Sessions & Keynote for the 2018 San Diego Green Building Conference, Expo, & Awards are now up! 

2018 Conference Sessions will discuss local projects, policies and programs that put our community on the path towards meeting California’s and San Diego’s environmental goals. The sessions will be based on three tracks. 

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Opening Keynote: 

Dealing with Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Adaptation in the Californias

Serge Dedina, Ph.D. 

Executive Director, Wild Coast & Mayor of Imperial Beach

Session Description: Adapting to rising seas is arguably the greatest challenge faced by coastal cities and communities. Serge Dedina will provide an overview of tools and strategies he and his WILDCOAST team are implementing in Mexico to preserve large swaths of coastline to help adapt to sea level rise, protect against storm surge and conserve coastal ecosystems that sequester carbon. In Imperial Beach, the city has embarked on a comprehensive planning process to identify the physical impacts and economic costs of rising seas as well incorporate sea level rise into the Local Coastal Plan. Serge will also discuss the city’s lawsuit against 35 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies for the damages associated with sea level rise.  

Sessions & Speakers: Energy, Materials & Water 


  • Net Zero Energy and Highly Controlled Environments: The New Archival Facility in San Diego County
    • Eugene de Souza (Interface), Andy Feth (C.W. Driver), Susan Freed (County of San Diego), Caroline Kreiser (Miller Hull)
  • Smart Data for Smart Buildings
    • Melissa Bartow (Measurabl), Sean Kinghorn (Intuit), Jason Anderson (Cleantech San Diego)
  • Designing for Natural Ventilation - it's a breeze! 
    • Ben Dalton (Miller Hull), Beth Brummitt (Brummitt Energy Associates Inc.), Ransom Hamrick (Randall Lamb)
  • San Diego County Crime Laboratory: Balancing Security, Technology, and User Comfort in the State of the Art Facility
    • Khristopher Tabaknek (Smith Group), Jeff Stanton (Smith Group), Gabriel Cervantes (Smith Group)
  • Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, Healthy Planet - Green Design and Technology in Healthcare
    • Calina Ferraro (Randall Lamb Associates), Gigi Bainbridge (LPA Design Studios) 
  • Interactive Charrette to Improve the Effectiveness of Local Urban Wood Salvage 
    • Cody Harrison (Tree San Diego), Tom Hamilton (LumberCycle), Bryan Arturo (Tree San Diego) 
  • Construction and Demolition Debris Management Programs in the San Diego Region 
    • Manuel Medrano (City of Chula Vista), Stephanie Ewalt (County of San Diego), Carmen Romo Diego (City of San Diego)
  • Innovative Strategies for Going Green with Development in Extreme Climate Challenges
    • Elizabeth Carmichael (ECOhouse Architecture), Kira Halter (Kira Halter Design Studios), JoAnn Carter-Wells (ECOhouse Architecture) 
  • San Diego Water Capture and Reuse (day-long track)
    • Kenner Kinngston -(Arch Nexus), Jeffery Davis (Arch Nexus), Pete Munoz (Biohabitats), Matthew Porreca (BNIM), Eric Hough (Natural Systems Utilities) 

View a complete schedule here.

View extended session descriptions here.

**all sessions are eligible for AIA & GBCI CEUs

2018 Sustainable Design Awards

This year the San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo will be followed by a networking event and the San Diego Sustainable Design Awards. Join us for this exciting opportunity to  showcase, promote, and celebrate the local industry leaders and their projects. 

Guests can purchase separate Conference and Awards tickets or both events combined at a discounted price. 

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