VISIONARY: “Transforming Transportation: How to Create Sustainable Transportation”

Join AIACV and USGBC for this VISIONARY presentation on sustainable transportation.

The world is headed toward two billion vehicles. Is this sustainable?  Not without transforming vehicles, fuels, and transportation generally not only in the U.S., but virtually everywhere.  Professor Daniel Sperling will document how we pioneered car-centric cities and lifestyles, founded on abundant petroleum.  He will explore opportunities for more sustainable transportation, focusing on the role of innovation and policy in bringing about low carbon fuels, electric-drive vehicles, socially-responsible behavior, enhanced mobility services, and low-carbon cities.


When: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Time: Registration and networking: 5:30pm – 6pm, Presentation 6pm – 7:30pm

Where: UC Davis: Young Hall Room 194, Davis, CA  Visit map at:

Please park in visitor parking lots (VP on map) parking is free after 5pm.

Cost: AIA/USGBC members: $15 and Non-members $20. Members at the door $20 and Non-members at the door $25

Please register by noon on Wednesday, June 26th at

Light refreshments will be served

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About the presenter:

Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and Economy at the University of California, Davis.  He also holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board, where he plays a prominent role in designing and adopting climate policies for vehicles, fuels, and urban travel.  He received a 2010 Heinz Awardfor his “achievements in the research of alternative transportation fuels and his responsibility for the adoption of cleaner transportation policies in California and across the United States.”

In the past four years, he has been a keynote speaker at 60 universities and conferences, featured on the Jon Stewart Daily Show, NPR’s Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air, and published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times.  He is author or editor of 200+ papers and reports and 12 books (including  Two Billion Cars, Oxford University Press), has served on 13 National Academies committees, was selected as a National Associate of the National Academies, recently chaired the Future of Mobility committee of the (Davos) World Economic Forum, testified 7 times to the US Congress on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology, and was a lead author on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

Professor Sperling earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources) and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning from Cornell University. Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras.

AIACV and USGBC present Film Night: Connected

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 Please join AIACV and USGBC for the film: Connected

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating roller coaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead. (

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When: February 28th , 2013 at 5:45pm
Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Ste. 100, mid-town Sacramento

FREE ADMISSION! Donations voluntary to support this year’s Visionary event at the Crocker featuring the film’s director: Tiffany Shlain. (Visionary is tentatively scheduled for June, details to be announced.)


Visionary: Roger Boulton


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Discover the vision behind the world’s first LEED Platinum Winery and Brewery located at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis.

Professor Boulton started dreaming of a self-sustaining winery more than ten years before the Mondavi Institute built its LEED Platinum Winery and Brewery.  His passion in rainwater harvesting, an ideal source for pure RO water for scientific experiments and to prevent deposits on valuable equipment, fueled his study for systems for the new facility.  As a result, the new winery, brewery and food-processing complex now serves as a test bed for production processes and techniques that conserve water, energy and other vital resources.

Please join AIA Central Valley,  USGBC-NCC Capital Branch and UC Davis Design & Construction Management for Visionary on:

Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Time: 5:30pm

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This Wednesday ~ Exciting New Series: VISIONARY


The AIA Central Valley has teamed up with USGBC Northern California / Sacramento Branch and UC Davis on an exciting new speaker’s series entitled, “Visionary.”

Join us for the first presentation scheduled the evening of Wednesday, October 5th featuring Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA of Ehrlich Architects. Appetizer buffet/refreshments provided!

Free parking available for this event only.  For directions to the UC Davis Conference Center click here.

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From the Architect’s Newspaper [1.27.2011]

“Ehrlich Architects, a 32-person firm based in Culver City, has won the competition to design a new parliament complex for the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, beating out major international firms Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Massimiliano Fuksas Architects. It’s the most remarkable upset victory for a Los Angeles architect since then-upstart Frank Gehry in 1987 triumphed over three Pritzker Prize laureates in the contest for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. At a time when California offices are especially hard-hit, this victory of David over Goliath is a morale booster for every struggling firm.”

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA     

In more than 30 years of practicing architecture with his Los Angeles-based firm, Steven Ehrlich has evolved a signature global design philosophy called Multicultural Modernism, which seeks to create sustainable buildings that are infused with cultural meaning and rooted in the specificities of site, while embracing new technologies with environmental sensitivity. As Design Principal of the firm, Ehrlich Architects has won eight National AIA Design Awards and was named 2003 Firm of the Year by the AIA California Council. Steven was also named the 14th Maybeck Award recipient this year by the AIACC for an outstanding body of design work.



Knowing Your Stuff: Life Cycle Assessment and Judging Environmental Claims


Please join the Sacramento Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter on Wednesday, July 20th for a discussion on the different methods and metrics used to measure the sustainability of products.

Gwen Lauridson, of Bentley Prince Street, will guide us through the basic principles of Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Claims. Discover the basic steps of conducting a Life Cycle Assessment and how the results can be used to choose environmentally friendly products or to improve the environmental performance of a product over its life cycle. Hear about Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and why they are an important tool for customers to obtain transparent verified environmental impacts of the products they purchase. Learn how to evaluate the different types of environmental claims and understand the different types of product certifications and the merits and/or limitations of each. Finally, learn about the different processes for developing environmental product standards.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit

This event is approved for both USGBC & AIA sustainable design continuing education units (2 CEUs).

USGBC Demystify’s CALGreen

Join USGBC-NCC for an expert panel discussion focused on the implications of CALGreen on the building industry and what this means for you.  The discussion is scheduled for March 17th from 5:30-7:30 at the California EPA building, 10th & I, in the Sierra Room.

CALGreen is in effect as of January 2011, changing the way sustainability is viewed and practiced in the building sector. Expert speakers, Dan Geiger, Executive Director of USGBC-Northern California, and Wes Sullens, Program Manager of, and Devi Eden of the CEC will present an overview of CALGreen, clarify mandatory codes versus tiers, outline its policy implications for the Sacramento region, discuss integration with the California Energy Commission’s policies, and discuss the role of CALGreen Codes, LEED® and GreenPoint Rated systems.

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Fees to attend are $15 for USGBC / AIACV members, $30 for non-members, and $20 for students and unemployed individuals. You can also register at the door for an additional $5.

For more information contact: Sophia Hartkopf

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Building Tour and Panel Presentation

Contributed by Jessica Morrow, USGBC-NCC Sacramento Branch

USGBC invites the members of the AIA Central Valley Chapter to attend their tour and panel presentation of the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Building, currently under construction. David Campbell, with HLA Group, will host. [Read more…]