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 Lecture Series 2018-2019

Scottsdale launches a new green building lecture series featuring local speakers and experts to discuss timely topics and issues involving the future of circular economies, green remodeling, energy retrofits, edible landscapes, water resources, repurposed building materials and innovative green building projects. The lectures are free and held the first Thursday of every other month from October 2018 through June 2019, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. Map it 

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Next Lecture

December 6, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.

Future Proofing and Preparing for the Electric Utility of the Future:
Carbon Neutrality and Energy Efficiency in the Buildings We Live and Work In

Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, the relationship has been one-sided - the grid provides electricity and buildings have been passive consumers. However, new technologies and efforts to reduce energy costs and the environmental impacts of electricity generated from fossil fuel are rapidly transforming how buildings interact with the electrical grid. Additional drivers in this transformation include technological advancements and falling prices in renewable energy technology, battery storage, sensors and controls, remote access technologies, and building management systems.

While renewable energy reduces the need to produce energy from dirty sources, energy efficiency provides multiple benefits including - 1) reducing energy demand, 2) making renewable energy more affordable by optimizing size of rooftop solar and 3) reducing the need to build more electric power plants. Energy efficiency is among the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions, making it a part of fighting climate change. Hear about the role you can play in this transformation to reduce environmental impacts and improve the prospects for a bright future with the buildings we live and work in.

Speaker: Jeff Grout, Senior Energy Consultant
Jeff Grout is a Senior Energy Consultant and Project Manager who GB Speakerhas been working on Energy Efficiency projects with large Commercial and Industrial customers in Arizona for over 10 years. His experience includes many Energy Efficiency projects, energy audits and working on Demand Response and Demand Side Management programs with major utilities from coast to coast.

Jeff has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), Certified Demand Side Manager (CDSM) and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. As an active participant in the clean energy revolution, Jeff’s current dream is to see Arizona become the solar power leader that it is destined to be.

Past Speakers - 2017-2018 Lecture Series

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating in the 2017/2018 lecture series season. Topics included economic value of green, solar energy and battery storage, edible landscapes, building with earthen materials and ductless mini-splits cooling/heating.

Melanie Albert
Intuitive Cooking Expert and Author 
Joan Baron
Environmental Artist
Urban Garden Educator
Jim Clark
Air Conditioning Specialist
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC
Jan Green
HomeSmart Elite Group
Kirk Higbee
Earthen Building Expert and World Traveler
 Paul Hirt
 ASU Sustainability Scholar
Mathew Thorne
Prime Lending
Jack Walker
Titan Solar Power
Daran Wastchak
DR Wastchak Energy Efficiency Services

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