VG’s Holly Hill Presents at AIA Inland California

Verdical Group’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, presented a Green Building Market Update for the AIA Inland California Chapter on April 18th. The presentation was held at the LEED Platinum Frontier Project Foundation building in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Holly covered topics such as LEED v4 vs. CALGreen, the LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge certification systems, net zero energy, and more. Check out photos below taken from her talk.

VG’s Holly Hill Presents at EBEWE “First Fridays” Session

As first mentioned in our December 2016 post here, VG’s Director of Sustainability, Holly Hill, was selected as a speaker in the USGBC-LA Existing Building Speakers Bureau (for a helpful recap on what the Los Angeles Existing Building Energy & Water Efficiency (EBEWE) Ordinance is, check out this video here). Holly’s presentation on April 7th, 2017 was the first in a series of sessions called “First Fridays,” which the City is hosting to educate the market on the requirements of the new ordinance. The first energy and water reporting deadline for building owners of 100,000 square foot buildings and larger is July 1st, 2017. Check out some photos below from the first session!

VG’s Los Angeles City College Project Published on USGBC

Verdical Group worked with Pankow Builders and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) to achieve LEED Silver for their City College building. The Los Angeles Community College District’s City College Physical Plant (Maintenance and Operations Building) & Tennis Courts provide new centralized facilities for the City College’s Maintenance and Operations Department. Read more about this project by checking out the newly published USGBC project directory profile here.

VG Guest Lecture at USC School of Architecture

Holly Hill & Drew Shula served as guest lecturers at the USC School of Architecture for the graduate Building Science program LEED class. They talked LEED v4 Materials and met some exceedingly smart students who are “fighting on” against climate change! Thank you for inviting us to speak Prof. Choi.


Drew Shula Interviewed on Pick My Solar Blog

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 Holly Hill Presents at AIA Santa Barbara

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.

VG’s Holly Hill Selected for EBEWE Speakers Bureau

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.

VG Guest Lecture at LMU

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.

VG Presents at High School Career Day

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!


Drew Shula & Holly Hill Receive CA State Assembly Awards

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.