USGBC - Northern California Chapter

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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LID! Low Impact Development & Local Rebate Programs

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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. 
Become a USGBC - Northern California Chapter Member today and gain instant savings on our workshops and events with one low annual fee.
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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Big Ass Solutions Presents Explosion Green with David Gottfried

Explosion Green Book CoverBig Ass Fans® invites you to spend the evening with global green building pioneer David Gottfried from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at DPR San Francisco, 945 Front St. Gottfried will speak and sign his latest memoir, “Explosion Green,” which details the green building movement over the last 20 years. The first 75 people to register will receive a copy of the book.

This exclusive event is limited to 150 attendees, so register soon. Everyone who registers will be entered to win a Haiku®, the ceiling fan that has won more than 25 international design awards and holds the top 11 ENERGY STAR® rankings for efficiency. (You must be present to win.)

About David Gottfried
David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement. Gottfried’s work started a global industry with hundreds of thousands of green buildings around the world. He founded the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils, which now has a presence in 100 countries. Gottfried serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Gottfried Institute.

About DPR San Francisco
DPR Construction’s San Francisco 24,000-sq-ft office is the city’s first net-zero designed building. The structure features solar panels, a solar thermal water heating system, 13 Big Ass Fans, three living walls and a living wine bar with plants growing beneath the glass bar top. DPR San Francisco aims to earn official Net-Zero Energy Building status next year.

Register before June 30th to get the best rate!

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The Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy on Public and Private Sectors

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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