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UCGEC Green Building Seminar Series No. 1, July 21st, 2009

Overview – Integrating Policy, Standards, Design and Incentives in US and China
Co-hosting with HYSTA
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 18:00 - 21:00
Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

The US-China Green Energy Council’s Green Building/Eco-city Steering Committee is pleased to announce its Green Building/Eco-city Seminar Series.

Sustainable grown of the built environment must be profitable in multiple ways.  This requires the integration of green building materials, natural lighting, natural ventilation, energy efficiency renewable energy, electric cars, smart meters, smart users, demand response, and many more features. Systematic integration is the key to sustainable growth because it reduces (or eliminates) waste and pollution. This results in higher quality of living and working in partnership with nature. This is what we and future generations need to thrive because Nature can only provide for us and for future generations if we partner with her to do so. This is not only necessary and possible, it is US National Policy and it is a joint effort with China -- described in a recent press release on Energy.gov:

"WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will travel to China from July 14 to 17. The two secretaries will highlight the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial relationships in the clean energy sector."

"Clean energy will drive the economy of the future, both in the United States and around the world,” Chu said.  “From renewable energy to more efficient buildings to carbon capture and storage, clean energy technologies can create millions of jobs.  Working together, we can accomplish more than acting alone.  It’s in our interest and China’s to explore ways to cooperate for our mutual benefit -- by promoting renewable energy, encouraging energy efficiency and cutting pollution."


Innovations in energy-efficient building envelopes, equipment, lighting, daylighting, and windows—in conjunction with advances in passive solar, photovoltaic, fuel cells, advanced sensors and controls and combined heating, cooling, and power—have the potential to dramatically transform today's buildings. These technologies—coupled with a whole building design approach that optimizes the interactions among building systems and components—will enable tomorrow's buildings to use considerably less energy, while also helping to reduce emissions and increase energy security.


This seminar will lay out the key issues in sustainable design for buildings  and cities from the perspectives of policy, standards, investments and project management. Future seminars will dig deeper into each of these and will explore profitable ways to partner with local ecosystems.

July 21st (Tuesday), 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 


6:00-6:30pm: Registration, light dinner and networking

Event Moderator: James Caldwell, Chair, Green Building/Eco-city Group, UCGEC
6:30-6:35 pm: Welcome and Overview, by James Caldwell (download presentation)
6:35-6:55 pm: Creating Green Building Standards for Private Development, by Joseph Horwedel, Director,City of San Jose Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (download presentation)
6:55-7:15 pm: The new LEED 3.0 standard and its practical implications, by Mary Davidge, Vice Chair Education, USGBC Northern California Chapter, Silicon Valley Branch (download presentation).
7:15-7:35 pm: Investing in Green Buildings and Eco-cities in the US and China, by Bryant Tong, Executive Director and Partner, Nth Power V (download presentation).
7:35-7:55 pm: Greening Global Cities, by Jacinta McCann, FAILA, LEED AP, Director AECOM Design USA, Western Region (download presentation)
7:55-8:30 pm: Open panel discussion and Q&A
8:30-9:00 pm: Networking


Who Should Attend: 

  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, and engineers seeking the newest ideas in the cleantech sector
  • Investors, attorneys, and other professionals interested in green energy challenges and opportunities
  • Urban Designers, Architects, Building Engineers, Project Managers  and Real Estate Developers



  Early Bird* (by July 18) After July 18
General Pass $25 $40 (At Door Cash only)
Student Pass $10 $40 (At Door Cash only)


Organizer: US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC) 

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2008, UCGEC is a leading non-profit organization that connects U.S. and Chinese individuals interested in green energy. The mission of UCGEC is to facilitate and sponsor high impact cleantech collaborative initiatives and projects between the U.S. and China, and to serve as a platform for the integration of policy, business, investment, and R&D projects for the two countries.  

Co-Organizer: HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association)

HYSTA  aims to promote entrepreneurialism and career development among Chinese professionals in Silicon Valley, and to facilitate networking and exchange of business ideas among successful Chinese entrepreneurs and executives in the Silicon Valley and mainland China



  • James T. Caldwell, Ph.D., President, E3 Regenesis Solutions and a Director of the UCGEC.
  • Joseph Horwedel, Director, City of San Jose Planning, Building and Code Enforcement.
  • Mary Davidge, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Bryant Tong, General Partner, Nth Power Venture Capital. 
  • Jacinta McCann, FAILA, LEED AP Director AECOM Design USA West Region.