USGBC-NCC teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) on March 20th to host the 9th Annual Water Conservation Showcase at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. The all-day event proved itself a success, attracting 650 attendees and participants who came together to address one of the largest concerns of Californians: water.
This year’s showcase featured eight lectures by water resource experts. Audiences packed into each of these lectures, leaving standing room only in many cases. The presentations covered a range of water conservation topics and perspectives. Lectures included information directed at both the private and public sectors, as well as information for private citizens seeking to reduce residential water consumption. This year’s presentation topics included: Corporate Water Management, National Trends in the Water-Energy Connection, Case Studies in Water Conservation, New Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Water Use in the Business Sector, Systematic Solutions for Big Water Savings, Launching a Residential Greywater Program for Outdoor Irrigation, and California Water Management.
The showcase also included an expo space of industry, government, and non-profit exhibitors bringing game-changing solutions to the market. They demonstrated a variety of water-saving products and services to the attendees that can be easily integrated into our built environment.
If you were unable to attend, or missed any of the lectures, you can watch video from each of the 2012 Water Conservation Showcase lectures here.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, speakers, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, and donors! The event was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without your involvement. We look forward to continuing the conversation and convening again next year for the 10th anniversary of the Showcase!
U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
offers an exciting opportunity to an entrepreneurial self-starter with
one of the most dynamic sustainability social venture organizations in
The U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter is a
not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to transform the
way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated,
enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and
prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. USGBC-NCC is
one of the largest Chapters in the country, and is the host Chapter for
2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November, the
world’s premier green building convening. Attendance of 35,000 to 40,000
is expected. The Northern California Chapter’s membership includes
hundreds of engaged volunteer members composed of a diverse array of the
area’s top green building industry leaders.
USGBC-NCC seeks a key team member who will oversee operations, as
well as support community and membership activities, online marketing,
sponsorship fulfillment and events. The position reports to the
Executive Director and Director of Special Events.
Financial & Administrative Operations
Manage accounts payable and receivable.
Maintain appropriate financial procedures and record keeping.
Direct and liaise with bookkeeper as needed.
Manage bank accounts and credit cards.
Oversee annual financial audit.
Manage all systems: phone, email, etc.
Consult with IT tech on system upgrades, manage backups, etc.
Manage HR practices and systems, including personnel policies,
health insurance, benefits package, performance management program, and
Membership & Communications
Manage membership database.
Work closely with the Director of Special Events and the
Communications Manager on Chapter membership recruitment campaign,
including messaging and outreach.
Process membership transactions; prepare membership reports.
Provide customer service, including volunteer and member inquiries, troubleshooting, and general support.
Support Communications Manager: Assist with newsletter and other web related projects as necessary.
Working closely with the Director of Special Events to support
our 5 local Branch volunteer leadership groups: process payments,
oversee contracts, coordinate logistics, ensure policies are followed,
Coordinate sponsor payment invoicing, tracking and benefit coordination for both annual as well as event sponsors.
Assist in the development of sponsorship packages.
Assist with sponsorship outreach.
Manage media and other partnerships with allied organizations.
Support several large special events, including annual Awards Gala, and a few Greenbuild related events in 2012.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Must have 4-5 years of professional experience, ideally in
office and operations management, including bookkeeping (knowledge of
Quickbooks preferred) and administration.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office software.
Experience with a web Content Management System (we use
Joomla), HTML, email systems, IT, and database management strongly
Bachelor’s Degree required.
Must have a successful track record demonstrating the
consistent ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities,
both independently and as part of a small, highly collaborative team.
Must be highly detailed and accurate.
Must have excellent customer service skills and a professional demeanor.
Must have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
Prefer volunteer management experience.
Prefer project management skills.
Must be resourceful and able to work independently: is self-motivated.
Must have a passion for sustainability and social equity.
Experience in the green building industry and familiarity with LEED
preferred but not required.
Must thrive in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment: be
versatile, eager to grow and learn, flexible and have a sense of humor.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Requires frequent use of a telephone, speaking in a clear and understandable manner.
Requires frequent participation in repetitive motion activities including typing on a computer keyboard.
Frequently requires the ability to sit for several hours at a time at a desk and computer monitor.
Requires occasional extended work hours.
Requires occasional local travel.
Requires occasional lifting of objects weighing approximately 25 pounds.
Reports to Executive Director and Director of Special Events. Works with other team members as
Saint-Gobain and USGBC-NCC Announce NOVA Innovation Competition 2012 at Cleantech Forum
Entrepreneurs are invited to submit proposals by June 30 for chance to win $85,000 in capital
San Francisco, CA - March 28, 2012, CleanTech Forum - Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has announced a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) to co-present the company’s NOVA Innovation Competition.
Organized by Saint-Gobain’s NOVA External Venturing team, the
competition rewards start-up businesses around the world offering
innovations in sustainable products, advanced materials, high-efficiency
building solutions, clean technology and renewable energy sources with
cash prizes and access to partnership opportunities with Saint-Gobain.
The deadline to submit an entry is June 30;
finalists will win the chance to pitch their innovative business to the
senior leadership team of Saint-Gobain in a live speed-dating format at
the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco
on November 15.
“We are investing in innovation across our family
of companies to improve the way we construct, sustain and live within
the built environment and we anticipate exceptional entries to the 2012
NOVA Innovation Competition as we co-host it alongside USGBC-NCC – a
partner that shares our passion for innovation,” said John Crowe,
President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation and its largest North
American subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. “We believe we have a
responsibility to nurture start-up companies that otherwise would not
have had the access to bring their innovation, be it sustainable
building solutions or renewable energy technologies, to the commercial
Building a Green Future for the Golden State: Green California Summit
By Maggie Hartley, Director of Marketing, Gen7
Join local and state government leaders, school
officials, businesses, architects, builders and green technology
innovators at the 2012 Green California Summit and Exposition. The
state’s largest annual conference addressing California’s environmental
policies and the technologies that support them will take place April
26-27 at the Sacramento Convention Center. 5,000 attendees are expected
from the public and private sectors.
Now in its sixth year, the Expo will offer
hands-on exposure to 150 companies offering green products and services,
including a Green Schools Pavilion and a Green Auto Mall. The Summit
will also include keynote presentations, educational sessions addressing
policy, funding and implementation issues, expanded offerings for
school administrators, educators, and networking opportunities. The
Green California Leadership Awards, acknowledging accomplishments by
state and local government, will be presented at a special awards
ceremony on April 26.
Hines' 101 California Earns LEED Platinum Certification
Scores #1 out of 7,307 LEED EB Projects Worldwide
(SAN FRANCISCO) – The San Francisco office of Hines, the international real estate firm, along with partner NLI Properties West, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Life Insurance Company), announced that 101 California has been certified at the Platinum level under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System. With a score of 94 LEED credits, this architectural landmark, designed by Philip Johnson, has earned the highest score ever awarded in the Existing Building (EB) category throughout the world, an extraordinary milestone for a 30-year-old building, for the city of San Francisco and for the state of California.
This announcement was formalized at a festive outdoor ceremony on the building’s plaza during which Rick Fedrizzi, founder, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will spoke about this achievement and presented 101 California with a plaque commemorating the milestone. Fedrizzi comments, “Green building makes an immediate and measurable impact on the environmental health of the planet and we have an especially large opportunity in the existing building sector. Hines’ certification of 101 California is a remarkable achievement. Their leadership is helping to change the way we build and operate our buildings and serves as a model for others."
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee added, “Congratulations to Hines and NLI Properties West, Inc. for earning LEED Platinum certification at 101 California, and the highest number of LEED points ever awarded to any building in its category. It is in large part due to the strong support of our business leaders that San Francisco is at the forefront of the clean energy economy."