Event Title:

FREE EVENT - Southern California Guild


Sponsored By:

Southern California Edison - Sustainable Communities Program

Event Date/Time:

Start: 3/28/2012 11:00:00 AM
End: 3/28/2012 1:30:00 PM


Isabelle Duvivier and Timothy A. Blair
Duvivier Architects - Architecture, Planning and Sustainable Design / Metropolitan Water District
Principal / Manager, Water Use Efficiency


Southern California Edison - Energy Education Center - Irwindale


Mar 20, 2012 2:00 PM
Mar 20, 2012 2:00 PM

Event Deadline:

03/20/2012 14:00

Event Notes:

Topic: The Role of Water Conservation for Energy Savings in Southern California Homes
Water-related electricity use accounts for nearly 20% of all of California's electricity consumption. Learn about the energy-water connection; the significance of conserving water in relation to energy savings from Timothy Blair,
Manager, Water Use Efficiency with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  Local architect, Isabelle Duvivier, will share case studies of water conservation techniques from her own award-winning portfolio of Southern California green homes as well as her designs for several regional organizations who are also working towards this common goal.
Tour (Optional):
Registered participants will be able to attend a self-guidedSmart Energy ExperienceTM Tour where John Morton, Program Manager with Southern California Edison, will be able to answer any questions.  The tour is designed to help you learn more about how Smart Grid technologies researched at Southern California Edison are creating a smarter, cleaner, reliable system for delivering energy to our customers.  Please allow 15-30 mins after Guild presentation.
Certified Green Building Professional CEU Value: 1.5 credits
11:00-11:15am Sign In
11:15-11:30am Networking Exercise
11:30am -12:30pm Topic Presentation
12:30-1:00pm Open Discussion
1:00 - 1:30pm Smart Energy Experience Tour
Registration:  Pre-registration on our website is encouraged and incentivized and is available until 2pm on Tuesday, March 20th. Lunch is available at no-cost.
Pre-Registered Prices: 
This Event is FREE and lunch is provided to participants who pre-register.
Door Price (Not Pre-Registered): 
This Event is FREE.  Participants registering at the door will not be guaranteed lunch availability.
Transportation Tips:   Parking lot is available for attendees.  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 and a notepad and pens for taking notes.
About the Guilds: Based on the success in the SF Bay Area, our guilds are now being offered as new programs in Southern California!  Hear from expert speakers on the latest green building issues and share your own experience with your peers.  Learn more!

Event Comments:

Attendance Policy:  Please forward to any interested colleagues!

Speaker Information:

Presentation #1:  Making Water Visible, Making Water Precious

Isabelle Duvivier is principal of Duvivier Architects - Architecture, Planning and Sustainable Design.

She looks to the natural world for efficient-design modeling.   Her firm creates buildings and environments that both mimic natural systems and use those systems to create poetry and learning environments.

Ms .Duvivier has twenty years of experience in the fields of architecture, urban design, California botany, mapping and education. The main component of this firm’s work is designing sustainable single-family homes, LEED certified and Energy Star, that include passive solar technology, water/material resource-efficiency and habitat creation.

Duvivier Architects has also published a series of environmental maps for the City of Santa Monica, such as the Santa Monica and Ballona Watershed Green Map and created all the illustrative GIS maps for the original LA County IRWMP.

Duvivier Architects has worked with the State Coastal Conservancy over the past 10 years doing urban design and ecological planning on projects such as the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Plan Phase 1, the Ballona Wetlands Restoration and the Los Angeles Harbor Waterfront Plan.

Isabelle Duvivier is licensed to practice architecture in the state of California, received her Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and teaches sustainable campus design and green building design at Otis College of Art and Design and UCLA.  Ms. Duvivier is LEED accredited.  She is the recipient of the 2004 Sustainable Leadership Award given by the City of Santa Monica and the recipient of 2002 Sustainable Quality Award given by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce for "Stewardship of the Built and Natural Environment and for Economic and Social Responsibility."

Presentation #2:  Water Conservation and Energy Savings
Tim Blair has worked in southern California’s water industry for over 22 years.  As Manager for Water Use Efficiency at the Metropolitan Water District, Tim develops policies and strategies to advance water conservation, water recycling, groundwater recovery, and seawater desalination.  In his prior roles with Metropolitan, Tim has managed Integrated Water Resources Planning, distribution system reliability planning, water storage and transfer program negotiations, and drought contingency planning.  Prior to joining Metropolitan, Tim was a staff economist for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power working on conservation-based water rates and drought response planning.  Tim is an elected member of the Board of Director for the California Urban Water Conservation Council, served as a member of the Governor’s Landscape Efficiency Taskforce, and is currently a member of the Urban Stakeholder Committee advising DWR on the implementation of 2009’s SBX7-7 also known as the 20 by 2020 legislation.  Tim is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego where he received a degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences.
Metropolitan Water District Mission Statement:
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.

Metropolitan currently delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.

Contact Name:

  Michelle Noriega

Contact Phone:

  (213) 213-1960 X. 119

Contact Fax:

  (213) 213-1972

Contact Email:



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