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Why Green Construction? Why Now?

Virtual Conference 2023

Sustainable buildings hold the promise of healthier workplaces and homes, as well as lower environmental impact. This conference will look at sustainable building methods and materials, policies that support green construction, and the economics of green buildings. This conference will appeal to architects, engineers, designers, policymakers, and government officials who want to learn about emerging trends in green construction.

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At A Glance

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    Workshop DatesThursday, Feb. 16, 2023

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    Location100% Online via Zoom

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    Registration OpensNow Open

Where & When


Thursday, February 16, 2023


8 a.m. – Noon PST




Online via Zoom


EventSpeaker(s)Time (all times PST)
Welcome!CSUB Extended Education and Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board8 a.m.
KeynoteJimmy Mitchell, LEED BD+C8:20–9:20 a.m.
EconomistNyakundi Michieka9:25–9:40 a.m.
Break 9:40–9:50 a.m.
ArchitectDanny Ordiz9:55–10:40 a.m.
Panel DiscussionKevin Donaghey, Chris Gatlin, Secretary Stewart Knox, Tim Rainey – Ariane Laxo, Moderator10:45–11:45 a.m.
Final RemarksCSUB Extended Education and Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board11:55 a.m.

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Jimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell

Senior Director of Business Development – Skanska USA


Additional Presenters

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Nyakundi Michieka

Associate Professor, Economics – CSU Bakersfield

Danny Ordiz

Danny Ordiz

Principal – Ordiz-Melby Architects

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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.  Auxiliary aids and services are available by request to individuals with disabilities and/or limited English.

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