UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Green Building

The Green Building committee is excited to review this year’s proposals. We look forward to new projects as well as the progression of past projects, and how they have adapted to changing conditions. We are eager to see projects that have clear lessons learned and concrete takeaways that can be applied statewide. We hope to see interactive presentations that can give practical skills to move forward, and we would like to see more student initiatives and involvement.

Specific topics we are interested in, but not confined to:

  • “Open Buildings”
  • Skills for students:
    • LEED exam prep
    • How to do an energy audit
  • Retrofitting existing buildings
  • Re-certifying LEED buildings
  • Zero net energy (ZNE) building
    • Examples and development
  • Proposals focused on specific components of a building, rather than a whole building
  • Relevance of green building certifications: still relevant?
  • Energy plans for Community Colleges: how are they including green buildings in their plans
  • Prop 39
  • Net positive energy and low embodied energy
  • Materials analysis and life cycle assessment
  • Purchasing of construction materials
  • Energy efficiency in labs: education on energy usage

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Green Building NC & R” on the left hand side of the screen to see the green building new construction and renovations related sessions at last year’s conference or “Green Building O & M” on the left hand side of the screen to see the green building operations and maintenance related sessions.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in overall sustainable design (new construction and major renovations), energy efficiency at the building level, energy efficiency at the campus level, or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! Please note that overall sustainable design projects must be completed by the time of submission but can have been completed in the past five years.  In all other award categories, projects must have been completed in the past two years and must be complete. You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.