2023 San Diego Green Building Conference & Expo



We are pleased to bring you the 9th annual San Diego Green Building Conference & Expo (SDGBCE23) on Friday, October 27, 2023 at UC San Diego Park & Market. This is San Diego's premier event for green building professionals from all fields of expertise to come together to share ideas, inspiration and connection. This year we are partnering with the World Woman Foundation's Sustainability Forum taking place on Thursday, October 26th at UC San Diego Park & Market. Join both days of this exciting collaboration to hear from visionary leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, academics, artists and policymakers.


As we work together to foster the scale of change necessary to address the climate emergency, we must draw on our personal and collective experiences to bring awareness, knowledge, and strength. Eden will share her own journey and some of the current initiatives at the County of San Diego that contribute to meaningful solutions for the greater San Diego region and beyond.

Eden Brukman is the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the County of San Diego and leads the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Justice. For more than 25 years, Eden has focused on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat: she coauthored Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global adoption from 2007-2012; cocreated and acted as the first Technical Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative; and contributed to the early development of other programs such as Declare, the Pharos Project, and EcoDistricts. Prior to her role in San Diego, she served as the Senior Green Building Coordinator for the San Francisco Environment Department. Eden was a named recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, and was designated one of the Forty Under 40 in Portland, Oregon, as well as a Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute. She is a LEED Fellow and has received the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. Also a licensed architect, Eden's advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups in cities all over the world.


What to Expect

  • Inspiring Keynote from Eden Brukman, Chief Sustainability Officer, County of San Diego
  • 12 World-class education sessions, GBCI CEUs and AIA LUs will be available
  • Expo hall featuring the leading local companies, firms, and organizations 
  • Engaging networking opportunity with fellow industry leaders, influencers, and experts
  • Delicious food provided for breakfast, lunch and during our evening networking reception
  • One free drink for evening reception attendees
  • Content spanning Building Decarbonization, Water Reuse, Equity, and Health and Wellness within our built environment and communities

Educational Sessions

Selected from a wide variety of presentation proposals, this year's lineup of insightful and educational sessions focuses on cutting edge information from industry leaders in the arena of sustainability. The 12 sessions will be spread out over 4 breakout time-slots in 3 rooms. Attendees will be able to earn GBCI CEUs and AIA LUs (thanks to our AIA Credit Provider, AIA-San Diego). The full lineup of education sessions are available for viewing here.

World Woman Foundation's Sustainability Forum

The World Woman Foundation's Sustainable Agenda calls for action to address the impact of climate change on women and girls, forging a gender-responsive plan for a sustainable future – a bold, transformative path forward.

Expo Hall

SDGBCE23 will showcase an exciting array of leading companies and organizations throughout Southern California. Want to keep your finger on the pulse of what your local community leaders and companies are working on? You won't want to miss this! Sneak peak of Expo Hall exhibitors here.


This year’s event will be hosted downtown at UC San Diego Park & Market, a one-of-a-kind social and intellectual hub, purpose-built to spark connections and make education accessible to all. SDGBCE23 education sessions will be held in the Guggenheim Theater, and the second floor Executive Learning spaces. The Expo Hall will be front and center in the Lobby where we will also be offering food and beverages. You can enjoy the second floor patio and outdoor gathering spaces during breaks and during our evening reception! We also wanted to make sure that this year's venue was easily accessible by transit. Park & Market is right across the street from the Park & Market Trolley stop so be sure to check out your transit options since our venue only has paid parking on a first come first served basis. Other parking options are listed in this document.


This conference would not be possible with the support of our community through participation and sponsorship. Thank you to our incredible sponsors!

Featured Sponsors


Equity Sponsors


Refreshment Sponsor

Drinks Sponsor


Education Sponsors


University Sponsors

AIA Learning Unit Credit Provider
Strategic Partners


The causes and effects of climate change are well understood and the solutions are many and attainable. The built environment has played a significant role in the causes of climate change but now can play a large role in reversing it. In the past, green buildings were designed to do less harm, or more recently to have net zero impact, on the environment they were in. Now, we are understanding that the built environment needs to be designed to help regenerate the environment it shares, in order to maximize its role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. To reverse the negative impacts the built environment has made, it is time for it to replenish water supplies, regenerate natural resources and provide energy to the surrounding communities. We need to be building positive: Building+.

The San Diego Green Building Council’s mission has always been to inspire, educate and collaborate with our communities to champion design innovations that make our region and beyond more resilient and sustainable. The goal of SDGBCE23 is to showcase projects and ideas that are pushing boundaries of design, construction, organizational change or policy that will get us Building Positive - therefore this year's theme is: Building+ Cultivating a Regenerative Future.


As a member you get access to industry events, a renowned sustainability network, and help contribute to our mission to enhance our environment, achieve economic prosperity, and ensure equity, health and well-being for all. Members receive discounted registration for this event.

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Volunteering at the San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo gives you free access to the education and networking available at this whole day event. Volunteers like you are critical this event's success. At this time all volunteer spots have been filled. Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist in case of cancelations.


Our Conference's Equity Sponsors and individual donors allow us to offer Opportunity Passes to eligible applicants this year, aiming to remove the barriers that may make event attendance difficult or impossible for many people.


SDGBC will take photos & video of attendees throughout the conference. These photos are for SDGBC use only and may appear on the SDGBC website, newsletter, conference brochures, social media outlets, or other future SDGBC promotional material.

By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media.