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Free Green Building Lectures

The City of Scottsdale's Green Building Program advocates responsible use of our natural resources in the design and construction of our built environment. Each lecture will address one of the many green building topics that demonstrate energy/resource efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible building practices.  

Next Lecture - April 2, 2015

 Using Smart Technologies to Manage Energy Use


7:00 to 8:30 PM
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road​​


Can energy dash boards, smart thermostats, integrated lighting controls make a difference in depletion of natural resources and the air we breath? Hear about new and cutting-edge technologies that reduce our resource consumption, curtail our reliance on non-renewable resources, improve indoor comfort controls, and lower monthly utility costs.


Mike Ewert, Lutron Electronics
Mike Ewert

Mike Ewert is the Commercial Area Sales Leader for Lutron Electronics with responsibility for a 7 state region.  Immediately after serving in the United States Army Mike went to work for Lutron managing their residential business in the Rocky Mountain Area.  Over the past 10 years Mike has held various positions at Lutron working with a wide range of specifiers and customers to include electrical engineers, architects, interior designers, general contractors, electrical contractors and end users.  In these roles Mike has helped specifiers design lighting control solutions for a wide range of projects that save energy while increasing the comfort and productivity of each space.  Mike is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Denver Chapter.  He is also an active member of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC) Rocky Mountain Chapter serving as head of the IECRM Veteran’s Committee which strives to find employment for military veterans in our industry.


Sean Carnal, Lighting UnlimitedGB Speaker Sean

Sean Carnal is the VP of Sales for Lighting Unlimited, responsible for driving sales, building culture, and creating vision.  After graduating college, he worked for a national lighting distributor as an outside sales rep, and specialized in energy efficient upgrades.  After four years, Sean moved to Nexant where he managed the SRP Small Business lighting program, and helped to administer lighting rebates for businesses.  With nearly a decade of experience in lighting and energy, Sean has focused extensively on training and development, working with contractors, distributors, agents, end-users, architects, and engineers to ensure maximum performance and savings for lighting systems.  Sean graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Business Marketing, and is currently pursuing his Lighting Certification (LC).


Michelle Baker, Crestron Controls Systems

GB Speaker MichelleMichelle Baker joined Crestron in 2007 and has grown to become the Regional Manager of Residential Market Development for Southern California and Arizona.  She currently works closely with Architects, Interior Designers, Builders, Realtors, Estate Managers, and Lighting Designers to provide education on Crestron solutions.   In addition to her Market Development responsibilities, Michelle oversees Crestron’s  LA Design Showroom at the Pacific Design Center and the Scottsdale Showroom at the Est Est Design Center.

Her home technology expertise has been published in Phoenix Magazine and LA Design Magazine.  Michelle also participates as a Board member of the Institute of Classic Art and Architecture Neo-Classicists, and is an active Industry Partner member of the ASID.  She currently teaches technology education courses for Crestron to the AIA, ASID, and several Real Estate groups. When Michelle isn’t busy growing her technology career, you can find her horseback riding, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. 

Lecture location  

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road

(NW corner Granite Reef and McDowell Road, immediately north of AM/PM convenience store)

Download the Green Building Lecture Series (pdf/412kb)

Season Schedule 2014-2015

November 6, 2014 - Green Home Rating Programs:  Scottsdale Green Building, ENERGY STAR for Homes, and LEED for Homes

Green building programs have evolved over the last 15 years as a whole-systems design approach to minimize the environmental impacts of buildings including energy, water, materials, and indoor environmental quality. Since 1998, over 1300 green homes have been certified under Scottsdale’s green building program. What does this mean? Does it make a difference? Can we do better? Come hear about newly improved green building certification programs, their benefits and differences, including Scottsdale’s regionally derived rating program, Energy Star 3.1, and LEED for Homes v4.

December 4, 2014 - Energy Disclosures in the Marketplace: Building Economic Value while Reducing Energy Costs

Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the most cost-effective way to reduce reliance on non-renewable fuel sources and avoid the costly development of more power plants. While energy codes have made important strides over the last decade for new construction, benchmarking and disclosure programs have gained prominence for existing buildings. Hear about these programs and important links that can drive the real estate market towards greater energy efficiency, comfort, and value for existing homes and businesses.

February 5, 2015 -Edible Landscapes and Urban Gardening

Join urban gardeners as they share the benefits and how-to's of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. Learn about our planting and harvesting seasons and how easy it is to raise chickens in your back yard. Find out about the wide range of community gardens available for you to participate in and how school gardens provide students with valuable skills. Come join in the conversation and be inspired to grow.

March 5, 2015 - Tiny House Movement

This is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom. Hear from several local tiny house advocates about the choices they’ve made in pursuing tiny house living.

April 2, 2015 - Using Smart Technologies to Manage Energy and Water Use

Can energy dash boards, smart thermostats, integrated lighting controls and high efficiency plumbing fixtures make a difference in resource depletion and the unintended consequences of growth and development? Hear about new and cutting-edge technologies that reduce our resource consumption, curtail our reliance on non-renewable resources, improve comfort/convenience, and lower our operation costs.

May 7, 2015 - Cool Roofs in the Urban Desert

Did you know that 43% of all electricity consumed in Phoenix metro area homes is used for air conditioning? Cool roofs reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. Learn about cool roofing strategies from solar reflective surfaces to radiant barriers and attic ventilation techniques.

June 4, 2015 - Green Innovative Built Projects

Who are some of the local creative agents creating new building prototypes for the 21st century? What are the innovative features? Come see and hear about successes with innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify principles of resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living.

For more information on the Green Building Lecture series please call 480-312-3111.

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