VG’s Holly Hill & Brittany Saulsbury Earn WELL AP Credentials

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!

1% for the Planet Features VG on “Our Stories” Blog

VG is thrilled to see that 1% for the Planet republished our original article titled “A Growing Impact — Verdical Group’s Journey to Illustrate Corporate Good” (here) on their very own “Our Stories” blog. From the recently published 1% for the Planet post: “Located in the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator, Verdical Group is just one of the many 1% for the Planet business members that joined us as a startup. Here they share how their environmental focus comes to life through green buildings, nonprofit partnerships, and impactful infographics.” Check out the full article on their website here!

VG’s Martin Smith Featured on ASU Sustainability Connect

Throughout the past year, VG’s Associate Project Manager Martin Smith has been writing and developing a LEED Pilot Credit with the U.S. Green Building Council that focuses on energy disaggregation. This pilot credit initially stemmed from his final capstone research project for the Masters in Sustainability Solutions program at Arizona State University he was enrolled in between August 2015 – August 2016. Upon entering work at Verdical Group, a USGBC member organization, Martin was able to submit the Pilot Credit proposal along with his compiled research to USGBC for potential adoption. After 10 months of back-and-forth discussions with USGBC staff and various LEED committees, and subsequent credit iterations, the Pilot Credit titled “Residential Energy Submetering and Real-time Usage Data” was published early May 2017. The Pilot Credit is available for the following rating systems: LEED for Homes, LEED for Homes Mid-Rise, LEED BD+C, and LEED O+M. Read more about this credit here and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! For more information about energy disaggregation technology and the types of software currently available, check out Martin’s blog post here.

ASU recently featured Martin’s work in a “Success Story” cover piece on their Sustainability Connect website.  Read more about how he took his final capstone project to the next level while interning and working at Verdical Group by viewing the full article here.

VG Featured in 1% for the Planet Article “Our Ocean Impact: 5 Action Items”

1% for the Planet mentioned Verdical Group in their online article titled “Our Ocean Impact: 5 Action Items.” As June 8th is World Oceans Day, we are proud to be featured in this motivational piece that asks readers to join their global movement in taking actions large and small to make a positive impact on our environment. Check out the article here.

Drew Shula Joins Advisory Board for CSU-LA Institute for Urban Sustainability

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.

The Institute for Urban Sustainability (IUS) convenes faculty from engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities, and the arts, dedicated to a sustainable future for Los Angeles and beyond. Additionally, the Institute supports research, scholarship, and creative activities that bring the community practical benefits, and explores cultural understanding of pressing challenges. IUS has three primary goals in support of this vision: fostering faculty interaction to enhance campus research and creative activities, building relationships with partners, and helping faculty find resources for conducting research and sharing results.

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 Announces Net Zero 2017 Speakers

Verdical Group is proud to announce the stellar lineup of speakers and keynotes presenting at our 4th Annual Net Zero 2017 Conference: Energy + Water + Waste. The announcement was made in a newsletter, which also features detailed information about the two shoulder workshops that will be held the day before and the day after the conference by the International Living Future Institute and New Buildings Institute. Check out who will be speaking at the nation’s largest net zero building event by reading the newsletter here.

Drew Shula Attends Living Future 2017

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 Holly Hill Selected as Greenbuild Speaker

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.

MGBCE 2017: VG Speaks, Produces & Exhibits

2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that Verdical Group produced the annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE) with the USGBC-LA and SoCalGas team, planning programming content and creating the conference website. USGBC-LA, where Holly Hill and Drew Shula both serve on the Board of Directors, organized the 16th annual MGBCE —  SoCal’s largest and longest running green building event. On April 20th, 700 attendees enjoyed keynote presentations by Antwi Akom, George Bandy Jr., Gabrielle Bullock, Heidi Creighton, and Caroline Kreiser. Closing out the conference with a humor-filled mixer, Eric Corey Freed presented on organic architecture and his new “X-Prize.”

The VG team was proud to play a significant role in this conference. Drew Shula served as Event Chair and kicked off speaker sessions for the day, Martin Smith served on the Planning Committee, and Holly Hill delivered a speaker session with Memo Cedeno Laurent of Harvard, and Eera Babtiwale of HMC Architects titled, “Physiology to Rating Systems: Linking Science to Design for Our Children.” The entire VG team attended the conference and VG sponsored with an exhibitor table at the event. For more photos, check out our Facebook album here.