Green Building Program

The 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.


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Green Building Education Series

Scottsdale hosts a green building education series featuring speakers and experts to discuss timely topics and issues involving the future of electrification, decarbonization, energy efficiency, renewables, indoor environmental quality, water use reduction and reuse, edible landscapes, low-impact building materials and innovative near-zero impact projects.  

Earth Month Spring Gardening Webinar - April 15th, 4 to 5 p.m.

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April is Earth month and springtime in Arizona!!

Join master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn as they share tips and planting ideas for your gardens.

We will discuss how to prepare your gardens for growing black-eyed peas, okra, squashes, sweet & hot peppers, eggplant and a wide variety of tomatoes. Want to try growing Rosella - also known as hibiscus and make delicious hibiscus tea? How about malabar spinach, dill, lavender, lemon verbena and mint? We love sweet potatoes and those vining luffa. The bees will be so happy you grew them and would be most endeared to you for planting cosmos, zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers and many more varieties that we will discuss.

We will walk you around the garden and show starter plants, flowering plants and talk about preventing the aphids from moving in!!

If you are eager to have a beautiful robust garden this is not the time to procrastinate - the warmer temperatures are heading our way!! Can you just taste your armenian cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelons? We will also talk about what trees to plant early in the month.

We will give you an update on the Heritage Grain Trials and talk about the importance of saving seeds and the value in companion planting.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden webinar.

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The content of these presentations do not represent the opinion or endorsement from the City of Scottsdale. The presentations represent the opinion of the speakers.

Past Speakers

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating in the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 lecture series seasons. Topics included economic value of green, solar energy and battery storage, edible landscapes, building with earthen materials and ductless mini-splits cooling/heating.

Joan Baron
Environmental Artist & Urban Garden Educator

Steve Caldwell
VP of Operations, GreenSheen Paints

Michael Ginsburg
Arizona Builder and Innovator
Ed Gorman
President, Modus Development
Jeff Grout
Senior Energy Consultant

Bill Sheaffer
Exec. Director, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition

Carol Stuttard
Master Gardener


John Trujillo
Principle, Circonomy Solutions

Recent News

Join us for a virtual Green Building Education Series class on edible gardens
This free webinar runs from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. You’ll meet master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn,
October Green Building program kicks off 21st season with discussion on electric vehicles
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Buy or Remodel Green for Comfort, Health & Water Efficiency
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Cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent
Learn about ductless mini-split cooling technology for room-by-room temperature control, comfort and energy savings. This free program will be from


Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook   

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