USGBC - Northern California Chapter

Board of Directors Nominations

Call for Nominations for the 2015 USGBC-Northern California Chapter Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) is calling for nominations for three Directors starting in January 2015 to be elected by the Chapter Membership. Each position is a two-year term ending December 2016. Four current Board of Directors members will serve through their second year, and two open positions will be appointed by the Board. Members can nominate themselves as candidates.

Election Schedule

Nominations Open and Applications Available on Website August 4
Deadline for Receiving Candidate Applications September 29 (11:59PM)
Slate of Candidates Posted/Voting Opens October 6
Voting Deadline November 17 (11:59PM)
New Board Members Announced Early December

USGBC-Northern California Chapter

The green building industry, USGBC, and the Northern California Chapter have grown and developed dramatically over the past several years. The Chapter’s vision, programs, scope, and influence have deepened in concert with the accelerating adoption and expansion of green building practices.

As we move from 2014, the Chapter is developing plans for launching the second year of the Building Health Initiative and beyond to continue our thought and industry leadership throughout Northern California and the U.S.A.

We seek industry leaders and executives who will help lead the organization to increase our impact in the green building movement, expand and engage our membership, and continue to build a strong and vibrant organization.

Board of Directors Responsibilities

The USGBC Bylaws identify the following general responsibilities:

  • To supervise, control and direct the affairs of the Chapter, its committees and activities
  • To elect the Chapter Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer
  • To actively pursue the Chapter’s objectives and supervise the disbursement of its funds
  • To adopt a policy on conflicts of interest
  • To take such actions as may be necessary to conduct the organization including but not limited to adopting rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as shall be deemed advisable, establishing policies from time to time, and delegating certain authority and responsibility to the Executive Committee.

Other basic responsibilities:

The National Center for Nonprofit Boards describes the following basic responsibilities which are also germane for assessing needs and qualifications for the Chapter Board:

  • Determine the organization’s mission and purposes
  • Select the Executive Director or Chief Executive if one exists
  • Support the Executive Director or Chief Executive and assess his/her performance
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Ensure adequate resources and help raise the funds necessary implementing the organization’s plans
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services
  • Enhance the organization’s public standing
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  • Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance.

Minimum Qualifications for Nomination

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Industry Perspective Requirement

For the 2015 elected Directors, we require candidates who bring experience, insight and expertise in three particular industry perspectives to provide a diverse set of insights and experience that complement our current Board composition and meet the needs of our strategy moving forward. In this election, there are 3 categories of perspectives in which candidates can be nominated.

  1. Design/Build, i.e. Architect, Engineer, Contractor/Builder, Sub-Contractor
  2. Clean Tech, such as various forms of renewable energy, emerging building technologies or systems, software, start-ups, or others
  3. Buildings and Human Health, i.e. strong background and expertise in the health impacts of the built environment, including materials, indoor air quality, or related issues.

Regional & Branch Outreach

Participation from candidates with Branch experience, whose regions within the Chapter are not currently represented on the Board of Directors, is strongly encouraged. Regions are not defined as a required perspective; but they may coincide with perspectives defined above. For 2015, we particularly encourage nominations from candidates in the Monterey Bay Peninsula/Santa Cruz area, Mt. Diablo/East Bay, and Sacramento regions.

Composition of the Board

USGBC NCC Bylaws provide for a Board of Directors consisting of 7 to 15 members, of which no more than 75% may be appointed.  The current size is 9 Directors. Four standing Board of Director members will serve through their second year, and two open positions will be appointed by the Board.

Guidelines for Candidate Campaigns

All nominated candidates will have their application materials posted on the election webpage that will be available to voting members.

Nominated candidates or their supporters may create and maintain, at their own expense, internet addresses in support of candidates; however, they may not use the Internet or email to transmit unsolicited messages or any other communication to individuals who did not request such information from the candidate.  Such Internet addresses will also be provided to the Nominating Committee at the time of their creation.  Also note that a candidate may not write campaign letters except to members of the Board.  Persons or organizations other than the candidate may write such letters, which may contain a printed biography of the candidates.  And, candidates may answer questions and respond directly to an inquiry from a member.

Violations of these guidelines, as determined by the Nominations Committee, may result in disqualification.

Write-in Candidates

Chapter members may vote for a write-in candidate(s) during the election period by adding a name(s) to the ballot. Write-in candidates are not part of the slate put before the membership by the Nominating Committee and cannot be represented as such; nor is the Chapter obligated to distribute any informational material on write-in candidates on its website or in any Write-in candidates are subject to the same membership requirements and campaign guidelines described above relating to internet and other communications. They must also have submitted the required documentation prior to the start of the election period. Exceptions to this may be made at the discretion of the Nominating Committee.

About Voting

The right to vote in USGBC-NCC elections is an individual rather than corporate right. Each Chapter Member in good standing (as of Midnight, October 6, 2014) will have the opportunity to cast their own vote. In accordance with Chapter bylaws, no more than three Board members may share the same Chapter Membership Industry Sector Category (i.e. if two architects continue to serve on the Board, no more than one additional architect may be elected during this cycle.)

Voting will be conducted electronically and anonymously. Instructions will be emailed to Chapter Members on October 6.

Application Process

1. Complete this application.

2. Read and agree to abide by USGBC's Conflict of Interest Policy and the Chapter's Board Member Code of Conduct Agreement.

4. Email these documents along with a high resolution photograph (jpg) of yourself to Operations Manager Sarah Egerman with “USGBC-NCC Board Nomination” in the subject line.

Deadline: September 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

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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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Bay Area Living Building Challenge Collaborative Event

San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative

Mohawk Group and the International Living Future Institute present:

The Living Building Challenge is coming to the Bay Area! Please join local sustainability leaders for a special event exploring the growth of the Living Building Challenge in San Francisco. The Institute's Amanda Sturgeon and Rochelle Routman of Mohawk Industries will be the keynote speakers. Mohawk wholly embraces product transparency, as evidenced by its Declare Labels, HPDs, and EPDs that support the bulk of its commercial product line. Additionally, Mohawk is connecting and educating others about the Living Building Challenge through the Institute's Ambassador Network and Living Building Challenge workshops throughout North America in 2014.

Amanda Sturgeon, Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, LEED Fellow, FAIA. Amanda is a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining ILBI she was a Senior Associate at Perkins+Will where she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent board member of AIA Seattle. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008 and has been involved in leading many local committees for USGBC and AIA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda was born in England, grew up in Australia and has lived in the United States since 1996.

Rochelle Routman is Mohawk Industry’s Director of Sustainability, where she is joyfully leading the flooring division in its sustainability endeavors and assisting Mohawk’s customers in achieving their sustainability goals. Prior to joining Mohawk, she was employed in sustainability leadership positions in the electric utility and aeronautics industries, as well as public service. She holds a B.S. from UGA and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered Professional Geologist, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M). Following graduate school, Rochelle led a neighborhood group which successfully acquired the funding which resulted in the preservation of a 30-acre greenspace, the Morningside Nature Preserve. Rochelle is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for both the Green Chamber of the South and Sustainable Atlanta, and also serves on the HPD Collaborative Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP).

Doors open at 5, Program begins at 6:15 until 8:00.

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Building Detective Work: Uncovering Energy Waste, Operational Issues and Other Offences Found Within Existing Buildings


5:30 - 6:30: Networking and Self Guided Tour

6:30 - 8:00: Presentation, Q&A

 Light fare and drinks provided


The Kirsch Center is located near the south entrance to De Anza College near parking lot D.


Our buildings are victims. Within these facilities violations are occurring. The crimes include excessive energy use, dysfunctional controls, occupant discomfort and years of neglect. Fortunately all of these transgressions from optimized operation can be identified through the many clues left behind. Uncovering these clues and resolving the performance issues are the job of the building investigator. They may

be called a building operator, facility manager, energy auditor or commissioning provider, but the objective is the same: root out and resolve the problems plaguing our buildings. Using interactive examples and building forensics (measurement data, graphs, tables, photographs and calculations) this presentation will highlight the world of the Building Detective.

Commercial and residential buildings represent about 40% of U.S. energy consumption with about 95% of the projected energy to be consumed by buildings in 2020 coming from facilities operating today. Our statewide, national and global energy goals will not be met if we cannot better manage the energy use of our existing facilities. This presentation will include information on the challenge and savings potential represented by our existing building stock.

About the Speaker


small orange ryan2Ryan Stroupe, Building Performance Program Coordinator, PG&E Pacific Energy Center
For the past 17 years Ryan Stroupe has been the Building Performance Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center, a publicly-funded facility in San Francisco operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. He teaches classes and consults with building professionals on a variety of issues including architectural design, energy audits, building commissioning, monitoring protocols and measurement tool applications. Ryan oversees the PEC's Tool Lending Library, a free service that loans monitoring equipment to California energy customers. Also at the Center, Ryan has taught over 25 different classes on building measurement and energy-efficient design including a 6-day series on conducting energy audits for commercial buildings and a year-long intensive series on commissioning existing buildings.

Ryan has also taught for a number of colleges and universities including architecture courses at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco titled “Building Energy Systems” and “Energy Analysis”. He teaches a class titled “The Building Envelope” for UC Berkeley Extension and is a regular instructor for the Sustainable Building Advisor Program. Ryan has also taught for CSU-East Bay, Academy of Art University, Foothill College and DeAnza Community College. Ryan is actively involved with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and has served as co-chair of the Northern California Chapter’s Green Building Resources Committee. Ryan is a LEED accredited professional (USGBC) and a Certified Energy Auditor (Association of Energy Engineers). He is a product of the Bachelors of Environmental Design program at Miami University (Ohio) and the Masters of Architecture program at U. C. Berkeley.

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Tickets available at the door: Chapter Members: $10 | Non-Members: $20

Learn more about the USGBC-NCC Silicon Valley Branch.

 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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rHouse – Designed by Students for Students

rHOUSE is an extraordinary project undertaken by the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Cosumnes Oaks High School’s Architectural Design and Engineering Academy. This “house of the future” is named rHOUSE, which stands for Resource House to reflect the intelligent use of resources. rHOUSE will function as a day-to-day classroom and as an active learning tool for construction techniques of the future.

rHOUSE features construction technologies including photovoltaics, ground-source heating and cooling, a solar-hybrid water heater, and a super-efficient building envelope. “Peel away” construction provides learning opportunities for students.


Tickets Available at the Door:  Members $10, Non-Members $20





Learn more about the USGBC-NCC Capital Branch.


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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Explosion Green Live Conference with David Gottfried

Explosion Green Live with David GottfriedJoin David Gottfried for a FREE, week-long online virtual conference  called Explosion Green Live. Mr. Gottfried selected 40 of the best thought leaders in green building and videotaped 45 minute personal interviews with each of them. Interviewees include: Janine Benyus, Jason McLennan, Rob Bennett, Scot Horst, Art Gensler, Mark Ruffalo, Bob Berkebile, Bob Fox, Majora Carter, Sara Gottfried, MD and dozens of others.

Explosion Green Live takes on critical issues: the future of green building, LEED, the Living Building Challenge, Eco-Districts, green building $$ and cents, healthy products [red list], resiliency, biomimicry, green-tech disruptive products, Net Zero, the Bullitt Center, Microsoft green, fracking in NY, green company, corporate transparency standards, water and life on Earth. These are the issues of our time and∧as Mr. Gottfried asks the questions -- we learn together from the world's foremost visionaries and sustainability practitioners.

Explosion Green Live is intended to spread the message of green building and the most precious and inspiring thoughts of our gurus and practitioner heroes. No travel, no conference fees, and the luxury of a zero carbon footprint while watching your choice of 40 interviews at the convenience of your office desk or at home. This brings easy, instant access to the best in green building and sustainability to all.

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The LED Show

The LED Show Conference & Expo is the venue where quality solid-state lighting (SSL) and the latest innovative technologies are showcased. When the Industry needs information and knowledge, The LED Show is the place to be.

More than 30 intense learning sessions are provided in this year’s conference. These educational sessions will enable you to learn about the latest LED trends and emerging sciences.
• Hear from industry experts giving their personal insights on the most significant topics in LED lighting.
• Receive a comprehensive overview on how to design a complete LED lighting solution package.
• Meet with our expo manufacturers who are presenting the latest, innovative LED fixtures and components.

Also NGL (Next Generation Luminaires – Pacific Northwest National Lab) will also be announcing the Solid-State Lighting Design Indoor Competition awards at the show.

Speaker for 2014 include:
Rohit Patil - Xicato
Therese Lahaie – Apparatus Design
Joel Smith - Puget Sound Energy
Suleyman Turgut - Luminit
Eric Haugaard – Cree
Chad Stalker – Philips Lumileds
Ted Konnerth – Egret Consulting
Marci Sanders – D&R International
Irina Rasputnis – NEEP
Taylor Jantz-Sell – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ruth Taylor – DOE/PNNL
John Sofio – Built
Eman Zadeh – Coloronix
Elliot Laurence – Mind Mavericks
Derry Berrigan – Light Think Studios
Julian Carey – Intematix
Wil DuCrest – Special FX Lighting
Don McDougall – Solid State Capital
Kurt Nielsen – Lighting Design Lab
Kelly Cunningham – CA Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
Kevin Willmorth - Lumenique, LLC
Louis Brill – Illuminations
Lara Cordell – Wiedenbach Brown
Richard Zulch – Zulch Laboratories, Inc.
Jeff Saake – Lumenetix
Greg Galluccio – Leviton
James Highgate – PennWell Corporation
Paul Ford – The Lighting Quotient
Scott Riesebosch - CRS

USGBC-NCC Member Discount

$100 Saving on either the Total Access Pass or the 2-Day Conference Pass. This saving is off the standard rate. The price for USGBC-NCC members for a Total Access Pass would be $615 and for a 2-Day Conference Pass it would be $495.

To receive the discount they would need to enter the promo code USGBC.

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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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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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U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

560 Mission St. Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 659-9404