The 18th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo features 28 Sessions and 4 Keynote Speakers

2019 Theme: Climate Change Solutions in the New Abnormal. MGBCE Registration is Open.

LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2019 – In just over a week, the 18th Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) will gather those who put into action, and those who are curious about, the plans to deal with the day’s theme, “Climate Change Solutions in the New Abnormal” and the special focus of Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience. Twenty-eight interactive sessions and panels, along with premier keynotes, will deliver a full day of visioning how to manage our ever-changing circumstances. Hosted annually by the U.S. Green Building-Los Angeles Chapter(USGBC-LA) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the April 18th event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the SoCalGas’ Energy Resource Center (ERC) located at 9240 Firestone Boulevard in Downey.  Registration is open. To see the just released Schedule, please click HERE or on the image below.

MGBCE serves as the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. The conference draws 500+ attendees annually from 88 Southern California-area municipalities, all of whom are striving to integrate sustainability into municipal action. “At USGBC-LA, we are working hard to identify actionable climate change solutions on a local level because the built environment needs to be a bigger part of the conversation as we move forward,” states USGBC-LA Executive Director Ben Stapleton. “This year’s MGBCE is showcasing real solutions for the buildings of today, the technologies for the buildings of the future, and the strategies behind policy to lead the way.”

MGBCE’s programming addresses solutions at the building, city and regional scale for city administrators as they seek innovative, tangible ways to create an inclusive path forward. Session highlights include:

  • Green Certified Janitors at the Front Line of Sustainability
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management
  • Alternative Water Sources: Planning for Too Much Water
  • A Climate Change Survival Plan: Future Proofing Neighborhood Development
  • Building as a Conscious Act: Finding Opportunity in Health, Resiliency and Community
  • Transforming Landscapes in Southern California: Water and Energy Efficiency You Can See
  • Zero Waste Buildings
  • Panels addressing:
    • A Shared Vision for the Future of Our County: Uplifting Equity in the Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan
    • Triple Net Zero Operation
    • Savings By Design Dialogue – Between LADWP and SoCalGas with Four Architects

The Main Hall speakers will offer large overall perspectives throughout the day.  Attendees will hear from four keynote speakers. Dr. Charles (Chuck) Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado-Boulder and lead author of the new edition of the book Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems, will launch the day with “The Race to Zero Carbon and the Critical Role of Buildings.” Christine Harada, former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama administration, and now President of i(x) investments, will offer a brief talk on the role of technology and innovation in the built environment. And late afternoon, national author and speaker Eric Corey Freed will share why “Banging Your Head Against the Wall Burns 150 Calories, But There are Better Options.” Freed is currently Sustainability Disruptor at Morrison Hershfield, is an award-winning Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, and lead the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings.

Lunchtime programming will include a power panel titled “Local Climate Solutions: The Journey from Mitigation to Adaptation.” Moderated by Ben Stapleton, recently-appointed USGBC-LA Executive Director, the panel will feature Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles; Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E., Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, LA Metro; Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Oxnard; Gleam Davis, Mayor, City of Santa Monica; and Tamara Wallace, Sustainability Programs Manager, CA State University, Office of the Chancellor.

The fourth keynote speaker will be SoCalGas’ new Vice President of Customer Solutions Jeff Walker, who is responsible for programs, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs. He will discuss the role of a decarbonized gas system in achieving carbon neutrality. “As California works to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, we need solutions that focus on the real goal—reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors,” states Walker. “That’s why SoCalGas has committed to including 20 percent renewable natural gas in our pipeline system by 2030.”

The conference attracts a wide variety of building industry disciplines, including municipalities, utilities, public agencies, architects, engineers, building owners, contractors, non-profits, and manufacturers. All of these groups are working together to create connected cities that succeed in the three E’s: Economic, Environmental, and Equity solutions.

MGBCE sponsors include SoCalGas (Gold); Southern California Edison (Silver); LADWP (Bronze); and FormLA Landscaping, P2S Inc., and Zero Waste Company (all MGBCE Champions).

For MGBCE schedule and general information, please visit or contact Fernanda Zuin at For Sponsorship & Exhibitor information, please contact Ben Stapleton at


About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles 

USGBC-LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation. Our mission promotes sustainability in LA County’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking. (

About SoCalGas 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram(@SoCalGas) and Facebook. 


About Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE)

Since its inception in 2001, MGBCE has become the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. Hosted by SoCalGas at the ERC building in Downey, this annual Spring conference and trade show attracts over 600 annual attendees, providing cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. (