Electrification is Powered Up

Kasey Hegelin was Verdical Group’s Fall 2019 Marketing & Events Intern. Kasey is a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she studies Economics and Food Studies.

The movement to electrify our buildings is growing more rapidly than ever. Building electrification aims to eliminate the demand for fossil fuels in our buildings by replacing fossil-fuel-reliant equipment with equipment that uses electricity. In many areas, the energy supplied by the grid will soon be cleaner than the energy supplied by natural gas. And many cities and states are working toward a 100% renewable grid — once that is achieved, their buildings’ systems, like heating and hot water, will be powered by carbon-free, renewable energy. 

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JUST For All: The Social Justice + Transparency Label That’s Changing the Game

Recognizing the need for more social justice and equality in the workplace, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) launched its JUST labeling program in 2013. It was the start of a new age of transparency in business—one that has continued to grow in the intervening years as more business owners and employees see the cultural, wellness, and financial benefits of running an ethical organization. The second iteration, JUST 2.0, was launched in May 2019.

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8 Takeaways from the Net Zero Conference & Expo

The revolving digital signage on the LACC exterior of the conference during the Net Zero Conference. (Photo by Ling Luo)

At our 6th annual Net Zero Conference, hosted on October 2-4, 2019, we welcomed 100 exhibitors, 108 speakers, and 1,200 attendees from 8 countries and 38 states to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Keynotes from Ed Mazria (Founder & CEO, Architecture2030), Amanda Sturgeon (CEO, International Living Future Institute), and Terry Tamminen (Founder & President, Seventh Generation Advisors) provided powerful insights into green building, net zero design, and sustainability policy. Here’s what our team hopes attendees took away from the event:

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