One of Verdical Group’s sustainable neighbors at our downtown office, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, has published an interview with Drew Shula. Kyle Cherrick, the interviewer, is Head of Business Development at Pick My Solar — an online marketplace where consumers can receive many bids to go solar from highly qualified and vetted solar installers. Check out the full interview here to learn more about Drew, Verdical Group’s origins, and trends in the green building industry.
VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, presented at AIA Santa Barbara’s headquarters on January 20th, 2017. Her two-hour ratings seminar covered a handful of green building certification systems, including LEED, WELL, SITES, Living Building Challenge, Envision, and Green Globes. After discussing the primary aspects of each certification, and how to properly implement them on projects, Holly reviewed the adoption of rating systems by local jurisdictions.
On December 14th, the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance (EBEWE) was unanimously adopted by LA city council. USGBC-LA will be leading an effort to provide presentations explaining the details of the ordinance. Verdical Group’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, has been selected to be a speaker in the USGBC-LA Existing Building Speakers Bureau.
Verdical Group Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, served as a guest lecturer for Adjunct Professor Stacey Toguchi’s Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Civil Engineering class, “Construction Management and LEED.” Professor Toguchi works in a full time role at Pankow Builders as Assistant Project Manager. Holly had a great time with the class of mostly senior undergraduates and a few graduate students presenting a “Green Building Market Update” presentation that covered a wide range of topics including: Greenbuild LA; local market updates such as the City of Los Angeles Sustainability pLAn and the Santa Monica single family home ZNE ordinance; net zero energy; certification systems including LEED v4, Living Building Challenge, WELL and SITES; and the business case for green building.
For the third consecutive year, Verdical Group Founder & Principal Drew Shula presented to students at the 10th Annual Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) Career Day. ECHS is an award winning, free, South Los Angeles public high school that prepares students for 4-year colleges using the environment as a lens for real-life learning. 98% of ECHS graduates complete the coursework necessary for admission to a four‐year college or university (compared to about 35% statewide).
The theme for this year’s event was sharing stories of risk and reward with students. Drew was joined by professionals from 60 other organizations including Falcon Waterfree, Kilroy Realty, Heal the Bay, National Park Service, and UCLA. Check out the ECHS website for more information on their incredible school!
Verdical Group’s Drew Shula and Holly Hill were both awarded with a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition at the 12th Annual USGBC-LA Green Gala in Los Angeles, on November 10th, 2016. The awards were given by Mike Gatto, Assemblyman of the 43rd Assembly District, for Drew and Holly’s significant contributions as members of the Greenbuild 2016 LA Conference Host Committee.
Drew served as Co-Chair of the Greening Committee which focused on greening local hotels and businesses in close proximity to the LA Convention Center, where Greenbuild was held. Holly served as the Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee which focused on VIP attendee outreach and fundraising to support the Greenbuild Legacy project and local tours hosted during the conference.
VG’s Drew Shula was interviewed alongside Pankow’s SoCal Regional Vice President, Jack Mollenkopf, at Greenbuild 2016. Verdical Group is co-located within Pankow’s Pasadena headquarters, acting as an in-house sustainability resource and providing easy access to an on-site partner. Check out the full story and interview here.
VG’s Drew Shula lead a portion of a tour around the Greenbuild LA host venue, the LA Convention Center, on October 5, 2016. Greenbuild, the largest green building conference in the world, brought 19,000 attendees and $32M in economic development to Los Angeles. The tour was titled, “Greenbuild Behind the Scenes: Sustainable Event Tour,” and included a walk through the back of house areas of the convention center where waste streams were sorted, organic food was prepared and food waste composted, and highlighted the event’s sustainable signage. Drew lead the portion of the tour that covered the Host Committee’s work to green local hotels and businesses near the LA Convention Center through the Greening Committee. Check out the Committee’s impact on the USGBC-LA webpage here.
Drew Shula joined Janine Benyus of the Biomimicry Institute (and author of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”), David Mayer de Rothschild of The Plastiki Expedition, and Colin Mangham of BiomimicryLA on an invite only biomimicry hike led by Janine in the Santa Monica Mountains off Sunset Blvd. in LA. Nature’s genius is all around us! Check out the Biomimicry 2016 Conference Verdical Group hosted in March: www.verdicalgroup.com/biomimicry-2016
Check out the USGBC-LA MGBCE 2016 Conference Highlight Video — Drew Shula is featured at the 0:35 mark speaking about how to create water resilient cities, and Emily Hand, Sofia Siegel, and Diana Chen make a cameo appearance at the Verdical Group exhibitor table at the 0:20 mark. Verdical Group was an exhibitor sponsor and Drew served as Event Chair and spoke in Main Hall to kickoff the event.