By Blake Hemmel
The USGBC Arizona State Conference took place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Wednesday, bringing together leaders, professionals and vendors all dedicated to sustainable building.
A wide range of speakers provided insight about how their organizations are helping themselves, as well as their customers, accomplish green goals in the building industry.
Pre-Construction Operations Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Evelyn Orchoa began with a presentation on how Habitat for Humanity is working towards building sustainable homes for families in need. She emphasized that building green homes does not necessarily have to cost more than building non-green homes.
Lisa Barnard from the multinational company BASF spoke next about how the company is implementing new strategies, such as eco-efficiency analysis, in order to provide more sustainable materials and infrastructure for its customers. Barnard added that BASF is shifting away from using fossil-based materials for its products by using more renewable materials based on organic waste.
Company leaders spoke about other topics, including conscious capitalism, mentioned by Adam Goodman, CEO of Goodmans Interior Structures. He explained that conscious capitalism means that corporations should be mindful of their purpose and impact they have on the environment.
Other speakers at the conference were Michael Peel, who spoke about “Energy Star,” Justin Rohner, who spoke about permaculture, and Sara Neff, Senior Vice President of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation, who talked about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
LEED is one of the largest programs that certifies green buildings worldwide.
Also attending the conference were green vendors, such as Outsulation Systems, Norcon Industries, Inc., and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
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