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CSUB Extended Education and Global Outreach to host free online green construction conference

Stacey Childress
BY Stacey Childress
Director of Marketing and Systems
February 8, 2023

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – California State University, Bakersfield Extended Education and Global Outreach (EEGO) will be hosting the inaugural Why Green Construction? Why Now? virtual conference on Thursday, February 16th. The free and 100 percent online conference will appeal to architects, engineers, designers, policymakers, government officials, and those interested in entering the field that want to learn more about emerging trends and issues in green construction. 

The conference, delivered online via Zoom, begins at 8 a.m. PST and will conclude by noon.

“Buildings are responsible for almost 40 percent of global energy-related carbon emissions*,” noted Dean of EEGO Mark Novak, Ph. D.  “This important conference explores developments in green construction that can help slow and reverse global warming.”

The conference will feature keynote speaker Jimmy Mitchell, LEED BD+C, Senior Director of Business Development at Skanska, a worldwide leading green construction company. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Mitchell’s project credits include The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech University – a building officially designated in 2021 as the first Living Building in Georgia (a sustainable building designation awarded by the International Living Future Institute).

“Thinking about what the next step in sustainable construction is has always been an important way to innovate and differentiate within the industry,” said Mitchell. “The stakes will always be high as the impact of our unintended consequences can be catastrophically negative or inspirationally positive.”

Newly appointed California Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Stewart Knox will participate as a panelist to discuss green construction’s impact on the labor force. Secretary Knox, a California native and graduate of the CSU (Chico State), brings more than 28 years of statewide experience in workforce and economic development. 

Additional speakers and panelists for the event include:

  • Kevin Donaghey, Principal and Project Manager, HGA, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Chris Gatlin, Service and Special Projects Manager, A-C Electric, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Ariane Laxo, Director of Sustainability, HGA, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Nyakundi Michieka, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Economics, CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Danny Ordiz, Principal, Ordiz-Melby Architects, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board, Sacramento, Calif.

Registration is now open at While this event caters to individuals in construction-related fields, it is open to anyone with an interest in the subject.

The Why Green Construction? Why Now? conference is fully funded by a grant from California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. 

Additional collaborative partners include the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and Valley Build. 

The Economist, June 15, 2022

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Stacey Childress
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Systems
Extended Education and Global Outreach
CSU Bakersfield

Jennifer Patino
Director of Professional and Continuing Education
Extended Education and Global Outreach
CSU Bakersfield