USGBC - Northern California Chapter

"Toxic Hot Seat" - Flame Retardant Documentary

Toxic Hot Seat Documentary

"Toxic Hot Seat" - Flame Retardant Documentary
David Brower Center
Goldman Theater - July 23
Networking and refreshments at 5:30; film starts at 6:30.

Join us for a screening of the HBO documentary, "Toxic Hot Seat," which follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose a shadowy campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy in our homes and bodies - a campaign so cunning, it's taken nearly 40 years to unravel.

Students: $5
Non-Members: $10

This event is co-hosted by IIDA Northern California Chapter. If you are a member of IIDA NC please click here to register.

RSVP by July 18

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Emerging Professionals Happy Hour Meeting at Make the Connection

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Make the Connection

Make the Connection

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2014 Spain Experience and CEU - Building Green Sports Facilities

Tile of Spain will present a special seminar called ‘Building Green Sports Facilities’ at the Spain Experience organized by ICEX and LFP World Challenge. The guest speaker for the presentation is Mark Fenwick, world renowned sports facilities architect, of Fenwick Iribarren Architects, Madrid, Spain. Other than this lecture, the 2014 Spain Experience also features a product showcase and exhibits featuring innovative Spanish companies, such as Ceramicas Calaf, Levantina, and The Size as well as a "Taste of Spain" lunch.

Plus, attendees receive a FREE ticket to the 4:00 PM Soccer Match - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Atlético Madrid at Candlestick Park.

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Climate Change as a Health Issue

To many, climate change conjures up thoughts of tired political battles, extreme weather or stranded polar bears. Perhaps most devastatingly, it can instill feelings of helplessness.

InfluenzaBut what if climate change instead drew awareness of unpredictable migrations of infectious disease, increases in childhood asthma, and major vulnerabilities in our built environment? That’s where the conversation is increasingly headed, especially for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Framing both global warming and green building as public health issues rather than an environmental one produces the most emotionally compelling response. It quite literally hits home. How can sustainable building and community-scale design offer a clear pathway toward a healthier planet?

Join a panel of the world’s preeminent experts on the topics of climate change, resiliency, green building and public health for a thought-provoking conversation at the intersection of climate change, public health and the built environment.


Cyndy Comerford

Cyndy Comerford, Manager of Planning & Fiscal Policy, City and County of SF
Cynthia Comerford is the Planning and Policy Manager for the Environmental Health Branch in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Her work focuses on comprehensive planning and the development of practical tools and approaches to creating healthy cities. She directs the organizational, policy and fiscal functions of the Environmental Health Branch, which includes developing and evaluating policy and budgets, analyzing legislation, and developing strategic plans. Cynthia is a key leader in the Department’s Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability and has comprehensive management experience leading complex programs from strategy development to implementation and impact assessment. Cyndy currently directs the department’s Climate and Health and Health Impact Assessment Program and is working on efforts to reduce human trafficking, improve low income housing quality and prepare local governments for the health impacts of climate change. She has been a leader, individual contributor, and advocate for many San Francisco Open Data Initiatives and is passionate about helping government become more data driven and evidence-based in policy making. Cyndy serves on several national, regional and local advisory committees and currently represents the San Francisco Department of Public Health on the Municipal Green Building Task Force and the Mayor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.

Heather Wooten

Dr. Linda Rudolph works in the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health. She has many years of experience in public health, with expertise in climate change, health in all policies, and healthy communities. Linda previously served as Deputy Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Departmetn of PUblic HEalth, and as Health Officer for the City of Berkeley. She was recognized by the White HOuse as a Champion of Change for her work on pubic health and climate change.

Heather Wooten

Heather Wooten is a vice president of programs at ChangeLab Solutions, leading the organization's work in Healthy Planning. She manages a team of professionals researching best practices, developing policy tools, and working with communities to connect land use, community development, and health. She is a co-author of one of the premier publications on developing and implementing health policy language in land use plans, How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Heather co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Food Plan through the Oakland Mayor's Office of Sustainability. She also currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council.


Heather Wooten

Cole Roberts leads the energy and sustainability business in Arup’s San Francisco office. Cole has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, an invited speaker to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and a published contributor to numerous conferences and peer reviewed journals. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has recently co-authored the book “Two Degrees – Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate”.

  • Intro: Brian Back, Senior VP, Building Health Initiative
Hosted by the USGBC's Building Health Initiative and Arup's Healthcare 2030




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Materials & Resources: Human Health in LEED


Perhaps the most drastic and debated update to the LEED v4 rating system takes place within the Materials & Resources Credit Category. In alignment with the LEED v4 focus on performance and holistic sustainability, the LEED v4 Materials & Resources section has a refined focus on Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—calling for transparency around the lifecycle of products. No longer will using recycled content and regional materials satisfy your Materials credits. Now manufacturers, contractors and LEED professionals alike must consider the way materials are manufactured, chosen and specified, with the goal of making more informed decisions that will have greater overall benefit for the environment and human health.

This class will discuss the main changes in the new LEED v4 Materials & Resources credits, including:

  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – environmental product declarations
  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – sourcing of raw materials
  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – material ingredients
  • Building Lifecycle Impact Reduction

The class will also address how to meet the new credits by using transparency and disclosure tools including:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
  • Product Category Rules (PCRs)
  • Health Product Declarations (HPDs)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI0029)

Heather Gadonniex, LEED AP BD&C, is the director of sustainable building and construction at PE International, a global sustainability services and software firm that focuses on helping all organizations along the built environment value chain meet strategy, product disclosure, supply chain and innovation needs. PE International’s software platform is powered by GaBi for product sustainability and SoFi for corporate sustainability.

Date: July 30, 5:30 – 8pm. Networking and refreshments at 5:30; class starts at 6.



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Outdoor Lighting: Changing the Conversation

Nancy Clanton, renowned expert in sustainable lighting design, calls it “safety in numbers” - the default for illuminance, measured footcandles. It’s the bane of lighting designers and a major challenge in reconciling appropriate illumination levels with client expectations. One size does not fit all. What we see is reflected light so intensity, glare, color rendering, contrast and adaptation play the pivotal roles in the visual experience. Lighting technology continues to advance at a rapid rate so collaboration and testing alongside key constituents is crucial to achieve the right light solutions. Rick Utting, Director of Lighting at Landscape Forms, will present the latest guidance and technology that leave participants armed to evaluate outdoor lighting for future projects.

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Continuing Education Hours for LEED Professional Credential Maintenance

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About the Speaker


rick uttingRick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Landscape Forms, Inc.
Rick Utting is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Landscape Forms, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of site furniture and outdoor lighting.  He holds a Master of Science degree from Western Michigan University and is a frequent speaker on the topic of Outdoor LED Lighting including continuing education credits for ASLA and AIA.  Rick has twenty five years’ experience directing product development including two award winning lights sponsored by the International Association of Lighting Designers and the U.S. Department of Energy.  As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Rick collaborates with North America’s leaders in lighting to stay abreast of emerging technology and industry trends.  Rick’s most recent contribution to the lighting community is the creation of the Lighting Leadership Xchange, an annual event that fosters the exchange of information between lighting design professionals and students from undergraduate illumination programs.


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Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities

Join your peers and experts in real estate, finance, climate risk, and policy to learn how development can minimize loss and mitigate risk, and how smart development can uncover new opportunities in an uncertain future.

The ULI Urban Resilience Program will present the Building the Resilient City conference at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on September 4 and 5. Learn how resilience and climate change will affect your work and how to develop plans for your community to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

  • Understand the risk landscape to make informed investment decisions. Find opportunities to retain insurability, attract tenants, and maintain business continuity.
  • Learn how affected communities have incorporated resilience into their planning.
  • Hear from experts how municipal climate adaptation planning will affect the development process.

USGBC-NCC Members receive 15% off. Use the code USGBC when registering.

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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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Workshop: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

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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