Through its conferences and traveling seminars, Green Technology draws upon the expertise of a wide range of sustainability experts. Their collective wisdom and experience represent an extraordinary resource, and to make it possible for you to access this resource at any time you like, we’ve started a series of online training events.
You have the option to view these live or, after the live event has occurred, on demand. Click on a thumbnail for a session description and presenter bio. Note: some webinars offer AIA and ICC CEUs. Check individual descriptions for details.
Come back regularly to stay updated on the latest offerings!
Non-residential CALGreen (Title 24, Part 11)
Webinar participants will learn about CALGreen as it applies to non-residential occupancies, with 2019 updates highlighted. EV charging and other legislative mandates will be addressed, as well as other frequently asked questions. CALGreen was developed in part to promote environmentally responsible, cost-effective, healthier places to live and work. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
2019 Energy Standards Changes
This webinar will review the major changes to the 2019 Energy Standards requirements for both residential and nonresidential buildings. Available educational resources and training opportunities for the 2019 Energy Standards will also be provided.
Open Building: Creating Resilient Learning Environments
How many years can a school building retain its usefulness and vitality in an era when both climate and teaching styles are constantly changing? Two MIT-trained architects, the co-founders of the Council on Open Building, offer insight into the benefits of this approach for schools, and the ways that it can enable them to more easily adapt as environmental pressures, space allocation and teaching styles change over time.
Zero Energy K-12 Schools as Catalysts for Change: the AEDG Path to Success (AIA)
As the State of California moves rapidly towards zero energy standards for construction, a much-needed guide towards widespread adoption of these goals for the K-12 sector has been provided by the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Zero Energy K-12 Schools, through a collaboration of the AIA, ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. An architect who helped create the guide discusses how it can inform the creation of cost effective, high-performance learning environments.
Ensuring Proper Installation and Commissioning of HVAC Systems in Schools (AIA)
Anyone who is working to save energy is well aware of the challenges of achieving true HVAC efficiency. It may be virtually impossible to reach your target if the system is not properly installed and operated. Engineers from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley Lab, the authors of a CEC-funded study of HVAC installations at California schools, outline what you need to know and do to get the performance (and air quality) you paid for.
Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions
As part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has targeted organic material in the waste stream. 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. A CALRecycle scientist discusses what California law requires, and what her agency is doing to enforce the new regulations.
Social Media for Sustainability
Social media channels can be cost-effective and powerful tools for spreading your message – if you are using the right channels in the right way and not treating social media as an afterthought. But it can be hard to know what it will take to ensure your message rises above the noise. In this webinar, Don Stanley, a nationally-recognized social media expert, author and university professor on the subject of social media, looks at best practices that can increase the impact of your efforts.
Building and Engaging Your Twitter Stakeholder Base
What does it take to build an effective strategy and meaningful connections on Twitter that can lead to real-world impact? This webinar will help to answer this question by addressing topics including finding valuable connections, growing your following, engaging your community and real-world examples of Do’s and Don’ts. The webinar speaker is Don Stanley, a nationally-recognized social media expert, author and university professor on the subject of social media.
Recycling Solutions Summit
Join us for a Recycling Summit that will give you insight into the current crisis with recycling and what’s being done to fix it. We will introduce you to a simple nonprofit national solution that is making it easier for people to begin to recycle more and recycle right, wherever they might be . The solution has been implemented in settings ranging from the Super Bowl, to national parks, to major corporations, as well as airports, cities, states, households, schools etc.
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. This webinar will help you understand these requirements and offers insights into considerations and challenges related to them.
Understanding CEC NRCC Forms: Applications and Review Process
Gain understanding of what NRCC forms are and why they are now required by the CEC. Learn how to apply the NRCC forms for a project, and find out about enforcement and submission requirements (limited to overall Statewide intent – as City/County’s vary). The session also addresses the integration and overlap between the NRC forms and the Title-24 CALGreen Commissioning process.
Climate Friendly Purchasing Strategies and Tools
Up to 55% of households and governments’ emissions are related to purchases of goods, food, and services. Increasingly, government agencies (and businesses) are looking for ways to change their practices can and reduce these climate impacts. This webinar highlights strategies and case studies from two newly-released resources: the West Coast Climate and Material Management Forum’s Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Sustainable Consumption Toolkit.
Catching that Elusive Raindrop in California
Collecting rainwater in California for use indoor use has been implemented at an ever increasing rate over the last several years since the passing of AB1750. As municipalities and designers focus more and more on on-site water reuse and even Net Zero Water strategies, this has become more and more important. This session, led by the author of an important textbook on this topic, focuses on treatment trains and filtration strategies from the collection surface to the point of use as well as code-compliant backup methods.
Municipal Storm Water Regulations – Future changes affecting municipalities and public school districts (K-14) (AIA)
Managing rainwater and storm water at the source is a more effective and sustainable alternative to augmenting water supply, preventing impacts from flooding, mitigating storm water pollution, creating green space, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. Find out about upcoming changes in storm water management responsibilities of school districts that require coordination between districts and municipalities.
Foundation for success of ZNE buildings rests with what resides “behind closed doors”
As public sector buildings respond to mandates to move toward Zero Net Energy, every strategy for increasing efficiency must be explored. Low-voltage transformers can play a significant role in reducing building energy consumption. An engineer with more than 50 years of building experience, including 32 years in educational facilities, describes how this technology can contribute to the success of ZNE projects.