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Building Sustainable Communities

April 4, 2024
1pm-7:30pm PST | UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Building Sustainable Communities

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What is the Building Sustainable Communities Event?

Embrace the future of urban and suburban living at the Building Sustainable Communities conference, where innovation meets sustainability to forge Smart and Sustainable Communities. In a world rapidly evolving towards urbanization, the need for intelligent and eco-conscious solutions has never been more pressing. This event brings together industry leaders from around the region to explore, collaborate, and catalyze the transformation of communities into vibrant, resilient, and sustainable hubs.

Agenda

1:00 – 1:20

Registration / Networking

1:20 – 1:30

Welcome

·       Scott Kitcher 

President & CEO, Sustain SoCal


·       AJ Perkins 

Director of Strategy & Development, TechFlow

Chair, Sustain SoCal Communities & Cybersecurity Working Group

THEME 1: SETTING THE STAGE

1:30 – 1:40

“State Sustainability Goals and Resources”

·     Dustin McDonald

Regional Business Development, CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

1:40 – 2:10

“Council Member Perspectives on Sustainable City Development”


·       Farrah Khan

Mayor, City of Irvine


·       Arlis Reynolds

Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa


·       Jose Trinidad Castaneda 

Councilmember, City of Buena Park


·       Facilitator: Suzanne Gentilini

Senior Manager of Business Development, ENGIE North America Inc.

Secretary, Sustain SoCal Officers

2:10 – 2:15

Q&A

2:15 – 2:40

“Smart and Sustainable Cities: Best Practices and Success Stories”

·       John Paul Jewell

Regional Sales Manager, ENGIE North America Inc.

THEME 2: INFRASTRUCTURE 

2:40 – 2:50

“Welcome to a New Way to Power our Community”

·      Joe Mosca

CEO, Orange County Power Authority

2:50 – 3:00

“Digital Transformation Approaches for Critical Infrastructure Management”

·       Kostas Alexandridis

GIS Analyst, County of Orange

Co-Chair, Digital Twin Consortium

3:00 – 3:10

“Embracing Digital in Energy Management”

·       Christopher Lloyd

Digital Solutions Architect, Caltrol Inc.

Head of Enterprise Architecture, BlueMarvel AI

3:10 – 3:20

“Developing Partnerships for a Sustainable Future”

·       Lindsey Stuvick

Sustainability Officer, Moulton Niguel Water District

3:20 – 3:25

Q&A

3:35 – 3:40

Networking Break

THEME 3: BUILDINGS / HOUSING

3:40 – 3:50

“Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities”

·      Scott Long

Co-Founder & CEO/CTO, NileBuilt, Corp.

3:50 – 3:55

“Housing Introduction”

·      Michael Valentine

President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

3:55 – 4:05

“Clean Construction and Sustainability in the Built Environment”

·      Pars Parikh

Corporate Sustainability & Innovation Manager, US Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA)

4:05 – 4:15

“Parametric Insurance — Supporting Sustainable Housing” 

·      Eric Shirey

Vice President, Marsh

4:15 – 4:20

Q&A

THEME 4: LIVE WORK PLAY

4:20 – 4:30

“Streamlining for Housing Projects and Its Connection to Regional Sustainability Strategies”

·      Trevor Macenski

Senior Principal – US West – Environmental & Urban Planning Practice Leader, Stantec

4:30 – 4:40

“Crystal Cove: A Sustainable Model for Parks as a Cornerstone of Livable Communities”

·      Kate Wheeler

President & CEO, Crystal Cove Conservancy

4:40 – 4:50

“Campus as a Sustainability Hub”

·      Jenny Kaufman

Sustainability Manager, Chapman University

4:50 – 5:00

Q&A

5:00 – 5:25



Innovators Showcase: 

·      Introduction: Juan Carrillo

Hub Director, RevHub


i. George Tortarolo, Chief Strategy Officer, Restore

ii. Ghazala Miftah, Founder & CEO, Dexign 3D

iii. Shahram Farhadi, Co-Founder, enSense AI

iv. Venus Jenkins, CEO, ChargeNet Stations

v. Kimberly Kovacs, CEO, Element6 Dynamics

vi. Gina Oliver, Co-Founder, From the Land

5:30 – 7:30

Spring Social

Speakers

JOHN PAUL JEWELL

Regional Sales Manager

ENGIE North America Inc.

Scott Kitcher Sustain SoCal

Scott Kitcher

President & CEO

Sustain Southern California

Joe Mosca

Joe Mosca

CEO

ORANGE COUNTY POWER AUTHORITY

Suzanne Gentilini Senior Manager, Business Development, ENGIE Services U.S.

SUZANNE GENTILINI

Senior Business Development Manager

ENGIE NORTH AMERICA INC.

Kate Wheeler

President & CEO

Crystal Cove Conservancy

Farrah Khan

Mayor

CITY OF IRVINE

Arlis-Reynolds

ARLIS REYNOLDS

City Council Member

CITY OF COSTA MESA

Scott-Long

Scott Long

Co-Founder & CEO/CTO

NILEBUILT, CORP.

Dustin McDonald

Business Development

Governor's office of business and economic development

AJ-Perkins,TechFlow

AJ PERKINS

Director, Strategy & Development

TECHFLOW, INC.

Christopher Lloyd

Head, Enterprise Architecture

BlueMarvel AI

Eric Shirey

Client Executive

Marsh

Trevor Macenski

Senior Principal, Environmental & Urban Planning Practice Leader

Stantec

Jenny-Kaufman

JENNY KAUFMAN

Sustainability Manager

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

Jose Trinidad Castaneda

City Council Member

City of Buena Park

PARS PARIKH

Corporate Sustainability & Innovation Manager

USGBC-LA

Kostas Alexandridis

GIS Analyst, Co-Chair

Digital Twin Consortium

Lindsey Stuvick

Sustainability Officer

Moulton Nigel Water District

Michael Valentine

President & CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

ENGIE North America

We’re an energy company with a focus on efficient, long-term, carbon-reducing solutions. We support customers through their renewable and low-carbon energy transition, while creating jobs, economic opportunities, and trusted customer and community partnerships along the way.

Silver Sponsor

Orange County Power Authority

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) is part of a growing movement in California that is providing millions of electricity users in local communities an important and critical choice to embrace a cleaner energy future. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, just like OCPA, enable local government control over how and where electricity is purchased.