California Policy GHG Reduction

LEED-ND Presentation December 7th @ California Capitol

Please Join Assemblymember Rich Gordon for a Briefing On LEED/LEED-ND and Smart Growth

Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: State Capitol, Room 127

Feel free to bring your own lunch while you learn about successful and sustainable development in our State. We’ll bring you information on the basics of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, LEED Neighborhood Development (ND) and current case study projects and creative uses of LEED-ND standards in legislation and policy. We will then talk about how LEED-ND can be a helpful tool for cities, regions, and the State to get us to reaching the goals of SB 375 and AB 32.
RSVP TO: Rachael O’Brien at or 916-996-8470

Guest Speakers:

Aaron Welch, Senior Planner, LEED AP, Raimi AssociatesAaron Welch is one of the nation’s leading LEED-ND experts. Aaron has managed the LEED-ND process for a total of 6 different development projects that are either certified or in the process of certification, wrote portions of USGBC’s LEED-ND Reference Guide, has developed and delivered LEED-ND education for USGBC, and recently completed a Citizen’s (Advocacy) Guide to LEED-ND for the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Aaron has contributed to a wide variety of general plans, neighborhood plans, vision plans, and transit-oriented development.

Ellie Casson, Campaign Organizer, Greenbelt AllianceEllie Casson is an SB 375 expert for Greenbelt Alliance. She works closely with cities throughout Silicon Valley and is the Founder of a Mountain View smart-growth advocacy group that has had a visible impact on local planning and development decisions (this group that now has 300+ members). She is also the lead researcher and author of Greenbelt Alliance’s Greening Your City’s Blueprint: A Toolkit for Climate Friendly General Plans. Ellie is currently organizing support for the Grand Boulevard Initiative, which re-envisions El Camino Real as a people-friendly, more complete corridor.

Sponsored By: USGBC California Advocacy Council and USGBC Capitol Branch

By Lauren Michele

Lauren Michele – Founder/Owner of Policy in Motion – is a policy consultant/advisor and communications strategist, specializing in progressive and non-partisan politics. She helps candidates and clients build campaigns, coalitions, and communication strategies. Lauren has 15 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies; non-profit organizations; foundations; universities; and political/issue campaigns, including a Presidential Campaign and a California State Bond. Ms. Michele has over a decade of experience working virtually both in team and individual environments, with Policy in Motion offices in California. Policy in Motion’s mission is to promote the environmental, economic, and social well being of communities —fostering a sustainable future for all people and the planet.

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