We are excited to share with you the following Sessions and Speakers who will be presenting at the 2019 San Diego Green Building Conference & Expo on October 18th! #TheFutureIsNow

8:00am - 8:30am | Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am | Welcome & Opening Keynote with Dr. Ramanathan 

9:45am - 10:45am | Zero Energy + Zero Water: Pushing the envelope in California's residential space

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in creating Zero Energy and Zero Water homes in Southern California.  The design team will highlight the design, construction, and operational learned lessons from a recently completed, single family home in La Jolla Shores California.  Designed as a high-performance building, the project includes on-site energy generation and water treatment systems to target Zero Energy and Zero Water.  Additionally, the project will be the first single-family home in San Diego to permit and operate an NSF-350 listed on-site greywater treatment to toilet flushing system.  The Architect will discuss the financial, technical, and code-related hurdles encountered by implementing Zero Energy and Zero Water systems in California’s residential space.

Speakers: John Ambert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BPI (Studio Verde), Blake Herrschaft, PE, LEEP AP (Rising Tide Engineering), Barbara Bradley, PE (Advanced Onsite Water)

11:15am - 12:15pm | ZNE Project Planning & Community Engagement for Existing Municipal Buildings: The City of San Diego ZN3 Project

Three existing City of San Diego libraries will receive energy efficiency upgrades that will drastically reduce their energy usage and bring them close to Zero Net Energy (ZNE). These retrofits are part of a multiyear demonstration project known as San Diego ZN3 (SD ZN3) to test, verify and publicize the integration of energy efficiency, on-site renewable power and other demand-side resources to meet the CEC’s “ZNE-Code Building” definition. The project is led by The Center for Sustainable Energy, in partnership with the City of San Diego, California Energy Commission, Mazzetti, San Diego Green Building Council, and San Diego Gas and Electric. Project planning and community engagement strategies learned have created a roadmap for similar ZNE projects. Project website:

Speakers: Kristin Larson (Center for Sustainable Energy), Shannon Sales (City of San Diego), Josh Dean, CEM, LEED AP O+M (San Diego Green Building Council)

1:15pm - 2:15pm | Operational & Embodied: Achieving True Zero Carbon

Operational emissions often drive Zero Carbon discussions, but they’re only part of the story. This session will equip participants with tools, tips, and cutting-edge case studies that demonstrate how to achieve holistic (operational and embodied) Zero Carbon on single building projects and across real estate portfolios. Participants will learn how to use existing frameworks like Zero Carbon Certification, LBC, and LEED to strategically guide and evaluate their holistic Zero Carbon efforts. The session will conclude with a deep dive into the difference in impacts between embodied and operational carbon so participants can communicate the benefits of each and use them to drive impactful project decisions.

Speakers: Charlie Christenson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP (Brummit Energy Associates), Boris Gamazaychikov, PE, LEED AP BD+C (Stok)

2:45pm - 3:45pm | A "Three P" Approach to Net Zero Water: Policy, Plumbing and Processes

Decentralized water recycling systems are becoming more and more common in new construction or redevelopment projects, including residential and commercial buildings, athletic stadiums, universities and office parks. These systems reduce pressure on aging infrastructure and improve the resiliency of centralized treatment systems while providing property owners significant reductions in water and sewer costs. This presentation will focus on the role decentralized water recycling systems will play in the future of water treatment management and Net Zero Water.

Speakers: Eric Hough (Natural Systems Utilities), Barbara Bradley (Advanced Onsite Water), Ravi Bajaj (Healthy Buildings)

9:45am - 10:45am | Resiliency and Adaptation Planning at the Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is addressing climate adaptation and resiliency planning across various disciplines and collaborations.  Port staff will provide an understanding of the planning and policy development process, vulnerabilities within San Diego Bay, strategies for adaptation and resiliency planning, and will outline the collaboration needed to address complex topics, such as sea level rise, infrastructure modernization, long range planning considerations, and current projects. 

Speakers: Renée Yarmy (Port of San Diego), Phil Gibbons (Port of San Diego), Tim Barrett (Port of San Diego)

11:15am - 12:15pm | Passive Design as an Answer to Social and Climate Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Everything you know about thermal comfort is wrong... but also right. By expanding our knowledge of the factors that impact thermal comfort, including age, gender, attributes of the human body, and other physical conditions, we can design spaces to better cater to the occupants inside. Using this knowledge, we can create happy and healthier built environments as well as improve our energy efficiency in our path to net zero.

Speakers: Staci Atwater (Glumac), Andrew Michajlenko (Gensler), DPR Representative

1:15pm - 2:15pm | A Climate Change Survival Plan: Future Proofing Neighborhood Development

This presentation will focus on neighborhoods as leaders on the forefront of resilience and the positive inroads being made by ingenious cross-industry designs and technologies being applied to the problem. We’ll look at a variety of cutting-edge innovations and solutions in neighborhood development through the lens of climate impact, social equity, resilience and disaster mitigation. I’ll share best practice strategies for putting knowledge into action on new projects and existing neighborhoods, as well as how we can integrate all components of true sustainability, incorporating LEED principals, U.N. SDG’s and what I call “Human-i-City” (Human Integrated Cities) into our neighborhood projects.

Speaker: Alexandra Sokol, LEED AP ND (EnviroDynamix)

2:45pm - 3:45pm | Resilient Design and Operations in an Era of Climate Change

This session provides an overview of future climate forecasting models and a climate resilience assessment tool for identifying areas of vulnerability to changing climate conditions. We will also present strategies to incorporate into building design from an operational perspective, with regards to building systems, education, resilient systems, resourcefulness, recovery and adaptability. A checklist of items to consider for unforeseen circumstances will be discussed, providing the audience with useful takeaway tools to assist in the preparation process. The session will address how to develop a plan, gain buy-in, and understand how changing local and regional climate conditions can be applied to a Resilience Assessment of infrastructure and operations.

Speakers: Elaine Aye (RWDI), Daniele Horton (Verdani Partners)

9:45am - 10:45am | Healthy People, Healthy Planet: WELL Buildings Ignite a Second Wave of Sustainability

The WELL Building Standard is a tool to implement sustainable solutions which integrate design, operations and policies which benefit people, without sacrificing the planet. Join us as we work to elevate the role of sustainability professionals to achieve recognition as agents of public health, and outline how you can deliver a holistic healthy campus experience through implementation of the WELL Building Standard.

Speakers: Angela Spangler, MS, AEP, WELL AP, WELL Faculty (International WELL Building Institute), Mark Strauss (International WELL Building Institute)

11:15am - 12:15pm | Not your Garden Variety Design: Optimizing Building Integrated Vegetation

Over the past 5-10 years, the health and wellness benefits of plants within our buildings has gained prominence. The benefits of biophilia and providing an indoor connection to nature are most often discussed, but there are many more potential benefits and opportunities that plants can provide. This presentation outlines opportunities to incorporate ecosystem services of plants into building designs. Drawing on case studies and biomimicry concepts, it provides an overview of how plants can improve air quality, reduce heating and cooling energy, improve space comfort, and provide added resiliency in building design. Drawing on the expertise of engineering, landscape architecture and plant expert/eco-warrior, this presentation seeks to inspire new ways of considering plants within our built environment while providing a practical approach for their implementation.

Speakers: Calina Ferraro, PE, LEED AP, WELL AP (Integral Group), Jennifer Montgomery, PLA, SITES AP (Schmidt Design Group), Jim Mumford, CLP, GRP (Good Earth Plants)

1:15pm - 2:15pm | Healthy Buildings: Impacts on Building Users and Public Health

Attendees will learn how the materials and products that we use to build sustainable, healthy and high performance buildings not only impact building stakeholders, but also communities we do not typically engage, including manufacturing workers, first-responders and frontline communities. An architect, contractor, engineer and owner representative will share how all industry stakeholders can improve the material selection process to optimize human and environmental health.

Speakers: Kathleen Hetrick, LEED AP, WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP (BurroHappold), Amber Richane, LEED AP, WELL AP, GGP, FitWel, Lean GreenBelt (City of Santa Monica), Jessie Buckmaster (Hathaway Dinwiddie), Mariam Mojdehi, AIA, LEED AP (Frederick Fisher and Partners)

2:45pm - 3:45pm | Closing the Transparency Loop - A Call for Drastic Materials Action

In 2012 the A&D community sent letters to all major building product manufacturers stating if you don't have EPD, HPD or Declare we will not spec your product. 6 years and 1,000's reports generated by manufacturers later, the Living Product 50 (50 leading building product manufacturers assembled together) and responded to the A&D community with a letter asking them to actually specify healthy materials as well as defining their own commitments in what is a true sustainable building products manufacturer. In 2019, a collective group of over 65 A&D firms signed a letter back confirming their commitment to specifying healthy building products. Here is where the industry lies--many letters and commitment have been made--it is now time for action. This program will help to summarize and education the room on the history of the healthy materials market as well as the urgent need for action now. It will conclude by a interactive session to allow the audience with actual action item take aways so they can begin to actively participate in this movement.

Speakers: Annie Bevan (Superior Essex), Lona Rerick (ZGF Architects)

4:00pm - 5:30pm | Happy Hour & Reception

5:30pm - 7:00pm | 2nd Annual Sustainability Awards with Kyle Pickett

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