The Art and Economics of Building Green
Friday, December 12, 9am-4:30pm
UCLA Extension at Figueroa Courtyard
261 S. Figueroa St., Room 107
Los Angeles, California
Urban Planning 891   0.6 CEU
$350   Reg# U6078U
6 hours of MCLE credit available.

(Fee includes refreshments and course materials.
After November 28, fee increases to $375.)

Concern about climate change as a result of greenhouse gas emissions is becoming a major driver of public policy. Since buildings and transportation contribute the major share of greenhouse gas emissions, everyone involved in planning and development will be challenged to change the way they do business. Despite CEQA, standard development practices cause major negative impacts on the environment including wasteful consumption of scarce natural resources, significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions, major contributions to landfill, and harmful impact on occupant health. Growing recognition of these impacts has led planners, architects, engineers, developers, and the greater public to explore how to integrate new sustainable planning, design, construction and operational practices for development and infrastructure.
In its broadest definition, "sustainability" applies to three inter-related components: environment, economy, and equity (or, social well-being). Without considering this real triple bottom line, what kind of future are we building for our children? The need for sustainable development has gained increased publicity and credence as policy makers and the public focus on global warming and legislative mandates for the reduction of greenhouse gases. One of the critical tools helping to educate, shape and measure the movement towards achieving meaningful advances in sustainable design is the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) rating and certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to address New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors and Neighborhood Development. Increasingly public institutions, major corporations and developers are stepping up to meet the challenge of LEED certification and discovering that it is possible to do well by doing good.
This seminar will review the importance of sustainability and discuss land development, building design, infrastructure, and landscape practices that are being implemented by municipalities and developers in project design and construction. The economics and realities of these practices will be discussed from the perspective of planner/urban designer, architect and developer. No refund after December 5.

Seminar Speakers

Woodie Tescher
, Principal Technical Professional/Planning + Urban Design, PBS&J, has managed General Plans for many communities, and won awards for those in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Corona, West Hollywood, Huntington Beach, and San Clemente. His collaboration with Kate Diamond for the City of San Gabriel Valley Boulevard Neighborhoods Sustainability Plan has been honored by SCAG as the recipients of the Compass Blueprint Award for Visionary Planning for Sustainability.

Kate Diamond, FAIA Principal, NBBJ, is an award-winning architect with more than 30 years of experience in both private sector and public institutional projects, joined NBBJ's Seattle office in the fall of 2006 as a Design Principal/Lead Designer with a focus on commercial and civic projects in the context of city making. Prior to joining NBBJ, Kate spent 5 years as the Design Principal of RNL's Los Angeles Office and prior to that she built a strong design reputation as Principal and Lead Designer of her own practice, Siegel Diamond Architecture. Kate has designed multiple sustainable projects that have achieved LEED ratings of certified, silver and gold.

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