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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Kick Off Lecture

October 4, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.

The Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconsider and Reimagine

 There is wisdom in the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” What if instead of burying our trash in a landfill, we recirculated it back into the economy? What if we began to regard “waste” as a “resource”?

Scottsdale’s Green Building Lecture Series kicks off its new season with “The Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconsider and Re-imagine,” a discussion of the reuse and recovery of materials and products we use every day.

In a traditional linear economy, products are made, used and disposed of in the landfill. In a circular economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible to extract maximum value, then recovered to regenerate new materials. Circular economies divert waste from landfills, reduce environmental impacts, conserve energy and water, save money, and create jobs.

Come hear about community initiatives, business opportunities and what you can do to support a circular economy.


John Trujillo, Principal of Circonomy Solutions is our featured speaker.GB Speaker John

As former City of Phoenix Public Works Director, he reinvented the city’s waste collection and recycling programs to dramatically move the city toward zero-waste. John will share business and public sector efforts to recover material resources for reuse and regeneration in an economically viable and environmentally compatible way. 



Steve Caldwell, Vice President of Operations for GreenSheen PaintGB Speaker Steve

Steve is responsible for the national expansion of latex paint recycling facilities. He will discuss the process of recycling used latex paint (otherwise destined for the landfill) into a premium quality architectural grade paint.



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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