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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 - May 1, 2014


Economic Value of Green: Disclosure and Empowerment

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)

When we buy a car, we look at the miles per gallon. 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 “miles per gallon” of homes? How does a homeowner decide whether to invest in energy improvements? Hear answers to these and other questions from an experienced Realtor, Appraiser, Lender and Energy Auditor. Learn about tools available to home buyers and sellers.

May_GB_SpeakerTammy Bosse, Designated Broker, REALTOR, Boss Properties
Tammy Bosse is Owner & Designated Broker of Boss Properties, based in Scottsdale. Tammy is the first Realtor in Arizona to become a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and is a National Association of Realtors GREEN designee. She serves on the Green Chamber Greater Phoenix Public Policy Committee and the United States Green Building Council Residential Green Building Committee and is a Graduate of Scottsdale Leadership and Valley Leadership. She stays engaged with community activities that she feels make a difference in the Valley and is passionate about the practice of sustainable building design and community development becoming the norm instead of the exception.
GB_Speaker3Robert Oglesby. President, AppraisalTek
Robert Oglesby is a Certified Residential Appraiser and President of AppraisalTek, a multi-state appraisal management company. Robert’s personal appraisal practice includes high performance homes, vacant land, custom homes, and a mixture of residential properties. Advanced continuing education is a must in the appraisal industry, where Robert has taken all green-related residential courses with the Appraisal Institute and earned a LEED Green Associate designation. Already a certified instructor in Arizona and Texas, Robert is pursuing being an approved Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) instructor.

GB_Speaker2Marlo Newman, Mortgage Banker, Energy Wise Home Loan Group

Marlo Newman is a Senior Loan Officer at Movement Mortgage. He has a passion for saving his clients’ money through energy efficiency and Greenhabbing. He has developed EnergyWise Home Loans and Efi Refi’s that enable his clients to live in a healthier and more comfortable home while enjoying the benefits of tax credits and rebates. His programs enable homeowners to become wealthier by increasing their home's value 5-20% for less money monthly than what they are presently paying the utility company. Marlo has recently returned from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Mortgage Appraisal Roundtable in Washington D.C. and is working on the launch of the first Green Home Bond program for the capital markets.

GBSpeaker4Albert Huss, BPI Building Analyst, Arizona Going Green/Southwest Insealators

Albert Huss is the co-owner and founder of Arizona Going Green, a full service energy audit and building consultant company. Albert became involved in energy audits and consulting before it was the thing to do. Working with homeowners, builders, Realtors and mortgage brokers, Albert has helped 1000's of homeowners reduce energy consumption. Through the Energy Efficient Mortgage process, Albert has helped home buyers and owners decrease the total cost of ownership by rolling energy efficiency improvements, that save more than they cost, into the mortgage.

The lectures are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not needed. For more information, call (480) 312-3111. 

Download (pdf/693kb) the Season Schedule.


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)

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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