Biomimicry Hike with Janine Benyus

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:

USGBC-LA MGBCE Highlight Video

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.

VG Attends Living Future unConference in Seattle

VG Principal, Drew Shula, attended the International Living Future unConference in Seattle, WA. The theme of this year’s unConference was “Truth + Transparency: Confronting the Barriers to Change” and featured leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Highlights from the conference included speaker Dennis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation, and a tour of the Living Building Challenge Certified Bullitt Center, one of the greenest buildings in the world. Click here to view photos from the unConference.

15th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

Verdical Group is proud to have partnered with USGBC-LA to deliver another great event. Verdical Group was an exhibitor sponsor and VG Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, served as Event Chair for the 15th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE) and spoke in Main Hall to kickoff the event. VG Marketing & Operations Associate, Brittany Saulsbury, also served on the MGBCE Planning Committee and built the webpage for the conference. MGBCE is the largest annual green building event in SoCal and had 600+ attendees, 20 exhibitors and 85 speakers this year. Check out photos from the event here.

VG Volunteer Day: LA River Cleanup

Verdical Group’s Emily Hand, Diana Chen, and Drew Shula serve on the USGBC-LA Greening Committee, a subcommittee of the Greenbuild LA 2016 Host Committee, and helped organize a USGBC-LA contingent to participate in the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), “Great Los Angeles River Cleanup: La Gran Limpieza,” on April 23, 2016. VG Founder, Drew Shula, serves as Co-Chair of the Committee along with fellow Co-Chair, Jed Donaldson, a Senior Designer at Steinberg Architects. The event gathered more than 150 community groups and 9,000 volunteers, who removed an estimated 70 tons of trash from fifteen sites along the LA River. What an impact! VG Project Manager, Emily Hand, who has taken on a leadership role within the Greening Committee said, “I’m proud to have helped orchestrate an event with such immediate and measurable impact on greening our own backyard in LA.” The entire Verdical Group team is looking forward to attending the Greenbuild Conference and Expo this October, as LA hosts our first Greenbuild ever. The conference will welcome 30,000+ attendees and $32 million in economic development to the city. Check out more photos from the LA River Cleanup here.

VG Principal Drew Shula Speaks at UCLA Social Innovation Week

VG Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, participated on a panel for UCLA’s Social Innovation week with ELP Advisors, Climate Resolve and UCLA Sustainability. The panel titled “The Future of L.A.: Making a More Sustainable, Resilient City” mapped out how a brighter future and the goals of the LA Sustainable City pLAn, LA2050, and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge are not only possible, they are in the works!

Apply Today: VG Internship Program

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VG Certified as a City of LA Green Business

Verdical Group’s downtown Los Angeles space has been officially certified by The City of Los Angeles as a Green Business! Verdical Group has met the green business standards set by The City and The California Green Business Network (CAGBN) which demonstrate our business is run in a sustainable manner, both in policy and in practice. To learn more about the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program go to

Drew Shula Speaking at Counting Down to (Net) Zero

VG Founder & Principal, Drew Shula, will be speaking at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Orange County event, “Counting Down to (Net) Zero”, on March 8, 2016 in Irvine, CA. Other featured speakers joining Drew on the panel include Steve Straus, President of Glumac, and Lisa Matthiessen, Principal at Integral Group. Come out for the latest industry updates! Registration and details can be found in SMPS Orange County’s latest newsletter.