Jerry YudelsonKeynote by Jerry Yudelson, LEED Fellow - If it doesn’t perform, it can’t be Green!    For the past two years, Jerry Yudelson has been gathering data on energy and water use from the top-rated green buildings around the world. His aim has been to clarify performance expectations for future green buildings, based on the actual reported performance of recently built large green buildings.

 In this presentation, he will share data from more than 40 case studies of LEED Platinum (and equivalent) non-residential buildings built since 2003 and at least 50,000 ft2 in size, to demonstrate that all green buildings should be aiming at annual energy use below 35,000 BTU/sq2 for most large office and government projects and below 25,000 BTU/sq2 for educational projects.

Jerry also discusses some of the hurdles in gathering the data and calls for all LEED projects to exhibit full disclosure of performance data for both energy and water use.

Jerry Yudelson has keynoted more than 100 conferences and events since 2006. He is the author of 12 books on green buildings, water conservation, green homes and green development including, 2010’s Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis. He was named to the inaugural class of 34 LEED Fellows in 2011 by the U.S. Green Building Council, in recognition of his efforts to build the LEED green building rating system into the worldwide force it is today.

Jerry is a co-author of the Green Operations Guide, released November 2010 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), showing companies how to use the LEED-EBOM rating system to increase their sustainability profile. He is also the author of Greening Existing Buildings, a guide to implementing the LEED-EBOM rating system, published in 2009 by McGraw-Hill.

For the USGBC, he chaired the industry’s annual conference, Greenbuild; the country’s largest, from 2004 through 2009. Jerry trained nearly 4,000 people in the LEED green building rating system from 2001 through 2009. He was one of the original LEED trainers for the USGBC and is a former USGBC Board member.

His firm, Yudelson Associates, based in Tucson, offers green building consulting services, corporate and institutional sustainability planning, water management and policy consulting, LEED training and contract research services. Yudelson Associates was certified by the City of Tucson in 2010 as a green business, based on a detailed audit of its operations.

Jerry is a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years’ experience. He holds engineering degrees from Caltech and Harvard University and an MBA (with highest honors) from the University of Oregon.

Lunch + LEED

12:00 p.m - Wildlife Friendly DevelopmentHabitat destruction and fragmentation remain the most serious man-made problems to wildlife.  For birds, collisions with buildings are the largest known fatality threat.  In this 100-level course, see four of our local raptors up close and personal, while learning ways to protect their wildlife habitats and connectivity, creative building strategies for bird safety, and about the new LEED Pilot Credit 55:  Bird Collision Deterrence.  The Liberty Wildlife Education team presents.  Brown Bag Lunch provided. GBCI-approved 1.0 CE.


Claudia KirscherClaudia Kirscher, Liberty Wildlife, Medical Services, Rescue/Transport, Daily Care (feeding and cleaning), Eagle Handler Feeding Program, Public Education Programs, and contributing writer for various Liberty Wildlife publications.  Claudia has a degree in Education from Seattle University, has served as an instructor and mentor for the Liberty Education Program for 8 years, and has worked with wildlife for over 20 years.  She is a past Board Member for the Maricopa Audubon Society and founding Board Member for the Desert Rivers Audubon Society.  Liberty Wildlife was an easy fit for Claudia, not only caring for injured native Arizona birds and animals, but an opportunity to help further the facility’s strong conservation message. 

Tony SolasTony Sola, CEAMT, Liberty Wildlife, Medical Services, Rescue/Transport, Rapid Eagle Response, and Public Education Programs. Tony is certified in Animals in Disaster, Interpreting Animal Behavior for Safe Animal Handling, Animal First Aid for Disaster Responders, and Large Animal Rescue.  Tony has rescued over 300 animals.  He also holds a Masters in Business Administration; has worked as an Acoustical Engineer for over 20 years, teaches at Arizona State University and has worked on several LEED projects. Tony’s firm, Acoustical Consulting Services, is a USGBC National Member. 

Case Studies + Cocktails

03:15 p.m. - LEED® Platinum Rio Salado Audubon Center Case Study Presentation


The LEED Platinum certified Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center in the heart of Phoenix’s Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area - a 600-acre park space in the historic Salt River corridor and a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by over 200 species of birds and other wildlife. The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is the headquarters of the Arizona state office of the National Audubon Society.

Designed by Weddle Gilmore Architects, the Center’s sustainable features include a photovoltaic system, a waste-water recycling system, low water use fixtures, pervious surfaces and bioswales to capture rain and run-off water and energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems.


Philip Weddle

Philip Weddle, AIA, LEED AP, co-founder of Weddle Gilmore

Phil co-founded WEDDLE GILMORE Black Rock Studio in 1999 with partner Michael Gilmore.  Philip’s completed projects in fields of architecture and urban planning demonstrate his unique approach to discovering appropriate responses to site development across a range of ecological and urban contexts.  Committed to the public good, Philip has actively sought out project opportunities that directly benefit underserved and culturally diverse communities.  Through the projects he undertakes, Philip explores his career-long interest in the complex relationship between the urban form of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and its natural host–the Sonoran desert.


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