Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo | USGBC-LA

The Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE) is an annual event hosted by US Green Building Council – Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA).  In its 17th year, MCBCE’s 2018 theme is Innovative Cities Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future.  This year’s conference will be held at SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Integral Group is proud to have three of its Associates presenting two sessions at this event:

Neglected to Net Zero: Renewal of a Historic Building to a Sustainable Center for Environmental Education | 9:30am
Marilyn Specht, Associate – Sustainability
Nika Parsa, Associate Principal – Electrical

The Robert Redford Conservancy, once an abandoned historic building that had been damaged in a fire, was transformed into a zero net energy, LEED Platinum learning center which is educating the next generation of change-makers.  This project is an important example of existing building reuse as it relates to embodied carbon and the opportunities to transform existing spaces into new purposes.

The project team worked together to implement smart, cost-effective, simple design decisions including passive design elements, reusing many of the buildings existing features, and on‐site PV.  These strategies worked together to reduce the overall energy consumption of the building while serving as an educational opportunity for the students at the college.

 Balancing Social Equity and Sustainability Objectives in Design and Planning: Tools and Solutions for Breaking Down Silos | 3:15pm
Rachel Moscovich, Associate – Sustainability Research & Planning | Integral Group
Ashley Hefner, Advance Planning Manager | Culver City Community Development
Rebecca Holt, Associate, Senior Sustainable Building Advisor | Perkins + Will
Francie Stefan, Mobility Manager | City of Santa Monica

How do you truly balance social equity and environmental sustainability objectives through planning and design? How can technology and innovation play a role? This panel session will discuss specific challenges and solutions each has faced through work in building design, urban design, energy policy, and transportation planning. They will present tools and strategies used to identify solutions that prioritize co-benefits, and equitably enhance the quality of life for all individuals and communities.

Emerging technological solutions are increasingly proving to enhance our ability as practitioners to address multiple challenges and track progress more efficiently. Hear from public and private sector experience on the ground implementing creative and innovative solutions to balance competing objectives.

To learn more about this event and to register please visit USGBC-LA.

Date(s): April 19, 2018

Time: 9:30am & 3:15pm

Speaker: Marilyn Specht, Associate; Nika Parsa, Associate; Rachel Moscovich, Associate