LEED for Restaurants & Retail Spaces

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


While the LEED Standards were initially geared toward commercial office buildings, LEED has since expanded into many different market sectors including restaurants and retail.  Restaurant and retail spaces have a number of unique considerations, including occupancy demands, waste streams, and energy and water use, that warrant a more niche and specific LEED offering.  Nearly 100 national and independent retailers and franchisees, including Chipotle, McDonald’s, Pizza Fusion & Starbucks have achieved LEED Certification for their retail spaces, providing valuable feedback to inform the rating systems’ development.

This workshop is designed for professionals who want to gain a practical understanding of LEED and how it can be successfully applied to restaurant and retail spaces.  As part of the workshop, participants will work through several project examples and case studies from LEED projects while developing useful tools and strategies that can be applied to their unique spaces, organizations and projects.


  • Learn how to LEED for restaurants and retail addresses energy, water, waste, materials and human health
  • Develop a preliminary LEED Scorecard for sample retail and/or restaurant projects
  • Review case studies of projects that have successfully implemented LEED for restaurants and retail space
  • Highlight LEED-related strategies.


As the founder of GreenStep, Alex Spilger has consulted on over 100 diverse green building projects with high profile clients such as Google, Salesforce, Skype, Adobe and the Wharton School of Business. Alex has taught over 300 green building workshops across the globe through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to name a few. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley, where he teaches a 6-week Green Building Project Management course. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM. He is considered faculty for numerous organizations and holds additional certifications as a Certified Green Building Professional, a Continuing Education Provider and HERS Rater. Alex holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.

Additional Details

​Check-In: 8:30 a.m., with breakfast and lunch provided

Learning Level:  Beginner

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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.