Sustainable Building Week San Diego 2022

Where available, event recordings have been linked below.

Monday April 4th

9:00 - 10:00 AM - CEMS - 5 Biggest Energy Drainers Impacting Your Business

Understanding your business's energy footprint is not just good for the environment, it is also a smart business decision. Tiny actions can add up and become big expenses when scaled across an entire organization. Join CEMS as we examine the five principal culprits that could be impacting your energy bill.

12:00 - 12:45 PM - Tree Watch SD - The Urban Forest: Trends, Plans, Equity and Climate Action Plans

This presentation will acquaint you with the status of the City of San Diego’s “Urban Forest”. Topics will include; what and where: what we know and don’t know; applicable plans, programs, status; equity; it’s many natural solutions in urban areas; and current citizen-science / crowd sourcing efforts mapping trees and studying the satellite data with respect to urban tree canopy and urban heat islands - both in the City and bioregionally.


Tuesday April 5th - Friday April 8th

4:00 - 9:00 PM - Simple Construct - Wolf In The Woods: Unique Sustainability Features (SELF GUIDED TOUR, 1920 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego, CA 92103)

Visit Wolf In The Woods, a new restaurant in Mission Hills, to see its unique sustainable features. Register for free to receive a Fact Sheet that outlines the interesting sustainable features of this new bistro, such as the natural clay plasters that moderate humidity and sound; reclaimed urban timber furniture; and energy efficient, ventless convection ovens that contribute to better indoor air quality. Then visit the restaurant to see them for yourself. If you choose to eat there (reservations strongly recommended), your Fact Sheet doubles as a coupon that earns you $5 off of your bill.


Tuesday April 5th

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Water Conservation Garden - Sustainable Landscapes Tour (SITE TOUR, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr West, El Cajon, CA 92019)

On this tour, you will see Sustainable Landscape principles and best practices for water efficiency, and watershed stewardship. Educational exhibits include Veggieland, Backyard Compost, Tropical-look-alikes,
Formal Gazebo, Bio-swale and Rain Tanks, Native Habitat Garden, Children’s Trail, Dorcas Utter Butterfly
Pavilion, and more.

12:00 - 1:00 PM - NewSchool of Architecture and Design - Civic Center Studio - Student Projects

The Integrated Design Studio 2021 / 2022 is focused on envisioning a future sustainable paradigm for the San Diego Civic Center and its immediate surroundings. The Integrated Design Studio at NewSchool unfolds over three quarters, and alternates between lectures, charrettes, technical workshops, one to one desk crits, pin up sessions and site field trips. The main steps in the design process are Urban Analysis, Master Plan, and Building Development. We will be hearing from a group of fourth year Undergraduate Architecture students involved in the project.

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Conscious Planet - Save Soil: Our Very Body

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that, unless we rapidly change how we manage our soils, 90% of it could become degraded by 2050 and result in a global food crisis. To avert this impending crisis and restore soil health, the Save Soil movement is garnering the support of over 3.5 billion people and aims to increase organic content in soil to a minimum of 3-6% through policy changes across all nations. Given the urgency of this crisis, many global organizations, such as the UNCCD, the Farm and Agriculture Organization, and World Economic Forum, global leaders such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Klaus Schwab, and soil scientists, such as Dr. Ratan Lal and Dr. Elaine Ingham, have come together in support of the Save Soil movement. Join us to find out about how you can save soil from extinction.

6:30 - 7:30 PM - SanDiego350 - Climate Friendly Personal Finance Workshop

Learn the basics of how to reach your financial goals while protecting our climate in this climate-friendly personal finances workshop! This interactive Zoom event will feature presentations by Patrick Costello, a Certified Financial Planner™ specializing in low-carbon investment portfolios, and Andrew Montes, who works to create interactive climate-related financial transparency tools to empower people to uncover the climate impact of their finances. The event will also include time for questions and an opportunity to connect with other people to continue your climate-friendly financial journey. All are welcome, including those without prior knowledge about personal finances.


Wednesday April 6th

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Brightworks Sustainability - Sustainability Beyond Buildings: Scope 3 and Zero Carbon

Sustainability planning is only the first step on a long journey of transformation. After your organization has inventoried its carbon footprint, conducted a materiality assessment, or simply hired a sustainability director, what opportunities and challenges will you face as you move into action -- especially within complex, large-scale organizations with numerous stakeholders?
For businesses big and small looking to understand how to address their supply chain and scope 3 emissions, this session is designed to orient you to lessons learned at Brookfield Properties and MasterCard as they looked beyond their buildings to address their zero carbon goals.
Facilitated by Brightworks Sustainability, this session will leave you with insights and ideas to move from measuring and understanding your environmental impacts to making strategic change.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative - Elevating Regional Leadership: Advancing Energy Resilience and Decarbonization

We will highlight the many climate resources that have been developed by SDRCC for our region. We will also introduce our newest resource for climate practitioners, the Energy Education and Resource Hub. We will hear from local leaders who will share case studies of regional projects advancing decarbonization, electrification and zero net energy goals.

12:00 - 1:00 PM - DPR Construction - The Path to Regeneration: The Contractor's Commitment to Build a Healthier Environment for People and the Planet

The Contractor's Commitment is an initiative developed by Building Green's Sustainable Construction Leaders to assist contractors in making more responsible and sustainable choices throughout the construction process. DPR helped develop the framework and align the industry on sustainability best practices in five categories: carbon reduction, jobsite wellness, waste management, water management and material selection. This session will discuss the importance of initiatives such as the Contractor's Commitment in driving industry change and achieving sustainability goals. Attendees will also learn more about DPR Construction's pledge and their Path to Regeneration as a global technical builder.

2:00 - 3:00 PM - San Diego Building Electrification Coalition - The Encinitas Building Electrification Ordinance Story

The San Diego Building Electrification Coalition will present the story of the City of Encinitas passing its all-electric new construction reach code from start to finish. This discussion will include conversations with various stakeholders including the Mayor of Encinitas Catherine Blakespear, City staffer Crystal Najera and citizen advocacy volunteer Jim Wang regarding their roles, responsibilities, and thoughts on this successful process.


Thursday April 7th

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Everde Growers - Nursery Tour (SITE TOUR and LUNCH)

Join us for this nursery tour with new plant introductions. Succulents, edible plants and more! Our tour guide is the amazing horticulturalist Suzie Wiest. The tour will be followed by a box lunch and plant raffle give-away.

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Glumac - Campus and Portfolio Decarbonization

The session will provide institutional and commercial property managers with a strategic framework for decarbonizing their existing building stock. Our presentation will include an overview of the CSU System's Building Decarbonization Framework, which will guide CSU campus decarbonization efforts throughout California. This will include an overview of technical strategies and recommendations to prioritize operating assets more efficiently/effectively in the short term, and looking ahead, the framework offers guidance for campuses to evaluate asset lifecycle costs and a planning process to establish a long-term low carbon infrastructure transition roadmap. We will outline how organizational change management strategies can improve the impact of decarbonization efforts, which is critical for driving long term impact. During the course of our presentation, we will provide a live demonstration of various design and planning tools and encourage Q&A and audience dialog. 

3:00 - 4:00 PM - American Institute of Architecture San Diego - Arts District Liberty Station by OBR Architecture (SITE TOUR, 2820 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA, 92106)

Join AIA San Diego for an exciting in-person tour of the historic preservation and AIA Design Award Winning project Liberty Station led by Christopher Bittner, Principal of obrarchitecture. Christopher Bittner has been the Project Architect since this project’s inception in 1996, working on all phases of the project from master planning to construction and has experience with all levels of historic review.

The NTC Promenade project consists of 27 historic buildings which previously housed the Naval Training Center, San Diego. The vision is to transform the campus of buildings that were once used for education and housing for the Navy into a new Arts and Culture District with heavy influence on education and instruction. The project includes complete infrastructure upgrades, shell building improvements, and resident group tenant improvements. The resident mix is varied and vibrant, including such uses as dance instruction, painting instruction, galleries, oral histories and meeting spaces. The Arts District makes up the North half of Liberty Station


Friday April 8th

12:00 - 1:30 PM - American Society of Landscape Architects San Diego - Soil, Water & Climate Connections of Compost and Mulch

This presentation will provide an overview of Senate Bill (SB) 1383’s new requirements to recycle organic waste and for jurisdictions to procure per capita levels of recovered organic waste products, such as compost and mulch. There will be an introduction to Compost and Mulch Utilization and case studies for creating compost-based green infrastructure for delivering ecosystem services for conserving water, protecting and maintaining water quality, improving soil health and reducing Greenhouse Gasses (GHG’s) in our atmosphere.

2:00 - 3:00 PM - PHNX Development - Open House at East Village Studio (SITE TOUR, 895 Park Blvd. #120, San Diego, CA 92101)

This presentation will demonstrate how good design can "multi-task" - We need to be asking the right questions and the solutions will present themselves. This event will hosted in PHNX's studio at IDEA1 in East Village. PHNX Development specializes in custom fire-rebuilds that are Type II non-combustible, net-zero, and streamlined to cater to the unique needs of traumatized fire survivors.

4:00 - 7:00 PM - San Diego Green Building Council and DPR Construction - Closing Happy Hour (DPR Construction Offices, 5010 Shoreham Place, San Diego, CA 92122)

Join us at DPR Construction as we celebrate the end of Sustainable Building Week San Diego at one of the first Net Zero Commercial office buildings in San Diego. We'll have light snacks, beer and wine. We look forward to celebrating with you!