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It was a night to remember. And it’s only just begun.
On October 29, at USGBC-NCC’s Green Building Super Heroes Awards Gala, USGBC-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) launched the Building Health Initiative, the latest Northern California innovation that puts USGBC-NCC squarely on the cutting edge of the movement to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate the development of transparency standards in building materials.
Twenty-nine globally prominent corporations, organizations and institutions came on stage to stand with USGBC-NCC and pledge to implement new organizational actions that will have direct effects on catalyzing market transformation, and generate awareness of how the built environment affects our well-being.
This unique partnership of commercial building owners and tenants; architects, engineers and builders; building product manufacturers; legal professionals; labor and healthcare professionals and institutions will work with USGBC-NCC to:
- Frame green as a health issue
- Expand the conversation in the industry to include human health
- Generate awareness and education
- Catalyze demand for healthy products and communities
- Integrate isolated silos in a wide range of public and private sectors.
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A Stellar Line Up
The speeches of the distinguished presenters and honorees provided compelling messages from a diverse array of sectors.
TransForm, recipient of the Outstanding Community Organization Award, set the tone for the evening. Dressed in super hero attire, with a shield in the shape of a Clipper card and a scooter in hand, they accepted their award with a lively rap poem. Meea Kang of Kings Beach Housing Now, donning a super hero cape, then moved the audience with a passionate speech about the importance of green affordable housing.
Nathan Brostrom, EVP of UC, accepted an award to The Office of the President of University of California for their outstanding institutional leadership. UC’s award included special recognition for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis.
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At this year's Greenbuild, we have a robust agenda for architects, designers, product manufacturers and other industry leaders exploring these public health and design opportunities. Our must-see programs include Tuesday's pre-conference summit on Materials and Health, which will directly engage marketplace leaders on how safer, healthier materials in our built environment have positive benefits on human health. Thursday's Master Speaker session—Health Matters. And Green Building Can Help—features renowned public health expert Dr. Richard Jackson (UCLA), and an engaging and dynamic discussion moderated by Metropolis' Susan Szenasy.
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The Founding Partners include 27 prominent corporations, institutions, and organizations, including CalPERS, Genentech, Kaiser, and Google, among others. Additional partners may join over the next few months.
Representatives from 27 Founding Partner Companies at Initiative Launch
USGBC-NCC will work with these partners to develop a series of educational programs and events through 2014-2015 — Stay tuned!
Read the press release below to learn more.
It is our greater community that allows this work to be possible, and we thank you for helping make this incredible initiative come to life.
USGBC-Northern California Chapter
Building Health Initiative Website
"USGBC sparks Building Health movement with help from Adobe to XL" via GreenBiz.com
"Elevating green building as a health issue" via The Mercury News
Lisa Matthiessen, Principal, Integral Group
Lisa Matthiessen is running for the Sustainable Practice Leader: Architecture and Design seat on the 2014 Board of Directors.
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Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, State of California
Dan Burgoyne is running for the State and Local Government Agency Employee seat on the 2014 Board of Directors.
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Stephen Bushnell, Senior Director, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
Stephen Bushnell is running for the Insurance seat on the 2014 Board of Directors.
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Learn More About the USGBC Board of DIrectors Election >>
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- Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board – Green Groundbreaker Award
- Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager, Director of Global Governance, CalPERS – Green Groundbreaker Award
- Arlene Blum, Visiting Scholar in Chemistry, UC Berkeley and Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute– David Gottfried Special Achievement Award
- University of California System (including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley) – Sustainable Neighborhood/Campus Award
- Kings Beach Housing Now – Sustainable Neighborhood/Campus Award
- and TransForm – Outstanding Community Organization Award
at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on October 29th. Presenters of these awards include Linda Civitello of Breathe California, Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, and USGBC Founder David Gottfried, among others. The evening will include great networking, a unique and engaging awards program, costumes, inspiration, and celebration.
The first Super Heroes Awards in 2007 laid the foundation for the gala to become one of the most anticipated green building events in Northern California. Robin Bass and Dan Geiger came up with the idea that year as a way to recognize the most outstanding green building innovators.
We extend very special appreciation to HDR for sharing their LEED Silver office with us. They've created an incredible work environment and have welcomed us with open arms. Our new facilities at HDR include an array of conference rooms with amazing city views and a lecture space where we will continue to host educational programming and networking events.
Stay tuned for our office warming party, which will take place later this year.
We look forward to continued growth of the organization in our new office, and hope you'll pay us a visit soon at an upcoming workshop or event!
Update your records! Our new address is:
USGBC - Northern California Chapter
560 Mission Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone number is still the same: 415-659-9404
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In 2009, MUSD formed the Leadership On Green Initiatives Committee (L.O.G.I.C.), a comprehensive District-wide program that partners with local businesses, nonprofits and community members to promote environmental awareness and stewardship throughout the District. With L.O.G.I.C.’s help, Manteca became the first District in the state to implement California’s landmark Education and the Environment Curriculum. Other accomplishments include a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company that has enabled MUSD to offset $6.9 million in energy costs. Additionally, this spring, MUSD broke ground on the Renewable Energy Efficiency Program (REEP), which will complete solar installations on 26 school sites by the end of the year. REEP is projected to produce enough energy to lower the District’s utility bills by approximately 65%, freeing up funds to reinvest in student education and development.
To showcase the District’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, MUSD partnered with American Modular Systems to build the RESC, a prefabricated multi-use community center that gives the area’s students and residents free and open access to environmental education and resources. The light and airy Gen7 building is both healthy and inspiring, a modern, flexible space that comfortably serves all size groups and a range of needs, from lectures, seminars and lab-style instruction to community events. The RESC will offer Industrial Technology and Design coursework to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the Manteca Unified Vocational Academy (MUVA), as well as community education programs that teach the public about green building techniques and technology, sustainable home improvement, gardening, energy and water conservation, air quality and innovation—all reflected in the building’s design and performance.
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CEC Chairman Robert B. Weisenmiller set the context for the day, pointing out that “as California’s primary energy policy and planning agency, we are taking Governor Brown’s Green Building Executive Order very seriously and are committed to leading by example.”
Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor to Governor Brown added, "the California Energy Commission enjoys a special place as a symbol of California's farsighted energy policies, both past and present. We deeply appreciate the assistance of the USGBC-Northern California Chapter and their California Best Building Challenge partners to help us renovate this building to be a high performance building of the future."
What we need you to do is to call offices of Senate Appropriations members in their Capitol Offices and let them know how important this bill is for public health and safety, as well as the environment. After making your call, please take a moment to log your actions here, so we can measure our impact.
Here's some helpful background information and resources. The fact sheet shows which Senate Appropriations members are in support and opposition of the bill.
AB127 - Fact Sheet (.pdf)
AB127 - FAQ (.doc)
AB127 - Talking Points (.doc)
Phone Call Script:
My name is _____ and I work for __(Company Name)__. I am a member of the U.S Green Building Council, California. I am calling to tell you that we are the sponsors of AB 127 (Skinner) Safer Building Insulation and it is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee on suspense. Virtually all foam-plastic insulation materials in the US today are treated with chemical fire retardants even though fire safety can be achieved without them. The building industry anticipates a significant increase in the application of “spray-on” plastic insulation as we increase energy efficiency requirements in California and nationally. It is in the interest of all to ensure that the products used are safe. AB 127 will allow building material manufacturers to make non-toxic insulation if the updated flammability standards stipulate how this could be done safely .
Senate Appropriations Committee:
Senator Kevin deLeon (Los Angeles) (Chair): 916-651--4022
Ask for: Dan Reeves
Senator Mimi Walters (Orange) (VC): 916-651-1792
Ask for: Lance Christensen (Republican Committee Consultant)
Senator Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento): 916-651-4006
Ask for: Kip Lipper
Senator Jerry Hill (Bay Area): 916-651-4013
Ask for: Meegan Murray
Senator Alex Padilla (Los Angeles): 916-651-4020
Ask for: Angela Manetti
Senator Ricardo Lara (Los Angeles): 916-651-4011
Ask for: Catalina Hayes-Bautista
Senator Ted Gaines (Placer/Sacramento) : 916-651-4001
Ask for: Megan Allred