USGBC California’s PolicyPalooza 2013

Advocacy Day: Wednesday, April 17th
USGBC California @Green California Summit: Thursday, April 18th & Friday, April 19th

policypaloozaApril in Sacramento is a special time for USGBC California. Spring has taken hold, the old trees have leafed out, and the Legislative Session is in full swing. It is time for a Day (or, this year, days) at the Capitol. We follow up our epic 2012 Advocacy Day celebrating the Year of the California Greenbuild with even bigger plans: PolicyPalooza 2013, comprising three full days of meetings, sessions and convening.

Starting the morning of April 17th, USGBC Advocacy Leaders from around the state will gather to meet their legislators and regulators (as well as each other) in what is always an uplifting event pursuing our mission of transforming the built environment for the greater good.

USGBC California is sponsoring three bills this legislative session and supporting a number of other initiatives. We’ll have plenty to talk about. AB127 (Skinner) seeks the removal of toxic flame retardants in insulation; AB341 (Dickinson/Gordon) aims to streamline CALGreen procedures and policy and AB572 (Atkins) supports the piloting of CO2toEE, a financial mechanism designed to create an asset class from energy efficiency in buildings (think Cap & Trade for the built environment). In addition, USGBC California has continued support for Prop39 implementation bills SB39 and AB39 in Sacramento and around the state, arranging testimony on the many health benefits of green schools at Senate Appropriation Subcommittee hearings in San Jose, San Diego, Los Angeles and Fresno.


In addition to members of our host Capital Branch, we will be joined by Jason Hartke, Jeremy Sigmon and other USGBC Advocacy staff throughout Advocacy Day, at our annual working luncheon and at educational sessions. Later Wednesday evening, we’ll also be joined by a host of guests at our gala “Green Hard Hat Award” Reception.

If you are interested in representing your Chapter and USGBC California at Advocacy Day, sign in here.

This year USBGC California has joined forces with Green Technology Magazine to become an official Educational Partner for the 2013 Green California Summit. We are putting on a mini-Greenbuild of informative and entertaining programs. There will be a six-session USGBC California Track devoted to featuring leading voices across a range of important advocacy issues as well as a number of sessions devoted to Green Schools topics. USGBC 2011 Leadership Award Winner Greg Kats will be keynote speaker, and the USGBC California booth will face the temporary installation of the Neighborhoods Go Green! Exhibit before it moves to the Capitol for the rest of April.

For the first time, registration for the concurrent education sessions will be free to all registered attendees. Your registration badge will give you access to nearly 30 sessions on vital green topics (10 by USGBC), led by many of the state's leading sustainability experts. From Prop 39 to the latest EV implementation strategies, we'll be covering what's happening around the state. For a schedule, and session details:

Your free registration also gives you access to our keynote session on April 18, featuring two international thought leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy: Jane Long, PhD, Director of the "California's Energy Future" project of the California Council on Science and Technology; and Greg Kats, President of Capital E. Join us for an insightful, expert briefing on California's energy challenges and opportunities.

On April 18, from 4-6 pm, come to the 2013 Leadership Awards reception and meet public sector leaders behind innovative programs that are setting new standards for resource conservation and management.

Your badge also gets you into the Expo on April 18 and 19, where you'll have a chance to get hands-on exposure to innovative green products and services, from electric vehicles to rainwater harvesting systems.

Professional Training at the Summit
In addition to the concurrent education program, we are offering professional training on several important subjects. Half-day training is available for each of the following:

  • AB1103 - Commercial Energy Use Disclosure & Energy Star
  • LEED Green Associate Training Exam Prep
  • Updated Accessibility Regulations
  • Sustainability Academy
  • LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M) Exam Prep
  • CalGreen Changes

Dates, times and other details are available here:

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  1. Note on the Professional Training: NCC Members get 20% off. Use ingenious code "USGBC" when registering.

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