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 - March 6, 2014
Water Efficient Technologies:
In and Around the House
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Rd.
(NW corner of McDowell & Granite Reef,
north of the convenience store)
City supplied (potable) drinking water is a high grade resource because of the amount of energy and resources it requires for treatment and distribution. Did you know that in a residential setting, up to 70% of city-supplied potable drinking water is used for landscape irrigation and 30% of the remainder is used for flushing toilets? Learn about EPA’s WaterSense labeled plumbing products and irrigation technologies that can reduce your water consumption by 20-30%. Hear how graywater use and rainwater harvesting can further reduce your reliance on potable drinking water for irrigation and flushing toilets.
Mid Fortney, Plumbing Manufacturer Representative, Bobier Sales
Mid Fortney is a plumbing supplier specialist with Bobier Sales, a Manufacturer’s Rep Agency with a 60 year presence in Phoenix, Arizona. Mid has been active in the local plumbing industry for almost 35 years with experience in residential kitchen and bath remodeling, commercial tenant improvement projects and wholesale distribution. Over the years he has developed relationships with many local businesses including resort hotels, sporting facilities, hospitals and care centers, school districts, municipalities and building management companies to consult on plumbing issues and introduce water efficient products and systems.
The lectures are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not needed. For more information, call (480) 312-3111.
the Season Schedule.
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road
(NW corner Granite Reef and McDowell Road, immediately north of AM/PM convenience store)
Season Schedule 2013-2014
October 3, 2013 - Energize Phoenix: Successes and Lessons for the Valley
The city of Phoenix was awarded a $25 million federal grant to launch the Energize Phoenix program in partnership with ASU and with support from APS. The Energize Phoenix program saves energy, creates jobs and is transforming a diverse array of neighborhoods along a 10-mile stretch of the Metro light rail. The Energize Phoenix program goal is to reduce home energy consumption by up to 30% and reduce commercial energy use by up to 18% using an array of both proven and innovative measures. Hear about program achievements, lessons learned and recommendations that apply to communities in the greater Phoenix metro area.
November 7, 2013 - 2030 District
2030 Districts are designated commercial and mixed use urban areas that commit to meeting energy, water, and transportation emission reduction targets. Hear how the private sector in a number of communities around the country are engaging leveraged financing and shared resources to create a place-based model for sustainable urban planning, design and construction.
December 5, 2013 - Smart Energy Technologies
Can energy dash boards, smart thermostats, lighting technologies and the smart grid reduce or even reverse negative impacts on our natural resources and environment? Hear about new and cutting-edge technologies that reduce our energy consumption, curtail our reliance on external energy sources and lower our energy bills.
February 6, 2014 - Urban Gardens and Edible Landscapes
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 6, 2014 - Water Resource Conservation versus Efficiency
Did you know that in a residential setting, up to 70% of city-supplied potable water is used for landscape irrigation and 30% of the remainder is used for flushing toilets? Learn about EPA’s WaterSense labeled plumbing products and irrigation technologies that can reduce your water consumption by 20-30%. Hear about hydrozoning and creating landscape areas based on water needs of plant materials, soil and site location while providing for a healthy and attractive environment.
April 3, 2014 - Green Deconstruction: Closing the Material Loop
Deconstruction represents the first important element of green remodeling by reversing the building process through disassembly and salvaging material for reuse and recycling. Hear about useful and unique materials in older buildings that can provide for aesthetic character and design opportunities. Learn how reusing materials or donating/selling salvaged materials reduce waste, disposal cost and the pollution and energy associated with producing new materials.
May 1, 2014 - Economic Value of Green: Disclosure and Empowerment
When we buy a car, we look at the MPG. When we buy a house, a much more financially significant purchase, what do we know about its operating cost? How can the savvy home buyer compare the “MPG” of homes? How can the savvy home seller – who has invested in green building or remodeling – maximize return on investment? Learn about tools available to home buyers and sellers.
June 5, 2014 - Innovative Green Built Projects
Showcase of residential and commercial projects in the greater Scottsdale/ Phoenix area that exemplify principles conveyed in the lecture series.
For more information on the Green Building Lecture series please call 480-312-3111.
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