1-Day Workshop: Overview of Green Building

Overview of Sustainability and Green Building Workshop


It is now widely understood that the construction and operations of buildings account for nearly half of all human-caused carbon dioxide emissions.

Together with the transportation impacts that result from our decisions about where to locate our buildings, it is clear that the built environment is a primary culprit in the current “climate chaos” and must play a prominent role in assembling any vision of long-term sustainability.

Green Building is the imperative of our time. An Overview of Sustainability and Green Building is a one-day workshop that highlights the current state of the global environment, places green or environmental building within the context of the larger “sustainability revolution” that is transforming the global marketplace, benchmarks the current state of green building in the United States and documents the overwhelming financial benefits that have propelled green building into the mainstream. This workshop provides an executive-level overview of the issues, ideas and strategies in the LEED® Green-Building Rating Systems.


Who should attend the workshop?

Citizens interested in a viable future, educators, planners and policymakers, design professionals, developers, building contractors and subcontractors, building facility managers, health care professionals, real estate professionals and others


Why attend the workshop?

• Be informed about the current state of the global environment

• Be excited about the marketplace transformations now taking place worldwide

• Understand that greenest strategies yield the greatest financial benefits

• Be able to distinguish “green-wash” from “green”

• Be ready to capitalize on opportunities in the fast-evolving green-building world


Duration and Cost

This is a one-day workshop with eight classroom hours.

The workshop costs $250.





Longview Education Associates (View website)



Bruce Hammond, LEED AP, has been a general contractor since 1980. He is CEO and general manager of Hammond & Company, a construction services and development company specializing in high-quality residential and commercial projects throughout the northern Bay Area region. A consistent focus of the company has been on identifying and utilizing construction technologies and practices which minimize impact on the environment, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency, resource conservation and durability. His projects have been featured in numerous publications and he has been a featured speaker on green building for many conferences and professional organizations.

He is the solar-energy specialist for the City of Cotati’s Design Review Board and has been one of its planning commissioners, instrumental in certifying the first LEED building in the North Bay and in establishing Cotati’s Sustainable Building Program.

Mr. Hammond was the founding chairman of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2001, and has been an active member of the board for the last seven years. He is also on the Certification Board of Green Advantage, a national training program for green-building professionals.

He was one of the founding faculties of the Green Building Professional Certificate Program at Sonoma State University where he has taught for the past five years.


Pete Gang AIA, LEED AP, has been a licensed general building contractor since 1985 and a licensed architect since 1991. His firm, Common Sense Design, specializes in spirited green architecture and provides green consulting on residential and commercial projects. Over the course of 20-plus years, Common Sense Design has designed over two hundred residential and commercial projects, utilizing a wide range of conventional and alternative building systems, energy- and resource-efficiency strategies, and other integrated green-building approaches.

In addition to his ongoing responsibilities as a practicing architect, green-building consultant, and teacher, he has given presentations to a variety of audiences on topics related to green building, including Bioneers; Real Goods’ Institute for Solar Living; Agilent Corporation; Redwood Empire Chapters of the AIA, the CSI, and ASCE; West Coast Green; and city councils and chambers of commerce in the North Bay region.

Mr. Gang co-founded the Redwood Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2001 and has been an active board member for the last seven years.

He was one of the founding faculty of the Green Building Professional Certificate Program at Sonoma State University where he has taught for the past five years.



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