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 

Download the 2019-2020 Green Building Lecture Series (PDF)

Oct. Lecture

Oct. 3, 2019
7-8:30 p.m. 

Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy FutureElectric Vehicle Charging

The road ahead is electric. Put your gas budget to better use, skip the morning traffic and help drive Arizona toward a more sustainable future by choosing an electric vehicle (EV). Save money. Save time. Less maintenance. Instant torque. Like a breath of fresh air. 


William O. “Bill” Sheaffer, Executive Director, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition 

The Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition (VSCCC) Speaker Bill promotes the use of domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation. VSCCC’s mission is to reduce the use of petroleum motor fuel for cleaner air and to improve energy security. Their goal is to reduce air pollution as well as water, soil and noise pollution created by gasoline and diesel fuels. VSCCC promotes alternative fuels, mass transit, and improved travel efficiency. Bill is a national leader in reducing petroleum motor fuel. He served as a former vice chair of the City of Scottsdale Environmental Quality Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the California Alternative Fuel and Energy Foundation.

Judson Tillinghast, APS Customer Technology Program Consultant Speaker Judson
Judson Tillinghast joined Arizona Public Service in 2010 and has served in a wide range of capacities. After implementing a business intelligence tool throughout the Supply Chain department, he joined the Finance & Business Operations department writing strategic business plans. Judson then joined Resource Management where he managed the load forecasting model and help integrate APS’s Real Time Management tools with the Energy Imbalance Market. Judson‘s currently responsibilities include developing new programs to help APS customers meet their sustainability goals and managing a portfolio of renewable energy programs.

Scott Scharli, SRP Manager of Distributed Energy Programs
Scott will discuss the latest incentives for electric vehicles and distributed solar energy systems.

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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Program Overview for New Construction


Green Home Buyers Guide  


GB Remodeling Workbook 


Landscape Revitalization Workbook   

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