment with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters:
Emily Courtney, Program Director, Strategic Energy Innovations
Andy Marse, Energy Consultant, Ecology Action

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Prop 39 Implementation Status: A Conversation
Every efficiency project involves products and services, but it can be difficult for companies to engage with schools in regard to their Prop 39 plans. Much work has been done to develop guidelines for LEAs (local education agencies) to use in developing their spending plans, but the roadmap for potential private sector partners is virtually non-existent. This interactive session will feature a panel of professionals who are working with schools. Its aim will be to provide insight into the challenges that LEAs face, the status of implementation, the kind of help that schools need from private sector partners and best practices for developing relationships. School and industry participants are invited to attend. Note: This session is open to all Summit registrants.

Moderator:
Carl Smith, Editor in Chief, Green Technology

Panelists:
Anna Fererra, Executive Director, School Energy Coalition
Additional panelists to be announced


USGBC Track

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Green Codes for California: A Progress Report
Presentation of a new report by the USGBC LEED & CALGreen User Group summarizing observations, findings and recommendations about codes and rating systems in California.

Presenters:
Wes Sullens, Green Building Property Manager, StopWaste & Codes Lead, USGBC California
Jeremy Sigmon, Director of Codes and Technical Standards, USGBC

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dividing by Net Zero: Buildings & GHGs
How do we make good on Governor Brown's stated State of the State goal of wresting 50% more efficiency from California's buildings? And how do we measure , verify and value it? Panelists discuss the implications of a four-letter word (Data) and a three-letter acronym (GHG), a gas (CO2) and a medium of exchange ($).

Presenters:
Dennis Murphy, EndtoEnd Strategies & Chair, USGBC California
Doug Kot, DNV GL & Vice Chair, USGBC California
Barry Hooper, SF Department of the Environment
Pat Dawe, CEO, Greenhouse GO

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Respectable Potability: Onsite Water Reuse
The history of California has always been about the scarcity of water, and recent droughts and the changing climate has brought this issue to the fore. But what are we doing to change our single-use patterns? Panelists discuss recent innovations in onsite water reuse, their barriers to adoption and a new study on LEED building water performance.

Presenters:
Paul Wermer, Paul Wermer Sustainability Consulting & Research Lead, USGBC California
Wes Sullens, Green Building Property Manager, StopWaste & Codes Lead, USGBC California
Bob Hitchner, Chief Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Nexus eWater


Potpourri

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Behavior Changes That Count
As schools invest billions of dollars in energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources, the benefits that come from low- and no-cost behavior change are often underutilized. Student-driven behavior programs can yield higher returns on investment than many capital upgrades, providing students opportunities for project-based STEM learning, leadership development, and vocational training in the process. This presentation will review the key ingredients of effective behavior program design and implementation, and discuss obstacles and opportunities in recognizing behavior programs as a resource for achieving efficiency goals. We will review the ways in which insights from emerging social science research can boost savings generated by behavior programs, allowing schools to maximize the impact of efficiency retrofits. The presentation will also review efforts toward recognizing behavior programs as energy efficiency resources, openi ng doors to new opportunities and funding sources.

Presenters:
David Younan-Montgomery, Project Manager - PowerSave Schools Program, The Alliance to Save Energy
Vanessa Goh, Senior Program Associate - PowerSave Schools Program, The Alliance to Save Energy

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sustainable Purchasing Mini Summit Part 1:
Creating a Sustainable Purchasing Program
This session helps individuals within organizations build stakeholder and management support for implementing a strategic Sustainable Purchasing Program, as explored in the SPLC's Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0. The guide is intended to help organizations improve environmental, social, and economic performance within their supply chains across the entirety of product and service life cycles by becoming a responsible—principled—actor, as an organization and within the marketplace.

Presenter:
Jason Pearson, Executive Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Sustainable Purchasing Mini Summit Part 2:
Running a Strategic Sustainable Purchasing Program
This session provides guidance to help organizations ensure that their Sustainable Purchasing Program will be strategic, i.e. will meaningfully improve the environmental, social, and economic performance of an organization’s purchasing. To this end, the SPLC"s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing offers a structured process for prioritization:

-overall strategies —e.g., “Scope 3 GHG strategy”; “supplier diversity strategy”— that advance the organization’s goals, implemented through Strategy Cycles; and

-specific actions to advance strategies.

This session explores two parallel lines of inquiry that allow an organization to focus on strategies that offer the greatest opportunity to improve the overall environmental, social, and economic performance their supply chain:

- What do we buy, and why does it matter?
- From whom do we buy, and why does it matter?

Presenters:
Jason Pearson, Executive Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Charleen Fain-Keslar, Standards & Quality Control Manager, State of California Department of General Services


 


 
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