VG Founder and Principal, Drew Shula, spoke at the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) annual Living Future unConference (LF18) in Portland, Oregon on May 4th, 2018. Drew was joined on a panel by speakers from evolveEA, Group14 Engineering, and ILFI, and discussed Verdical Group’s mission-driven business practices as a certified B Corporation.
Verdical Group served on the event planning team to produce the 17th annual USGBC-LA Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE). The conference, held on April 19th 2018, convened 500+ green building industry professionals with the goal of building a healthier Los Angeles. As pictured below, Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, served as the Event Chair and welcomed attendees from the main stage at the beginning of the conference. VG Events Coordinator, Alex Spire, served on the Planning Committee, and VG’s Kanika Sharma, Energy Analyst & Project Manager, helped curate the conference program content by participating on the Conference’s Abstract Review Committee. VG’s Sustainability Manager Emily Hand and Project Manager Sofia Siegel also attended and interfaced with attendees around Verdical Group’s exhibitor table. You can view our MGBCE 2018 Facebook Photo Album for more pictures of this fantastic leadership event — the longest running annual green building conference in Southern California.
VG Project Manager-extraordinaires, Kanika Sharma & Sofia Siegel, spoke and presented to the Living Building Challenge: Los Angeles Collaborative. Sofia & Kanika have both had an active role at the Collaborative for months and Kanika currently serves as a Facilitator. The Los Angeles Collaborative meets monthly to discuss topics like Energy, Materials, Education, and much more. Learn more by visiting the Living Building Challenge: Los Angeles Collaborative on LinkedIn.
Drew Shula, the Founder & Principal of Verdical Group, presented to a room of building industry professional at an event hosted by the American Institute of Architects: Pasadena & Foothill (AIA-PF). Drew presented an update on the state of the green building industry and highlighted VG’s project work.
Verdical Group’s Sustainability Manager, Emily Hand, presented to a full room of students at her alma mater here in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University. Emily spoke to freshman engineering students about the importance of our work, various green building strategies, biomimicry and nature inspired design.
Sofia Siegel, Project Manager at Verdical Group, was featured in a Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative (LBC-LA) Q&A as part of an ongoing series of interviews with women leaders in sustainability. The series explores the experiences of women in sustainability and this installment was focused on Sofia’s journey; in addition to being a Project Manager at VG, Sofia serves on the Collaborative’s Steering Committee and is prominently involved with the Women in Sustainability movement. The full interview can be read here.
VG’s Kanika Sharma, who serves as Co-Facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative (LBC-LA), sat down with Aline Goganian of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as part of a series interviewing women sustainability leaders. The series explores the experiences of women in sustainability and this installment featuring Ms. Goganian can be read here. Verdical Group is proud to have such strong female leaders on the team! More information on LBC-LA can be found here.
Check out the NRDC Santa Monica office project that Verdical Group is completing for NRDC now, as they target achieving net zero energy performance. We’re honored to include NRDC as a leadership client in our push toward building a net zero future for all. Read more about our Net Zero Conference, the nation’s largest annual conference dedicated to net zero buildings at: www.netzeroconference.com.
VG’s Project Manager and Energy Analyst, Kanika Sharma, delivered a Living Building Challenge presentation to students at the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Kanika, who serves as Co-Facilitator of the the Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative, was joined by Justin Di Palo of Syska Hennessy, and the pair inspired students to build a “living future” by creating buildings that function more like trees or flowers, and are wholly self-sufficient (net zero energy and net zero water) on their sites, just as trees harvest all the energy and water they need to survive from their rooted location. Building designers should use the practice of biomimicry, or nature inspired design, to think about how nature would solve design problems, and create projects that are as high performance and efficient as possible.
Three Verdical Group team members (Drew Shula, Kanika Sharma, and Sofia Siegel) have achieved Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credentials from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The Envision certification program is regarded as the primary framework for assessing infrastructure sustainability and the Verdical Group team is already using it on our 75 acre Harbor UCLA Medical Center campus master plan project for the County of Los Angeles.