Sustainability Events Come to the City by the Bay

Cavallo Point, one of the Greenbuild tours on Friday, November 16 (Photo: Kodiak Greenwood)

Calling all sustainability enthusiasts in the Bay Area: Clear your November calendars because the San Francisco Green Festival, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and VERGE SF @ Greenbuild are coming to town! 

San Francisco Green Festival

Come celebrate what's working in our communities and around the world for people, business and the environment at San Francisco Green Festival, the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event. Featuring an organic food court; an environmental film installation; DIY workshops; organic vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations; an organic beer and wine garden; live music; green building demonstrations; a green careers resource center; and a Green Marketplace.

Green Festival Tickets

An all-access pass for 2 days is $15 when you buy online. To receive free admission and other perks, sign up to volunteer!

November 10-11, 2012
SF Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94013

Join SF Environment at the Green Festival

Saturday, November 10, 4pm
How San Francisco is Becoming a Solutionary City

Join SF Environment’s director, Melanie Nutter, and Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange and Executive Director of Friends of SF Environment, the non-profit arm of the San Francisco Department of Environment, to learn about the ways that the city of San Francisco is working to build a sustainable, thriving community. 

Greenbuild 2012

Interested in groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies? Join SF Environment at Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building!

Greenbuild, hosted in San Francisco for the first time, is expected to attract over 35,000 green building professionals from over 120 countries. The international conference and expo will be held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, which became officially LEED Gold certified this October. The event includes educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, seminars, and networking.

Recognizing San Francisco’s reputation for being a leader in technology innovation, this year’s theme brings technology and sustainability together in the global green environment. Keynote speakers are Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Since Greenbuild’s inauguration eleven years ago, the conference has evolved to a full-fledged sustainability conference and expo that acknowledges the role that green building plays in the larger context of sustainable cities. This year’s conference includes topics such as cleantech, transportation, and green businesses.

Greenbuild Tickets

Tickets range from $25 for a student exhibit pass to $700 USGBC member rate for the full three-day conference and expo.

November 14-16, 2012
Moscone Center
747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Register or sign up to volunteer* for free!
*volunteers must be under age 25

Join SF Environment at Greenbuild

Tuesday, Nov 13, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Cities & States: Creating the Conditions for Green Building Codes
Speaker: Barry Hooper, Green Building Coordinator, SF Environment

Barry Hooper will join stakeholders including Russell Unger from the Urban Green Council, Ethan Landis from Landis Construction, and Nadav Malin from BuildingGreen to review the context that led to the green building code conversation in several communities, share what's worked and what hasn't in local green code adoption and development, and engage attendees in a discussion of how to evolve towards achieving an end-goal of a greener building code.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
California: Global and Human Health: California Codes and Standards
Speaker: Mark Palmer, Municipal Green Building Coordinator, SF Environment

Mark Palmer will join sustainability and health leaders including Leon Alevantis from the California Department of Public Health, Arlene Blum from the Green Science Policy Institute, and Anthony Bernheim Sustainable Built Environments for a session on California’s exemplary green building projects and advancements in building science that embrace the critical importance of human health in buildings.

Thursday, Nov 14, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
GreenSource Magazine “Meet the Experts” session, featuring “GreenFinanceSF Commercial PACE Program”
Speaker: Rich Chien, GreenFinanceSF Program Manager, SF Environment

As part of GreenSource Magazine’s “Meet the Experts” presentation series, Rich Chien will provide a brief overview and update of the GreenFinanceSF PACE program, which offers new way for property owners to obtain accessible financing to install energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to existing buildings.  He will also participate in an interview-style discussion with GreenSource editors, and take your questions.
Location: McGraw-Hill/GreenSource Magazine booth #3539N in the Greenbuild Expo.

Friday, Nov 16, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
How Cities are Driving Global Sustainability

Speaker:  Melanie Nutter, Director, SF Environment

Melanie Nutter will be speaking with sustainability leaders including Sadhu Johnston from the City of Vancouver, Teruyuki Ohno from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Krista Milne from the City of Melbourne, and Rit Aggarwala from C40 Cities for a discussion on the integral role that cities play in addressing the impacts of the built environment and global resource use.

Friday, Nov 16, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Moscone Renewal: A Sustainable Public-Private Partnership

Speaker: Mark Palmer, Municipal Green Building Coordinator, SF Environment

Mark Palmer will be speaking with stakeholders including Lynn Farzaroli from San Francisco Travel and Ari Hoffman from Jones Lang LaSalle about the public-private partnership that improved environmental performance of the Moscone Center and helped it gain LEED certification.

Friday, Nov 16, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Energy Disclosure Policy: Data Transforming Markets

Speaker: Barry Hooper, Green Building Coordinator, SF Environment

Energy performance disclosure empowers self-interested action benefiting environments and economies. Barry Hooper will join stakeholders including Rebecca Baker from Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment and Dave Pogue from CBRE to examine the early effects of policies in Seattle and San Francisco, as well as a national portfolio of 1,500 buildings.

Greenbuild Highlight: Bay Area Green Building Tours

A major highlight of Greenbuild is a session of two dozen tours of buildings, curated by San Francisco insiders. At each year’s Greenbuild, a host committee organizes a series of tours for visitors to learn more about the buildings and culture of the host city. This year’s host committee is chaired by Mark Palmer, SF Environment’s Municipal Green Building Coordinator, and Lindsay Baker, Green Team Consultant at Mary Davidge Associates.

Mark Palmer's tour suggestions: The "Walk in the Woods tour, exploring the redwoods in Santa Cruz and “Life North of the Golden Gate” tour, which includes two residential properties that would not normally be something you could see, plus Marin Country Day School. You can attend a Greenbuild tour even without attending the full Greenbuild conference. Read about the tours and register for a half-day tour on Friday, November 16 (2pm-6pm) or full-day tour on Saturday, November 17 (8am-4pm). 

VERGE @ Greenbuild

VERGE brings together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation.

November 12-13, 2012
Tickets are $995.

Join SF Environment at VERGE @ Greenbuild

Tuesday, November 13, 10:10 AM - 10:45 AM
Keynote Panel: The City As a Platform
Speaker: Melanie Nutter, Director, SF Environment

Melanie Nutter will be speaking at VERGE with Shannon Spanhake, Deputy Innovation Officer at the City of San Francisco, to discuss how open data, citizen engagement, and public-private collaboration is fostering "living innovation zones" in cities.

Monday, November 12, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Preparing Cities for Electric Vehicles
Speaker: Bob Hayden Manager, Transportation & Clean Vehicle Programs, SF Environment

Bob Hayden will be speaking at VERGE with Tom Turrentine, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, Richard Steinberg, CEO of DriveNow, Sam Ori Director of Policy at Electrification Coalition, and Ben Holland, Director, Project Get Ready, Rocky Mountain Insititute about the role of cities in driving EV adoption. What will it take to commercialize EV infrastructures and develop appropriate incentives? How can data transparency spur growth of the EV market?