Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upcoming Green Event: November 15, 2014 - Wind, Solar and Energy Storage for Communities, Neighborhoods and Commercial/industrial Facilities


Who Should Attend:
Parties interested in expanding their knowledge of sustainable practices.
What will you learn:
1.       The difference between energy charges (electricity consumption) and demand charges on a typical electric utility bill. 
2.       Why demand charges have steadily increased to account for nearly half or more of most commercial electric bills.
3.       How building owners and tenants can reduce demand charges substantially with solar, efficiency, and energy storage.
4.       Is it possible to have true energy security to protect your operations in the event of grid      outages, natural disaster, or other events?
5.       Is it realistic to consider de-coupling completely from the electric grid (going “off-grid”)?
6.       What are the costs and realistic economic payback?
7.       Can a fleet of EVs owned by either your organization or your employees make your operations more secure and/or save you money?

How will you benefit:
1.       Learn how cleantech is disrupting the electric utility and automotive industries.
2.       Learn what types of projects will need to be managed, and how to do it.
3.       See examples of cloud-based project management workflow systems created for this transition.
4.       Prepare for the coming massive changes in the energy industry so you won’t be left wondering what happened.

INCLUDED:  coffee, juice, parking (Lot M)
PDUs: 3
EVENT LOCATION: Skyline College, Building 7, Room 7104, 3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066, Download campus map.

SCHEDULE: 09-12:00 PT with two 15 min breaks



Troy HelmingTroy Helming, CEO Pristine Sun
Troy has been a clean energy executive and leader for 20 years. He founded TradeWind Energy, raised millions of seed capital, acquired Pas/LOIs with utilities for $300M of wind energy & developed wind farm sites including Smoky Hills Wind Farm (at 250 MW/$500M, it is still the largest wind farm in KS as of 2011. In 2005, Mr. Helming wrote and published a book The Clean Power Revolution, created The Freedom Plan (a blueprint to convert America to 100% renewable energy & save the US economy $1 Trillion per year), published numerous articles, has been a keynote speaker in 13 states/4 countries, promoted clean energy tirelessly on TV & radio, fought the constructions of various new coal plants, and served for as an expert witness on wind energy for the Sierra Club. In 2007, Mr. Helming designed, built, and operated an EPA-registered biodiesel refinery. Since 2001, Mr. Helming has designed, sold, permitted, installed, and serviced numerous small wind, solar, fuel cell and energy efficiency solutions and been a consultant for dozens of companies (including McKinsey & Co, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs). He holds a BS in Business Adminstration from the University of Kansas, has certifications in OSHA, NABCEP (pending), Commercial PV NEC 2011 (Complaint Design, O&M), solar & wind energy finance, system design & technical sales, and is a member of Mensa.
Speaker's web-site:
Pristine Sun

Friday, June 20, 2014

August 17, 2013 - How Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley Builds Green

Hello Green PMI and welcome to all interested in sustainability!

We are updating our green blog after some time due to a change in leadership and roles. Although our blog hasn't been active, we have been. Here is a past event.

Topic: How Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley Builds Green
Speaker(s): Hans Reuvecamp, Catherine Pinkas, PMP

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley builds homes that are not only affordable, but also sustainable. Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley builds using comprehensive green design. Many people think of solar panels when they think of green building, but the reality is that it encompasses much more. Green building is a whole house design that takes into account energy efficiency, smart use of building materials, water usage, and much more. Habitat for Humanity EB/SV builds green to take better care of the environment, Habitat homeowners and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity EB/SV was the first Habitat affiliate in the Bay Area to begin building green in 2000 and have completed over 60 green homes in the area. As one of the leading Habitat affiliates in affordable green building in the U.S. we plan to continue innovating the way that affordable housing can be built green. Habitat homes have been certified through California’s GreenPoint Rated system and some through the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system, demonstrating that Habitat for Humanity EB/SV is building to stringent national green building standards.

The presentation detailed how Habitat for Humanity EB/SV determines what types of green design activities are possible.  Specific constraints and challenges were highlighted.  We learned how Habitat trains volunteers to build green and how to build with a volunteer team.  Safety guidelines for unskilled volunteers and materials recycling programs were reviewed.  Decisions about the costs of building green and the constraints of funding were outlined. 

After the presentation, the group was invited to consider other green building practices that could be incorporated into Habitat’s current practices. The ideas were summarized and given to the construction development team for consideration.  It was an engaging event intended to help project managers understand the constraints involved in construction in a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization.

Speaker Bio(s): Hans Reuvecamp is the Vice President of Construction at Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (EB/SV). Catherine Pinkas has served as a Past Board Member and Chair of the Family Resource Committee at Habitat for Humanity EB/SV. She is currently an Instructor of Project Management at UC Berkeley Extension.

May 18, 2013 - Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

Hello Green PMI and welcome to all interested in sustainability!

We are updating our green blog after some time due to a change in leadership and roles. Although our blog hasn't been active, we have been. Here is a past event.

Topic: Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

Speaker: Erfan Ibrahim, PhD

Climate change is causing people in industrialized countries to think about how to lower the carbon foot print in their environment to avert catastrophic changes in weather later in the 21st century.  The electric utility industry stakeholders in these countries are assessing what they can do to reduce the CO2 emissions from fossil fueled generation plants and moving towards a distributed energy resource based electric grid leveraging clean renewable energy such as solar and wind.

Smart Grid is the enabling technology that will allow deep penetration of renewable energy on the grid while maintaining safety, reliability, resiliency, stability and security.  It will also provide consumers with more choices in electricity sources and allow them to monetize the electricity they can produce at their homes, shops and factories.  Additionally, the potential of migrating the transportation sector from fossil fuel based vehicles to electric vehicles is also becoming a big driver for deploying Smart Grids in certain service territories.

Dr Ibrahim's presentation reviewed the technical, business process and regulatory issues that need to be addressed to derive benefit from Smart Grid from these applications and how lay people can get involved in this quantum leap towards sustainability on our planet.

Speaker Bio: 
Dr. Erfan Ibrahim has been involved in the Smart Grid development in the US from its inception in 2007-2008.  He has led the Smart Grid Interoperability Workshops for the National Institute for Standards & Technology in 2009 that established the basis for the work in Interoperability Standards for Smart Grid.  He has also led collaborative research in Smart Metering and Cybersecurity at the Electric Power Research Institute between 2008 - 2011 to provide the knowledge base for utilities deploying Smart Grid technologies in North America and internationally.  Dr. Ibrahim also led the Department of Energy funded National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR) team in 2010 - 2011 to define requirements for cybersecurity in the Smart Grid and promote the inclusion of security controls in the technical and business process standards to ensure that the cybersecurity requirements are met.  Dr. Ibrahim is a highly solicited public speaker on Smart Grid with over 50 presentations at North American and International Forums over the past 5 years.  His Smart Grid Educational Series seminars and webinar occur monthly and reach 2200 people across 10+ countries across the globe.  He was named one of the top 100 Movers and Shakers in Smart Grid by Greentech Media in 2009.  Dr. Ibrahim received a BS in Physics from Syracuse University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Check out next week's Green PM Seminar on the Presidio of San Francisco's Environmental Remediation Program

Eileen Fanelli, Remediation Program Manager at the Presidio Trust, will describe the complex project and program management involved in this 15-year remediation effort.

The Presidio of San Francisco was once the oldest continuously operating military post in the nation. It is now the largest national park in an urban area, covering 1,491 acres, with over 990 acres of open space supporting native habitat and several endangered and threatened species. The Presidio is also a National Historic Landmark with hundreds of historic buildings and features.

Key to the transformation of the Presidio from post to park is implementation of the Environmental Remediation Program, implementing the clean-up of numerous waste disposal and release sites; closing over 500 former above and below ground fuel storage tanks and miles of fuel distribution piping, and assessing lead-based paint in soil at over 800 buildings and structures throughout the Presidio.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the history and many resources of the Presidio. We will also discuss in detail how the $167 million Remediation Program has worked closely with multiple stakeholder groups to implement remedial solutions that support the cultural heritage and native habitat values of the Presidio, while addressing numerous project constraints imposed by multi-party agreements between state and federal agencies and third-party insurance providers. In particular we’ll discuss how implementation of program monitoring and change management processes have been successfully used to overcome significant schedule and resource challenges. From 1999, when work began, to May 2014, when remediation is scheduled to be substantially complete, the program will have transformed hundreds of acres of environmental liabilities to environmental and cultural assets, while maintaining a robust public communication and participation plan.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Powering the Cloud: Big Energy in Data Centers

Many of us rely on the cloud far more than we know, and the convenience of information on demand regardless of location or device is bewitching. Few have gotten a chance to see what really makes the cloud tick. In this month's Wired, Steven Levy writes about his rare opportunity to visit several of Google's data centers, and learn about how they've been driving cost and eenrgy waste out of their business. It's a great read about one of the giants in an industry that consumes 1.5% of the eberhy used throughout the entire planet.

Enjoy "Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The bottom line of green is still black!

We've been hearing more and more that, contrary to previous popular belief, adopting sustainability practices is good business. Now a Harvard Business Review blog post backs up that assertion. Because investors have increasingly demanded data, we have more to go by now than we did a decade ago, and the data present a clear picture:

"Resource efficient companies — those that use less energy and water and create less waste in generating a unit of revenue — tend to produce higher investment returns than their less resource-efficient rivals. ... Resource-efficient companies also display high levels of innovation and entrepreneurship, pushing core value metrics above the average large cap global business."

That sounds like a recipe for success!

Back in 1993, when I was in publishing, I worked on a book titled The Bottom Line of Green Is Black. Even then, a few people saw the benefits of going green, but it's taken a while for sustainability to spread on a larger scale. Now, it seems, more businesses are seeing that it actually makes sense financially -- and that they can do well by doing good.

So perhaps we can say now: Green is the new black!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sustainability taking root in management agendas

A new MIT Sloan report brings good news for project managers interested in sustainability. The authors claim that sustainability is reaching a tipping point, where companies have made it a permanent part of their management agendas, as they find more and more that they profit from sustainable practices.

While there's still progress to be made in this direction, the trend is a positive one for our planet -- and, of course, for green project managers. With companies placing more emphasis on sustainability, it's a good time to incorporate it into your project management work. To learn more about how to do that, check out the online seminars being offered by Green Project Management.

And this new focus is also likely to result in more project management jobs related directly to sustainability. If you know of opportunities in this area, or have any thoughts on the subject, we'd love to hear from you -- enter your comments below!