Wednesday, November 17th | 9am - 11am | Zoom


Course Description:  

The City of San Diego owns more than 200 existing facilities and there are thousands of existing commercial properties in the city limits that will need to be retrofitted to reach the state’s 50% zero net energy (ZNE) target for commercial buildings by 2030. Learn why commercial buildings should go ZNE and how to get a project started. Project steps will be outlined using three City of San Diego libraries that recently went near-ZNE as real-world examples. Steps to be covered include design, construction, measurement and verification, and staff and visitor education.

Seminar Highlights:  

  1. What is ZNE and how would it benefit my commercial business or public entity and the San Diego community? Learn about the importance of ZNE at a building and community level.
  2. What is involved in a ZNE project? Learn the steps to go ZNE by retrofitting your existing commercial building and how to ensure a more successful project.
  3. How do I maintain ZNE at a commercial building? How do I provide education about ZNE? Learn what maintenance is required and how to educate building staff and visitors to ensure ZNE is maintained.

Target Audience: 

  • Facility/Maintenance Managers 
  • Existing Public and Private Building Owners and Managers
  • Retrocommissioning/Commissioning Agents
  • Engineers
  • Construction Managers
  • Sustainability Students
  • General Public

Learning Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). 


Shannon Sales, PE, CEM

Shannon Sales is a Senior Civil Engineer for the City of San Diego in the Sustainability and Mobility Department.

Shannon has worked at the City for 4 years.  In that time, she has worked on many renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Most recently, Shannon has been working on the Municipal Energy Implementation Plan. This document looks at ways the City can reach its Climate Action Plan and Municipal Energy Strategies goals. Prior to her time at the City, Shannon worked in land development on residential, commercial, school and municipal projects in the Southern California region.

Kristin Larson, AICP, PMP

Kristin Larson is Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a nonprofit with a single mission to decarbonize.

Kristin has over ten years of experience in the sustainability field, both in public and private sectors and across the country. As a Manager for the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) team at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), she has led and supported projects funded by the California Energy Commission that focused on clean energy technology demonstrations to accelerate the adoption of zero net energy design principles, integrated distributed energy solutions, and innovative energy and demand saving options.

Robert Carr, LEED AP O+M, LFA, GPRO Instructor

Robert Carr is a consultant who specializes in making our region’s built environment more sustainable.

Robert is a LEED AP, LFA, and GPRO instructor and has used this experience to participate in many LEED projects with local organizations including the San Diego Green Building Council. He has a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from ASU, as well as has earned his LEED AP and LFA certifications. In addition, he is a GPRO instructor. Robert also volunteers for SD 350 and the San Building Electrification Coalition to advocate for just, equitable and sustainable communities for all. Previously, Robert was a science teacher in San Diego Unified School District and a flight instructor.

Thank you to the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center for supporting this event.




November 17, 2021 at 9:00am - 11am



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