What are the major trends that will influence sustainable industries in 2009? Hanson Bridgett LLP is hosting “2009 Sustainable Industry Trends “ in San Francisco on Thursday, January 22, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Topics will include renewable energy, smart building, green jobs, climate change, new policies and the latest developments in the new economy. Panelists include: Brian Back, Sustainable Industries; Jared Blumenfeld, San Francisco Department of the Environment; Mark Kerstens, BP Solar; and Sandy Mendler, Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners. For more information, please visit HBsustainable.com. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Admission is $35.
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2009 Sustainable Industry Trends
Thursday, January 22
Please join us to explore emerging trends and opportunities that will impact sustainable industries in the Western U.S. in 2009. Topics will include renewable energy, smart building, green jobs, climate change, new policies and the latest developments in the new economy.
Jared Blumenfeld — Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Mark Kerstens — VP Marketing & Sales, BP Solar
Sandy Mendler — Principal of Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners
Brian Back — Founding Editor & Publisher, Sustainable Industries
Hanson Bridgett LLP Conference Facilities
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Pre-registration is required.
Space is limited.
Admission is $35
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Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Jared Blumenfeld is Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. SF Environment develops innovative, practical and wide-ranging environmental programs, fostering groundbreaking legislation, and educating the public by providing comprehensive and easily accessible information on a wide range of sustainable practices.
Some of SF Environment’s ambitious—but deliverable—environmental goals include attaining 75 percent recycling by 2010 and curbing San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
Blumenfeld is a member of the Board of Directors of the Treasure Island Development Authority. He was the chair of U.N. World Environment Day 2005. The five-day event, which was held in San Francisco on June 1-5, 2005 was celebrated with “Green Cities: Where The Future Lives” as the overarching theme. He received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, and the University of London.
VP Marketing & Sales, BP Solar
BP Solar is one of the world’s largest solar companies with over 30 years’ experience and installments in over 160 countries. BP Solar designs, manufactures and markets products which use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for use in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. With new headquarter offices in San Francisco and 2,300 employees, the company has ambitious growth plans over the next few years, and plans to invest about $1.5 billion in alternative energy projects this year.
Principal, Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners
A principal with Mithun architects + designers + planners, Sandy Mendler is a nationally recognized design leader, author, and advocate for Sustainable Design to transform the construction industry. Her innovative high-performance office and mixed-use projects include the NOAA Pacific Region Headquarters in Hawaii, EPA Environmental Research Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, new Veterinary Medicine research laboratory for UC Davis and headquarters buildings for the World Resources Institute and National Wildlife Federation.
Sandy has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE), and previously served as chair. She has also served on the board of directors of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and contributed to the early development of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, and participated in the evolving international standard to rate green buildings around the world. Sandy has been recognized by the IIDA, Interiors & Sources magazine as an Environmental Champion, and recipient of the Collins & Aikman “Sustainable Design Leadership Award” and the Construction Specifiers Institute’s National Environmental Sensitivity Award.
Previously sustainable design principal for HOK, Sandy joined Mithun in San Francisco. Mithun is a nationally recognized sustainable design practice focusing on architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, urban design and ecology.
Founding Editor & Publisher, Sustainable Industries
Brian Back serves as President and Owner of Sustainable Industries, the leading media company for business leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs working in the new economy on the West Coast and beyond. Sustainable Industries highlights how businesses are achieving economic advantage through environmental innovation and social responsibility initiatives.
Brian is a leading expert in clean energy, green building, social innovation, and economic trends impacting business in these emerging sectors. For nearly two decades, Brian has worked in journalism and the media. His career began as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered urban development and sprawl issues in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Brian was one of the first business journalists in the United States to develop a beat in sustainability for business, while working as a reporter and columnist for The Business Journal in Portland, Oregon. His work has been featured in significant magazines, newspapers, trade journals and online media outlets. He speaks regularly at business conferences and the well-respected annual Sustainable Industries Economic Forums.