Verdical Group Fall 2022 Newsletter



Verdical Group announced our 2022 Trailblazer Awardees at the annual Trailblazer Awards & Gala on September 15, 2022. The event was held at the LEED Platinum-certified South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles as part of our Net Zero Conference

The Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders who are working to build a net zero future. This year’s awardees include changemakers from various industries who are making an impact in the areas of carbon, climate, equity, ESG, net zero, resilience, and more. 


October 18, 2022
9am – 1pm

Want to know more about what it means to achieve “decarbonization” for your building project?

Verdical Group is partnering with Southern California Edison (SCE) to present Designing for Decarbonization, a half-day, virtual workshop that will help attendees:
  • Understand the definition of decarbonization, zero net energy (ZNE), and zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings
  • See case studies of completed projects
  • Understand the design and construction process necessary to achieve high-performance buildings
You will learn about important market trends around energy efficiency, green building code requirements, proven and emerging technologies, operational best practices, and real-world case studies in the built environment as well as be given resources and tools to set building owners, operators, and end users up for success. The workshop will provide tangible next steps for how we can all contribute and shift toward a decarbonized future.

The workshop will be presented by Verdical Group’s Drew Shula (Founder & CEO), Rebecca Ramsdale (Director of Projects), Bobby Almeida (Director of Commissioning), and Frank Schwamborn (Senior Project Manager & Energy Engineer).


Fourth and Central is a 10-building, mixed-use development designed by Studio One Eleven and Adjaye Associates and located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. 

Verdical Group facilitated a charrette to prepare a sustainability approach narrative. Our team continues to work with Continuum Partners and the design team to advise on a global sustainability approach for the development.
Image courtesy of Studio One Eleven / Adjaye Associates.

Verdical Group is honored to be providing event production and sustainability consulting for the Facade Tectonics Institute’s 2022 World Congress! 

Coming to Los Angeles October 12-13, 2022, the event will feature highly-curated findings from peer-reviewed papers, as well as group discussions, an Expo Hall showcasing innovations in facade design, and much-missed in-person networking opportunities.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2022 Dream Big Awards has named VG as one of four finalists in the Green / Sustainable Business Category. The award recognizes small businesses that have achieved excellence in the implementation of sustainable practices. 

ILFI’s Trim Tab Interviews Drew Shula, who shares his reason for founding Verdical Group: to do business for good. He also spoke about how the Net Zero Conference is bringing together leaders in sustainability to create a positive impact and a pathway to cap our planet’s global warming.

ACrunching the numbers on electrification: Verdical Group’s Senior Project Manager & Energy Engineer Frank Schwamborn makes the business case for Heat Pump Water Heaters and electrification in a new post on our website.

VG spoke at Pasadena Now’s “Green My Business” event, a workshop for local business owners who want to make their companies more sustainable but aren’t sure where to begin. Our Founder & CEO Drew Shula and Director of Projects Rebecca Ramsdale shared tips and tricks to help make an impact.

Incredible action on climate change this quarter will lead to huge changes at the federal, state, and local levels.Verdical Group’s Senior Project Manager & Energy Engineer breaks down the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, California code changes, and Los Angeles’ move toward electrification. 




Blake is an Energy Analyst at Verdical Group. He is a skilled energy modeler with a strong sustainability mindset who has worked across disciplines to deliver many high-quality, environmentally-sensitive projects.

Specializing in LEED, he is consistently furthering his knowledge of green building rating systems and staying on the cutting edge of meaningful building analysis.

Blake is a LEED Green Associate and a strong decarbonization and environmental justice advocate.


Teja is an Energy Analyst for Verdical Group. She works with the project team to optimize buildings’ energy use and reach our client’s sustainability goals.

She specializes in daylight modeling in order to reduce demand for artificial lighting and increase indoor environmental quality.

Teja is a LEED Green Associate who is passionate about sustainability and enjoys using graphic design to educate others on sustainable practices.


Madison is an Associate Project Manager at Verdical Group. As a LEED AP BD+C, she works on a variety of projects, specializing in LEED certifications.

Her background in community development influenced her to become an advocate of People, Place, and Planet.

She is passionate about working to implement accessibility and affordability as it relates to sustainability information and infrastructure. 


Jordan is a Sustainability Proposal Writer at Verdical Group.

She is responsible for the development and coordination of project proposals. She collaborates with our client solutions and marketing teams to represent Verdical Group’s wide range of available services and project experience to prospective clients.

She has an interest and passion for sustainability as it relates to ensuring a healthy and equitable future for all people


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