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The 2015 San Diego Green Building Conference & Expo

The Value of Sustainability September 22, 2015

ABOUT SDGBC The San Diego Green Building Council is a local 501c3 community benefit non-profit organization, driven by a vision of the future where our buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. The San Diego Green Building Council is the official chapter of the US Green Building Council in San Diego and host to the San Diego Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Our programs and partnerships are designed to support our mission: to inspire, educate and collaborate within our community to transform our built environment toward true sustainability. Check out our Events Calendar to see all of our upcoming events online at Some of our key programs and events include:


The Green Assistance Program is a hands-on learning opportunity for anyone who is looking to advance their knowledge of green buildings, the LEED certification rating system, and regulations driving sustainability in the built environment. Since 2010, over 100 volunteers contributed to the LEED certification of local non-profit facilities such as the Old Globe Theatre, the Air and Space Museum, and the World Beat Center, under the Existing Buildings Operations + Maintenance rating system. In 2015, our volunteers will have a chance to work on the LEED certifications of the Museum of Man, the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Applications for the Jacobs Center will be accepted until October 7th; GAP for the Food Bank will kick-off shortly thereafter.


The Monthly Educational Events are one of two event types: Lunch+LEEDs and Green Meets / Green Salons. These fun and casual gatherings bring educational content from local experts, include tours of San Diego’s greenest projects, and provide updates from policy-makers to our member community and the general public. Our next Green Salon event will be at the Copley-Price Family YMCA, on Wednesday, October 21st.



The Green Homes Tour is a self-guided tour of San Diego’s greenest residential developments, where homeowners open up their homes and invite our community to see what some of these sustainability strategies look like. This tour takes place annually in the fall. Don’t miss the 2015 event on Sunday, October 4th!


The Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition where schools develop a sustainable or “green” project to be completed during the school year and document results for a chance to be recognized nationally. SDGBC’s work with local schools also includes the annual Green Apple Day of Service and Healthy Schools Initiative. This year’s Green Apple Day of Service will take place at two local schools, KIPP Adelante and Pacific Trails, on Saturday, September 26th.


The Living Building Challenge Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group of Living Building Challenge advocates and ambassadors, which provides an opportunity for informal learning experiences and advances in our community transformation. Collaborative members are investigating and advocating for the local conditions that allow for Living Buildings, Sites, and Communities. Look out for our 2014 Feasibility Study, as well as a summary report from our PreConference LBC Symposium that was held on September 21st.

We thank you for your commitment to a sustainable San Diego and for joining us at this year’s Green Building Conference and Expo!



For more information on how to get involved or to become a sponsor, please contact us at

5010 Shoreham Place San Diego, CA 92122 (858) 357-3011



US Green Building Council San Diego Chapter



The Value and Values of Good Governance Douglas Kot, AIA, LEED Faculty

The recent trend in green building has been to expand the argument from the value to the values of sustainability, which include concepts like: well-being, resilient communities, equitable resource use, health, community development, and environmental and social justice. This session will help the audience understand how the evolving language helps to expand opportunities for green building. Another driver of green building—and marker of our values—is legislation; major changes are proposed at the federal, state and local levels. This session will introduce a new perspective on the value and values of sustainability through the lens of this proposed regulation. Taken together, the market conditions and the regulatory approach will have a profound effect—this session will present a hopeful path forward for green building and sustainable communities in our region. Douglas Kot, AIA, LEED Faculty is Head of Section for the Sustainable Buildings and Communities Team at DNV GL (formerly DNV KEMA). Doug has been involved with green building and sustainable planning since 1997 as a planner, architect, and building scientist. His experience includes all phases and scales of project development including the technical development of dozens of high-performance and zero net energy buildings where he has advised on energy systems, water efficiency and reuse, material impacts and healthy interiors. He has taught extensively on building energy use and sustainable building technologies at UCSD Extension, Design Institute of San Diego, Pitzer College, the Boston Architectural College and UC Berkeley. He is U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Faculty for—and is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in—Neighborhood Development, Buildings Design & Construction, Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance and LEED for Homes. Doug is the current board chair for the San Diego Green Building Council and is Vice-chair of the USGBC California advocacy efforts. He is a member of the City of San Diego Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and is the current chair of the Environmental and Economic Sustainability Task Force that supported the development of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan. Doug holds dual Masters’ Degrees from UC Berkeley in City Planning and Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He has been a registered architect since 2001.



Sustainability and a New U.S. Grand Strategy Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby

While serving as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2009-2011, US Marine Corps Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter “A National Strategic Narrative” that calls for a new US Grand Strategy with sustainability as the central foundation for developing a more prosperous and secure nation. Now as the Co-Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University, Mykleby, along with his counterpart Patrick Doherty, has developed the implementation framework for the strategy called for in the “Narrative.” This new grand strategy calls for private sector leadership to shift our national trajectory in a more positive direction by leveraging market demand for smartgrowth housing, regenerative agriculture, and a productivity revolution in materials, manufacturing, and energy. Mykleby will discuss the national imperative behind this new national strategy and the role the private sector must play to direct America toward a more prosperous and secure future. Mark was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. Mark has served as a naval aviator, in five fleet fighter squadrons, and is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP). His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force Staff Training Program (instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five headquarters (Italy) in 2003. In 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From 2009 until 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation. Mark retired from the Marine Corps in August 2011 and subsequently joined New America Foundation, serving as a senior fellow from 2011 to 2014. Now as the Co-Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University, Mark continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability. Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with distinction in 1987. He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999. In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies.


SCHEDULE 8:30 - 9:00 am

Check-In & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 am

Conference Kick-Off

Cabrillo A, B, C

The Value and Values of Good Governance Douglas Kot (DNV GL)

9:30 - 9:45 am Patio 9:45 - 11:00 am Cabrillo A

Networking Break Please join us in the Patio area for networking. Breakout Sessions (choose one) Building Zen: How Mindfulness, Sustainable Design, Straw Bale Building, and Collaborative Construction Can Create Environments for Healthy Living in the 21st Century Ed Earl (Priority 1 Projects), Drew Hubbell (Hubbell & Hubbell Architects), and Rebecca Tasker (Simple Construct). Moderated by Ed Earl (Priority 1 Projects)

Cabrillo B

Urban Agriculture: Who, What, Where, Why, and ROI Karen Contreras (Urban Plantations) and Jim Mumford (Good Earth Plant & Flower Company). Moderated by Damian Valdez (City College).

Cabrillo C

Energy Dashboards: Classification Frank Shadpour and Joseph Kilcoyne (SC Engineers, Inc.), with George Gemberling (County of Riverside Economic Development Agency) and Ken Schwalbe (Naval Medical Center San Diego). Moderated by Ravi Bajaj (SDGBC).

11:00 - 11:30 am Mission A & Patio 11:30 am - 12:45 pm Cabrillo A

Networking Break & Expo Please join us in Mission A for the expo or the Patio area for networking. Breakout Sessions (choose one) Achieving Sustainability: Overcoming Opposition to Sustainable Projects Cary Lowe, Barbara Filner, Michael Jenkins, and John Reaves (Land Use & Environmental Mediation Group). Moderated by Cary Lowe.

Cabrillo B

Organic Landscaping: Growing Healthy Plants and Communities without Pesticides, Herbicides, and Synthetic Fertilizers Ari Tenenbaum (Revolution Landscape) and Kristen Kuhn (San Diego Coastkeeper). Moderated by Hiram Sarabia (CA Regional Water Quality Control Board).

Cabrillo C

Building Life Cycle: Balancing the Equation of Total Ownership Cost Sean Hulen and Kyle Frandsen (Balfour Beatty Construction). Moderated by Sean Hulen.

12:45 - 1:30 pm Mission A & Patio


Lunch & Expo Please join us in Mission A for the expo or the Patio area for networking.

SCHEDULE 1:30 - 2:45 pm Cabrillo A

Breakout Sessions (choose one) The New Mechanics of Productivity: Boost Your Building’s IAQ Simon Turner (Healthy Buildings). (Soltierra).

Cabrillo B

Moderated by Hernando Miranda

Improving Resilience through Sustainable Design: Reconstruction of Transitional Housing at San Pasqual Academy Kotaro Nakamura (Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects) and Pat Caughey (Wimmer Yamada and Caughey). Moderated by Paulina Lis (SDGBC).

Cabrillo C

Path to 2020 Zero Net Energy Code Compliance + California’s Zero Net Energy Future: Possibilities, Policies and Programs to Achieve the State’s Zero Net Energy Goals Blake Herrschaft and Annie Koch (DNV GL) with Hanna Grene and Lindsey Hawes (Center for Sustainable Energy). Moderated by Douglas Kot (DNV GL).

2:45 - 3:15 pm Mission A & Patio 3:15 - 4:15 pm Cabrillo A

Networking Break & Expo Please join us in Mission A for the expo or the Patio area for networking. Breakout Sessions (choose one) Reduction and Recycling at Special Events and Large Venues Julie Sands Tyne (City of San Diego Environmental Services Dept.) and Donald Bottger (SDCCC). Moderated by Rick Anthony (ZeroWaste San Diego).

Cabrillo B

H2Obligation Ben Dalton and Peter Spruance (Miller Hull). Moderated by Ben Dalton.

Cabrillo C

Everyday Green: Smart Engineering is Not Just for “Green Buildings” Calina Ferraro and Ransom Hamrick (Randall Lamb Associates). Moderated by Beth Brummit (Brummit Energy Associates, Inc.).

4:15 - 4:30 pm Mission A & Patio 4:30 - 6:00 pm Cabrillo A, B, C

Networking Break & Expo Please join us in Mission A for the expo or the Patio area for networking. Keynote Speaker Sustainability and a New U.S. Grand Strategy Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby (New America, US Marine Corps). Moderated by Beth Brummit (Brummit Energy Associates, Inc.).

6:00 - 7:30 pm Patio

Networking Reception Please join us in the Patio area for networking.

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AERATRON has designed the world’s quietest and most energy-efficient ceiling fans. We offer the AE2 & AE3, two and three bladed styles in 43”, 50”, & 60” sizes. Our fans are quite simply the best performing ceiling fans on the market with energy use as little as 10% of other EnergyStar fans.


Baker Electric has been in business since 1938 and is a fourth generation, full service commercial electrical and solar contractor. We have completed multi-million dollar contracts throughout Southern California, acting as both a prime and subcontractor. Our project portfolio includes Commercial, Industrial, Military, Hospitality, Multi-Family, Institutional, Healthcare, and Education sectors.


Geo Power System is a unique air to air conditioning system using renewable energy from shallow underground. The system supplies fresh and clean air to the inside of buildings for high IAQ and saves more than 50% of electricity/gas compared to conventional HVAC.


Healthy Buildings is a leading indoor air quality, water, energy, LEED and sustainability consulting firm with offices across the United States. Our purpose is to make buildings and the organizations that operate them more valuable. We work with building owners and managers to optimize environments, increase operating efficiencies and lower risks.



The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The Institute also runs the Cascadia Green Building Council as well as their incredible suite of programs, including: Ecotone Press, Declare, JUST, Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, and Living Product Challenge.


Miller Hull has been designing environmentally sensitive buildings beginning with award winning earth sheltered and solar designs in the 1980’s. The firm has completed 26 LEEDTM certified projects and has an additional 12 projects registered. Miller Hull is proud to have received 7 National AIA Committee on the Environment awards. These green buildings are an example of how enlightened clients can practice environmental stewardship and good business at the same time.


NBSD is committed to continuing a strong legacy of environmental stewardship while maintaining core mission capabilities. NBSD’s Environmental Team ensures those actions essential to achieving an environmentally sound facility are implemented through policies, procedures, oversight, and training. NBSD’s “Global Force for Green” Exhibit provides displays and literature highlighting environmental initiatives and the positive impacts on surrounding communities.



At Philips, we don’t just innovate for technology’s sake. We innovate for your sake. Our lighting solutions focus on understanding individual human needs to enhance people’s lives. Whether we are making walks home safer, hospital stays more comforting, businesses more prosperous or giving your home the atmosphere you desire while still saving you money - How we innovate matters - to individuals, to governments, to cities, to hospitals, to communities. And to you.


SemaConnect is the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American commercial and residential property market. A complete EV support partner, SemaConnect delivers a truly modern property experience through innovative, elegantly designed charging stations and a robust and open network. SemaConnect remains the preferred charging solutions partner in the United States and Canada.


Solatube International Inc. is the worldwide innovator and leading manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs). We utilize advanced optics to deliver reliable and consistent daylight to any commercial, industrial, or residential interiors. Solatube Daylighting Systems are effective for LEED, CHPS, UFC-AFTP, and HVHZ project needs. We stick to a core belief that everyone deserves daylight.



Sustainable Water is a leading provider of water reclamation and reuse solutions. Utilizing the world’s leading technologies, we recycle water for heating, cooling and irrigation. Our turnkey development services begin with comprehensive feasibility studies and continue through design, permitting, construction and operation.


Valvin appoints to be the new leader in water conservation with the first and only fill valve that monitors various leaks in any tank toilet. This new Intelligent valve can detect and turn off water in toilets when detecting an open flapper leak, a fill valve leak or even a silent flapper leak, while sending a notification to the control box letting you know where the leak is located. Valvin is the new edge in water conservation for tank toilets worldwide.


WAXIE Sanitary Supply: We have been the experts in clean since 1945. WAXIE’s GPS® Green Partner Support™ Program guides you to more sustainable cleaning solutions which can help you reach your overall occupant wellness, sustainability and budgetary goals. With Inventory Centers strategically located throughout California and the Western United States, and LEED® Accredited Professionals on staff, WAXIE can assist in implementing green cleaning solutions that can contribute to cleaner, healthier and safer building environments.



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Leaders Alliance Green Builders Brady Companies San Diego Davis Consulting California Dynalectric Urban Fabrick American Iron & Steel Institute Burkett & Wong Engineers Design Institute of San Diego Healthy Buildings Verdani Partners


2015 San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo  

Program, schedule and expo information

2015 San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo  

Program, schedule and expo information