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Education Program

  April 7

Pre-Summit Full Day Classes

(All classes are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Where confirmed, speaker names are provided. For available bios of summit speakers, click here.)

LEED Project Management

This class provides six AIA Learning Units)

LEED has quickly become the benchmark that has transformed the building industry.  There are over 40,000 LEED APs, yet there continues to exist a shortage of people with the hands-on, project related experience to take projects through the LEED Certification process.


This course will give attendees the hands-on experience they need to guide green building projects through the LEED Certification process.


This focus of the class will be on understanding how to implement common green building strategies into a commercial building project and will provide practical, hands-on training.


You will learn how to manage the LEED Certification process including:

  • Documenting Credits

  • Interpreting Credit Interpretations and Rulings (CIRs)

  • Trouble-Shooting Potential Setbacks

  • Leading LEED Charrettes

  • Coordinating the project team members and their LEED-related responsibilities

 This class for engineers, architects, designers and other professionals who want to become efficient in the LEED Certification process.


Presenter: Alexander Spilger, LEED AP, Sustainability Advisor for Brightworks

Speaker: Panama Bartholomy, Boardmember, Northern California Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council


Environmental Management Systems:
Fulfilling Your Green Mandates

Public agencies are being asked to reduce GHG emissions, increase water and energy efficiency, reduce waste on top of carrying out their agency missions. These "green mandates" do not have to be burdensome if they are handled in a systematic framework; the Environmental Management System (EMS) provides this framework. This workshop will review the EMS process and demonstrate the benefits of the EMS in public agencies.


 Upon completing this full-day class you will be able to:

  • Understand the background and intent of the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

  • Understand the benefits of EMS implementation in public sector organizations

  • Understand the principles of continuous improvement (plan-do-check-act) as it applies to EMS implementation

  • Understand how the EMS can facilitate the accomplishment of environmental improvement objectives

  • Locate EMS implementation guidelines and other resources

The EMS instruction will be augmented by presentations from the EMS Coordinators of two different public entities: The Region 9 Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the City of San Diego Landfill Operations (Miramar Landfill).


This class is targeted for state and local Department Directors, Administration Division Chiefs, Facilities Managers and any one charged with handling the green mandates of their organization.


Speakers:  Laura Bloch, Ph.D., EMS Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 9

Susan Sakaki, Co-founder of Sustainable Earth Initiative

Mark zu Hone, EMS Coordinator, City of San Diego Environmental Services



Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: How to Spec and Buy Green Products

CPPB, CPPO and CPM certification credits available

California government has traditionally been leaders in implementing environmental purchasing programs starting with "buy recycled" programs in the 1980s.  Today, public agencies are looking to the next level to "go green" with programs to purchase environmentally preferred products that reduce waste, use less energy, are less toxic, and, most of all, save money!


This workshop will offer tips on how to implement a comprehensive and cost-effective environmental purchasing program, with multiple case studies that demonstrate proven techniques to more comprehensive "green" purchasing" with resources such as the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.


Agencies will leave the seminar with an understanding of what the different certification and standards mean, access to resources such as EPP policy examples and hints, and real life case studies of EPP programs that work and resources to accomplish your EEP mandate easier.


Specific EPP learning outcomes will include the process of developing an environmentally preferable purchasing program. Attendees will learn about prioritizing product categories, developing an implementation schedule, producing catalogs of standards and technical specifications, reviewing policies and procedures and monitoring the process.


This class is for Procurement Managers, Purchasers, Facilities Managers, Property Managers, Engineers, Architects and anyone charged with purchasing or specifying green products. Six hours of training towards CPPB, CPPO and CPM certification is available for this class.



Scot Case, Vice President, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, managers of the EcoLogo Program

Connie Kuranko, Program Manager, U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, Green Purchasing Initiative Lead

Mark Rentschler, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Greening Programs, Green Seal, Inc.

Yalmaz Siddiqui, Environmental Strategy Advisor, Office Depot

Robert Tetz, EPP Manager, Procurement Division, CA Department of General Service, Procurement Division

 George Verkamp, National Account Manager, AutoZone


Planning & Developing a Green Community

Planning green cities and communities means taking into consideration a wide array of issues from environmentally friendly landscaping to homes designed for maximum energy efficiency to mass transit systems. Various trends are driving policy development at the local level: carbon-related regulatory pressures (e.g., AB 32), uninspiring economic forecasts, emerging building design and development practices (e.g., LEED, smart growth). California cities and counties are responding to these influences and integrating by sustainability principles into General Plans.

In this class you will learn about:
• How sustainability programs are instituted into regional planning, infrastructure issues and whole-system planning.
• Strategies for engaging community members as equal partners in the process.
• Challenges faced by communities already implementing sustainability plans and strategies for overcoming these challenges.
• Guidelines for crafting useful and practical General Plans that connect progressive policies with real implementation measures.
• How a General Plan can serve as an economic development strategy, not just a vehicle to codify land use changes.
• How a General Plan can clearly articulate community expectations and commitments to developers and builders before they make capital investments.

The class will include case studies of green communities, including:
• The City of Ontario who crafted an interactive, web-based General Plan that serves not only as a land use planning guide, but also as a business management and governance tool for the City.
• The City of Irvine who is updating its General Plan by capitalizing on a citywide Energy Management Plan.
• The City of Sacramento who has partnered with neighboring jurisdictions to support green building within the Sacramento region and established a regional public agency council.
• Sonoma Mountain Village, a 5,000-person mixed-use community which aims to be zero-waste, zero carbon, use no additional municipal water, and deliver local healthy food to its residents. Sonoma Mountain Village is a deeply sustainable mixed-use community endorsed by One Planet Communities, a joint initiative of sustainability experts, BioRegional UK and WWF International, EPA Climate Leaders and the US Green Building Council.

For department directors, boards of supervisors, commissioners & council members, developers any staff member interested in or charged with green building program development.


Bob Chase, Chief Building Official, City of Sacramento, Development Services
Pete Guisasola, Building Official, City of Rocklin
Greg Mahoney, Assistant Building Official, City of Davis, Building Division
Brian, Sehnert, Sr. Architect, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, New Construction Services and Founder of USGBC Northern CA Chapter, Sacramento Branch

Cyane Dandridge, Executive Director, Strategic Energy Innovations

Jeffrey Harlan, Senior Planner, The Planning Center

Geof Syphers, Chief Sustainability Officer, Codding Enterprises

Brad Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Codding Enterprises

George Burmeister, Executive Director, Public Sustainability Partnership

Richard Pope, Project Director, Codding Enterprises

Reina Schwartz, Director, City of Sacramento, Department of General Services



Retro-commissioning: Optimizing Building Performance

Optimize your facilities and meet your business needs: reduce operating costs, increase tenant satisfaction, meet government mandates, increase energy efficiency and green your facility. Case studies and testimonials will reveal real-world benefits of high performance buildings. Best practices for planning and implementing retro-commissioning projects will also be covered.



Doug Chamberlin, P.E., Vice President, Operations, Cogent Energy

Mark Fisher, Principal , P.E., LC, LEED® AP, Integrated Design Associates

Thomas Riley, P.E., President, Cogent Energy

Shane Russell, Cogent Energy


Creating and Achieving Climate Change Commitments

Cities, counties and state agencies are committing to unprecedented climate change reductions.  The challenge is backing up these targets with concrete and measurable results.  Learn how you can establish climate change commitments, and what you need to do to get there.  Hear about the strategies that have already proven effective, and discover how you can apply them to your stated goals.


Speakers: Yvonne Hunter, Institute for Local Government

Jeff Morris, County Supervisor, Trinity County

Representative from California Air Resources Board

Kyra Ross, Legislative Representative, League of California Cities

Scott Terrell, Conservation Specialist, Truckee Donner Public Utilities District


  April 8

Concurrent Seminars

10:30 - 11:45 am
Green Gold Rush: California's New Energy Economy

California is entering a new frontier of opportunity as green technologies are developed and marketed here. Find out what's happening, where the hotbeds of green development are, and learn how you can capitalize on these emerging markets. The time to act is now!


Moderator: Mark Henwood, Vice-Chair, CleanStart

Speaker: Ingrid Rosten, Executive Director, SARTA's CleanStart and McClellan Technology Incubators

Dr. Norman Miller, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, University of San Diego 

Elizabeth Redman, Oakland Partnership, Green Technology Cluster Coordinator

Representative from Bank of America


10:30 - 11:45 am
Fuel Cells 101

Lawyer-turned-scientist Sir William Robert Grove invented the forerunner of modern fuel cells more than 150 years ago in 1839. Initially regarded as something of a scientific curiosity, fuel cells ultimately captured the attention of NASA, which in the 1950s began looking for a way to power several upcoming manned space flights. This effort led to the further development of fuel cells and their use aboard the Gemini spacecraft in the mid-1960s. Since that time, fuel cells have been used in most manned space missions, including the Space Shuttle, and were used the past two years in California to power the lights on the Christmas tree at the state Capitol. Today, many people correctly associate the term "fuel cells" with hydrogen-powered automobiles, which remain a gold standard for sustainable vehicle transportation despite recent attention to nearer-term technologies. Less noticed are the fuel cells used in stationary applications. Here in California, for example, stationary fuel cells are providing clean and efficient energy at college campuses, hotels and wastewater treatment plants, and are available to provide backup power for cell phone towers and other applications that require uninterruptible energy supplies. Join the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative for a brief primer on fuel cell technologies, markets and applications, with a focus on stationary fuel cells. Learn how stationary fuel cells are being used throughout the state to address the goals of AB 32 (the California Greenhouse Gas Bill) and throughout the world to address the economic, security and environmental challenges associated with increased energy demand. 


Speaker:  Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D., Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center and Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

10:30 - 11:45 am
Using Your Dollars to Make a Difference: Green Purchasing Strategies
Where's the "low hanging fruit" and informational resources that make purchasing green easy and economical? Learn from experts about the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic responsibility. This session will teach you how to "green" your bid preferences and find the best green products and services. Compare costs and quality of green products, and learn how to use the landmark DGS Best Practices Manual.



Robert Craymer, Owner, rcgreen

Jorge Lopes, California Department of General Services

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Tracking Building Energy Use in California

Green buildings aren't only about new construction. Existing Buildings can be goldmines of energy savings. Learn how to make the most with what you have through innovative energy savings methods.


This session will report on the State building benchmarking effort initiated by the Governor's Green Building Initiative. The discussion will include the progress, the potentially far-reaching effects of the new system, and AB1103, which requires investor-owned and municipal utilities to offer this service to all non-residential customers.


Attendees will understand the status of energy benchmarking in California, including:

  •     The State building database

  •     Current and planned features of the benchmarking tool

  •     Plans for expansion of the benchmarking program to all commercial buildings

  •     Relationship to AB32

Speakers: Karen Herter, Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Heschong Mahone Group

Mike Langley, California Green Team, Department of General Services


1:00 - 2:15 pm
California 2050: What Might it Look Like?
Envision California in 42 years, a place where economic growth actually heals and nurtures the environment. How might we build our cities? How can we address conservation, water issues, energy and food? Take a peek into the future and learn from futurists, planners and visionaries who are bringing this dream into reality. What we're doing now can set the stage for a brilliant 2050 of we avoid the pitfalls and make the right choices.


Speakers:Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director, Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library

Richard Smith, Ecocities Builders


1:00 - 2:15 pm
The Real Cost of Green Building

Does it cost more to build green? Get the facts, not the hype. Learn from cost-analysis professionals who have measured the premium for building green. Then find out how those costs can be offset over the lifetime of a building.

This presentation discusses recent studies examining the cost of green, and places them in the context of the current economic forces which are impacting the cost of construction and availability of capital. The presentation also addresses design and construction approaches to help projects set and achieve high quality sustainability goals.


During the session you will:

  • Learn how to assess the true cost of green for any given building project.

  • Hear why averages are not a useful tool for assessing cost.

  • Gain a better understanding of how to achieve your sustainable design goals despite the rising cost of construction, and constrained economy.

Speakers: Cynthia Hughes-Doyle Senior Associate, Davis Langdon

Peter Morris, Principal, Davis Langdon

3:15 - 4:30 pm
The Future of Transportation Infrastructure in California

Discover the future of California's transportation infrastructure. This session will educate you on state transportation planning efforts, including development of the California Transportation Plan; a corridor management approach that will facilitate greening; and, a grant program for regional governments to use in promoting greening.

You will gain a better understanding of State transportation planning efforts that could lead to better, informed decisions by regional and local governments and commercial sector participants towards greening and sustainability.


Discussion will include:

• The California Transportation Plan, a policy shaping document that has recently been updated to include environmentally-focused SAFETEA-LU requirements.

• The Corridor System Management Program, a new state transportation program resulting from the transportation bond passage that takes a comprehensive look at transportation congestion solutions.

• A presentation on the Blueprint Planning Program, which provides grant funding to planning organizations and regional transportation agencies to encourage efficient

land use, leading to traffic congestion reductions.


Speakers: Garth Hopkins, Acting Office Chief, Office of Regional and Interregional Planning, California Department of Transportation

Nathan Smith, Office Chief, Office of State Planning, California Department of Transportation

Patricia Weston, Office Chief, Office of Advanced Planning, California Department of Transportation

3:15 - 4:30 pm
Climate Change: How State and Local Governments are Addressing the Challenge

"Think global, act local" is more than just a catch phrase. In response to a variety of concerns, including climate change and AB 32, many local governments are quantifying and initiating measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The issue of climate change has become a hot topic under CEQA, and has been the subject of legal challenges as to the adequacy of environmental review.  This session will outline a comprehensive local solution that effectively addresses climate change, and may provide cities and individual project applicants with insulation from legal challenges as to the adequacy of greenhouse gas emissions analyses in subsequent CEQA documents. 


The class will cover:

          Brief overview of climate change science

          Brief overview of AB 32 and our targets

          How will AB32 impact local agencies?

          Attorney General's actions with regard to climate change and CEQA

          Outline comprehensive local solution 

          What proactive steps can local agencies take now?


Speaker: Ben Ritchie, Senior Project Manager, PMC


3:15 - 4:30 pm
Walking the Talk: Creating a Green Organization
Whether you're a government agency or a commercial entity, learn how to motivate employees to embrace creating a green culture within your organization and in their lives. Discover new opportunities for mainstreaming "green," getting executive support and creating new positions. Learn about the many soft-benefits to going green, including increased employee health, retention and productivity.

The discussion will include the guiding principles of a green culture including a shared common vision, mission, leadership, core values, organizational structure, individual responsibilities/accountability and buy-in into the conceptual framework of a green organization.

Moderator: Dr. Arun Jhaveri, CSDP, Senior Advisor on Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Jhaveri & Associates
Speakers: Bill Slaton, Board Member, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District

Bryan Johnson, Sustainable Operations Program Coordinator, California Department of Motor Vehicles

April 8 Half-Day Workshops - 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Starting, Building, Growing A Sustainability Partnership: Lessons

Learned By The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership

Starting a cooperative organization that focuses on sustainability in your community and educates and empowers others to take action is no small task.  The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership (SDRSP) will share its experience of lessons learned.  At the end of the workshop you will have a realistic picture of the benefits such a partnership can offer as well as how to overcome the challenges of making it effective and relevant. 


Some of the issues that will be covered include:

  • Fostering the vision of a partnership, what is it, and why it's important?

  • What should be expected from a partnership?

  • What role can government play?

  • Getting everyone onboard.

  • Why partnership matters & what inspires civic partners to get involved.

  • Using clear metrics, goals and indicators to create desired outcomes.

  • Lessons learned.


Rear Adm. Leendert Hering Sr., Navy Region Southwest

Senator Christine Kehoe

Rosario Marin, Secretary, State and Consumer Services

Bill Franklin, US Navy Region Southwest

Josh Gelfand, San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership

Al Hurt, Vice President, Engineering & Environment, Inc.

Dave Meyer, Brown and Caldwell

Matt Rahn, San Deigo State University

Elaine Rosenberger, Chairman of the Board, San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership

David Rosenberger, LEED Accredited, LSW Engineers, Inc.

Pat Ryan, San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership

Irene Stillings, California Center for Sustainable Energy


Green Fleets: Kicking Tires and Crunching Numbers

Need to green your fleet? Should you buy now or wait? Learn what the options are and what's coming online, including purchasing, fueling and maintenance for green fleets. This session will include a cost-comparison of alternative vehicles, information about fueling stations, and strategies for recycling hazardous materials. Also learn about important regulations, including EPACT and the CARB Public Fleet Rule.


An overview of today's alternative fuels and government incentives available to the public and introduce future alternative fuels that will be coming soon. You will hear about the various Alternative Fuels that are currently available in today's market and to provide information on future Alternative Fuels and their projected timeline for distribution within California.  Station locations and government incentives will also be presented.  The audience will also learn about the advantages and challenges of purchasing and using each Alternative Fuel presented.


Also included will be an overview of today's Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulation that allows automobile manufacturers to certify a vehicle's engine emissions to various levels and than apply a sales weighted multiplier to attain a statewide fleet average.


You will be educated on the various engine certification levels that are currently available in today's market and to provide emissions warranty information on each level of certification.


You will also learn how to purchase cars with cleaner certifications and the benefits of doing so.


Speakers: Craig Duehring, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board, Mobile Source Control Division

Kathleen Mead, Manager, Retrofit Implementation Section, California Air Resources Board

Rick Slama, Alternative Fuels Specialist, California Department of General Services

James Collins, Heavy Fleet Manager, Sacramento County Department of General Services


Building Green From the Ground Up: Fundamentals of Integrated Design
From siting, design and landscaping; to paneling, furnishing and lighting, learn how to look at your building as a whole system.

You'll hear case study examples of lighting, HVAC and building technologies that save energy and help meet the AB 32 goals.

This session will include a "green checklist" for new projects. Included will be information on innovative structural components such as green roofs and concrete.

For architects, designers, builders and anyone embarking on a green building plan, this workshop will provide an in-depth look at all aspects of building green.

Moderator: Phil Williams, Vice President, Webcor Builders

Speakers: Daniel Apt, Project Manager, RBF Consulting, Stormwater Management
Eliza-Jane Whitman, Supervising Engineer, Parsons Corporation

Michael Seaman, PIER Program Manager, California Energy Commission

Karl F. Johnson, Program Manager, California Institute for Energy and the Environment, University of California, Office of the President

Wesley Morgan, Project Engineer, California Lighting Technology Center, University of California Davis


Downsizing Landfills: Waste Diversion and Source Reduction
As recycling and manufacturing processes advance, and as cities run out of space, the era of the landfill may soon become obsolete. Learn about innovative waste management strategies that are shaping California's future. This session will bring you the latest information on recycling and waste diversion, source reduction and reuse procedures, and hazardous e-waste solutions.

You will hear about Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs that shift responsibility of collecting common hazardous products from local government to manufacturers the benefits of EPR and strategies for incorporating EPR into policies and purchasing practices.

The session will also include information about California's e-waste recycling program and associated universal waste management regulations. You'll learn about how the e-waste recycling program works, how to maximize benefits and identify business opportunities, and what to consider when searching for service providers.

Also included will be information an innovative landfill management strategy called "enhanced or controlled" landfilling to manage solid waste. Controlled landfilling has the potential to provide reliable energy generation from solid waste, as well as significant environmental and solid waste management benefits.

Case studies will be featured, including:
• The City of Palo Alto's Commercial & Demolition Diversion Program that diverted 90% of construction waste from landfills on the Roche Palo Alto LLC project.
• The City of Oakland's strategic plan for zero waste and reducing landfill waste by 90% in 15 years.

Speakers: Julie Weiss, City of Palo Alto
Peggy Farrell, Analyst, CIWMB, Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Mark Gagliardi, Zero Waste Initiative Team Leader, City of Oakland Public Works Agency, Environmental Services Division
Matt McCarron, Technical Senior, CIWMB, Electronic Waste Recycling Program
Jodi Soboll, Senior Project Manager, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Bob Gedart, City of Fresno and Boardmember, California Product Stewardship Council

Ramin Yazdani, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, Yolo County, Division of Integrated Waste Management


Nothing Speaks Louder Than Success: Measuring and Marketing Green Achievements

Learn how to analyze and publicize your green achievements. Subjects will include how to measure and report energy savings, reduced emissions and all your other green initiatives. Public relations specialists will teach you how to successfully share this information with the media, your staff and clients or constituents.


You will learn how to clearly communicating the features and benefits of your green strategies and practices to support environmental stewardship.


Speakers: Gillian Christie, CEO, Christie Communications

Rich Curtis, Greenway Properties

Andrew Basmajian, Environmental Outreach Coordinator, City of Santa Monica

Phil Ting Assessor-Recorder, City and County of San Francisco


GeoThermal HVAC: The Convenient Truth in Building a Sustainable California

Geothermal heating and cooling technology is one of the oldest and most reliable sustainable energy technologies around.  But what is it and why is it important to California?


This half-day workshop will provide you with the answers.


You will hear a brief history of geothermal heating and cooling technology, the industry created through deployment of the technology, and a discussion of the various terms used to describe the industry. Most importantly, you will learn about the benefits of deploying the technology, how easily you can utilize the technology today in your current projects and how these benefits relate to California.


Topics include: 

  •  Executive and Legislative Mandates to Build a Sustainable California

  •  Geo History Geothermal vs. Geoexchange

  •  Geothermal HVAC Principles, Components and Benefits

  •  The Loop

  •  Permits and Inspections for Geothermal Heating and Cooling Technology - A Challenge for Our Communities?

  •  Government, Commercial & School Applications

  •  Residential Applications

  •  The Sustainable Utility Model

  •  School HVAC Finance and Operations Utility Cost Reduction

  •  Geothermal Drilling Technology Overview

  •  How big is your Carbon Footprint? Bigger is not better.

  •  Geothermal HVAC and AB32

Q&A with open discussion begins at 4:30pm


Moderator: Phil Henry, Territory Manager, WaterFurnace International



Roy N. McBrayer, Deputy to the State Architect, State of California

Bruce Ritchey, Chairman of the Board, Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium; CEO, WaterFurnace International

Michael Albertson, VP Commercial Sales & Marketing, WaterFurnace International

Stacey Bernier, General Manager, GeoExchange and Sustainable Energy Systems, Corix Utilities

Daniel Bernstein, President, Gaia Geothermal

Larry Brown, Region Manager, WaterFurnace International

Mike Kapps, VP of Loop Operations, WaterFurnace International

Doug Legge, P Eng, Business Development, Corix Utilities

Lisa Meline, PE, Meline Engineering

Larry Oliver, Associate Principal, Glumac

Dr. Jared Potter, Potter Drilling

Dennis Terhove, Safety Codes Officer, City of Calgary



Executive and Legislative Mandates to Build a Sustainable California

Roy N. McBrayer, Deputy to the State Architect, State of California
Program Manager, Green Building Initiative


Mr. McBrayer will speak to his role in achieving the objectives defined by Executive Order and Legislative actions.



Geo History Geothermal vs. Geoexchange

Bruce Ritchey, Chairman of the Board, Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium; CEO, WaterFurnace International


Mr. Ritchey will provide a brief history of geothermal technology, the industry created through deployment of the technology, and a discussion of the various terms used to describe the industry. An overview of the industry as it exists today and the role of WaterFurnace plays as the industry leader will also be presented.



Geothermal HVAC Principles, Components and Benefits

Lisa Meline, PE, Meline Engineering


Ms. Meline will discuss geoexchange and its system components; the ground loop, pumps, heat pumps and distribution systems.  The presentation will give a brief overview of the types of ground loop systems with a focus on closed loop applications.  Ms. Meline will present information on what project owners and designers should consider in evaluating the geoexchange technology and discuss the best applications of the technology as compared to "conventional" systems.



The Loop

Mike Kapps, VP of Loop Operations, WaterFurnace International


Mr. Kapps will provide an overview of residential and commercial geothermal earth loop principles.



Permits and Inspections for Geothermal Heating and Cooling Technology - A Challenge for Our Communities?

Dennis Terhove, Safety Codes Officer, City of Calgary


Geoexchange is being utilized in ever increasing numbers from residential new construction and retrofits to schools and large scale commercial high rise projects.   How can state, county, and municipal regulators stay on top of this industry and safeguard the public?



Government, Commercial & School Applications

Michael Albertson, VP Commercial Sales & Marketing, WaterFurnace International


Mr. Albertson will discuss the application of geothermal heat pump technology in government buildings, commercial buildings and school facilities. Case studies and financial analyses will be presented.



Residential Applications

Larry Brown, Region Manager, WaterFurnace International


Mr. Brown will discuss the impact of utilizing geothermal heat pump technology in residential applications. Financial analyses will be explored.



The Sustainable Utility Model

Stacey Bernier, General Manager, GeoExchange and Sustainable Energy Systems, Corix Utilities


Mr. Bernier will provide an outline of the benefits afforded through the Corix sustainable utility model which includes a process to manage the design and installation of the GeoExchange infrastructure to ensure high quality design and application standards and QA/QC procedures.



School HVAC Finance and Operations Utility Cost Reduction

Doug Legge, P Eng, Business Development, Corix Utilities


Mr. Legge will outline a program in which schools can acquire a geoexchange system that will lower utility costs and improve the teaching environment without the need for capital investment on the part of the school district.  Corix Utilities can provide the capital required to build the geoexchange system as well as a comprehensive operations and maintenance program for the loop field and heat pump system.  Corix will invoice the school periodically just like the gas or electric company would.  The resulting benefits are lower energy related costs.  Mr. Legge is a professional engineer and manages business development activities for Corix Utilities in the United States.



Geothermal Drilling Technology Overview

Dr. Jared Potter, Potter Drilling

Dr. Potter will discuss current and future geothermal drilling technologies and profile his novel GeoJetter particle acceleration drill prototype.



How big is your Carbon Footprint? Bigger is not better.

Larry Oliver, Associate Principal, Glumac


Mr. Oliver will provide real world examples of lowering the carbon footprint of a building by utilizing geothermal HVAC systems.



Geothermal HVAC and AB32

Daniel Bernstein, President, Gaia Geothermal


Mr. Bernstein will explore the role HVAC plays in domestic greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas emission reductions available from deployment geothermal HVAC systems. What would happen to California CO2 emissions if x% of California buildings used ground source systems?



Q&A with open discussion between the audience and the panel will begin at 4:30PM


April 9

Concurrent Seminars

10:30 - 11:45 am
Green Building Basics: Concepts, Technologies and Regulations

Define the terms that are becoming ubiquitous in green building. Understand building certification standards such as LEED and others. Learn what are the latest green construction materials, how to work with subcontractors who may be new to green building. Find out about new regulations, building codes and the standards set by the Governor's landmark green building executive order, SR 20-04.

Speakers: Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, Green Team, California Department of General Services
Phil Williams, Vice President, Webcor Builders


10:30 - 11:45 am
How Do I Pay for This? Incentives, Rebates and Funding Options:
Find out how to get the funding you need to green your facilities with O&M improvements. Retrocommissioning can contribute to a building's sustainability by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, extending equipment life and reducing waste, and improving indoor air quality. This panel discussion will include representatives from utility incentive programs and local government partnerships and will answer your questions about funding options to get your project off the ground.
You will leave this session with an overview of the financial assistance available to help fund retrocommissioning projects in commercial buildings in California. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the panel, ask questions and receive information and resources you can put to use immediately in your planning and budgeting processes.

Amber Ackman, Energy Consultant, EE Initiative

Leon Alevantis, M.S., P.E. LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, California Department of Public Health, Administration - Program Support Branch, Facilities Management Section
Greg Cunningham, Principal, Enovity
Michael Lo, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, Energy Efficiency Division, Southern California Edison
Emily Moore, Sr. Program Manager, PECI


10:30 - 11:45 am
Renewable Energy Options: Going for Net Zero and Beyond

From solar, wind and geothermal to alternative fuels and new grid technologies, find out how you can actually reverse your electric meter and put power back into the grid. This session will cover the many incentives and rebates now online or being planned, and creative new public/private partnerships that can bring renewable to your building with little or no initial investment.



Paul Fenn, Chairman and CEO, Local Power Inc.

Michael Albertson, VP Commercial Sales & Marketing, WaterFurnace International

Dr. Don Schultz, Senior Analyst, California Division of Ratepayer Advocates, Public Utilities Commission


1:00 - 2:15 pm
Dealing with Drought: Water Management and Conservation

Learn about California's looming water crisis and what can be done to meet the challenge of providing water to a growing population as areas of the state become dryer. How is climate change impacting the water supply, and what might the future look like? Will there be a need for mandatory rationing? Is reclaiming wastewater and creating gray-water systems the answer? This session will include information on potential policies and rate structure changes, new technologies in water conservation, usage and recycling.

You will also hear about Zero Water Consumption Buildings that utilize alternate sources of water and the latest water saving technology.

Facilities managers, engineers, architects, building managers, corporate facility managers and architects will benefit from this class.

Speaker: Terry Janssen, CEO, Ecotech Water LLC

Chris Brown, Executive Director, California Urban Water Conservation Council


1:00 - 2:15 pm
Climate Change and Carbon Footprints

What, exactly, is climate change, and how could it affect your life, the work you are doing and your workplace? Learn what you and your organization can realistically do to lessen its impact. This session will include information on carbon offsets and trading and how to calculate greenhouse gasses over the lifetime of a building.


Green buildings are often promoted as solutions to climate change.  However, all green buildings are not equal with respect to their value in mitigating the drivers of climate change.  This session will consider the relationship between green building rating systems and greenhouse gas emissions for buildings and communities


The session will include both consideration of specific credits or rating criteria in each system, a review of recent research findings (e.g., the New Building Institute's review of LEED building performance), and case studies for specific projects based on the personal experience of the presenters (e.g., Adobe Towers in San Jose). 



Wes Sullens, Program Manager, Alameda County

Dr. Jon Roberts, Director of Building Science, CTG Energetics

Hossein Shakrokni, CTG Energetics


1:00 - 2:15 pm
Risk and Opportunities of Building Green
Sustainable or green construction is an unstoppable and powerful movement within the global construction industry.  Cost savings and asset values are now principal drivers in decisions to build green and obtain certifications through LEED or other certifying programs.  Contracting and building to green and certified standards raises unique liability issues and often a shift of risk allocation.

This session will review the latest in green building how to incorporate it in homes and communities and how to market the value of green to potential buyers, including:

• Cost implications

• Value in the marketplace

• Special building requirements

• Products and incentives available

• Planning and design solutions that create value in a green community

• Future performance warranties

• Essential contract terms in a green construction environmental

• Responsibility for certifications

• LEED and other certifying programs appeal process


Also included will be a discussion of "green insurance" and the risks and opportunities green building owners face, the expansion of new green insurance options, and how properly protecting your green building impacts your investment.



Jonathan Rodriguez, Attorney, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP

David Cohen, Product Director, Commercial Underwriting, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company

3:15 - 4:30 pm
Green Facilities Management

Whether its brand new or old, any building can be maintained in an energy efficient and environmentally healthy way. This session will address all things "green" at the operations level.

This discussion will include:

How to implement a green cleaning program that reduces exposure to building occupants and maintenance personnel of potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particle contaminants.

Implementing and maintaining a low environmental impact integrated indoor pest management policy.

Onsite energy management programs.

Speakers: Bryan Johnson, Sustainable Operations Program Coordinator, California Department of Motor Vehicles

Rhonda Respers, California Department of Motor Vehicles

Cyndi Smith, CFM, Facility Manager, Vision Service Plan and President, Sacramento Vally Chapter of the International Facility Management Organization

3:15 - 4:30 pm
The Air in There: Building Materials and Environmental Health


Indoor air quality can have a profound impact on human health and productivity, especially in sealed buildings that re-circulate air. Learn how everyday furnishings, carpets and paints can "off-gas" volatile organic compounds and other toxic substances.


You'll hear about multi-season study of ventilation and IAQ in 108 new single-family, detached homes in California Discover why healthy buildings are healthy for people, and simple steps you can take to improving the IEQ (indoor environmental quality) in your workplace or home.


Speaker: Bud Offermann PE CIH, Indoor Environmental Engineering, Principal Investigator, ARB Ventilation and IAQ in New Homes Study


3:15 - 4:30 pm
Energy Savings Using Energy Star

Learn how you can improve a building's energy performance and discover the benefits of energy management using existing tools like the Energy Star® Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR program helps both new and existing buildings meet some requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) rating system. EPA's tools help users set energy targets and track the energy use, associated costs, and CO2 emissions associated with building operation. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Use ENERGY STAR tools to set energy targets for new facilities and track and save on energy use in existing facilities.

  • Use EPA's Target Finder (required for LEED for Schools) and Portfolio Manager to improve building performance and obtain valuable information and points toward LEED applications.

  • How ENERGY STAR and LEED fit together as part of a district's green building efforts

  • Learning Objectives for this session include:

  • Demonstrate how ENERGY STAR tools can help to achieve LEED-EB, LEED-NC, and LEED for Schools certification and track energy use.

  • Examine different ways to cut energy costs using ENERGY STAR tools.

  • Demonstrate how to perform these tasks so attendees will be ready to implement changes in their facilities.

This session will be led by Cadmus Group, the primary marketing and media support team for the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program

Speaker:  Julio Rovi, CEM, CIAQ, CSDP, LEED AP, Principal, Cadmus Group

April 9 Half Day Workshops - 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Green Affordable Housing

Perhaps no other sector is more dedicated to green building than affordable housing. These projects provide a unique opportunity to address a range of important issues.  Green affordable housing directly benefits individuals and families in need by reducing energy bills and creating healthier living environments. Learn how green design, construction and maintenance can help the environment and the economy by empowering tenants.  Hear from experts who have demonstrated success in this exciting field.


Case studies of green affordable housing will be presented.


Speakers: Bruce Mast, Development Director, Build It Green, representing the Green Affordable Housing Coalition

Tim Kohut, AIA, LEED AP, Architectural Director, Los Angeles Community Design Center

Sarah Dimson, Project Manager, Los Angeles Community Design Center

Lara Regus, Project Manage, Los Angeles Community Design Center


Greening Local Government: Success Stories
Many California cities are involved in clean air and green building initiatives, and more are coming onboard all the time. Greening your city or community is not only affordable, it saves money. In this workshop local government experts will showcase their successes and relate the benefits and challenges of greening their cities.


You hear about Green Cities California a collaborative of cities that collectively represent over 8 million California residents whose purpose is to cooperatively and collectively take action to accelerate local, regional, national and international efforts to achieve sustainability.



Linda Giannelli Pratt, Program Chief, Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Protection Division, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department

Nina Johnson, Assistant to the City Administrator, City of Santa Barbara

Jennifer Seguin, LEED AP, Green Building Program Coordinator, LEED for Existing Buildings, City of San Jose, Environmental Services Department (invited)


The Energy Independence and Security Act:
How the New Federal Legislation Will Impact California
In this session you will learn about some of the implications of the new Energy Independence and Security Act.  You hear about the Act's authorization of funding for training for green-collar jobs  and energy efficiency provisions.  Find out how your profession or industry may be affected by the highly charged and transitory regulatory landscape.



Ian Kim, Green-Collar Jobs Campaign Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


State of California & Investor Owned Utilities Partnership Program

The State of California/Investor Owned Utility (IOU) Partnership is a unique energy efficiency program focused on the improvement of State of California facilities and lowering operating costs at buildings statewide. The program offers incentives for retrofitting buildings and facilities within the IOU service areas.

This half-day class will discuss the Partnership's commitment to increasing the level of energy efficiency in state buildings.  The accomplishments in 2007 and outlook for 2008 will also be presented, including process and success stories.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to identify the participants in the partnership

  • How you can participate in the partnership

  • What types of energy efficiency projects qualify for incentives in the partnership

  • The process for funding energy efficiency projects

  • How to implement a successful energy efficiency project

  • About the different types of funding resources available

  • How this partnership it will assist your organization in meeting the Green Building Initiative

This class is for state department directors, facilities managers, budget officers and others interested in learning about this unique energy efficiency program.


Speakers: Lisa Hannaman, Account Manager, Southern California Edison

Linda Luft, Account Manager, Southern California Edison

Roy McBrayer, Deputy to the State Architect, California Department of General Services

Chris Riley, Account Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric

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