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Learn about the lineup of presenters at the October 30 conference.

The 2018 USGBC Arizona State Conference is just around the corner! We are looking forward to hearing from some excellent speakers on a variety of topics. This year’s theme, "Prove it: The Power of LEED Certification," focuses on the importance of third-party certifications in ensuring transparency and quality. Our speakers will approach this theme from a few different angles, including LEED for Homes, recycling in construction and demolition, life-cycle assessments and more.

When: Tues., October 30
Where: Tempe, Arizona

Check out our lineup of expert presenters from the green building industry in Arizona:

Keynote speaker: Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust, LLC

Our keynote speaker this year is Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust, LLC. He is a building science expert, sales trainer and public speaker. He has educated thousands of builders, architects, contractors, product representatives, code officials, appraisers and realtors across the country. Gamboa can attest to the importance and value of third-party certification systems. His expertise in professional development and training increases the capacity for builders to send a clear message to the marketplace—that collaboration, transparency and high standards are achieved through the use of third-party certification systems such as LEED. Building owners often have questions about the LEED process and the cost of certification and materials. Gamboa helps to fill in these gaps to bring understanding into the decision process, thereby creating more opportunities for the green building industry.

David Hertzberg, Entrepreneur

David Hertzberg is an entrepreneur focused on sustainability and waste diversion. Founding Sonoran Waste Disposal in 2005, Hertzberg grew the company to a highly successful regional waste and recycling company. One of the first LEED professionals in the waste industry, he promoted a recycling economy that supports the construction industry, advanced accurate reporting in recycling and connected the construction industry to innovative markets for their waste. Hertzberg will address the need for third-party certification in ensuring proper waste diversion and how projects can achieve LEED credits through construction and demolition recycling practices.

Gary Pivo, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Arizona

Gary Pivo has been a major contributor to sustainable real estate economics for many years. His 2012 paper with Dr. Fisher on socially responsible office properties won the Legacy Award from the Journal of Real Estate. He has been a policy and industry entrepreneur, co-founding the UN Property Working Group and launching the first global sustainable REIT fund available to U.S. investors. He has also contributed to or consulted with many organizations and media groups. Pivo will summarize research on how green certifications, such as LEED or Energy Star, affect property values, returns and default risk in commercial real estate. The evidence will help attendees persuade building owners and bankers to embrace certification, as opposed to simply following green building practices.

Kirsten Shaw, LEED for Homes Green Rater, Energy Code Inspector

Kirsten Shaw is a LEED for Homes Green Rater, an Energy Code inspector and a licensed residential and light commercial general contractor. She is the Green Rater for 117 single family and multifamily homes. Additionally, she has performed over 500 residential energy audits and HERS ratings. As a RESNET Quality Assurance Designee, she inspects the construction of custom homes and production homes throughout Arizona. Shaw also performs diagnostic and forensic testing on residential and commercial buildings to identify causes of health complaints from building occupants. She will discuss common failures found in newly built homes that could be prevented by the inspections and testing required by the LEED certification process.

Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President and CEO

Dede Devine has been working with Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979. NAC is a Native American-operated nonprofit that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing and community-based economic development opportunities. It also developed, owns and operates over 750 units of affordable housing for working families and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals along the light rail in central Phoenix. NAC is also a leader in multi-family housing LEED Platinum building certification. Devine will discuss why NAC builds using LEED, and how it aligns with the organizational mission.

Joe Keeper, Native American Connections, Director of Real Estate Development

Joe Keeper oversees NAC’s development of affordable housing stock and real estate portfolio. Throughout his more than 15-year career in real estate, Joe has completed more than $250 million of development, redevelopment, tenant improvement and acquisitions of a diverse range of community development projects serving very low-income households. Since 2006, Keeper has served as a member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, as well as the City of Phoenix’s Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods and the CDBG Review Committee. In 2009, he was recognized as one of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s Young Leaders for outstanding accomplishments.

Julie Sinistore, PhD, Project Director at WSP

As a project drector, Julie Sinistore brings a diverse set of skills and experience to her role on WSP’s sustainability, energy and climate change team, including life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon and water footprinting of products and services, as well as sustainability strategy in the electronics, bio-based fuels and chemicals, agriculture and building and construction sectors and whole building LCA. She is a member of the board of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA), a nonprofit advancing the science and application of LCA. Sinistore’s sustainability experience spans a wide range of clients, from public and private entities to universities to Fortune 500 companies, helping implement and expand sustainability throughout the organizations. She is also a certified EPD verifier with the International EPD System® and can serve as a moderator of product category rule (PCR) development.

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