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Instructors in the SBA Program are subject experts and teach from their professional experience. They bring to the program technical expertise, current strategies and tools, along with a passion for green building and sustainable development.
Charles Bohlig – East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
Mr. Bohlig has more than 13 years of working experience in water and energy efficiency. As a Supervisor of Water Conservation for commercial, industrial, and institutional programs, Charles plans and participates in the development and implementation of EBMUD’s Water Conservation Master Plan, which supports of long-term goals for water supply and demand. Mr. Bohlig is the program manager for many of the Water Conservation Division’s research programs and presents research activities and results at association meetings and conferences. Mr. Bohlig is the lead on the Water Energy Partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in an Embedded Energy research project for the California Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Bohlig has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop guidelines and specification standards for water and efficient appliances. He has also worked with the Federal Energy Management Program to develop buying guidelines associated with water and energy efficient equipment for federal buildings. Mr. Bohlig has written four American Society of Testing and Materials Standard Test Methods for testing energy efficient equipment and authored more than 30 reports on energy efficient appliances. Mr. Bohlig co-developed the Arizona Public Service remote solar program and the EPA’s Energy Star Home Program.
Jana Chamales – Unified Systems LLC / Sustainable Building SF / SBA Program
Jana Chamales is the co-founder and Principal of Unified Systems LLC, a quality assurance consulting firm dedicated to projects that bring high performance, sustainability and equity to the built environment. She launched the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program in San Francisco, where she is the Program Director and Instructor. she also launched, and developed the curriculum for the Sustainable Building San Francisco program, a 5-day intensive course that brings international professionals to the United States for training in sustainable development. In addition to education and training, Jana also performs LEED for Neighborhood Development Project Management, Green Building Consulting and Licensed OSHPD Hospital Construction Inspection. Jana sits on the board of the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute (SBAi), a Washington based nonprofit which manages the curriculum and exam for SBA Programs throughout the United States and Canada. She is the Chair for the SBAi Committee on Curriculum and Testing which is responsible for updating the SBA program curriculum and certification exam. She holds a BA in Urban Studies and Planning, is a Nationally Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Certified Commissioning Process Provider, Licensed OSHPD Hospital Inspector, Certified Permaculture Designer and LEED Accredited Professional.
Josiah Raison Cain – Design Ecology
JOSIAH RAISON CAIN is a landscape architect with 16 years experience as an ecological design professional. He founded a design/build firm in 1997, and for 8 years provided ecologically-driven master plans and innovative green projects to hospitality, schools, developers, and residential clients internationally. He then managed an office for an influential, nationally recognized ecological design firm, leading project teams for civic clients including the New York Dept. of Environmental Protection(DEP), University of California, and the California Academy of Sciences. Currently he is the lead designer at Design Ecology, a Bay Area design firm. Cain was raised on a remote organic homestead along the Trinity River, in Northern California. He holds a BS in landscape architecture from University of California at Davis and a Master of Design Technology & Environment from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Vicente del Rio – Cal Poly University, City & Regional Planning
Vicente worked as a planner in Rio de Janeiro’s state agency for metropolitan planning and at the city’s planning department. As a private consultant he has coordinated several urban design projects including for new communities in Brazil, including collaborations with The SWA Group, Coutinho-Diegues-Cordeiro, and Mayerhofer & Toledo. As visiting urban designer at the City of Baltimore he was responsible for the urban design project for Fells Point waterfront (1984). He has published more than fifty titles in Brazil and abroad. He authored and edited five books in Brazil – including the best seller Introduction to Urban Design in the Planning Process and the proceedings of an international seminar on psychology and environmental design. His last book Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia, co-edited and co-authored with W. Siembieda, was published by the University Press of Florida in 2009. Vicente´s research interests are urban design processes and methods, environment-behavior studies, revitalization, city marketing, and international planning. From 1978 to 2001 Vicente taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he was full professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism, and also served as vice-director and graduate coordinator. He was a Senior International Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Planning, Johns Hopkins University (1984), and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Urban Design, University of Cincinnati (1992/3). He was visiting professor or lecturer in several institutions in the US, England, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Currently he is a visiting professor of the graduate program in urbanism at the Universidade Lusofona in Lisbon, Portugal. Since September 2001, Vicente teaches at the City and Regional Planning Department, Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, where he is full professor. At Cal Poly he teaches urban design seminars and studios at undergraduate and graduate levels, conducts community outreach contracts, and is the founder and the managing editor of the city and regional planning department’s yearly planning journal Focus.
Andres Edwards- EduTracks
Andres Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks, a firm specializing in developing education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for green building and business initiatives. Andres is Co-Director of the Center for Regenerative Design at The College of Marin in Kentfield, California which is the college’s collaborative team envisioning a green campus and curriculum and the sustainability education gateway for the community. He has served as producer, exhibit developer, and consultant for projects in natural history, biodiversity and sustainable community in Northern California, Florida, Missouri, Alaska, Illinois, Washington D.C., Taejon, South Korea and Kerala, India. Andres is author of The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift and co-author with Robert Apte of Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land. Andres holds a BA degree in Geography from the University of Colorado; an MPS in Media Studies from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and an MA in Humanities and Leadership/Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community from New College of California, Santa Rosa. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, Permaculture certified, graduate of Angeles Arrien’s Four Fold Way leadership program, and a member of the US Partnership, United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development program.
Prudence Ferreira – Integral Impact Inc
Ms Ferreira is the Founder and Principal of Integral Impact Inc, a high performance building, energy and sustainable business consulting firm with a special focus on zero energy buildings. She also serves as President of Passive House California, President of the USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter, and as a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. Ms Ferreira works with corporations, residential and commercial property owners, and policy-makers to integrate sustainable value into built and business environments. As a non-profit leader, she works to educate government, building professionals, utilities, corporations, students, other non-profits and the public on effective approaches to carbon neutral design and deep energy retrofits. She lectures regularly on Passive House and LEED. She has been a featured radio speaker on Green 960 and presents at conferences and educational settings around the west coast, including West Coast Green, the CABEC Annual Conference, the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program, Sonoma State University, and local USGBC Chapters. Ms Ferreira’s credentials include LEED AP+ (BD+C), LEED for Homes Rater, Certified Passive House Consultant, BPI-trainined Building Scientist, CA Title 24 Energy Plans Examiner, HERS + PV Rater, Certified Permaculture Designer and ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor.
Eric Corey Freed- Organic Architects
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with 20 years of experience in green building. Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension. He lectures around the country at 40+ conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS. In addition, Eric is author of four books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print. His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.”
Sabrina Foss – Recology
Sabrina D. Foss has worked in the Industry of Recycling & Disposal with an emphasis on Construction Debris Boxes in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland San Jose and Western Pennsylvania for over 10 years. She has worked with everyone from the main office of a company to the job site Superintendent. Her focus in on the recycling and recovery of construction debris, along with the development of solid programs benefit both the contractor and the LEED green building requirements. She helps develop comprehensive recycling reports for contractors, is involved in the recycling commodity discussions with not only the recycle facilities, but with consultants, engineers and contractors, looking for every opportunity to help prevent extra waste and increase diversion at Sites.
Barry Gilles – Building Wise
Barry Giles is the co-founder and CEO of BuildingWise LLC, a consulting company dealing with existing building sustainability and operations improvemnets throughout the USA. Prior to starting BuildingWise, Barry was the facilities and Building Services Engineer at the California State University at Moss Landing Marine Lab. During his time Barry sheparded the building through the USGBC’s LEED Existing Building Program resulting in a GOLD standard. This was the fifth building in the national to complete the program and the first in the CSU. Barry is a senior faculty member for the USGBC teaching LEED EB, the Vice Chair of the USGBC curriculum committee and a reviewer for Greenbuild 2006 and 2007.
Center for the Built Environment
John is most interested in where architecture overlaps with environmental, economic and social justice concerns. His work as lead researcher on the IEQ survey project is an extension of those interests. He has been a developer of affordable housing and life sciences labs, and has researched the intersection of economics and social development. He holds a graduate certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. His awards include the Zak Asefa Award in Architecture, Marshall School of Business Development Proposal Award and the Arcus Foundation Award. John was also a member of the winning 2006 Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge team, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Steve Guttmann – Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Steve Guttmann is a Principal with Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers, a 38-person consulting engineering firm in California that has received national and regional ASHRAE awards for innovation in sustainable design. Continuing a legacy, Steve has dedicated himself over the last two decade to expanding the high standards of design and client services established over the firm’s 51-year history, while developing a strong commitment to sustainable design, energy conservation, and healthy building design. For the past four years, Steve has served on the LEED for Healthcare Core Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Health Care, developing guidelines and best practices for sustainability in our nation’s healthcare facilities. Steve has developed innovative ventilation system design solutions for many projects, including the chilled beam systems for a 100,000sf biomedical research laboratory building and a 77,000sf Health & Wellness Center on two campuses of University of California. Steve is also an expert in the applications of underfloor air and mixed-mode ventilation systems. Steve is a 1983 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.S. with Honors, Mechanical Engineering; and a B.A. with Honors, Environmental Studies.
Peter Holst – Charles. M Salter Associates Inc.
Peter K. Holst, P.E., LEED AP has been an acoustical consultant with Charles M. Salter Associates since 2002. He specializes in architectural acoustics, environmental noise control, and mechanical equipment noise and vibration control. He has consulted on an array of project types, with a focus on healthcare facilities. Some of the notable hospital projects Holst has consulted on include the Kaiser Template Medical Center, Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement, Palomar Medical Center, and UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center. He is a member of the USGBC Northern California Chapter and is the author of “Achieving green design acoustical standards in healthcare facilities,” presented at the Acoustical Society of America conference in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his California Professional Engineering license in Electrical Engineering.
Elaine Hsieh – Kema
Elaine Hsieh is a Senior Green Building Consultant with KEMA’s Green Building Services group based in Oakland. She also serves as the elected Chair of the Pacific Regional Council of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Board Emeritus of the Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC). An experienced business, team, and project manager with an engineering background and a broad understanding of the construction, biotechnology, education, retail, manufacturing, and finance industries. Ms. Hsieh has a keen ability to effectively communicate difficult concepts to people in diverse age groups, cultures, and business sectors. By working on over 15 green multifamily and mixed use residential projects within the group, Ms. Hsieh has gained in depth experience with GreenPoint Rating and LEED for Homes consulting. In addition, Ms Hsieh’s work includes managing large commercial LEED projects, research and writing, LEED advisory and documentation, and green building rating system development. Ms. Hsieh is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Green Building Professional, and a Certified GreenPoint Rater. She holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering and an Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University.
Matthew Macko – Environmental Building Strategies
Through years of hands-on experience in the construction and development fields, Matt came to appreciate firsthand the need for progress in green building. Matt gained over six years of experience in project management as owner of MAK contracting, a New England construction company. Following the sale of MAK, he moved west and started Environmental Building Strategies because of a need to positively affect a larger community through his passion for the built environment. He is now a LEED Accredited Professional (O&M), RESNET Energy Rater, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Certified Green Building Professional and Certified Energy Plans Examiner. He currently serves as the Chair of the Pacific Regional Council of the USGBC, board member of the USGBC-Northern California Chapter and member of their finance & Existing Buildings committees. Following a love of numbers, Matt has pursued higher education in the fields of finance and economics. As a result he is considered an expert in Life Cycle Costing as well as scenario optimization matrices where he works with clients to make the most effective decisions possible under given parameters.
Lily Marie Livingston – HDR Architects
Lily Marie Livingston, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, is a Sustainable Design project manager for HDR Architecture’s Sustainable Design Services team. Ms. Livingston is a skilled architect with over 16 years of experience, and over 10 years managing sustainable design projects. The range of her green building work has included residential, retail, institutional, commercial, and urban development. Ms. Livingston believes that innovative architectural solutions to minimize the buildings impact on the environment can be both pragmatic and within a project’s budget; that it is people, not just technologies, that truly manifest successful green building projects.
Arcadia Maximo – Maximo Construction
Arcadia has spent over 14 years working in the construction industry. She started out as a carpenter before obtaining her general contractor’s license and starting her own business. She is a huge advocate for green building and applies many of its practices to her own projects. She is a Certified Green Building Professional as well as a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Her love for the environment began at a young age. Growing up in a family of seven she learned very quickly about the value of re-using and recycling. Today she continues to speak and write about ways others can protect our most precious resources. She is very active in her local community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for The National Association of Women in Construction, San Francisco Chapter as well as a the Program Committee for Rebuilding Together San Francisco and its Construction Advisory Council. She has also appeared on numerous shows on HGTV including, Treasure Makers, Curb Appeal and House Detectives. She is the West Coast Editor for the website Green Girls Global, where she covers stories on sustainable building, green living and eco-design. In addition to designing spaces and building homes, she also teaches a hands-on construction class at City College of San Francisco. Through her work she hopes to reach as many people as she can, by demystifying the environmental agenda and showing them you don’t have to give up your modern day comforts in order to live green.
Sarah Minick – San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Sarah completed a dual master’s degreed at UC Berkeley in City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Her research there was focused on urban stormwater management and regulation and the decline and resurgence of urban rivers. Sarah was a winner of the Geraldine Knight Scott Travelling Fellowship, which supported her field work on six urban Mediterranean rivers in Spain, Italy, and Australia. Sarah’s work has been consistently focused on watershed issues – urban rivers and urban stormwater management in particular. Her work at the Berkeley-based International Rivers was on dam decommissioning and international outreach to dam-affected communities. At Community Development by Design, also in Berkeley, Sarah worked on engaging citizens in environmental planning and land use decisions, as well as the strategic acquisition and design of multi-functional open spaces for wildlife habitat, water quality improvement, groundwater recharge, and recreation. She recently joined the SFPUC Stormwater Program, where she works on stormwater management planning, policy, and regulation.
Tom Radulovich – Livable City
Tom Radulovich has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He joined Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a “Grand Central Station” at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines. In 2003 he chaired San Francisco’s expenditure plan committee that developed a 30-year program of transportation projects. Tom has served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 1996, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations. He also served as an instructor in The Osher Lifelong Learning Center’s urban studies curriculum.
Nicholas Rajkovich – Pacific Energy Center
Nicholas Rajkovich is a senior program engineer with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Pacific Energy Center. At the Energy Center, Nicholas assists with the coordination of educational programs and consultations, focusing on daylighting design, indoor environmental quality, and post occupancy evaluations. Prior to joining the Pacific Energy Center, Nicholas was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, teaching courses on lighting, acoustics, and building systems. Prior to working for Cornell, Nicholas was an associate at Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (EYP) in Albany, NY. At EYP, he worked to reduce the overall impact of buildings on the environment under contract to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the U.S. Department of State. Nicholas received a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Ted Reiff – The Reduse People
Prior to founding TRP in 1995, Ted was managing partner with an investment banking firm that provided financial services to young technology companies. Now, in addition to guiding TRP’s national expansion program, he consults with private companies and government bodies on a variety of demolition and waste diversion projects. A graduate of Ohio State University and a licensed demolition contractor, Ted served three terms as board president of I Love a Clean San Diego and is an advisor to Urban Habitat Chicago.
Marna Schwartz – City of Berkeley, Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Marna Schwartz currently works for the City of Berkeley in the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, a division of the Planning Department. In this capacity, she oversees all the marketing and outreach of the City’s sustainable programs and policies. In particular, Marna works with the local community to implement the Climate Action Plan and encourage greater energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment. Previously, Marna worked in the field of community economic development and affordable housing with a focus on asset development and preservation. Marna has an undergraduate degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a MA degree from Kings College, London in Urban Planning.
Alex Spilger – GreenStep
Alex Spilger is Principal and Founder of GreenStep Education and has worked on over two-dozen diverse green building projects. He teaches green building workshops through organizations such as local chapters of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business among others. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley Extension where he teaches a 6-week LEED Project Management course. His experience includes facilitating eco-charrettes, researching green building technologies and policy, and managing both the people and the processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification. Alex is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC and serves on the USGBC Corresponding Committee for LEED-EBOM. In addition to leading green building courses, he works with BCCI Construction; helping to educate staff, develop internal tools and systems, and facilitate the LEED documentation efforts on several projects. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Green Building Professional, AIA Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.
Ryan Stroupe – Pacific Energy Center
Ryan Stroupe is the Building Performance Program coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center. He teaches classes and consults with building professionals on a variety of issues including architectural design, building commissioning, monitoring protocols and measurement tool applications. He has served as the Tool Lending Library Coordinator at the Energy Center in the past. This is a program that provides measurement tools to California energy customers, allowing them to monitor a building’s performance and energy use. While at the Center, Ryan has taught a number of classes on building measurement and energy-efficient design including a year-long intensive series on commissioning existing buildings. He also teaches an undergraduate architecture course at the California College of the Arts and in San Francisco titled Building Energy Systems, and has taught in undergraduate programs at the Academy of Art University and DeAnza Community College. Ryan is actively involved with the US Green Building Council and has served as co-chair of the Northern California Chapter’s Green Building Resources Committee. He is a product of the Masters of Architecture program at U. C. Berkeley where his interest in building performance was encouraged.
Rick Unvarsky, P.E. – Rick Unvarsky Consulting Services
Rick Unvarsky, P.E., LEED-AP attended the Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BAE) degree, specializing in HVAC design in 1995. Upon graduation, Rick worked for Bacik Karpinski Associates, Inc., a Cleveland-based Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing consulting firm, designing HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and medical process systems for seven years. He then worked as MEP manager at XL Construction, Inc., a leading high-tech general contractor in the Bay Area. Rick lead the MEP coordination group, was an MEP technical resource and trouble-shooter, evaluated designs, managed the design-build process, and served as a quality-assurance representative for the design and installation of the MEP systems on XL projects for five years. Rick also acted as lead for all green building projects, serving as the LEED manager and LEED project administrator of several projects. Rick currently runs his own company, Rick Unvarsky Consulting Services (RUCS) providing LEED commissioning, LEED management and MEP consulting services.