Green Schools Committee
John Diffenderfer, Principal, AEDIS
John is a Principal at AEDIS Architecture & Planning in San Jose and has 20+ years of California school design experience. John designed CA’s 1st Net-Zero Energy School and was a featured speaker at Greenbuild on Net-Zero Schools. He has overseen large and complex school construction programs, including an award winning project recognized by the City of San Jose's Green Star award.
Steve Murphy PE, LEED AP, (BD+C), Director of MEP Services, Blach Construction
Steve Murphy comes to us from USGBC-NCC’s Monterrey Bay Branch where he served as the advocacy chair. During this time, Steve mobilized ~20 green schools advocates, in partnership w/ local community colleges, to offer free green consulting services to underfunded schools. Steve is currently the MEP Director for Blach Construction and specializes in green schools.
Scott Watkins, Managing Partner, Buildaberg
Scott Watkins is Managing Partner of integrated green building consultancy Buildaberg and recently served on the staff of ChangeLab Solutions. In addition to his role leading the USGBC Sustainable Neighborhoods Committee, Scott is a core member of the USGBC’s California Council of Experts, a licensed California General Contractor, a LEED AP, an accredited urbanist, and previously enforced building code, permits and zoning regulation for the City of Alameda.
In all his capacities, Scott works to identify practical green building techniques that implement an integrated approach from design to operation. Scott views land use and development issues from the ground up, where one can take time to consider the human-scale impacts of planning strategies and decisions. Scott is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration, with a city planning emphasis and a current student of Mills College, where he is earning two graduate degrees in public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA).
David Jaber, Principal, inNative
For fifteen years, David has been assisting communities and companies with performance metrics tracking, supply-chain analysis, greenhouse gas inventories, pollution prevention, and “eco”-efficiency site assessments.
He has performed over one hundred energy efficiency and waste prevention site assessments in manufacturing, food processing, hospitality, retail, office, and other settings. He has developed greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans for several food processing companies, and conducted a range of analytics around diversion rates, energy efficiency, and return on investment. Other projects include an industrial-ecology driven economic development assessment for the City of Albuquerque, environmental performance benchmarking of the State of Washington's pulp and paper sector, and farm supply-chain performance evaluation through the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops.
Green Residential Committee
Maureen Ladley, Principal, Ladley & Associates
Maureen Ladley, principal of Ladley & Associates, leads a research and marketing consulting firm based in Oakland, California. With expertise in urban infill community research, planning and marketing, she is a passionate advocate of sustainable building practices and is both a LEED AP and a Certified Green Building Professional. Maureen has more than 20-years experience in research and marketing of residential, Active Adult, multifamily and mixed-use real estate. Prior to Ladley & Associates, Maureen worked with Forest City and Centex. She's a member of ULI, USGBC-NCC, and Build It Green, and serves on ULI's Communications Committee and co-chairs USGBC-NCC's Residential Marketplace Committee. Maureen holds an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA.
Randy Potter, Vice President, Earth Bound Homes
Randy is the VP of a green, single-family homes company, Earthbound Homes. Randy has over 30 years of environmental advocacy experience. He is a member of the Mountain View Environmental Task Force, an advisor for the Santa Clara green building program, and served as a co- chair for USGBC-NCC’s Residential Marketplace Committee for 6 months in 2011.
State Policy: San Francisco Advocacy Committee
Dennis Murphy (Chair)
Dennis Murphy is on a mission to cool and heat buildings at scale utilizing the vast thermal battery potential of the ground below our feet. As part of the founding team at Seasonal Energy, Inc., he is commercializing Smart Thermosiphon Array thermal storage technology for a variety of large-scale applications. With a career arc spanning design to demolition and data to heat networks, Dennis filled business development and executive roles at Potter Drilling and GroundSource Geo. At GroundSource, he led a team that won a Clean Tech Open Sustainability Award and produced the “Project Negatherm” research report for the California Energy Commission. Dennis is active in clean tech and energy efficiency policy, has been deeply involved in NCC Advocacy and is the founding and current chair of USGBC California.
Paul Wermer (NCC Representative)
Trained as a chemist, Paul’s focus on sustainable practices began while he managed materials development programs in the semiconductor industry. Work on environmentally related projects highlighted how significant both regulatory and market forces are in influencing business actions, and the power of advocacy in shaping both those forces. Following his interests, he joined Global Footprint Network as a senior scientist, where he applied the Ecological Footprint as a sustainability metric in a number of projects – and was astonished at the resource impacts of building and remodeling practices. This evolved into an interest in land use and green building practices. Paul has been active in USGBC-NCC’s State Advocacy activities since 2008.