USGBC - Northern California Chapter

Explosion Green Live Conference with David Gottfried

Explosion Green Live with David GottfriedJoin David Gottfried for a FREE, week-long online virtual conference  called Explosion Green Live. Mr. Gottfried selected 40 of the best thought leaders in green building and videotaped 45 minute personal interviews with each of them. Interviewees include: Janine Benyus, Jason McLennan, Rob Bennett, Scot Horst, Art Gensler, Mark Ruffalo, Bob Berkebile, Bob Fox, Majora Carter, Sara Gottfried, MD and dozens of others.

Explosion Green Live takes on critical issues: the future of green building, LEED, the Living Building Challenge, Eco-Districts, green building $$ and cents, healthy products [red list], resiliency, biomimicry, green-tech disruptive products, Net Zero, the Bullitt Center, Microsoft green, fracking in NY, green company, corporate transparency standards, water and life on Earth. These are the issues of our time and∧as Mr. Gottfried asks the questions -- we learn together from the world's foremost visionaries and sustainability practitioners.

Explosion Green Live is intended to spread the message of green building and the most precious and inspiring thoughts of our gurus and practitioner heroes. No travel, no conference fees, and the luxury of a zero carbon footprint while watching your choice of 40 interviews at the convenience of your office desk or at home. This brings easy, instant access to the best in green building and sustainability to all.

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The LED Show

The LED Show Conference & Expo is the venue where quality solid-state lighting (SSL) and the latest innovative technologies are showcased. When the Industry needs information and knowledge, The LED Show is the place to be.

More than 30 intense learning sessions are provided in this year’s conference. These educational sessions will enable you to learn about the latest LED trends and emerging sciences.
• Hear from industry experts giving their personal insights on the most significant topics in LED lighting.
• Receive a comprehensive overview on how to design a complete LED lighting solution package.
• Meet with our expo manufacturers who are presenting the latest, innovative LED fixtures and components.

Also NGL (Next Generation Luminaires – Pacific Northwest National Lab) will also be announcing the Solid-State Lighting Design Indoor Competition awards at the show.

Speaker for 2014 include:
Rohit Patil - Xicato
Therese Lahaie – Apparatus Design
Joel Smith - Puget Sound Energy
Suleyman Turgut - Luminit
Eric Haugaard – Cree
Chad Stalker – Philips Lumileds
Ted Konnerth – Egret Consulting
Marci Sanders – D&R International
Irina Rasputnis – NEEP
Taylor Jantz-Sell – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ruth Taylor – DOE/PNNL
John Sofio – Built
Eman Zadeh – Coloronix
Elliot Laurence – Mind Mavericks
Derry Berrigan – Light Think Studios
Julian Carey – Intematix
Wil DuCrest – Special FX Lighting
Don McDougall – Solid State Capital
Kurt Nielsen – Lighting Design Lab
Kelly Cunningham – CA Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
Kevin Willmorth - Lumenique, LLC
Louis Brill – Illuminations
Lara Cordell – Wiedenbach Brown
Richard Zulch – Zulch Laboratories, Inc.
Jeff Saake – Lumenetix
Greg Galluccio – Leviton
James Highgate – PennWell Corporation
Paul Ford – The Lighting Quotient
Scott Riesebosch - CRS

USGBC-NCC Member Discount

$100 Saving on either the Total Access Pass or the 2-Day Conference Pass. This saving is off the standard rate. The price for USGBC-NCC members for a Total Access Pass would be $615 and for a 2-Day Conference Pass it would be $495.

To receive the discount they would need to enter the promo code USGBC.

Or register through this link and the promo code will be automatically filled. -

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Design Green, Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings - Seminar

Commercial, Institutional & Multi-Residential


  • Geothermal Heating & Cooling
  • Sustainable Skylight and Rooftop Support
  • Self Leveling Underlayment
  • Spot Cooling
  • Motorized Doors
  • Roofing System
  • Speech privacy & Sound Masking

USGBC-NCC & AIA Members can purchase tickets at the member rate of $45.
** Continental Breakfast & lunch Included

Ms. Danie Couture
1 (919) 637-4379

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Mentorship Program Mixer

Our goal is to match members of the building community with others interested in similar areas of green building (new construction, schools, financing, materials, neighborhood development, etc.). Each mentorship group will encompass a pyramid structure, with professionals at senior-, mid-, and entry-levels with various backgrounds and experience. The goal is to create cross-pollination throughout the industry in hopes of strengthening communication and collaboration opportunities.

We envision members of each group getting together on a quarterly basis to discuss successes and challenges they've experienced at both micro and macro levels. Over time, each group will evolve to meet the goals and interests of its group members. These meet-ups may include but are not limited to happy hours, formal meetups, and everything in between.

To get involved with the program please sign up here:

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Northern California Facilities Expo




Discover the latest technology, equipment and trends, gain knowledge and inspiration from industry experts, and share ideas with fellow facilities professionals who face the same challenges that you do — all for free! Attending Northern California Facilities Expo will have a positive impact on your business and career, while having zero impact on your wallet.

 Be sure to stop by the Silicon Valley Branch booth!

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EPA & SF Environment Green Cleaning Event

Kindly RSVP by sending an email to by Thursday, September 18th.

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The Virtual World in the Construction Industry

The Virtual World in the Construction Industry, Thursday, September 25, 2014. At this event Bluebeam, Plangrid, Autodesk, Highlands Estimating, and FreightTrain will show you how to increase efficiency, productivity, and save time and money. You will learn about the virtual tools through presentations, demonstrations, hands on workshops, and hearing from current industry users.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. Bluebeam
9:40-10:40 a.m. PlanGrid
10:45-11:15 a.m. Local 393/South Bay Piping Industry - Bill Guthrie
11:20-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Hands-On Demo's, Workshops, Networking, IPAD Giveaway
1:30-2:30 p.m. Highlands
1:30-2:30 p.m. AutoDesk
2:40-3:40 p.m FreightTrain
3:50-4:50 p.m. Industry User Panel
4:50-5:45 p.m. Closing Comments, Hands On Workshops and Demos, IPAD Giveaway (must be present to win)

Please click on the below link for more information and to register----space is limited.

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Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training

5 Continents, 30 Countries, 5000 Executives have experienced CSE's sustainability training. Now, for the very first time CSE delivers this advanced course in Las Vegas and invites you to be a part of it.

CSE courses are accredited and approved by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), the leading international membership-based organization for Sustainability Professionals with more than 15,000 members based in 83 countries.

Key issues to be covered:

This challenging 2-day training program enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required for the effective use of the GRI Framework, GRI reports and publication of CSR/ Sustainability Reporting in alignment with the new GRI G4 Guidelines. The training provides insight on the conceptual introduction and preparation of the GRI reporting process, covers all the issues related to the dialogue with stakeholders and credibility of the reporting process, defines the content of the report and the monitoring process and explains in detail the preparation and communication of the final report.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be able to submit a 2-year sustainability action plan that will enable them to earn the globally recognized certification as CSR Practioners.

Attendees will also update their CSR knowledge, successfully implement and upscale sustainability strategies taking place within their organization and network with other professionals in the field.


  • Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption
  • Current Global & Local Legislation for CSR and GHG Emissions
  • Sustainability (CSR) Strategy and Related Global Standards and Guidelines
  • The Importance of Sustainability (CSR) in Supply Chain and Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Sustainability (CSR) and Integrated Reporting based on GRI and IIRC Guidelines
  • External Assurance and How to Communicate and Gain Credibility in Your Report
  • The Role of the Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner / Future Trends and Practitioner Assignment


Who should attend:

  • CSR Professionals
  • Public Relations
  • Communication and Marketing Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Sustainability and Environmental professionals
  • General Manager

USGBC-NCC Members receive 15% off. To access the unique 15 percent discount, you are invited to visit the link below:

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Understanding the Living Building Challenge: Water Petal

San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative

Mohawk Group and the International Living Future Institute present:

Description: Living Building Challenge Water Petal workshop, a 4-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge's Water Petal. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies.

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow - Vice President, Living Building Challenge
Amanda oversees the Living Building Challenge program and team out of the Seattle office. She is an award-winning architect and has been recognized as a pioneering leader in the green building movement in the northwest region where she has practiced since 1998. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council in 2000-2002, has served on the board of AIA Seattle and has been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008, and was the 2011 AIA/NAIUSI Fellow through which she spent a month in Italy studying Biophilia and Beauty as a pathway to a restorative future.

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Presentation and Tour: Delaware Addition in Santa Cruz


6:00 - 6:30: Networking

6:30 - 8:00: Presentation and tour 

 Light fare and drinks provided


Take Mission Street through town (a little under 2 miles); turn left on Swift Street, then right onto Delaware Avenue. Our building is on the right. (If you want to map it online, search for 2120 Delaware – the new streets in the development aren’t on anyone’s map yet.)


rainbowPlease join us for a presentation and site tour of the Delaware Addition in Santa Cruz, one of the first 25 LEED for Neighborhood Development projects in the United States. Mark Primack,
the principal architect/planner on the project, will discuss the evolution of the project and the benefits and challenges of LEED ND. There will also be a short primer on the basic components of LEED ND rating system. The presentation will be held in the first building erected on the site, a building seeking a LEED New Construction certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, including rating system and certification process requirements.
  • Learn about a specific LEED ND project, the Delaware Addition in Santa Cruz, and the process it went through to acquire certification and get buy in from the client, the community and local officials. There will be a focus on innovation credits and conflicts with local vs. universal criteria.
  • Understand the financial, health and community benefits of doing a LEED ND project (ie. co-housing, affordable housing, walkability, community cooperation, etc.).
  • Understand strategies implemented in Rainbow Light building.

About the Speaker


Mark Primack, LEED AP, Principal Architect, Mark Primack Architecture
Mark Primack, LEED AP architect for the project, is a former city council and current planning commission member in Santa Cruz, where he has practiced community-based design for over thirty years.


1.5 GBCI and and AIA CEUs Pending. 
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Tickets available at the door: Chapter Members: $10 | Non-Members: $20


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 Refund and Cancellation Policy

Please note the following policies:

  • All sales are final and we do not offer any refunds.
  • USGBC-NCC holds the right to cancel or postpone any event or workshop. Should USGBC-NCC have to postpone or cancel the workshop or event, you will receive a 100% refund.
  • Registration cannot be transferred to another workshop or event.


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U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

560 Mission St. Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 659-9404