Why Hosting a Virtual Event is a Good Idea (And How to Do It!)

During the time of COVID, face-to-face interactions have become limited. When your business purpose relies on bringing people together to share experiences, limiting interactions can cause quite the hurdle. For the past seven years, Verdical Events has brought people together through our annual Net Zero Conference. 2020 was looking to be a promising year for the growing event; however, with the pandemic, our team was forced to think outside the box. How could we still bring hundreds of people together, increase engagement, and meet our event’s primary goals? A virtual event!

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Net Zero Conference

Verdical’s annual Net Zero Conference & Expo, hosted virtually this year on September 15 + 16, is just two months away! We’re pleased to be bringing NZ20 to you, while still mimicking the energy you’ve come to expect from the in-person event.

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Sustainable Event Planning: Disrupting the Norm

Net Zero 2019 Zero Waste Company

Anna Yung is Verdical Group’s Marketing & Events Intern. She holds a BA in Economics and a Minor in Urban & Environmental Policy from Occidental College.

When Verdical Group was founded back in 2012, the firm’s primary focus was to provide green building consulting. As our team’s expanded and our collective knowledge and experience grew, we began hosting small events to share our expertise with clients and local sustainability professionals.

In 2014, Verdical Group’s Founder, Drew Shula, planned a small event to support industry, policymakers, and educators in the transition to a net zero future. The Verdical Group team was stunned when nearly two hundred showed up — it was clear that there was immense interest, and a lack of general knowledge, about this emerging trend. Today, many cities and states have mandates for net zero new construction and our Net Zero Conference is the world’s largest net zero building conference and expo with programming focusing on climate, carbon, energy, water, waste, and transit. 

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Nature’s Guide to Working From Home During the Pandemic

Photo: Arterra/Universal Images Group/ Getty Images.

Fireweed thrives in a forest among charred tree trunks after a wildfire in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada, in 2015. 

Cartoon Watanasirisuk is Verdical Group’s Sustainability & Business Development Intern. She is currently a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a double major in economics and biology & society.

Our daily lives have changed substantially in the time span of a few months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Having a decent home environment to quarantine in is a privilege, but that doesn’t mean staying indoors for an extended period of time isn’t a challenge for many of us. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Rebecca Ramsdale is a Project Manager at Verdical Group. She is a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor and LEED AP BD+C and serves as the USGBC-Long Beach Vice-Chair and a member of the LF-LA Steering Committee.

I’m not a fan of taking out the trash—and who is? It’s smelly, grungy, and wasteful. My disposal method includes a harmonized, squeamish routine of plugging my nose, lifting the dumpster lid with my pinky finger, and “throwing it away.”

“Away”… where is “away”…?

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COVID-19’s Unintended Silver Lining

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Anna Yung is Verdical Group’s Marketing & Events Intern. She holds a BA in Economics and a Minor in Urban & Environmental Policy from Occidental College.

When news that the coronavirus had landed in the US broke, I never imagined things would get this serious. I had been following reports of what was going on in China and Italy, but I think that, like a lot of people during the onset of this crisis, I failed to understand the severity. The coronavirus has left the world at a loss of how to proceed with normal life as it impacts families, small businesses, and local economies.

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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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Verdical Group’s Biggest Net Zero Conference Yet!

The time has come for Verdical Group’s 5th annual Net Zero Conference! Join our team, along with USGBC National, ILFI (International Living Future Institute), and other major players in the net zero realm for three days of workshops, tours, and sessions with the world’s foremost thought leaders. Read more

Green Building [event] Consultants?

As part of our natural evolution as a firm, we’ve been leading the charge to build connection within the green building industry.  Our passion and purpose have driven us to produce the nation’s largest net zero building conference for five years running and, while we never initially set out to be in the business of events, it has become a large part of what we do based on our corporate principles and, frankly, sheer demand.  Since 2014, the Net Zero Conferences have been our cathartic passion project towards connecting, educating, and inspiring an industry towards a purpose – to create a healthier, greener, cleaner built environment.  Maybe it’s because we’re a certified B Corporation that we feel compelled to do this – or maybe it’s why we’re a B Corp. Read more

SoCal Gas Talks Energy Efficiency & the Future of Natural Gas at Nation’s Largest ZNE Conference

With just two months until Verdical Group’s Net Zero 2017 Conference, we’re highlighting the participation of The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in this year’s 4th annual event. The conference will gather 600+ attendees and 45+ exhibitors in Los Angeles on August 24, 2017 at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility. Read our interview with SoCalGas below that highlights their work on energy efficiency and the future of natural gas as the primary provider of natural gas in the Southern California region.

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