California Zero Net Energy and Carbon Planning

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


It is a “wild west” time as our buildings and society transition from reducing energy to eliminating our carbon footprint. What does this mean? Where is thought leadership heading? What are best practices? How can it be cost-effective and even profitable at small and large scales? This inspiring seminar brings together leaders from the CA Building Decarbonization Coalition and Rocky Mountain Institute, along with local experts.


  • How others are achieving “Zero Energy & Carbon Over Time” for their existing building portfolios. You can, too!
  • Electrify to decarbonize - what it means, why it is so important, and forecast for CA.
  • How reducing your energy and carbon footprints can improve your Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) score.
  • Carbon-Free Handbooks for Cities and Regions: Policies that are actionable and being implemented somewhere.


Beth Brummitt, Brummitt Energy Associations, CEM, CEA, LEED-AP?
Beth is a highly experienced professional and a regular presenter on topics focused on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) since 1998. Beth was the founding chair of?the San Diego Green Building Council and the founding co-chair of the San Diego Living Building?Challenge Collaborative.?Collaborating with SDG&E, she developed the first Zero Net Energy?Commercial Case Study in California; and she continues to assist many other clients to reach their?higher-performance and Zero Net Energy goals. 

Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Building Decarbonization Coalition is a multi-sector forum advocating and creating solutions for our pollution-intensive building stock. Previously, Panama was the European Director of the Investor Confidence Project, where he worked to unlock capital markets for energy-efficiency project development. Panama was the Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. He has served as deputy director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairwomen Douglas and Pfannenstiel. He has worked on climate solutions in over 30 countries, and presented at and collaborated on products from the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and the European Commission.

Matt Jungclaus, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Matt specializes in net-zero energy strategy, performance-based energy-efficiency contracts, and the federal energy space. His core competencies lie in building science (including energy auditing and modeling), mechanical engineering, and project management. Matt works on several initiatives at RMI that target aggressive energy-efficiency goals, including net-zero energy. Currently, Matt is working on an urban redevelopment project in Pittsburgh that cuts across RMI’s practice areas to deliver a comprehensive building, energy supply, and mobility solution to help achieve forward-leaning energy goals. He is also working with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on several collaborations focused on their National Deep Energy Retrofit program, which achieves deep energy savings using energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), and net-zero energy. Matt’s past work at RMI includes developing a net-zero energy strategy for the McDonald’s Corporation and delivering integrative design workshops for federal and private sector clients. For the past year, his team has been working to build a compelling business case for net-zero energy at the district scale.

Ravi Bajaj, WELL AP, LEED AP?O+M, BD+C, ID+C, BREEAM In-Use Licensed Assessor
Before starting with Healthy Buildings, Ravi’s professional experience as a green building consultant had an emphasis on education and training, including 6 years at San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) as the Education Manager. He is a WELL Accredited Professional and trained as a WELL and BREEAM Licensed Assessor. Ravi works with portfolios to integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of corporate structures and has a focus on building-related sustainability and health & wellness practices. Ravi is part of the Los Angeles EBEWE Master Speaker Series and holds a degree in Earth Science from UC San Diego. He is a LEED® Professional Accredited with specialties in Existing Buildings, Interiors and New Construction.

Additional Details

Learning Level: Intermediate

Check-in time: 8:30 am and continental breakfast will be provided.

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.