Verdical Group is a proud 1% for the Planet member company and our Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, appeared on a panel with 1% for the Planet California Membership Director, Liz Whiteley, at our Downtown Los Angeles office at the LA Cleantech Incubator.
Verdical Group’s Drew Shula and Sofia Siegel spoke at the Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Los Angeles’s Energy Committee unMeeting.
Verdical Group presented at USGBC-IE’s Green Business Forum on our B Corporation certification. Becoming a certified B Corporation is difficult; Verdical Group shared the rigorous standards, set by the B Laboratory, that are required to achieve this certification along with how our business plans to make a strong contribution towards a greener future.
Our recent B Corporation certification sets Verdical Group apart from your typical business and we’re glad to be in good company with 2,000+ other B Corp companies including Etsy, Method, Ben & Jerry’s, and Patagonia. Verdical Group is a for-profit company, but we don’t have a singular focus on just profit; we create value for our team, community, and the environment by maximizing the power of our business to do good. We wrote the definition of “verdical” and define it as “an upward trend in positive environmental impact”. We believe nature is our greatest teacher and work to make the built environment function and feel more like the natural environment.
Verdical Group Associate Project Manager, Martin Smith, received his “Certified Passive House Consultant” certification from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Martin completed the Passive House Academy training course that took place in-person over five days at Gensler’s Downtown Los Angeles office in February 2017. The Verdical Group team is ready to implement the Passive House certification on your project.
VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, and Project Manager, Brittany Saulsbury, have achieved WELL Accredited Professional status. They have joined an exclusive group of individuals with demonstrated expertise in the exciting and growing field of wellness and healthy building science. This credential signifies extensive knowledge of the relationship between human health and the built environment and of the WELL Building Standard itself. The WELL Building Standard was developed by Delos and the International WELL Building Institute to highlight the benefits of integrating occupant health and wellbeing in the design, construction and operation of our buildings. With multiple WELL AP’s on staff and experience with the WELL Building Standard and WELL Assessments, we’re ready to discuss your WELL project with you today. Until then, we wish you well!
Pictured above: The CSU-LA Institute for Urban Sustainability Advisory Board and faculty convened on campus in Los Angeles.
Verdical Group Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, has joined the California State University, Los Angeles (CSU-LA) Institute for Urban Sustainability Advisory Board. The newly formed Institute seeks to advance transdisciplinary scholarship inspired by community needs in the urban sustainability space. CSU-LA is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system across the state of California. CSU-LA has enrollment of more than 27,000 students and an endowment of $29 million.
Pictured in center is Institute Director, Dr. Tona Rodriguez-Nikl, with Advisory Board member Heather Joy Rosenberg of Resilience LA on the left and Drew Shula of Verdical Group on the right.
On campus at CSU-LA
VG’s Drew Shula had a great time attending the Living Future 2017 Conference this past week. The annual event, put on by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), featured keynotes from Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke. Topics such as renewable energy grids, net zero energy buildings, and the living product challenge were discussed. Mohawk Group, one of the conference’s leading sponsors, announced that their newest “Lichen” carpet line will be Petal Certified under the Living Product Challenge — a first of its kind for the flooring industry.
Drew was happy to be accompanied by friends from Glumac, Pankow Builders, EcoDistricts, Hathaway Dinwiddie, and of course LA’s local Living Building Challenge Collaborative team. Check out some photos below that were taken at the event, and don’t miss out on the full Facebook album here.
VG’s Drew Shula on left pictured with Pankow Senior Project Manager, Michael Strong
VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, has been selected to speak at Greenbuild 2017, the largest green building conference in the world with 20,000 attendees. It will be held in Boston this year from November 8th – 10th. Holly will be presenting alongside Eera Babtiwale, VP of Sustainability at HMC Architects, and Nicole Isle, Chief Sustainability Strategist at Glumac. This one-hour presentation, titled “Linking the Science to Design for Our Children,” will review cognitive research and discuss how it is informing design for healthy schools, and will finally tie it all together with the LEED v4 and WELL rating systems. Be sure to schedule to attend the presentation at Greenbuild 2017 in November.