Upcoming events

    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Cardwell Collaborative; 5130 Gateway Blvd E, El Paso, TX 79905
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    TOUR: CARDWELL COLLABORATIVE
    FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
    Cardwell Collaborative
    5130 Gateway Blvd E, El Paso, TX 79905
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    About this Event
    Join us for a tour of this beautiful and innovative building that is expected to achieve LEED Silver!

    The Cardwell Collaborative is a 60,000 square foot, $28 million biomedical research and technology commercialization building that was developed by MCA Tech Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of the MCA Foundation.

    The expected LEED Silver building features 20,000 square feet of biomedical incubator space (wet-labs, dry-labs, lab support, private offices, open offices and collaboration spaces) in a building that brings private start-up companies and university personnel together under one roof to collaborate.

    Parking
    There is a parking lot near the building. We encourage visitors to bus, bike, walk or carpool!

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    • Friday, June 02, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • ACC Highland Business Center; 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78754

    LEED GA & AP EXAM PREP COURSES 
    MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017
    ACC Highland Business Center
    5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78754
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    About this Event
    This hybrid course offers self-paced study materials, real world LEED project experience, plus in-class instruction for exam preparation. Students will review simulated exam questions and credit worksheets as part of the course.

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    • Monday, June 05, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hops & Grain; 507 Calles St, #101, Austin, Texas 78702

    HIGH PERFORMANCE HAPPY HOUR: MID-YEAR NEW MEMBER MIXER
    MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017
    Hops & Grain
    507 Calles St, #101, Austin, Texas 78702
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    About High Performance Happy Hour
    Come Early Stay Late and Win A Door Prize! (Thank you, Cliff Braddock)

    Join your USGBC Texas Central Regional Council and others in the local green building community for drinks and networking. Want to know more about what’s going on with your local USGBC? Awesome! We’re here to tell you. 

    Regional Council members will be on hand to describe upcoming education and volunteer opportunities including LEED 2009 vs. LEEDv4, Green Apple Day of Service, and crossover events with the local Living Building Challenge Collaborative as well as other allied organizations. Have ideas of events you’d like to see happen in our community? Let us know and we’ll work with you to make it happen.


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    • Thursday, June 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Alamo Beer Company; 202 Lamar Street, San Antonio, Texas 78202

    GREEN DRINKS
    THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
    Alamo Beer Company
    202 Lamar Street, San Antonio, Texas 78202
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    About this Event
    Hello June! Come out and join the USGBC Texas Board with South Texas Region Council Members and other environmentally minded, clean technology professionals for a networking happy hour. Connect and share ideas with others interested in the environment. Grow the sustainable discussion in a friendly, fun and informal atmosphere. 

    Enjoy a tour of the brewery with sustainable feature highlights such as the solar power technology, low impact drainage and spent grain "recycling".

    Bring a friend!

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    • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Eco Centro; 1802 N. Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212
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    SMART CITY: INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION
    TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
    Eco Centro
    1802 N. Main Avenue
    San Antonio, Texas 78212
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    About this Event
    As San Antonio's population swells, roadway congestion is increasing. At this luncheon, City planning leaders will offer their visions for how San Antonio is adapting with newer methods of mobility to more conveniently connect travelers to their destinations. The speakers will discuss regional goals and approaches to improve the urban flow.

    About the Speakers
    Jason Rodriguez, Manager of Strategic Planning, Via Metropolitan Transit
    Jason Rodriguez is a senior strategic planner at VIA Metropolitan Transit. He has a bachelors degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University, as well as both a masters of science in architecture and graduate certificate in urban and regional planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has worked on transportation planning, capital project development and transit-supportive land use policy development here in San Antonio, coordinating with multiple public and private entities. He is one of the staff leads working on VIA’s 2040 Long Range Plan update in coordination with regional partner

    Art Reinhardt, PE, CFM Assistant Director, Transportation & Capital Improvements, City of San Antonio
    Art Reinhardt holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He guides environmental management, transportation planning, street, drainage and traffic infrastructure programs within the City. Previously, he served as a Program Manager at AECOM for Bexar County's Flood Control Program and has experience in residential land development including street drainage, stormwater management and sewer design.

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    1 GBCI CE HR-Self Reporting, 1 AIA HSW/SD/LU Hour

    Lunch Menu
    Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Garden Salad. Vegetarian alternative available.

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    • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Tree House; 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 600 Austin, Texas 78745

    LEED 2009 VS LEED V4: MATERIALS & RESOURCES
    TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
    Tree House
    4477 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 600 Austin, Texas 78745
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    About this Event
    Looking to network with high-performance building professionals? Looking for all 6 of your LEED-specific CEUs to maintain your professional credential? Confused about the design implications of LEEDv4?

    Certifying projects under LEEDv4 is significantly different than certifying projects under LEED 2009. This introductory course reviews the basic differences between LEED2009 and LEEDv4 including upgrades in energy baseline and reconsideration of the Materials and Resources credits. Special emphasis will be provided on the Integrative Process, Regional Priority, and Innovation in Design credits.

    This event is the third installment of a 6-part Network & Learn series. 

    1 GBCI CE HR-Self Reporting, 1 AIA HSW/SD/LU Hour


    About the Speakers
    Dirk Kestner is a Principal and the corporate Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a 600-person structural and enclosure engineering firm with a worldwide portfolio.  Dirk is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a LEED AP BD+C. Dirk is a current a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) and was the founding chairman of the Sustainability Committee for The Structural Engineering Institute, and served as an editor and coordinator of the committee’s book Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer.  He is currently pursuing the LEED WBLCA credit via Pilot Credit 63 and LEED v4 on five projects including Capitol Tower, the first LEED V4 project in the US to attempt the LCA credit.  He has also performed comparative LCA’s on ten other buildings that did not pursue LEED ratings.  He has extensive experience with both the ATHENA and Tally WBLCA tools, and was the invited speaker at The Athena Institute’s 2016 general meeting.

    Kileigh Shea is a Graduate Engineer with Walter P Moore.  She has a diverse background with structural design and is involved in a number of local projects ranging from Republic Square Park to 1400 Lavaca.  She has also been involved in many projects using WBLCA in both the LEED and the AEGB rating systems, including Houston’s Capitol Tower and “The Waterfront” project in Austin.  She has extensive experience with both the ATHENA and Tally WBLCA tools.




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    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gensler; 711 Louisiana, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77002

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM STUDY SESSION
    SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
    Gensler
    711 Louisiana, Suite 300, Houston, TX, 77002
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    About this Event

    • Address the fundamental principles of green building
    • Develop basic knowledge of LEED rating systems
    • Prepares you to pass the Green Associate exam
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    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • UT Austin; 10100 Burnet Rd, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

    AUSTIN SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MATERIALS FORUM: DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
    FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017
    UT Austin, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center
    10100 Burnet Rd, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    About Austin Sustainable Building Materials Forum
    Building materials are a big deal. Building booms create competition not only for labor and equipment, but also for construction materials—affecting supply lines, timelines and bottom lines.

    Designers, builders, remodelers and recycling service teams can address these concerns and support the Circular Economy by promoting greater resources productivity, reducing waste and avoiding pollution.

    The conference will feature an innovative product showcase, resource-efficient case studies, and town hall discussions on construction material hot topics and a tour of indoor air quality labs.

    More information: http://www.austintexas.gov/buildingforum


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    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Eco Centro; 1802 N. Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212
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    THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND AND ITS HAZARDS
    TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    Eco Centro
    1802 N. Main Avenue
    San Antonio, Texas 78212
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    About this Event
    As the Bexar County metropolitan area expands, progressive replacement of natural surfaces with built surfaces inhibits atmospheric cooling. As a result, heat within the urban center increases, water quality decreases, and ecosystems are impaired. This luncheon will feature a leading researcher and river specialist as they share their data on the local heat island effect, its ecological consequences, and discuss solutions to mitigate impacts.

    About the Speakers
    Dr. Hazem Rashed-Ali, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture at the University of Texas San Antonio
    Professor Rashed-Ali holds a PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University. He also has a M.S. in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University in the UK focusing on Energy Efficient Buildings, and a B.S. in Architecture from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He is a registered architect in Egypt.

    Kyle Knickerbocker, Stormwater Specialist, San Antonio River Authority
    Kyle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of San Antonio. He focuses on water quality, environmental awareness and sustainability. He served previously in CPS' Environmental Lab.

    1 GBCI CE HR-Self Reporting, 1 AIA HSW/SD/LU Hour

    Lunch Menu
    Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Garden Salad. Vegetarian alternative available.

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    • Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Plano Center; 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074

    THE NORTH TEXAS SUSTAINABLE SHOWCASE
    THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
    Plano Center
    2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    About this Event
    Integrative design is a process that serves as the foundation to take us to the next and multiple levels beyond sustainability. True sustainability considers far more than siting, materials and efficiency. Designers, clients, and communities can be informed and inspired by engaging and integrating with the larger place, its culture, and the role it serves in the larger living system— in other words, the whole living ecosystem. This workshop will explain what integrative systems thinking is, how and why it works, and how to merge these concepts with your existing work.

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize the benefits of an integrative process and whole systems thinking
    • Identify the practice issues that need to change to achieve optimized and whole systems
    • Understand the client’s and designer’s role in change management
    • Learn the importance of facilitation to take projects beyond sustainability

    Presenter: Bill Reed, AIA
    An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in sustainability and regeneration Bill is a principal in two firms, the Integrative Design Collaborative and Regenesis Group, Inc. – green building consulting, living system design, and education organizations working to lift building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole-systems design process. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet.

    Relevant Background

    • Founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council
    • Co-author with the Seven Group: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: redefining the practice of sustainability
    • Served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)
    • Former Chair of the ANSI Committee on Whole System Integration
    • Advisory Board - Environmental Building News

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    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • TreeHouse 4477 S Lamar Blvd #600, Austin, TX 78745
    LEED 2009 vs. LEEDv4

    Indoor Environmental Quality

    4th session of 6-part series

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (5:30 - 7:00PM)

    Location : Tree House
    4477 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 600 Austin, TX 78745

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