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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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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Net Zero Water & Net Zero Power On a Utility Scale: An Interview with LADWP’s Nancy Sutley


Prior to our Net Zero Conference & Expo on October 2-4, 2019, we spoke with Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power about the utility’s forward-facing initiatives and goals for net zero.

Nancy is participating in our NZ19 “Utility Panel: Power Women!” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 3.

Register here to join her and other female leaders from California’s largest utilities as they speak about sustainability trends, resiliency, and exciting new initiatives.

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ZNE, Electrification, and You: An Interview with SCE’s Katie Sloan

Prior to our Net Zero Conference & Expo on October 2-4, 2019, we spoke with Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison (SCE)’s Director of eMobility and Transportation, about the future of the net zero movement and what it means for SCE.

Katie will be featured on our NZ19 “Utility Panel: Power Women!” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 3. Register here to join her and other female leaders from California’s largest utilities as they speak about sustainability trends, resiliency, and exciting new initiatives. Read more

Building Codes for a Net Zero Future

2020 will be a monumental year for the state of California — and no, we aren’t referring to the elections!

We’re talking about net zero energy buildings: buildings that produce as much onsite renewable energy as they consume, helping to reduce dependency on the grid and the “dirty” fossil fuels that power it.

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Building a Net Zero Future: Interview with LADWP’s David Jacot

An interview with David Jacot, P.E.
Director of Efficiency Solutions
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power 

What does “Net Zero for All” mean to LADWP?

At LADWP, we are committed to creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles in a manner that is fair and equitable, both economically and in terms of environmental impacts, for all of our customer sectors. As a water provider in a drought-prone area, we are equally committed to creating a sustainable water supply, expanding our local water resources, and reducing reliance on purchased water imported over long distances. Read more

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

Multiple ZNE Definitions: So Mysterious!

If you missed the Net Zero 2017: Energy + Water + Waste Conference on August 24th, 2017, you missed a day of thoughtful, solutions-based thinking and progressive case studies. Speakers presented on zero waste manufacturing, zero net energy facilities, and ZNE community development. The audience learned about successes, challenges, and lessons learned; if you did miss it, you can review the presentation slides here. Read more