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.
In a recent email blast, Verdical Group announced its sponsorship of the official Greenbuild: Boston afterparty. Greenbuild is the industry’s largest event, drawing nearly 20,000 attendees. Verdical Group also released preliminary information on its upcoming Net Zero 2018 conference, announcing the event’s September 13th, 2018 date along with the release of the official conference website and sponsorship prospectus. View the entire email blast here.