By Timothy P. Runde


Timothy P. Runde Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant/Partner at Carneghi and Partners, Inc.

Timothy P. Runde
Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant/ Partner at Carneghi and Partners, Inc.

NZE buildings present a compelling value premise but obtaining financing isn’t always easy.  In Greenbuild session D01: An Insider’s Guide to Optimizing the Value of NZE Buildings, we will help you learn what financing teams look at when evaluating NZE projects and gain insider tips about what you can do to maximize your project’s chances for success from a valuation expert.

Why am I an expert on this subject? I have 25+ years of hands-on valuation experience with an emphasis on incorporating green building and sustainability into the financing process.  I have valued numerous NZE buildings and can help designers and architects understand what they need to communicate to the financing team so that the value of the project is realized.

Very little gets built without financing or the buy-in of the financing team of a project.  Bridging the gap between those in design and those in finance is essential to making sure worthy projects get financed and built.

A lot of sessions teach us how to design and build better buildings, but few sessions like this one teach us how to navigate the so-called sustainability “Valley of Death”.  No matter how great your project is, if the financing falls through, it won’t be built.  Get insider tips to move your project from concept to completion to successful lease up.


Bill Worthen Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc.

Bill Worthen
Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc.

According to Program Working Group member, Bill Worthen, Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc., “This session is a sleeper. – Timothy Runde is one of the few commercial real estate appraisers have met that can explain, in a fun and interesting way, what the asset value of sustainable design really means. Not all green features and certainly not all LEED credit requirements add to the asset value of the buildings we design. This session connects the dots between design value and asset value.”

GB15_Wisdom2SurviveThe Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Thursday, Nov. 19 10:00am – 5:00pm. This festival features documentaries, films, and informational videos that promotes innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. Below, we hear the backstory of one of this year’s featured films The Wisdom to Survive. Filmmaker Anne Macksoud describes why the subject of climate change is so compelling to her and her partner John Ankele as artists and their desire to engage and educate the world on this issue.

The mission of Old Dog Documentaries (as stated in a tag-line on our website) is: “Educating for Social Justice”.  Of course this could mean any number of things, but for me it has meant co-producing films (with my partner John Ankele) that show the negative impact of US policy on the people of the Global South.  We have made films about Industrial Farming and the Politics of Food, about the Arms Industry selling weapons all over the world, about impoverished coffee farmers in Costa Rica, and about Poverty and AIDS in Africa.  In 2010, after reading Bill McKibben’s book, Eaarth,  Making a Life on a Tough New Planet,     we realized that the issue of Climate Change (an issue we had not focused on) includes all of the social justice issues we had been making films about for almost 30 years. We also realized those issues can no longer be addressed without addressing Climate Change.  For the next 2 years, we turned our full attention to this subject.  We wanted to make a film that would call people to action, as McKibben’s book had called us.  We wanted a film that would tell the dire truth about climate science and at the same time inspire people with hope – not a hope that everything will be OK, but that they will be OK if they get involved in local action and become part of the growing citizen’s climate movement, which is reminiscent of the civil rights movement.

In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the main character and narrator, Celie, says this:
“…But one day when I was sitting quiet and feeling like a motherless child, which I was, it come to me: that feeling of being part of everything, not separate at all.  I knew that if I cut a tree, my arm would bleed. And I laughed and cried and I run all around the house…”

Alice Walker says it perfectly for me; what is happening to the natural world is actually happening to me – to all of us.  Our film, The Wisdom to Survive, attempts to help viewers be more aware of this connection, so that they set about finding solutions that will skillfully (and quickly) address what is happening to our world.

John and I have been to dozens of screenings of this film and it seems, in the Q&A sessions that follow the screening, different people are taking away different things.  For me, the takeaway is a heightened realization of how beautiful this world is and how much I love it.  Buddhist Eco-Feminist Joanna Macy says it best at the end of the film, “…you are born into this world, and you’re here to LOVE it and to see that it goes on.”

Author: Chi Chi TruongTalentFX

TalentFX is returning to Greenbuild 2015 taking place in Washington, DC. This cutting edge program features a direct line to master speakers in an intimate setting, offers amazing opportunities to connect with your peers and leaders in the green building industry, and access to invaluable career advice! We could brag about how awesome TalentFX 2015 is going to be all day long, but why take our word for it? Below, Chi Chi Truong, a past TalentFX presenter, shares his story on how his experience lead to deeper collaboration for community impact.

“You are the future leaders of [insert issue or cause]!” said every speaker that has stood before you.

“Change the world! Make a difference!” These were your calls to action when growing up. But how does one go about effecting change?

For as long as I can remember, I was always involved in the community or in after-school activities – sports, academic clubs, performance groups – you name it, I was probably in it! #overachiever

I looked to continue that trajectory post-college graduation by joining the U.S. Green Building Council in 2010. I wanted to apply my growing leadership skills to my new responsibilities as the local Emerging Professionals chair and a National Chair for the University Students program. We partnered with Paradise Key, FIU School of Architecture, Love the Everglades, Waste Management, and many others to organize eco-fashion shows that got people to re-purpose waste into something creative and interesting. We won grants with Net Impact, AIA Young Architects Forum, Catalyst Miami, ULI Young Leaders, and over 30 other organizations to host a public space festival to encourage local residents to activate and revitalize our downtown corridor.

I had a talent of bringing groups of people together and uniting them under a common cause.  I also had an amazing team around me without whom none of this would be possible. But in a community with so many issues, so many organizations, and so many events, it was a challenge to get people to care. As successful as we were, it was not without its share of tumultuous frustrations to get there and to get people engaged.

Jump forward to Greenbuild New Orleans 2014. I was invited to present at TalentFX to share my experiences on community collaboration and how to build support for a project through key and strategic partnerships. Afterwards, I stuck around to answer some questions and speak with people in the audience as well as my fellow presenters. We discovered that many of us have had similar experiences in the community projects where our biggest challenge was getting people to join the effort.

In the following months, I was elected as the president for the USGBC Miami branch where I now had to host and organize these community programs and projects on a monthly basis. Amazingly, a few people approached me with a few ideas and programs that they were working on that they wanted to partner with USGBC on. When I had asked them how they found out about me, they mentioned that a friend of theirs saw my presentation at TalentFX; what a small world. As we began to curate programs together and engage other community stakeholders, more and more organizations began approaching us to partner and collaborate.

It’s one thing to be successful at creating successful projects, but it’s another to make people aware of what you’ve done. Often times we’re afraid of coming off as arrogant if we talk about our accomplishments. But TalentFX is a platform to do just that – to share your achievements and experiences, to celebrate your successes, and to connect with other like-minded community changemakers.


Get on the list for TalentFX announcements and updates here.

GRB15_Summit_logos2Nicolette Mueller

“Today, we are more connected than ever, better informed than ever, and have better tools than ever.  The recipes for positive change are on the table; the ingredients for success are in our hands.”

-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 70th Session of the UN General Assembly

At the Greenbuild International Summit, representatives from over 80 nations come together because we see our world as one world.  We see our challenges as common among our countries and communities.  And we see our ideas as valuable, applicable, replicable and worth sharing.  This year, the International Summit is the place where we connect the dots between climate change, finance, policy, industry, resource security, practice and innovation.

The International Summit brings five global issues to the table:


* Water

* Finance

* Energy

* Equity

These are the global, regional and local challenges that we face as a green building community.  This year Greenbuild brings visionaries, leaders and changemakers from around the world to speak to these issues and share ideas and best practice.  The attendees from the 80+ countries who are coming to the Summit represent policy makers, practitioners, manufactures, and financiers.  No matter what your background, the International Summit is the place to find the common thread that links our issues, our solutions and our work.

Here are some of the highlights and headlines from the International Summit:

China Development Bank – one of the most powerful banks in the world is backing sustainability and encouraging integrated design and design making.  The China Development Bank is the largest funder of real estate development in a country in the midst of the urbanization at an incredible pace and scale.  Learn how they are applying principles of sustainability to their investments and working to increase the capacity of builders and industry to delivery high performance, green buildings.

E.ON is a German-based utility currently taking major steps to generate and distribute renewable energy. In a world where buildings aim for net-zero energy, customers ask for energy that is both renewable and reliable, and the relationship between the customer and the utility is evolving, innovation and major change is on the horizon. Hear from private and public sector leaders about the challenges and new approaches to generating and managing energy in a rapidly changing environment.

Mexico’s mega city capital is becoming a mecca for alternative transportation.   Tanja Muller Garcia, Minister of the Environment for Mexico City will discuss how her megacity is working to promote sustainable public and alternative transportation, and transit-oriented growth.  From popular bike share programs, to buses, trains, to walkable communities, Mexico City is transforming. This is big news for developers of residential, commercial and retail space in this thriving city.

Claim your seat today for the International Summit.  We have the tools, the recipes and the resources.  What we need, is you.



Sustainable DiningEach year, the Greenbuild Greening Subcommittee’s mission is to ensure that Greenbuild creates lasting change in its host cities. For this year’s Greenbuild in DC, the Greening Subcommittee chose to focus on restaurants. We’ve got a 3-part approach: offer solutions to restaurants’ sustainability challenges, recognize restaurants that implement green practices, and connect Greenbuild attendees with nearby eateries and watering holes that share their environmental commitment.

Our first step was to reach out to nearly 100 restaurants located near the DC Convention Center. At each stop, we educated the restaurant owners and managers about Greenbuild, asked about their sustainability practices and challenges, and invited them to opt-in to our resource-sharing program. It took some pretty dedicated volunteers to sign up to survey restaurants on hot June and July days!

Our fact-finding expedition revealed some interesting – and unexpected – feedback. One of the areas where we thought restaurants would need a lot of help was in phasing out Styrofoam take-out containers, in advance of a DC-wide ban going into effect in January 2016. Surprise! Most of the businesses we surveyed had already given Styrofoam the boot. Rather, we learned, one of the main challenges the restaurants faced was finding a reliable organization to haul away food waste for compost. Many of the restaurateurs were interested in learning how to advocate to the DC government to make compost pickup a municipal service!

Stay tuned to the blog for profiles of some of DC’s greenest restaurants, courtesy of the Greening Committee! Also coming soon is a list of restaurants that have agreed to be part of our program and have shown improvement through implementing sustainable practices.


Greenbuild Greening Sub-Committee Co-Chairs

Allison Porter, LEED AP, Vice President, Sustainability Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Takehiro Nakamura, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Perkins Eastman

by Tiffany Pupa

This is the entrance to Hall A at tne New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 30, 2013. Copyright Kathy Anderson Photography

This is the entrance to Hall A at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 30, 2013. Copyright Kathy Anderson Photography

TalentFX is returning to Greenbuild 2015 taking place in Washington, DC. This cutting edge program features a direct line to master speakers in an intimate setting, offers amazing opportunities to connect with your peers and leaders in the greenbuilding industry, and access to invaluable career advice! We could brag about how awesome TalentFX 2015 is going to be all day long, but why take our word for it? Below, Tiffany Pupa, a past TalentFX and Greenbuild attendee, shares her story on how her experience changed her life for the better.

TalentFX at Greenbuild in New Orleans, 2014 was so impactful it altered my career path. Initially attracted to the idea of getting out of the Michigan weather, heading south, & eating beignets on Bourbon Street, I found networking with the professionals & hearing panels discussions on sustainability exciting & magnetic.

Benefits of attending Greenbuild as a student are many and varied. You will be exposed to current industry information and green building trends. I was most impacted and inspired by the information about designing and building  biophilic cities. I had read about biophilia, our innate affinity for natural environments, in my textbooks, but I was unaware of the range of applications. Hearing the professional discussion on the topic got me hooked. I have since incorporated biophilic design into my academic research at the university level.

As valuable the presentations are, the most impactful experience at Greenbuild is being amongst the leaders of the green movement at TalentFX. There is a special energy created when people from across the globe who share the same passion assemble. Having the opportunity to meet and share ideas with these individuals in an open forum has not only broadened my network, but has given me confidence in my career decisions. It is evident how meaningful our work is. TalentFX at Greenbuild is the perfect platform for igniting a sense of curiosity that will take you to greater levels in your future career.

Get on the list for TalentFX announcements and updates here.

lenses-circleGreen building and sustainable development are doing more to shift away from a “less bad” approach toward a wholly positive, benefit creation approach, or regeneration.. B04: Creating Living, Regenerative Environments explains how LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) is designed to support projects seeking positive change.

Brian Dunbar, session presenter, says “This topic is so important because leaders in the green building and sustainable development fields must discover ways to repair, restore, and regenerate our environment, our cultures, and our economies for the health of our living planet.” The session will highlight information gathered through the Institute for the Built Environment’s research and development efforts since 2007. Their LENSES Framework has been recognized and published widely since 2010.

But where does LENSES fit in? LENSES is a tool that brings together holistic, outside-the-box brainstorming facilitating regenerative solutions quickly. It dovetails perfectly with USGBC/Greenbuild/LEED toward embracing living environments that celebrate happier people, a healthier planet, and financial abundance.

Annette Stelmack, Greenbuild Program Working Group member, says “LENSES facilitates whole systems thinking, inspires creativity, and develops team capacity to go beyond doing less bad to creating abundance.” So what makes this session the one to attend? Stelmack says that this session will offer a unique, fresh approach and content with dynamic presenters. “It will be inspirational, informative and fun!”

Josie Plaut, session presenter and one of the founding developers of the LENSES Framework wants people to attend this to “break out of the checklist mindset and discover a process-based approach to cultivate the will and understanding for regenerative projects.” Plaut states “It’s time to move beyond being less bad to creating health and vitality within ourselves, our communities, and our world.”

When asked about the importance on this topic, Stacey McMahan, session presenter provided “While USGBC and LEED has led a paradigm shift toward healthier and more resource-efficient materials, systems and buildings, the process is still degenerative. Thinkers and designers need to find proficiency in creating environments that are ultimately well-rounded givers instead of takers.”

Max Zahniser, presenter, says the session will provide an opportunity “to explore another critical dimension to sustainability and green building that holds the key to our overall success in cultivating a sustainable future. As well as the nature of that new dimension and processes unlock real potential.”

Stelmack concludes by saying “It’s all about embracing living environments that celebrates happier people, a healthier planet, and financial abundance.”


B04 Presenters:

Brian Dunbar

Executive Director at Institute for the Built Environment

Fort Collins, Colorado

Max Zahniser

Founder & CEO / Founder & ED at Praxis / Sustainability Nexus

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Josie Plaut

Executive Director at CLEAR

Fort Collins, Colorado

Stacey McMahan

Sr Architect/Principal at Koch Hazard Architects

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Annette Stelmack

Principal Design Cosultant, Inspirit – LLC

Lousville, Colorado


_DSC0915Washington, DC prides itself on being a city of accessibility.  What it says on your paycheck doesn’t prevent you from viewing the over 200 year old document that made America possible. And you can sit at the feet of an icon and watch history being made before your eyes morning, noon, or night; all for free!


Access to education and inspiring people and places, for people of all income levels, is a core value of the Greenbuild Conference & Expo, just as it is for our nation’s capital. This is why we are pleased to announce the launch of volunteer registration (hyperlink pending it going live).


If you’re a minimum of 18 years of age and full time student OR a young professional age 25 and under you can volunteer at Greenbuild and receive a FREE full conference pass to all areas of education. Eight hours of service are required but these can be performed non-consecutively, and participants are allowed to attend education sessions before all of their volunteer hours are completed. Volunteers are accepted on a rolling, first come, and first serve basis. For more information please visit the Greenbuild Volunteer Page. *


Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and sign up (hyperlink pending it going live) for your volunteer shifts now!


To learn more about other Greenbuild scholarship opportunities visit our scholarship webpage.


*A fall 2015 schedule and/or a photo ID is required to confirm eligibility upon check-in

by Liz Kindelan

14-1154-0_2600The Women in Green Scholarship is now open! Apply today to join the conversation examining current barriers and challenges standing in the way of meaningful mentorships. Applications close on Wednesday, October 7. Notifications of acceptance will go out by Friday, October 15. Below, Liz Kindelan, a previous Women in Green Scholarship winner, gives you an insider’s look on why you should apply.

In August 2014, I sat at my desk in a sea of cubicles refreshing my e-mail five times a minute in anticipation of the Greenbuild Scholarship awards. I had applied a few weeks earlier and I could hardly stand the waiting process. I remember sitting in my sorority house in 2013 live streaming Hillary Clinton’s speech at the opening plenary in Pittsburgh. I was supposed to be going to a social function, but no one could pull me away. I swore to myself during her speech that if I had to walk to New Orleans, I would make it to Greenbuild in 2014. To my pleasant surprise, I was in fact awarded a full ride scholarship.

As I started filling out my acceptance survey, booking my flight and hotel, I stumbled upon the Women in Green Power breakfast. As a young woman in the construction industry, it seemed like a no brainer that I wanted to attend this event, so I applied for a scholarship through USGBC that made it possible.

Walking into the conference hall on Thursday morning of Greenbuild, I was beyond excited for the Women in Green Power Breakfast. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blown away by the experience. The combination of intimate table conversations and large scale panel discussion left me in awe of the incredible women I was surrounded by. I received encouraging words from young women who were just starting out as well as seasoned veterans with a plethora of advice. Having the chance to hear women from all walks of life discuss their challenges and successes in their respective industry really rounded out my Greenbuild experience. I can’t express enough how thankful I am that I was given the opportunity to participate in this event. In fact, it was the first event I signed up for at Greenbuild 2015.

Just a few weeks after attending Greenbuild 2014, I graduated from Purdue University and took a job the construction industry. I had been volunteering with USGBC Students for a few years at this point and started the chapter at Purdue where we planned the 2nd Regional Midwestern Conference.  After graduation, I became more involved in Emerging Professionals and I currently serve as a National ADVANCE Ambassador for the South Central Region, the Indiana Regional Chair for USGBC Students, and I work with the Conference and Events Advisory group 2 to help with student conferences. I have been granted a multitude of opportunities with USGBC and I have met so many inspiring people that have helped shape my sustainable career.  I currently work as a Project Engineer for Barton Malow in northern Indiana. I have been getting my toes wet with LEED tracking, but I would like to get deeper into LEED Consulting in the future.

Session Spotlight: Green Apple – Green Renovation – Green Research


Erik Ring, Principal / Director of Engineering at LPA, Inc. Irvine, California

For the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers with the USGBC Orange County chapter provided a renovation of a 4th grade public school classroom at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, California.  The renovation included new daylighting and electric lighting systems, new displacement ventilation HVAC systems, and all new green finishes.  The team also installed energy monitors as well as CO2 and temperature sensors in both the renovated classroom and an adjacent (control) classroom that was not renovated. Since 2012 the team has been evaluating the data and discussing the success of the renovation with teachers and staff at the school.  Session A10: Green Apple – Green Renovation – Green Research will highlight some of the surprises and interesting findings from this on-gong project.


Erik Ring, a presenter for Greenbuild session, has strong interest in this topic because “design of high performance and green K12 school facilities is a key market for my company, LPA, an integrated design firm with offices in California and Texas.  For 8 years I have lead LPA’s MEP engineering team, working closely with architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and other engineers to optimize the performance of new and renovated school projects.”  Ring is a member of the LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and a former member of the Energy and Atmosphere TAG; he is continuously in search of design approaches that balance and optimize energy efficiency and indoor quality.


Dustin Davis, AIA, LEED AP Project Architect/Sustainability Coordinator/Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Dustin Davis, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect/Sustainability Coordinator/Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

According to Greenbuild Program Working Group member Dustin Davis, “No matter where we work and live, schools are a big part of our communities.  We have all spent time in a school for one reason or another and I think it should be the first place we try to make more sustainable.” Davis says that the side-by-side comparison data collected from this project makes this particular session even more interesting. “Attendees will be able to see an apples to apples comparison between an existing classroom and one updated with LEED features.”


Ring says that there is not nearly enough information available about how school classrooms perform in terms of energy and indoor quality. “As a school facility designer, I am constantly seeking any research and information that will help me to design better schools. Our session focuses on a small project and three years’ worth of energy and IEQ data.”


When you attend this session you will be shown a powerful example of volunteerism within the USGBC community.  With the Davis Magnet School green classroom renovation, USGBC-OC volunteers impacted change in one classroom in one school within a community, but with broader ripple impacts to the larger green building community.


A10 Presenters:

Wendy Rogers

Principal at LPA, Inc.

Irvine, California


Erik Ring

Principal / Director of Engineering at LPA, Inc.

Irvine, California