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February 13, 2018

Education Session Descriptions

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11:15 am-12:15 pm
Accessibility Regulations for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in California
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) developed accessibility standards for electric vehicle charging stations in order to ensure accessibility to electric vehicle charging stations by individuals with disabilities, and to provide guidance to designers, station developers, building owners, and local building departments. The California Building Standards Commission adopted the accessibility standards for electric vehicle charging stations as part of the 2016 California Building Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24), which became effective on January 1, 2017.

Principal Architect Ida Clair of DSA will discuss federal resources addressing accessibility of electric vehicle charging stations, followed by an overview of the regulatory requirements to plan for and provide accessibility to electric vehicle charging stations in public buildings, public accommodations, commercial buildings and public housing facilities in California.

Ida Clair, Principal Architect, Codes and Standards, Division of the State Architect

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
CALGreen Building Codes – Residential
Session Agenda:

Department of Housing and Community Development
CALGreen 2016 is published as part of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, California Code of Regulations. This session will include identification of the mandatory residential measures in the 2016 CALGreen as well provide guidance on the voluntary measures. This session will also cover new requirements effective July 1, 2018, and potential changes for the 2019 CALGreen.

California Energy Commission
The 2019 updates to the voluntary provisions of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards will be published in appendix 4.2 (Residential) of CALGreen. This session will include a short explanation of the local ordinance adoption and approval process for local jurisdictions choosing to implement voluntary Energy Standards as well as a preview of the 2019 updates to the voluntary Energy Standards found in CALGreen.

HCD and CEC will be available to answer questions after the session.

Beth Maynard, District Representative II, Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Tom Martin, District Representative II, HCD, State Housing Law Program
Ingrid Neumann, Energy Specialist, Building Standards Development Unit, California Energy Commission (CEC)

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
CALGreen Building Codes – Non-Residential
Session Agenda:

Building Standards Commission

Presentation of new mandatory and voluntary non-residential CALGreen standards adopted during the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle, including the following:

  • New recycled water for outdoor landscape irrigation (pursuant to AB 2282, Chapter 606, Statutes of 2014)
  • Updated commissioning reference standard
  • New stormwater best management practices
  • Updated long term bicycle parking
  • Updated light pollution reduction
  • New verifications guideline checklists

California Energy Commission
The updates to the voluntary provisions of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards will be published in appendix 5.2 (Nonresidential) of CALGreen This session will include a short explanation of the local ordinance adoption and approval process for local jurisdictions choosing to implement voluntary Energy Standards as well as a preview of the 2019 updates to the voluntary Energy Standards found in CALGreen.

Kevin Day, Staff Services Manager I, Specialist, California Building Standards Commission
Enrique Rodriguez, Associate Construction Analyst, California Building Standards Commission
Ingrid Neumann, Energy Specialist, Building Standards Development Unit, California Energy Commission (CEC)

Energy Efficiency

11:15 am-12:15 am
How can one of the most energy intensive state-of-the-art campuses, simultaneously be Zero Net Energy,
LEED Platinum and Cal Green Tier 2?
The California Air Resources Board is leading by example with its New Technology Campus located in Riverside, CA with approximately 300,000 GSF to accommodate:
• Light-duty and heavy-duty emissions testing
• Chemistry laboratory
• Offices and shared operations
When fully completed, due to the nature of the campus i.e.  emissions compliance laboratory, vehicle test center and research and development of emerging innovative products.  It is anticipated that this will be one of most energy consuming facilities in the nation whilst at the same time be a Zero Net Energy, LEED Platinum and CalGeen Tier 2.  This session will go through the planning process of how to overcome what seems to be an initially impossible task, to be able through a methodic and scientific process to realize ARB’s vision of sustainability.

Bharat Patel, PE., CEM., LEED AP, Principal, Engineering Leader, HED
Michael Bulander, AIA., LEED AP, Chief Architectural Designer, HED
Deidre Cyprian, Space Allocation Manager, California Air Resources Board

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Is Net-Zero Campus Construction Possible?
The University of California now has an aspirational policy to design and build net-zero new construction when and where feasible. UC Irvine has found that some building-types, such as laboratories, will probably not be feasible to design without a lot of on-site solar (or wind) – which is not a condition available on most campuses. Housing, on the other hand, is clearly in sight, and they are working hard to see just how far they can advance toward net-zero for laboratories, which are probably their toughest challenge. During this session, Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, will discuss two UC Irvine projects, a large P3 student apartment will be net-zero and a large laboratory building. He will discuss lessons learned and why they pushed “restart” on the housing project and how they totally changed their approach. He will present a comparison of these two types of buildings – the most difficult net zero building to design vs. the most feasible.

Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of California, Irvine

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Response to SB350: The County of San Diego’s Zero Net Energy Portfolio Plan
County of San Diego, a local government with 10,000,000 square feet of existing facilities, created a master plan to guide transition of this facility portfolio to meet California’s Big Bold Goal of 50% zero net energy for existing buildings by 2030. Panel discussion will highlight the salient facts about the genesis and execution of the planning effort, and how the County has begun to implement the strategies for achieving energy reduction. Panel is composed of staff from the County’s Energy and Sustainability Division and the energy consultant that lead the effort, facilitated by the County’s Local Government Partnership program advisor from SDG&E.

Susan Freed, Project Manager, County of San Diego, Energy and Sustainability Division
Charley Marchesano, Chief, Energy and Sustainability Division, County of San Diego, Energy and Sustainability Division
Beth Brummitt, Principal, Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc.
Chris Nanson, Program Manager, San Diego Gas and Electric


11:15 am-12:15 pm
California Climate Investment Opportunities
The California Air Resources Board will present an overview on the variety of programs supported by the California Climate Investments Program and how they contribute to California’s climate strategy and provide other valuable benefits to individuals, households, businesses, and communities Statewide.

Ryan Huft, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board
Roberta B. Franco, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation
Coral Abbott, Associate Planner, Strategic Growth Council

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Fast and Affordable Green Financing Solutions Workshop
Join the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for a look at low-cost financing options for agencies participating in green projects. The workshop moderator will share insights on determining project and borrower eligibility, how long it takes to receive financing, and what elements are reimbursable. Real life case studies will also be shared. Participants will be encouraged to join the discussion, relate challenges they have encountered, and work together to explore financing solutions for needed green projects.

Margrit Lockett, Loan Servicing Manager, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
HVIP: California Incentives for Clean Trucks and Buses
Peter Christensen provides policy drivers for the need to accelerate clean truck and bus sales. Tom Brotherton will show sample vehicles and explain how the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) works. A fleet manager explains how HVIP helped them add clean vehicles to their fleet, and the benefits of owning and operating clean vehicles.

Alycia Gilde, Regional Director, CALSTART
Keith Leech, Chief, Fleet Operations Manager, County of Sacramento
Peter Christensen, Innovative Heavy-Duty Strategies Section, California Air Resources Board

Reduce, Reuse, Avoid

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California’s economy. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law grants CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

This session offers an overview of the requirements of SB 1383 and CalRecycle’s rulemaking effort to implement the law.

Marshalle Graham, Senior Environmental Scientist, CalRecycle
Christal Lazard, Associate Program Manager, Sustainable Communities Program, Institute for Local Government

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Recycled-Content Building Products: Solutions for the Real World from Recycled Tire Rubber
A growing number of tire-derived building and construction products are now on the market. Due to the unique material characteristics of recycled tire rubber, these products can offer performance enhancements related to durability, safety, and reduced maintenance costs. These products also help to satisfy green building and other sustainability goals. In California alone, over 800,000,000 pounds of tire rubber is discarded each year, and new markets such as the building and construction industry can help to strengthen the economics of tire recycling. This session examines the intersection of resource recycling, design innovation, manufacturing technology, and customer value gained from tire-derived products.

Randall Russell, Continuing Education Provider, Louis Berger, U.S., CalRecycle Outreach Contractor
Nate Guaff, Engineer, CalRecycle, Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch
Denise Kennedy, Tire Recycling Industry Consultant, DK Enterprises (Contractor to CalRecycle)

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
The Future of Climate Change is Now:
Resilience and Lessons from the Sonoma County Fire
The accelerating impacts of drought, elevated temperatures and extended wildfire seasons have made it clear that we have already entered an era in which communities require strategies for resilience in the face of climate change. This session will focus on an unprecedented event, in which a wildfire destroyed urban neighborhoods, and share lessons learned and strategies that can help minimize the destruction from future events and improve the speed and efficacy of local response.

James Gore, Chairman, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Jenny Chamberlain, President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma County


11:15 am-12:15 pm
The Budding Energy Footprint of Indoor Agriculture
Indoor agriculture energy usage is projected to grow substantially over the next several years, driven in large part by the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis. Eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis already, with more states likely to follow. More than thirty states have legalized cannabis for medical use. This rapid shift in many parts of the United States is driving much of the nation’s energy load growth. In Colorado, Xcel energy says 45% of its load growth is due to indoor cannabis cultivation operations. This is a brand-new industry, and right now, it’s the Wild West out there when it comes to energy. How can we ensure that this fast-growing and energy-intensive industry adopts best practices? This session will educate attendees about the scope of the issue in California and beyond, codes and standards, upcoming equipment standard methods of test, energy efficiency metrics, and the utility perspective. Attendees will learn about resources to encourage and enable best practices to ensure that our hard-won energy efficiency savings don’t go up in smoke.

Alexi Miller, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Matt McGregor, Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District
Derek Smith, Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth
There are many opportunities for start-ups, companies, and academia to work with NASA and NASA technologies. NASA tech, which was developed for aerospace applications, are available for commercialization and there are also opportunities for partnering with NASA to develop technologies. We will discuss opportunities for small businesses to be funded to develop technology that is of interest to NASA. Finally, we will describe some green technologies that are available for licensing.

Anthony Strawa, Technology Transfer Officer, NASA/Ames Research Center
David Morse, Deputy Chief, Partnerships Office, NASA
Jayinder Singh, Tech Transfer and Outreach Specialist, NASA

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Tiny Houses: Sustainable Eco-Friendly Housing Solution
The session will discuss what tiny houses and moveable tiny houses are and how they may be used in various communities to provide affordable housing in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner including
– What are tiny houses and moveable tiny house?
– What are code issues and requirements for such housing units in communities?
– How tiny houses help in providing affordable housing opportunities.
– How tiny houses are a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional housing.

Daniel  Fitzpatrick, CA Chapter Leader, American Tiny House Association

Technology Showcase

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Take Your Lighting into the Future Today
An overview of the changes in lighting technologies that will effect energy usage and reduce installation time by using fewer and more ecologically friendly materials.

Henry Wojcik, CEO, Alquest Technologies

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Water Quality & Domestic Plumbing Systems
Water is our most precious natural resource, because of this critical importance many steps have been taken to ensure that the drinking water made available to Californians is clean, and safe to drink. Unfortunately, recent circumstances in Santa Barbara have brought to light a troubling gap in our efforts to protect water quality as it relates to domestic plumbing system materials.

Jonathan Simon, Market Manager, Residential Plumbing Systems, Lubrizol

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Exploring New LED Lighting Opportunities
Come explore the latest in new LED (Light Emitting Diode) opportunities for commercial buildings, Parking garages, and exterior lighting. Learn about cost effective, quality lighting solutions that will provide big energy savings that result in fast ROI’s, and contribute excellent Green House Gas (GHG) Savings! Not to mention, a better than before quality of lighting for building occupants. In this session, we will discover new applications such as the latest in LED linear tube retrofits, LED flat panel retrofits, and LED center basket style troffer kits. Solutions for parking garages and lots will also be featured. We will review recently completed projects with discussion and perspectives from actual building owners, manufacturer, and distributor who participated in the projects.

Daniel Yu, Engineer, One Source LED Lighting, LLC.
Mark Johnson, Supervisor, Sustainability Unit, Judicial Council of California
Barbara Waldron, CEO, One Source LED Lighting, LLC.

EVs and Infrastructure

11:15 am-12:15 pm
The Two Best Electric Vehicles Stories So Far in 2018!
We might look back at 2017 as the year in which the policies and programs in California became unstoppable. In support of Paris Climate Agreement, California became one of the few states to aggressively promote its own clean energy initiatives, including the Cap-and-Trade Program that sets a statewide limit on sources responsible for 85% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and establishes a price signal needed to drive long-term investment in cleaner fuels. More recently, Governor Brown signed an Executive Order to set up an infrastructure and market for at least 5 million ZEVs in 2030. Come, participate in the session where two active agencies in Sacramento are seeking out technologies and are moving ahead with the best program options to promote Electric Vehicles in 2018 and beyond!

Jennifer Venema, Sustainability Manager, City of Sacramento
Bill Boyce, Manager Electric Transportation, SMUD
Subid Wagley, Strategic Business Planner, SMUD

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
What’s New for Level 2?
Lots of EV infrastructure talk focuses on fast (or super-fast) charging, but Level 2 charging is still a terrific solution for places where vehicles tend to sit for hours at a time. Come hear about efforts to build out networks of Level 2 chargers in these locations, and how two California companies are encouraging EV drivers to rethink how they fuel up – a “sipping, not gulping” strategy. PG&E’s EV Charge Network, which launched in January, is an incentive-backed program for workplaces and multi-unit dwellings to install new Level 2 EV chargers. Tesla’s Destination Charging network in addition to providing charging at hotels, retail centers, and restaurants was also recently expanded to include charging conveniently at workplaces. This session will be of interest to businesses, property managers, and others who are interested in expanding access to Level 2 charging across California. And yes, you’ll probably hear a little bit about our fast charging programs too!

Elizabeth Turnbull, Program Manager, EV Charge Network, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Francesca Wahl, Business Development and Policy, Tesla

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
A Holistic Approach to EV Infrastructure Development

Electrify America is on a mission to be a catalyst for promoting ZEV adoption by offering transformative, customer-centric infrastructure and energy management solutions. This panel will discuss Electrify America’s ZEV investment plans and how they are working with industry partners to achieve this mission.

Robert Barrosa, Director, Utility Strategy and Operations, Electrify America
Jordan Ramer, CEO, EV Connect

Renewable Energy

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Shared Renewables and Community Solar Programs That Work
The emergence and proliferation of Community Solar and Shared Renewable Programs has proven to be an effective approach to replacing fossil-fuel based generation with Solar and Renewable sources. In this session the panelists will share the different program models and talk about what works well from a program administration and utility perspective. This session will be illuminating for anyone creating or executing renewable and environmental programs and projects.

Wade Hughes, Product Developer, SMUD
Nancy Ander, Deputy Director, California Department of General Services
Molly Hoyt, Manager, Voluntary Renewable Program, PG&E

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Renewable Energy Solutions – What’s Next?
This workshop will provide an instructive overview of what’s going on with renewable energy and a view to what is on the clean energy horizon. We’ll focus on ways to identify financially and programmatically sound projects that work for your organization. This workshop will draw on lessons learned from recent projects and will highlight strategies for maximizing project success and reducing project risk.

Brian Taylor, Sales Director, ForeFront Power
Kevin Flanagan, SPURR REAP Administrator, SPURR

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Green Development for Smart and Healthy Institutions
The costs for education (public and private) have accelerated in the last decade. The issue of what the costs are for students is one thing. However, there are other costs centered on the integration for buildings, staff and technologies such as green energy efficiency (such as LED bulbs etc) and then energy (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal energy) and more to smart systems that range from storage, wireless and power for EV and HFCV plus more such as parks, fields and even walk as well bike lanes. Most educational systems from K-12, Community Colleges, Universities and Post Graduate schools are questionable due to their finance models that under-budget deferred maintenance and more. These economic facilities’ problems impact the sustainability goals and plans as they are outdated and often fail facilities like HVAC, Boilers, Chillers and Lighting without providing the funding either for green and smart energy, etc. Today’s sustainability leaders are finding new ways to get these projects done now, often through new technological models, systems and interactive partnerships.

Woodrow C. Clark III, MA2, PhdD, Clark Strategic Partners
Rick Gibson, Partner, Sustainability Partners
Jeff Shubert, Manager, Hanergy USA


11:15 am-12:15 pm
Planning and Executing Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Commercial Buildings Based on Scale-Driven Designs
The session will start with a brief intro on rainwater system design and will be followed by an in-depth presentation focusing on the key components. We will discuss inlet pre-filtration, storage options, sizing methods and analyze how scale affects the overall design. We will focus on and explore the why’s, how’s and where’s of inlet filters and the necessary filtration/treatment options depending on the locale and code restrictions.

Edward Van Giesen, RainCycle National Sales Manager, Watts

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Irrigation Applications in Cannabis Facilities
The legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and the significant increase in indoor cultivation that will result, has brought new attention to sustainability within these facilities. In a drought-prone state, water efficiency is a primary concern. Learn how water is used in cannabis cultivation, typical areas of waste and opportunities for conservation.

Brandy Keen, Co-founder and Senior Technical Advisor, Surna, Inc.

Green Schools

11:15 am-12:15 pm
Energy Update for California Schools
California K-14 schools have been moving forward with energy efficiency and renewable projects funded by Proposition 39. What’s next? Find out what remaining dollars will be used for and the next energy and water frontiers for our school sites. Zero net energy and resiliency as educational facilities are being asked to do double duty as safe havens and world class learning environments.

Anna Ferrera, Executive Director, School Energy Coalition
Debra Godfrey, Local Assistance and Financing Office, California Energy Commission
Rebecca Wetzstein, Manager, California Business Development, Ameresco
Jennifer Masterson, Program Lead, School Bus Replacement Program, California Energy Commission

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
ZEV School Buses – They’re Here & There Is Funding for Purchasing
ZEV School buses have rapidly gone from test product to now being offered by nearly every major school bus manufacturer.  School bus operators will now have the option of adding them to their fleet.  This session will explore funding for them from the state of California as well as discuss the types of ZEV buses available, including operational and cost parameters.

Kevin  Matthews, Managing Director, NSI, LLC
Danielle Lawrence, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Stephen Crolius, Co-Project Director, ZEV V2G School Bus Demonstration Project
James (Jim) Johnson, Regional Sales Manager-West, Blue Bird Corporation

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Ensuring Proper Installation and Commissioning of HVAC Systems for Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality
This session will draw on a recent study of HVAC retrofits in schools to share best practices for districts replacing their HVAC equipment. The session will cover the importance of ventilation in classrooms, how to ensure Title 24 compliance for installed equipment, and the benefits of CO2 sensing and demand control ventilation systems.

Theresa Pistochini, Engineering Manager, UC Davis
Rengie Chan, Research Scientist, LBNL


11:15 am-12:15 pm
Economic and Workforce Development: The Impact of Green Technology
This session will cover how the implementation of progressive environmental policies and initiatives has resulted in billions of dollars in green tech programs in California. Program discussion will include (but is not limited to):

– Green building standards
– LEED certification
– Energy efficiency industry (including surveying and retrofitting)
– Sustainability initiative and watershed protection

Bruce Saito, Director, California Conservation Corps
Mark Fuchs, Executive Director, Carpenters Training Trust Fund for Northern California

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
How to become a California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Contractor
The California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) offers a wide variety of commodities, non-IT services and information technology products and services. Suppliers may apply for a CMAS at any time. Attend this session to learn more about CMAS and how you can use it to make your products or services available to state and local government agencies.

Marisa Truax, AGPA, California Department of General Services
Amanda Towers, AGPA, California Department of General Services
Kush Kishor, SSA, California Department of General Services

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
State of California Programs: Private Capital for Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits and Sales Tax Exclusion for Green Manufacturers
The State of California, through the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing, is launching pilot programs to make more private capital available for residential, commercial and affordable multi-family building energy efficiency upgrades. Homeowners, small business tenants, and multi-family building owners get access to attractive financing to help them save energy and improve building comfort and performance; local contractors grow their energy retrofit businesses and finance entities are able to find new customers through a statewide marketing campaign. These pilots are launching in partnership with the State’s Investor Owned Utilities. The single-family residential program has supported $2.5 million in financing since its recent launch.

The State of California also has a Sales Tax Exclusion (STE) Program to support advanced manufacturers, recycled feedstock processors and manufacturers of alternative source products and advanced transportation technologies. The STE Program is authorized to issue up to $100 Million in exclusions each year.

Miriam Joffe-Block, Program Manager, CAEATFA/California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing
Ashley Bonnett, Program Manager, CAEATFA

Technology Showcase

11:15 am-11:45 am
Next Level of GREEN
Phase Change Materials, InfiniteR as an Energy Conservation Measure. InfiniteR is a passive technology that does not have any operations or maintenance cost with a better pay back period than ever before.

Paul Sperry, Executive Vice President, Insolcorp LLC
Mick Dunn, President, Insolcorp LLC

12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Energy Efficiency from U.S. Communities
Graybar has been supplying America’s governments for over 2 decades through the US Communities program. Through Graybar’s PowerSmart team, local governments can turn to a trusted source for lighting, solar, EV chargers, and battery storage. In this lunch & learn, Graybar will highlight their capabilities and teach industry best practices in energy management.

Rob Brown, Account Manager, Graybar
Andrew Robertson, Sales Manager – PowerSmart, Graybar

1:30 pm-2:00 pm
Green Hydraulic Power
Hydraulic systems are essential to many industries. The current norm of noisy, “always on” equipment does not reflect what is possible with current technology. This session will introduce you to a breakthrough in hydraulic power, the possibility of engineered turnkey systems that provide pressure and flow only when needed, reducing energy consumption by as much as 70 percent. In addition to saving energy these systems can reduce noise emissions by as much as 20 decibels, a significant contribution to worker safety and productivity. Hear about results from recent installations, and the path to a return on your investment as quickly as two years.

Soren Rasmussen, Managing Director, Green Hydraulic Power