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.