Event Title:

San Francisco Guild


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Event Date/Time:

Start: 6/20/2012 5:30:00 PM
End: 6/20/2012 7:30:00 PM


Michael Cook
Firma Design Group
Vice President, Planning & Landscaping Architecture


San Francisco Department of the Environment


Jun 20, 2012 2:00 PM
Jun 20, 2012 2:00 PM

Event Deadline:

06/20/2012 14:00

Event Notes:

Topic:  Best Landscape Practices to Achieve GPR (Native & Drought Tolerant Landscapes)
Using the multitude of programs and guidelines, such as the Green Point Rating system and Bay Friendly Landscape Guidelines, Michael Cook of Firma Design Group and Mark Moritz, Architect will be talking about these systems and how they tie into sustainable landscaping.  Some of the topics will include: using plants that are appropriate for the specific region, function turf installation, high efficiency irrigation, and much more.
Presentation Team: Mark Moritz - Mark A. Moritz & Associates
Certified Green Building Professional CEU Value: 1.5 credits
5:30-5:45 Sign In
5:45-6:00 NetworkingExercise
6:00-7:00 Topic Presentation
7:00-7:30 Open Discussion
Registration:  Pre-registration on our website is encouraged and incentivized and is available until 2pm on Wednesday, June 20th.  When preregistering online, folks can pay by credit card or choose to pay at the door with check or credit card.  
Pre-Registered Prices: 
$10 /Members
$15 /Non-Members  
Door Price (Not Pre-Registered): 
$15 /Members and Non-Members 
Transportation Tips:  
  • Parking:  Metered parking is available on city streets and the Civic Center Parking Garage is one block away.
  • BART accessible:  Civic Center station
Build It Green encourages carpooling to our events and we recommend posting comments in the section below to make arrangements with other attendees.
Things To Bring:  Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for networking purposes.    
About the Guilds: Hear from expert speakers on the latest green building issues and share your own experience with your peers. Meetings take place monthly in the South Bay, East Bay, North Bay, and San Francisco.  Learn more!

Event Comments:

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds will be given for cancellations or no-shows due to our limited venue capacity. Registered attendees can transfer their credit to another colleague (i.e. go in their place) for the same Guild Meeting - not for another Guild Meeting.

Speaker Information:

Mike created Firma Design Group with partners Marty Goldsbrough and Michael Tarnoff in early 2011. For the eleven years prior to Firma Design Group, Mike owned his own firm and worked for two different landscape architecture firms in the North Bay as a Project Manager and Senior Landscape Architect.
Mike recently became a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) that enables him to not only design highly-efficient landscape and irrigations systems, but also allows Mike to audit the systems (his design or not – per California Building Code) to ensure that the installation has been installed correctly and that the equipment and layout is the most efficient (this certification is completed through the Irrigation Association). Mike was appointed to the City of Santa Rosa Design Review Board in January, 2011.
Mike attended California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, California for his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (2001).  As a landscape architect, Mike has worked on most every type of project throughout California and takes pride in knowing that he is qualified to work with any owner in California, whether it be a private homeowner or a large municipality.
Mike enjoys playing golf when he’s not working, has two young daughters and lives in Santa Rosa with his family.
He volunteers his time in many different ways and believes in making Santa Rosa/Petaluma and the North Bay an attractive place for doing business.
Email: mike@firmadesigngroup.com     Phone: 707-792-1800 office

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  Karen Beck

Contact Phone:

  510-590-3360 x116

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