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November 14, 2017

What Your Free Registration Includes

Your no-cost registration for the 2017 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit includes more benefits than ever. Click here to register now!


Your pass gives you access to the Expo on November 28-29, where you can discover scores of green products and services for schools. Click here for exhibitor profiles, and click here for examples of projects completed by companies that you will find in the Expo.

Entering the Exhibit Hall. (Photo by David McNew)

Keynote Sessions

On November 28, get briefed by Anna Ferrera of the School Energy Coalition on the details of the recent legislation extending the Prop 39 program. Hear Environmental Charter Schools founder Alison Suffet Diaz, who has created a network of award-winning schools in which sustainability and environmental justice infuse curriculum and practice.

On November 29, a Keynote Breakfast will feature Will Parish, Ten Strands founder and co-chair of the state’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. You can read a recent Green Technology interview with him here. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will also join us.

Awards reception at the 2016 Summit. (Photo by David McNew)

Leadership Awards

Join us at 4:30 pm on November 28 for the annual Leadership Awards reception. Help us honor outstanding projects on California campuses. The New Buildings Institute will also be on hand to recognize Zero Net Energy projects.

Pre-Summit Training

Your free pass includes participation in a half-day Pre-Summit session hosted by New Buildings Institute,  The Business of ZNE School Retrofits and Community Impact. The workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn how existing K-12 school and community college buildings in California are being transformed to zero net energy (ZNE) performance. More than 10 new pilot projects are currently underway through a unique investor-owned utility pilot program called the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot Program. Details here.

Zero Net Energy School workshop at the 2016 Summit. (Photo by David McNew)

Technology Showcase Sessions

These education sessions are open to all attendees, including those with Keynote and Expo-only passes.

November 28

Ballroom D
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Open Building: Creating Resilient Learning Environments
Educational buildings constitute a huge and influential part of our built environment and directly impact a huge portion of our population on a daily basis. At any given point in time the majority of these facilities are inadequate to the task at hand–providing meaningful, relevant, accommodating, healthy settings for learning, In fact, many of these buildings continue to operate long after they have become obsolete. Many of our school districts undergo cycles of renewal and rebuilding in 30-year increments and are–in between these disruptive renewal programs–frequently finding their building stock an impediment to the vital activities essential to effective and progressive education. This panel and workshop is an exploration of decision-making strategies designed to support a longer and more dynamic vision about the creation of educational facilities. Open Building is a design, decision-making and resource allocation approach that offers clients and the public a long-lasting architectural portfolio that at the same time allows fluid occupation and use; enables affordable and less disruptive upgrades at many levels; and accommodates shifting pedagogies, alternate furniture configurations and evolving instruction technologies with minimal disruption and in a way that minimizes a building stock’s carbon footprint. Open Building balances permanence and change to create dynamic and resilient settings for a wide range of human activities.

John Dale, Principal and Studio Leader, HED
Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Bharat Patel, Principal and Engineering Leader, HED
Stephen Kendall, Professor Emeritus, Ball State University, Co-Chair, North America Council, Open Building
John Ruble, Principal / Partner, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners

Ballroom A
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Benefits Beyond Energy Efficiency
LED lighting is known for increasing energy efficiency and reducing maintenance costs, however, not all LEDs are created equal when it comes to eliminating harmful health hazards such as flicker. Flicker in lighting can be attributed to causing migraines, fatigue, eye strain and even seizures in people who suffer from photosensitive epilepsy. Removing flicker is a manufacturer’s choice when it comes to LED driver design, but eliminates these potential health hazards. Exposing children to flicker in schools can lead to decreased concentration, headaches, and increased behavioral problems in children with hypersensitivity from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

John Davenport, Chief Scientist, Energy Focus

From the blog

Ballroom E
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Inspired by Nature: Health & Well-Being in the School Environment through Biophilic Design
Evidence demonstrates that biophilic design can improve stress levels, cognitive functions, and overall comfort within a space. Bill Browning will introduce the science and principles of Biophilic design: concepts that incorporate and reflect patterns of nature, creating environments that are “inspirational, restorative and healthy.” Whether constructing new facilities, remodeling, or making small improvements, he can guide you through the science and core principles to improve your space and learning outcomes. Note: seating is limited for this special lunch event.

Bill Browning, Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Ballroom A
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Recycling Everything…the Journey to Zero Landfill
Nature doesn’t have a landfill. Why should we? Assume for just a moment that we’d all answer that question the same way — that we shouldn’t have landfills. So, what steps do we take to start our journey? How do we go beyond traditional recycling and explore the uncharted territories of harder to recycle items? Let’s look together at the journey of a 1000 miles that starts with just one step.

Russ DeLozier, Director of Environmental Innovation, J&J Flooring Group

Ballroom A
3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Renewable Energy Case Studies
A closer look at schools that have gone solar, including Valley View Elementary School, Napa Valley Unified Middle Schools, Oroville High School and Mission College. Learn how these schools went through the process of acquiring solar energy, their financing options and the subsequent financial savings. This session offers one AIA HSW CEU.

Tu Anh Tran, Director of Public Contracting, Sunworks
Jeremy Montgomery, Director of Public Works, Sunworks

November 29

Ballroom A
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Doors and Hardware in a Sustainable Built Environment
Increasingly, building design must take into account its effect on the carbon footprint of a building or installation. This encompasses both the materials used in the fabrication of product as well as the energy consumption which results from using that product. This session will focus on these issues as they apply to door openings and access control and discuss why “green” needs to be everyone’s concern.

Amy Vigneux, Director, Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY
Jeremy Saline, Director, Higher Education, ASSA ABLOY

Ballroom D
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
What to Expect When Going Solar: A Step by Step Guide to Payment Options
K12 Solar’s President, Miguel De Anquin, along with their most recent client’s project coordinator, Calvin Olsen of Destiny Church of Rocklin, California will guide participants through the 15 most-asked questions regarding industrial solar installations. You’ll hear from a solar contractor president and the client project leader regarding their One Megawatt solar installation project completed this past Summer. Note: seating is limited for this special lunch event.

Miguel De Anquin, President and CEO, K12 Solar
Calvin Olsen, Destiny Church

Special Sessions

These education sessions are open to all attendees, including those with Keynote and Expo-only passes.

November 28

1:00 pm-2:00pm
Ballroom D
Workforce Development and The Green Economy
In this workshop, learn more about the exciting and innovative work being done by the California Conservation Corps (CCC), the oldest and largest conservation corps in the country. Find out how the Corps successfully combines workforce development and environmental sustainability through diverse projects ranging from trail work to fire hazard reduction to energy conservation and efficiency. Learn how local governments and schools can partner with the Corps to obtain the highest quality work, compared to lowest cost on environmental, restorative, sustainable or emergent projects. Find out how you can be part of the movement that helps young men and women develop commitment, character, and credentials that make California an even better place to live.

Speaker: Bruce Saito, Executive Director, California Conservation Corps

November 29

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Ballroom A
Connecting with the U.S. Department of Energy
Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, community colleges are sharing best practices and engaging with technical experts to advance their energy savings goals. This session will highlight successful strategies and free DOE resources to leverage campus energy goals to support workforce training and experiential learning. In addition, participants will discuss success stories from zero energy schools and review resources supporting DOE’s Zero Energy Accelerators for K12 schools and campuses.

Speaker: Nate Allen, Science and Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy