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Pre-Summit Classes

 

Monday, March 16
9:00 am 4:00 pm


Room 103
Buying Green:
What does it mean, why is it important, and how can you participate?

9:00 9:30 AM - Bob Tetz, Manager, State of California Buying Green Program
• Why is "Green" so important? The Triple Bottom Line:

   o Economic Viability
   o Environmental Responsibility
   o Social Equity

• Program overview An exciting agenda of excellent presenters.

   o Different Approaches and Differing Points of view

Bob will provide an overview of "Why green?" including a brief discussion of the global issues that drive buying green initiatives, a clear definition of the "triple bottom line" of sustainability and a review of the criteria the State of California considers when making procurement decisions. If you want to understand how California views Buying Green, don't miss this discussion.

As the Manager of the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EPP) at DGS and chair of the statewide EPP Task Force, Bob Tetz is responsible for the implementation of AB 498 (PCC 12400 et seq.), California's EPP Act, including policy development, advocacy campaigns, communication strategies, training and outreach, stakeholder relations, and the implementation of procurement and acquisition transformation initiatives.

9:30 10:30 AM - Scot Case, Senior Vice President, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing
• What is a green product?
   o Shades of Green
   o Green standards, Certifications and Labels
   o Lessons Learned, Case Studies, Hints

10:30 10:45 AM - Morning Break

10:45 11:30 AM - Mark S. Rentschler, PhD, Director of Institutional Greening Programs, Green Seal, Inc.
• Multi-attribute Eco labeling

Although Green Seal is best known as a non-profit ecolabel, since the mid-1990's we have also worked with a range of governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations to help them develop and implement green purchasing programs. Mark Rentschler will review some of the lessons learned from Green Seal's experience and how they can help your organization develop a more effective program. As part of this discussion, Mark will highlight a growing trend toward the identification and purchase of green services in addition to green products.

11:30 12:15 PM - Connie Kuranko, U.S. Communities
• Cooperative Purchasing
   o Access to Green Products Contracts
   o Resources Available

LUNCH 12:15 1:15

1:15 2:15 PM - Stanley P. Rhodes, PhD, President/CEO Scientific Certification Systems
• Life Cycle Assessment - Connecting informed buyers to Certified Environmentally Preferable and Reduced Impact Products

Stan will discuss Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) which takes into account the full "cradle-to-grave" consequences of a product's manufacture, use and disposal. The State of California DGS has launched a pilot project to evaluate LCA for buildings in accordance with SCS-002-2008 draft standard, and conformant to ISO-14044 requirements. In addition to building materials, the LCA "metrics" enable professionals to measure and track the major human health and environmental impacts of other products and materials. It is designed to provide the validation and proof for EPP claims and meet the federal/state legal requirements for EPP Purchasing goals.

SCS-002 EPP Purchasing Network is being established to provide suppliers, retailers, institutional buyers, and government procurement officials with access to an on-line database of qualified products, materials and equipment. SF Environment and others are involved, either working on their own projects or just signing up to be included in the informational database as it develops.

2:15 2:30 PM - Afternoon Break

2:30 3:15 PM - Alicia Culver, Green Purchasing Institute
• EPP made Simple

This presentation draws largely on the findings of the "Buying Smart" report, which details how several cities and counties across the United States have implemented effective EPP programs and found that doing so often yields both economic and environmental rewards.

3:15 4:00 - Panel

Room 105
Green Fleets: Vehicles, Fuels & Maintenance

It's easy to embrace the concept of a "green fleet," but not as easy to work within existing guidelines to acquire and run the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly vehicles. Discover how effective programs are being put in place, and get up to date on possible evolution of regulations for purchasing fleet vehicles.

Beyond acquiring the right vehicles, an increasing number of fleet managers are re-thinking vehicle maintenance, finding ways to phase out chemicals and processes that are harmful to the environment and to workers. Discover the innovative "Green Fleet" program, the new diesel smog check program, Travel Green Save Green, and the Drive Healthy program, among others.

Speakers:
James Collins, Executive Director, Sacramento County Department of General Services
Kathy Hicks, Chief, Office of Fleet and Asset Management, California Department of General Services
Kathleen Webb, Deputy Director, Interagency Support, California Department of General Services
Greg Sandin, Business Partnership Manager, Office of Fleet and Asset Management, California Department of General Services

Julie Antonio, Enterprise Rent A Car
Lisa Holmes, State of California Account Manager, Enterprise Rent A Car
Susan Irwin, General Manager/Vice President, Enterprise Rent A Car
Bob Boughton, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Edward Benelli, California Department of Toxic Substances Control


Room 104
Financing Renewable Energy Projects

There is little argument about the fact that on-site energy generation means big savings. The primary barriers to achieving savings, and reducing carbon footprint, are also well understood choosing the technology that offers the greatest return on investment for a specific site and finding the funding to get a renewable project off the ground.
This session will review the appropriate applications of existing technologies, including solar, fuel cell, wind and geothermal, as well as the mechanisms that exist for funding them. Get briefed on the current status of incentive programs and the present realities of funding and Power Purchase Agreements. Hear some case histories: Berkeley CityFirst Solar Program and Contra Costa West County Wastewater Program.

Host: Reid Rutherford, CEO, Photon Energy Services
Speakers:
Charles Hornbrook, Pacific Gas & Electric
Stephen Frantz, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Neal Skiver, Senior Vice President, Energy and Power Finance, Bank of America Public Capital Corp
Craig Lewis, Right Cycle Enterprises
Scot Ferguson, Jones Hall
Stephen Portis, Renewable Funding Berkeley
Roy Schwartz, Solar Power Partners
Dustin Keele, Photon Energy Services
Mike Maley, Perpetual Energy
Chris Lynch, Jones Hall
Lorrie Friedman, Perpetual Energy
EJ Halaby, Contra Costa County West County Wastewater

Room 202
LEED Project Management
(Note: This class provides six AIA CEU credits.)


Successfully managing the LEED documentation process requires specific knowledge, tools and skills that are not covered in the LEED Reference Manual. This full day workshop is a condensed version of the six-week LEED Project Management course that GreenStep teaches through UC Berkeley Extension. It is designed for professionals who are familiar with the prerequisites and credits outlined in the LEED Rating System, but who are looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project. You'll learn how to facilitate an eco-charrette, navigate LEED Online, troubleshoot potential setbacks and evaluate the cost to benefit ratio of various credits and design strategies. We'll also show you the tools and systems involved with tracking the specific responsibilities of each team member.

The ultimate goal of our LEED Project Management workshop is to empower you with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to successfully manage the LEED documentation process from start to finish.

Speakers:
Alex Spigler, LEED AP, Principal, GreenStep
Elisabeth Newell, LEED AP, Architect, Greenworks Studio

Room 204
Green O&M: Facilities Management Strategies
(NOTE: This class provides six AIA CEU credits.)

With challenging economic times ahead of us it is even more important to focus on our existing building stock and realizing the opportunities ahead of us. Understanding base building performance is critical for those seeking better performance with their existing building inventory. Understanding your base buildings performance is the starting point for identifying efficiencies to lower operations and maintenance costs. With the rising cost and increasing scarcity of natural resources, improving building performance through energy efficiency measures is key to financial success and long-term viability. But deciphering existing building performance can be a struggle if you don't know where to start. Fortunately, there is a step-by-step roadmap to chart the way.

This workshop draws upon a proven approach to understanding base building performance that has helped numerous projects achieve better building performance, certifications and offered building owners cumulative savings. Learn how to create comprehensive building audits that assess policies and measure performance for sustainable sites, transportation management, and energy and water efficiency. Discover how to analyze and implement low- or no-cost strategies, and work your way up through capital improvements tailored to your particular property. Then, identify ways to develop new policies and tracking programs that help you gauge your progress and achieve your specified goals.

This session will give you the confidence to evaluate existing conditions and implement best practices in on-going maintenance and operations, certification, a better bottom line, or both.

Speakers:
Elaine Aye, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP, Principal, Green Building Services
Richard Manning, AIA, Principal, Green Building Services
Brian A Sehnert, AIA, Senior Consultant, Green Building Services

Room 203
AB 32 Tool Kit for Local Government

With the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, and the adoption of its Scoping Plan for implementation, California has established itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change. The potential exists for this leadership to set the pace for change throughout the country, and even in developing countries but only if implementation moves forward at a rapid pace. Every building manager, agency chief, purchasing agent virtually anyone working for the government at any level in California, will be part of the implementation of AB 32.

Local governments throughout California have made their own commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and some have begun their own programs to achieve the goals they have set. How will implementation of the AB 32 plan change the way government does business, and what can local jurisdictions do to ensure they stay well in advance of state mandates? Get briefed on these issues, and find out about successful programs that are already in place.

Speakers:
Dana Papke, Research Planning and Climate Change Outreach, California Air Resources Board
Yvonne Hunter, Program Director, California Climate Action Network, Institute for Local Government
Panama Bartholomy, California Energy Commission
Brian Gitt, Principal, BKi
R. Alden Feldon, Project Manager, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A.

 

 

Concurrent Sessions, Tuesday

10:30 am - 4:30 pm


> Green Building Track, Room 202

10:30 am 11:45 am
The Green Lease
California's Department of General Services administers about 2,000 leases, covering 15 million square feet of office space and five million square feet of warehouse space. Green building and emission reduction mandates mean that leased facilities must contribute to sustainability goals. What is a "Green Lease," and what requirements are coming for those who hope to lease facilities to the state?

Speakers:
Sheral Gates, Chief, Real Estate Leasing and Planning Section, California Department of General Services
Patrick Foster, Assistant Chief, Real Estate and Planning Section, California Department of General Services
Sean C. Ivery, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Curtis Owyang, AIA, Vice President, LEED Accredited Professional, LPA Sacramento, Inc.
Sandra Guy, LPA Interior Design Studio Leader, LPA Sacramento, Inc.

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
Understanding & Using LEED
(Note: This class offers 1.25 AIA CEU credits.)
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program is a broadly accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Its rating systems cover everything from schools, existing buildings, commercial buildings and healthcare facilities to neighborhood development? When does it make sense to use this system, what does it take to get started and what are the alternatives?

Speaker: Daniel Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, Green Team, California Department of General Services

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Retro-commissioning - Optimizing Building Performance
If you're not in a position to start from scratch, you can take steps to ensure that your building operates in a clean, efficient manner. Retro-commissioning is a systematic, documented process that identifies low-cost operational and maintenance improvements in existing buildings and brings the buildings up to the design intentions of its current usage. How could it help you and how do you get started?

Speakers:
Roy McBrayer, Program Manager, California Green Action Team, California Department of General Services
Len Pettis, Chief of Plant, Energy and Utilities, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Phil Welker, Executive Director, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.

> Transportation Track, Room 203

10:30 am 11:45 am
Green Fleets: Shifting Gears
Public agencies are shifting to low-emission, alternative fuel vehicles. How can fleets be re-created to take best advantage of a rapidly expanding range of options? Hear how CALTRANS has increased its alternative fuel use and about Sacramento County's green fleets.

Speakers:
James Collins, Executive Director, Sacramento County Department of General Services
Kathy Hicks, Chief of Fleet Administration, California Department of General Services
Lisa Kunzman, former Chief, Division of Equipment, California Department of Transportation

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
Transportation in the Era of Climate Change
California's population is expected to reach 60 million by 2050, an increase of nearly 170 percent over the last census. Transportation is already the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions what kinds of vehicles, systems, fuels and communities are needed to help more and more people get from place to place in a "carbon-negative" era?

Moderator: Bill Boyce, Supervisor, Electric Transportation, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Speakers:
Craig Duehring, Air Resources Engineer, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
Rob Elam, President, Propel
Steve Raney, Principal Consultant, ATS ULTra PRT

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Transportation & Land Use
Through strategies including infill, transit village, light-rail systems and more, communities are finding ways to increase land utilization and value and, at the same time, reduce transportation strain. Find out the on-the-ground implications of AB32, SB 97 and SB 375.

Speakers:
Rachel Peterson, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Chris Ratekin, Project Manager, Smart Mobility Framework, California Department of Transportation

> Energy Track, Room 204

10:30 am 11:45 am
Save Big through Energy Efficiency
For those seeking green savings and emission reduction, energy efficiency is the fastest path to tangible results. Find out more about the PIER Demonstrations Program and the incentive and rebate programs that exist to speed you along.

Speakers:
Jim Parks, EECR&D Manager, Energy Efficiency, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Michael Seaman, Program Manager, PIER Demonstrations Program (aka State Partnership for Energy Efficiency Demonstrations SPEED), California Energy Commission
Doug Norwood, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
Generating your Own Green Power
From fuel cells to solar panels, whether it's for backup energy or taking a building off the grid, new developments in onsite power generation technology can save money and lower carbon footprints. Hear how others have made the transition to energy self-sufficiency, and where they found the funds to get started.

Speakers:
Patrick McCoy, Program Manager, Solar Power Partnership Program, Green Team, California Department of General Services
Preston Roper, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Operations, Tioga Energy

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Green IT: Ctrl + Alt + Conserve
Without much effort, it may be possible to decrease the energy use of your computers and monitors by half. Even greater reductions are possible if you take advantage of new energy efficient machines. In addition to their energy benefits, new IT products are being manufactured with attention to eliminating toxic materials. Get briefed on the latest developments in Green IT.

Speakers:
Shell Culp, CIO, Office of Environmental Information Management, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Ryan Kanzler, Environmental Strategy Manager, HP's Americas Environmental Leadership

 

Concurrent Sessions, Wednesday

10:30 am - 4:30 pm


> Green Building Track, Room 202

10:30 am 11:45 am
Operating and Maintaining a Green Building
Whether operation and maintenance of cooling and heating systems, waste management, or the choice of cleaning materials and methods, the practice of "Green O&M" can save money, improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and according to some studies improve productivity. Hear what successful practitioners are doing.

Speaker:
Craig Sheehy, CPM, LEED AP, President/CEO, Envision Realty, LLC
Randy Britt, Director of Sustainable Initiatives, Los Angeles Unified School District

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
Green from the Ground Up: Landscaping Strategies
Sustainable landscaping saves water and reduces or eliminates the need for pesticides and fertilizer. Amazingly, this economy can lead to low-maintenance outdoor spaces that look beautiful and showcase the unique and widely varied plant species of the Golden State.

Moderator:
Mike Wallace, Principal, Wallace Partners

Speakers:
Dr. John T. Law, Jr., Director, Technical Services, ValleyCrest Companies
Dave Roberts, President, EcoLandscape California

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
California's New Green Building Codes and Regulations
California's new green building codes, the first in the nation, are designed to lighten carbon footprints and lower energy and water consumption in the state's built environment. This session will review the standards and the steps needed for a smooth transition to mandatory compliance by 2011.

Speaker:
David Walls, Executive Director, California Building Standards Commission
Doug Hensel, Assistant Deputy Director, Codes and Standards Division, California Department of Housing and Community Development

> Green Basics Track, Room 203

10:30 am 11:45 am
EPP - Green Purchasing Strategies
California state law requires state agencies and other public entities to purchase recycled, repairable, and durable goods. The practice of environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) can bring benefits ranging from the local (improved indoor air quality) to the global (reduced greenhouse gas emissions). In some cases, it can also bring savings. Find out about valuable resources that can help you buy green.

Speakers:
Robert Tetz, Program Manager, Envionmentally Perferable Purchasing Products, Procurement Division, California Department of General Services
Kerry Wicker, Integrated Waste Management Specialist, Caifornia Integrated Waste Management Board

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
Getting Going on Going Green
If your job doesn't revolve around environmental protection, what can you do to be "green"? What exactly is "green" anyway can one person's efforts really make a difference? If you are not totally certain how to get going on going green or if you are not clear exactly what this subject has to do with you don't miss this session.

Speakers:
Stephen Bantillo, Assistant Director, Division of Recycling, California Department of Conservation
Scott Lee, Instructor, College of Continuing Education, California State University, Sacramento

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Successes in Recycling
Whether it's ensuring that office bins are placed and used, finding ways to make money from "trash," or thinking on a system-wide scale, California's recyclers are creative and resourceful. (There's a reason that the California recycling industry is as large as its movie and video industry.) Learn about exemplary programs, from basic to visionary.

Speakers:
Sue Ingle, Integrated Waste Management Specialist, Project Recycle, California Integrated Waste Management Board
Tim Shestek, Director, State Affairs & Grass Roots, American Chemistry Council

> Climate Change Track, Room 204

10:30 am 1:45 am
Keeping it Flowing: Managing California's Water Supply
Inadequate management of water resources could affect Californians sooner than fuel shortages. The problem of matching supply with increasing demand may be complicated by changes in the water supply resulting from climate change. What infrastructure changes might be needed to accommodate the coming changes, and what can be done to ensure that more water stays where it is needed? How can water systems reduce their energy use and carbon emissions?

Speaker:
Richard Harris, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Jennifer Persike, Director, Strategic Coordination & Public Affairs, Association of California Water Districts
Craig Miller, Assistant General Manager, Orange County Water District

1:00 pm 2:15 pm
AB32 Implementation and the Financial Meltdown
Panelists will discuss key strategies regarding the implementation of AB 32, California's groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act, and what the current financial meltdown and state budget crisis will mean to the implementation of AB 32 and California's economy.


Moderator:
F. Noel Perry, Founder, Next10
Speakers:
Eileen Wenger Tutt, Deputy Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Bruce S. Klafter, Senior Director, EHS and and Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Applied Materials
Audrey Chang, Director of the California Climate Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Local Government - Climate Change Toolkit
The California Climate Action Network was formed to help California communities play a leadership role both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the consequences of climate change. Find out about the best practices that can help communities reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming, both in their own operations and throughout the community.

Speakers:
Dana Papke, Research Planning and Climate Change Outreach, California Air Resources Board
Peter Garforth, Principal, Garforth International LLC

Mike Bacich, Customer Relations/Marketing Manager/Sustainability, City of Riverside, California

 

 


Note: Session details are subject to change.

 

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