USGBC Arizona State Conference


About the conference

The Arizona State Conference, by USGBC Arizona, is the flagship green building event in the state, uniting over one hundred industry leaders, experts, and professionals dedicated to sustainable and efficient buildings.

The 2018 State Conference, now in its 7th year, will take place Oct. 30 at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. It will feature a keynote, educational programming, an engaging exhibit area, happy hour, networking, and a human foosball tournament. Attendees can earn GBCI and AIA continuing education at this event.

This years' theme, Prove it: The Power of LEED Certification, will focus on the value of third-party certification and the differences between certified projects and “all but certified” ones. Attendees will learn how transparency, ongoing operations and LEED certification ensures sustainability goals are achieved.

David Hertzberg
David Hertzberg is an entrepreneur focused on sustainability and waste diversion. Founding Sonoran Waste Disposal in 2005, David grew the company from one truck and a few containers to a multi-million dollar per year regional waste company servicing some of the most prestigious customers in Arizona. At the time the company was sold, Sonoran Waste Disposal was hauling over 40K tons of waste and over 20K tons of recyclables with a fleet of 12 trucks and 13 employees.

David continues to participate in new ventures that move the environmental movement forward. One of the first LEED Accredited People in the waste industry, he spearheaded the change necessary to create a recycling economy that supported the construction industry. David advanced accurate reporting in recycling and connected the construction industry to innovative markets for their waste.

David sits on the Board of Directors for Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Arizona Advisory Board for the United States Green Building Council, member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and the Construction Against Cancer” Big Dig” Founding Board. David also Chaired the Arizona Recycling Coalition Board of Directors for 5 years and sat on ADEQ’s Recycling Advisory Board for 3 years. An Arizona native and graduate of University of Arizona, his leadership provided the necessary disruptive process to an under-served demand for sustainability in Arizona.

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 US investors. Outside academia he has been a contributor or consultant to many organizations and media groups including the NY Times, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and the US Departments of Housing and Economic Development, Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture.

In his presentation, Gary will summarize academic 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.

His session will help attendees obtain 1) the ability to contrast the economics of green certification and green building, 2) communicate the benefits of achieving higher green ratings, and 3) report evidence from the economic literature.

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. She trains Building Performance Institute Building Analysts and RESNET HERS Raters and Rating Field Inspectors who will be doing energy code and ENERGY STAR certification testing and inspections.

She is also a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant who performs diagnostic and forensic testing on residential and commercial buildings to identify causes of health complaints from buildings occupants.

Kirsten will discuss common failures found in newly built homes that could be prevented by the inspections and testing required by the LEED certification process.

In her experience, most homes are built by the lowest bidders to the lowest legal standards or building codes. Except for the granite countertops, most builders will install only the minimum requirements by code—or only what might be noticed by building code officials who inspect the homes for safety violations. Most home buyers are assuming that their home was built to code, at a minimum. But too often the energy codes are not met and are not enforced by building officials. Kirsten will help attendees see and understand the connection between LEED certification and transparency in building code for your largest investment: your home.

Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President & CEO
Dede 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 – for over 38 years. NAC is a 501(c)3 Native American operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing, and community based economic development opportunities. With Native Americans as a priority population, NAC offers innovative research-based behavioral health counseling services integrated with Native cultural and traditional healing practices. In addition, NAC 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 Certified building. Ms. Devine will discuss why Native American Connections builds using the LEED certification system and how this aligns with their mission as an organization.

Joe Keeper, Native American Connections, Director of Real Estate Development
Joe oversees NAC’s development of affordable housing stock and real estate portfolio. Throughout his 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. His vast range of experience with leveraged financing including New Market Tax Credits. NAHASDA, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD HOME, SHP & CDBG, and other affordable housing resources, has created almost 2,000 housing units and 200,000 square feet of commercial leasing space. Since 2006, Joe 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, Joe was recognized as one of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s Young Leaders for outstanding accomplishments achieved.

Julie Sinistore, Ph. D, Project Director at WSP
As a Project Director, Julie brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to her role on WSP’s sustainability, energy and climate change team. Julie's expertise includes life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon and water footprinting of products and services and 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 non-profit membership organization advancing the science and application of LCA to build capacity, drive development and connect the LCA community to achieve environmental sustainability. Prior to joining WSP, Julie managed a wide range of LCA projects, from environmental product declarations (EPDs) to peer-reviewed ISO-conformant LCA reports. She has been conducting LCAs in both academic and private consulting settings since 2007.

Julie’s sustainability experience spans a wide range of clients from public and private entities from universities to Fortune 500 companies to implement and expand sustainability throughout their organizations. Julie currently teaches two graduate courses at University of California-Berkeley on Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainable Product Design. Julie is a certified EPD verifier with the International EPD System® and can serve as a moderator of product category rule (PCR) development.

Julie holds a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering and a MS in Agroecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Natural Resource Management from Cook College of Rutgers University.

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.

Todd 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.

This message is that collaboration, transparency and high standards are achieved through the use of third-party certification systems, such as LEED. Often there are many questions from building owners on the LEED process and the cost of certification and materials. Todd helps to fill in those knowledge gaps to bring understanding into the decision process, thereby creating more opportunities for the green building industry.

Local Partners

    • 8-9 a.m. / Lobby — Registration/networking and light breakfast
    • 9-10 a.m. / Lakeside — The Economic Value of Green Certification by Gary Pivo
    • 10:05-11:05 a.m. / Lakeside — Life Cycle Assessment, LEED v4 and Environmental Product Declarations by Julie Sinistore.
    • 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. / Lakeside — LEED for Homes and what you get when you don't certify by Kirsten Shaw
    • 12:10-1:10 p.m. / Lakeside — Lunch, USGBC Announcements and Product Showcases
    • 1:10-2:10 p.m. / Lakeside — C&D Waste and LEED by David Hertzberg
    • 2:15-3:15 p.m. / Lakeside — Leading with LEED Certification- How everyone from the developer to the community can win by Diana Devine and Joe Keeper.
    • 3:20-4:20 p.m. / Lakeside — Closing Keynote: Champions of Change by Todd Gamboa
    • Happy Hour and Human Foosball Tournament to follow conference.