Green Builder Coalition

The Torch – April 2017

The Torch Offical Publication of Green Builder Coalition


Professional Designations Available Ahead of the Next Generation Water Summit

The Next Generation Water Summit will provide attendees with 3 days of education, solutions, networking and brainstorming. But the Summit isn’t the only place you can obtain information that could propel your career forward. Santa Fe Community College will be hosting 2 Pre-Summit courses.

QWEL Professional Certification

QWEL logoThe Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) professional certification provides landscape professionals with 20 hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. In order to obtain the QWEL certification an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit as well as pass the QWEL exam.

Instructor: Xubi Wilson
Dates: May 31 – June 2
Time: 9am – 5pm
Room: Classroom 813
Cost: Student and non-student rates available
SFCC students – Log in to the SFCC website and enroll in course ENVR 217.
Non-students – Go to this SFCC page and create a Login ID and PIN. Search for course ENVR 217 and enroll.

WERS® Verifier

WERS logoThis three day, in-person course prepares the student to take the WERS® certification written and practical exams. The course covers many aspects of water efficiency in housing. However, it is expected that the student have prior knowledge about landscaping & irrigation, basics of house construction & plumbing systems, building codes, and alternative water sources which will not be covered in this class but may be in the exam material. Tuition includes exam fees.

Instructor: Laureen Blissard
Dates: May 31 – June 2
Time: 9am – 5pm
Room: Lab 822
Cost: $595
Registration: Please email Amanda Hatherly at SFCC to register.

Ed Mazria to Headline Next Generation Water Summit

Ed MazriaInternationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator Ed Mazria of Architecture 2030 will provide the keynote address to kick off Monday, June 5th at the Next Generation Water Summit. Founder of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems, Mazria will demonstrate how water and energy are intertwined, how their footprint affects growth, and how attention to these relationships in the design process can help correct our current environmental trajectory.

Mazria said, “How we design water systems in buildings, cities, and regions is critical to mitigating the effects of continued development and climate change, and integral to phasing carbon out of urban built environments by mid-century.”

“Ed Mazria has literally changed the course of architecture, building and development for the planet when it comes to maximizing energy efficiency and mitigating the carbon footprint of our built environment,” stated Kim Shanahan, Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. “Addressing the water/energy nexus is the next big challenge to mitigating our carbon footprint.”

The Summit will take place June 4-6, 2017 at the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, NM. Attendees can register to attend the Summit for just $299. This will allow admittance to both keynote speakers, any educational session, and breakfast & lunch on Monday and Tuesday. Just as important, attendees will be able to network with a broad spectrum of stakeholders while working towards solutions for their respective challenges.

Hosts of the event will be the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce (lead host), Green Builder® Coalition, City of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. Santa Fe Community College is the official education sponsor, and Green Builder® Media is the national media sponsor.

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