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.


Getting a Scottsdale Green Building designation is easier than you think!

Scottsdale has joined US local governments to vote in favor of 2021 building energy efficiency codes - Smart Energy International.

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.  

Simple Solutions to Restore Our Earth - April 1st, 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn about Dorie Morales' journey with Green Living magazine, and her guide to living a more sustainable life. She will walk you through a home tour, and offer simple solutions to help you live a more eco-conscious life—she walks the walk in terms in how she lives. You’ll learn how small changes affect everyone on the planet. Plus, you'll hear tips for how to be more green when you live, work and play. Morales has a number of great alternatives and tips that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. As an example, she has transitioned from plastic to glass and steel products in her kitchen, and uses eco strips for laundry (they make less waste than plastic containers), and vinegar as an alternative to dryer sheets.

Some of the other subjects that she will touch on include: paint, bedding, sheets, flooring, eco-friendly cosmetics and uni-sex hair products, eco-friendly kitchen swaps, water recycling, and an aquaponics system. 

Scottsdale Edible Garden Webinar

This webinar was held on February 4 - Webinar Video

Master gardeners Joan Baron and MorganEdible Garden Winburn, special guest garden gurus who will share gardening stories, tips, and recipes. Share your growing victories and get your questions answered! Learn about what to plant this February/March 2021 to bring beauty and bounty for you and your friends.

We will cover edibles, fruit trees, organic soil amendments, how to know when to harvest, and the importance of saving/storing/trading seeds. We will also talk about what to plant to bring bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden!

Have you dreamed about joining a community garden or supporting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? We have information for you!

Gardening is radically fun, gets you outdoors to enjoy nature, and provides a rewarding opportunity to share with children. 

Speakers: Joan Baron and Guest Master Gardeners


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
Buying a new home or remodeling an existing one offers an opportunity to improve the comfort, health and performance of
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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