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GBlogo_newThe Green Building Program encourages a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.

Green Building Lecture Series

Scottsdale launches a new green building lecture series featuring local speakers and experts to discuss timely topics and issues involving the future of rooftop solar, green home renovations, toxicity in the home and workplace, edible landscapes, water resources, fresh air ventilation, combating summer heat and repurposing materials for reuse. The lectures are free and held the first Thursday of each month (excluding January) from October 2016 through June 2017, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. Map it 

Download the lecture series schedule (PDF).

Next Lecture: 

June 1, 2017 Re-purposed Materials: Finding Treasures for Reuse

Reclaim. Reuse. Rebuild. Local reuse organization, Stardust Building Supplies, will give you an inside look into the process of building material reuse from the first steps of deconstruction and reclamation to how to transform your home with salvaged materials. Enjoy spectacular pictures of deconstruction projects, unique treasures, upcycling, and remodels all while making your own creative reuse project.

Stardust Building Supplies, a nonprofit reuse organization, operates three home improvement thrift stores in the Valley where the community can donate a variety of items including the kitchen sink. Accepting cabinetry, appliances, doors, windows, furniture and more which are then resold at 50% to 80% off the regular retail price. Since 1997, Stardust Building Supplies has diverted more than 80 million pounds of reusable materials from local landfills and in 2013 was awarded the Environmental Award by the EPA's Pacific Southwest Region for their commitment to zero waste.


Karen Jayne, CEO, Stardust Building Supplies

GB Speaker KarenChief Executive Officer, Karen Jayne has over 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership, management, program design, and fund development. In 2011, Jayne was appointed to CEO of Stardust Building Supplies in her tenure she has led the organization to over 80 million pounds of material diverted and launched the Gifts In Kind program which has distributed more than $21 million worth of reusable household items to fellow nonprofit organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is a board member of the Organization of Nonprofit Executives as well as the national Building Materials Reuse Association. 

Jason Carlyle, Deconstruction Supervisor, Stardust Building Supplies

GB Speaker JasonJason Carlyle has been with Stardust Building Supplies for 13 years, starting as a part-timer sweeping floors. He has since worked his way up to Deconstruction Supervisor after joining the deconstruction team in 2009. In those eight years, Carlyle has salvaged building materials for reuse from an estimated 3,400 homes in the Phoenix Metro area. He has represented Stardust at several national deconstruction expos.

Green Building Lectures

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating over the last year in the 2015/2016 green building lecture series. Topics included environmental building standards, utility incentives, healthy and edible landscapes, indoor fresh air strategies, energy efficient roofing, green schools and green/energy upgrades for 35+ year old homes.

Alan Kravitz, Bella Verde Homes Jeff and Kim Grout, Clean Air Lawn Care
Kevin Edwards, Edwards Design Group Joan Baron, Baron Studio
Tom Norris, Norris Architects Brian Kincaid, Panasonic Eco Solutions
Sharon Bonesteel, SRP Tyler Allwood, Eagle Roofing Products 
Chris Baggett, APS Auriane Koster, Pierce Energy Planning 
Jennifer Davidson, Scottsdale Water Conservation  Laurel Kruke, Pierce Energy Planning 
Adria Surovy, Scottsdale Water Conservation Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur
Todd Czaplewski, SW Gas John Elson, Inspect-It 1st 
Charlie Velasquez, SW Gas Brian Andrews, Arizona Going Green  

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Program Overview for New Construction


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