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Sustainability in Action Workshop-June 26th

Posted By John Diffenderfer, Thursday, June 18, 2015
Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015

After returning from Greenbuild, ASHEE, an ILFI summit, we find ourselves on yet another inspirational high after yet another inspirational talk about a yet another brand new LEED Platinum building/municipal waste water recycling project/(fill in the blank with some other spectacular project). Then, we slowly descend back to earth with a bump, mulling over what we've learned. Reality sets in, and soon we're asking, "Could we ever do anything like that here?", "How can I possibly make a difference?" The problem with most of these sustainability keynotes and break-out sessions is that they inspire without empowering. There is a gap between hearing and the doing -- the gap between knowing what's possible and making it probable.  So we hang around the water-cooler talking about composting, or why the lights are on in the middle of the day. We sport our stainless steel water bottle like a medal. We are poised for action and yet wonder how to begin.
Clearly, people are doing it. You heard about it at the conferences! You’ve  read articles in ENR, or GreenSource, or GO (Green Operations) magazines.  Consider the impact of George Denise--the leader behind San Jose’s Adobe EBOM certification, and the subsequent transformational facilities policies, globally--and now creating the same sort of change at Oracle. And he also crafted the Boy Scouts of America’s “Sustainability Merit Badge” requirements. This guy is getting it done, but he didn’t do it all at once. What can we learn from a guy like that? Like us, are you brimming with ideas, or do you just know things could be better? What do you do next?
We’ve designed the Sustainability in Action workshop to connect the knowing with the doing. 


  • HEAR George and others tell their stories--of how they, like you, had a vision of a sustainable future, but then implemented small pilot projects that eventually snowballed into BIG worldwide sustainable facilities change.
  • LEARN how to do this yourself.
  • PRACTICE by completing the sustainability pilot project template with help and support from a group of your peers.
  • LEAVE inspired AND empowered with your own sustainability pilot action plan.  

We are offering the workshop several times this year, but join us first on June 26, 2015 at West Valley Community College in the Baltic Room of the Student Center.

Space is still available.

Register today!

John Diffenderfer, AIA LEED AP
Vice President, Aedis Architects

Anna Harrison, ASID, LEED AP
Associate Faculty, Interior Design Department, West Valley College

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