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

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 2019 through June 2020, 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 Feb. 6

Living an Edible Landscape LifeFrances and Joan

Come join in the conversation and be inspired to grow as urban gardeners 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. Find out about the wide range of community gardens available for you to participate.


Joan Baron, Master Gardener and Environmental Artist
Joan loves to grow food wherever she can find some space! This includes her alley, where she has created a unique project called "Food in the Alley". It is a demonstration garden and laboratory where everything from Moringa trees and sugar cane flourish along with kale, swiss chard and tomatoes, AND, anyone is welcome to come by and harvest what they need. This is just one example of Joan's socially engaged art practice!

Frances Craik, ASU School of Urban Planning and Sustainable Food Systems
Frances is an outdoor enthusiast and Urban Planning Student at Arizona State University. She is a leader of two organizations on campus. The first, "Gardens at ASU" builds community by educating gardening skills and inspiring a healthy lifestyle. Secondly, "Food for Change" is igniting a systematic shift in the food system to a more localized and sustainable culture. Frances spends her time off campus working part-time as a barista, adventuring the wonders of the Sonoran desert, and cooking for friends.

Presentations from Dec. 5 Lecture on Dirty Electricity and Electromagnetic Fields

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.
Dirty Electricity & Electromagnetic Fields
Dirty electricity is a term coined by the electrical utility industry to describe electromagnetic interference (EMI) caused by plugging incompatible electronics into the electric grid, or outlets in your home or at work. Some levels of dirty electricity are found in almost every building. Wherever electronics like computers, battery chargers, Wi-Fi, TVs, game consoles, compact fluorescent lighting or solar panels operate the electrical circuits are likely radiating some dirty electricity. Research and case studies have shown that consumers should learn about electrical pollution, how it is controlled, measured and mitigated.


Robert Johnson, Founder and CEO of EME Safety, LLC
Dirty Electricity (PDF)

Mr. Johnson is a member of International SafetySpeaker RJohnson
Standards Organizations and the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee where he stays on the forefront of existing and emerging issues associated with electromagnetic fields. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Michigan with a specialization in radio-frequency engineering. Mr. Johnson is a voting member of the IEEE International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety.

Ric Coggins, CGP, NCT 
Electromagnetic Fields (PDF)

Ric Coggins has been connected to the home building Speaker Ricindustry for over 46 years. He is a Certified Green Professional (CGP), with the National Association of Homebuilders and holds the German NCT Appellation, as a Neuland Certified Trainer. Over his long career he has served on a number of municipal and private sector boards. Most recently he served as Vice President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (co-producers of the KBIS/IBS show) where he helped the NKBA develop its current green standards. Ric, a University of Arizona certified “Master Gardener”, is a regular contributor to Green Living Magazine on topics of gardening, health and wellness. He grew up with a one acre garden tended by his father Jack Roland Coggins, a regular contributor to Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine in the 1970’s. He continues his father’s green traditions tending his own one acre urban organic homestead in Mesa he calls “The Fool on the Hill Farm”.

Past Speakers - 2018-2019 Lecture Series

Scottsdale’s Green Building Program would like to thank the following speakers for participating in the 2018/2019 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.

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
Carol Stuttard
Master Gardener
John Trujillo
Principle, Circonomy Solutions

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