Thursday, November 18th | 10am - 11:30am | Zoom 

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The San Diego Green Building Council is proud to present this timely presentation and panel discussion with our partners at the Uplift Institute and the San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition. With around 240,000 veterans residing in San Diego, this session will discuss the skills and experience that the veteran's workforce can bring to California’s growing green jobs economy. We will also hear professionals within the industry discuss the skills and responsibilities associated with their respective fields, and share insight into the growth of the green building industry - covering topics such as sustainable architecture, energy efficiency projects, and certifications. Join us for this engaging conversation on the importance of green building careers for our communities! 


Charles Loftland

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Uplift Institute 

Charles has been a community change agent leader for over 25 years. He is involved in educational consulting, workforce development and neighborhood planning. Retired from the United States Air Force, Charles worked a construction manager specializing in water systems and hydro-purification. As a founder of the Uplift Institute, he has focused the mission on sustainability through education, economics, regenerative infrastructure and social equity. Charles holds a bachelor's degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, an M.A. in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University - Los Angeles and is completing a Doctor of Education in Educational Sustainability at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He currently resides in California. 

Eddie Price

Executive Director, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition

Eddie Price is a Native of California who has been at the forefront of Economic Equity for more than 25 years. Mr. Price spent his early formative years in Oakland, CA, and eventually moved to San Diego where he hit the ground running. Realizing there was a lack of economic activity involving African Americans, he started the San Diego Urban Economic Corporation.

He currently serves as the Community Development Officer for GRID Alternatives, an international non-profit Solar installation company and perfect fit for Mr. Price with their triple bottom line of "People, Planet, Employment." Mr. Price is a veteran himself and a beacon of leadership for our community.

Oliver Holmes

Oliver Holmes is a mechanical engineer, veteran, licensed professional engineer and a LEED AP. He studied mathematics at State University of New York- Oneonta and then mechanical engineering at Syracuse University. His career started in the environmental field of air and water pollution. His interests shifted into the area of energy utilization and its connection to building science.

He has worked in building design, construction and operation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Williams College while being increasingly challenged by the complex designs required of the scientific and engineering research environment. His energy focus led to the incorporation of many sustainable design features in these projects. He reduced Rensselaer’s electric energy consumption by over 15% and reduced its water usage by approximately 50%.

His interest in building science and sustainability led to being asked to provide guest lectures in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. He was then invited to become an adjunct faculty member 20 years ago and teaches courses in sustainable design. He has worked with Urban Green Council for over eight years delivering training programs in building operation and maintenance, energy codes and construction management.

Dee Davis, CEM, LEED AP

President, Davis Consulting Management Group

Dee has over 25 years-experience in sustainable construction practices and environmental psychology/behavior change. She has taught environmental design practices along with composting, water, energy, and waste reduction. Teaching through community and professional education programs as well as public and private schools and colleges she has reached thousands of people from all walks of life. She is a certified Master Composter, GPRO education developer and provider, as well as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds an additional certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) for Building Design and Construction. Dee has served as a board member and sponsor for the San Diego Green Building Council and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


November 18, 2021 at 10:00am - 11:30am



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