Creating a NetPositive Site: Through a Collaborative "Charrette-based" Approach

  • 15 Nov 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

NEW DATE - November 15th

Creating a NetPositive Site: Through a Collaborative "Charrette-based" Approach

Sponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Learn to create Net Positive sites that drive the conversation toward regenerating the community and environment while improving the happiness and well-being of those who live and work there.

This session embraces a “learn to do by doing” approach, empowering participants with knowledge and assessment techniques to achieve sustainable, Net Positive goals. Through a series of interdisciplinary “charrettes” - collaborative group-based design sessions - you’ll create 3D models of a new eco-village development.  The goal is to create an inspirational project that serves as an example of a new way of living, working and building to support a vibrant community and the environment. 

Guided by experts from fields of engineering, design, and construction, this session strikes a balance between engaging discussion, hands-on creativity, assessment and analysis, and interactive fun.

Topics covered will include:

· Put systems thinking on display and in practice through the Integrated Design Process (IDP),

· Practice fast-paced, hands-on, interactive design charrettes that foster creativity and systems thinking design.

· Conduct quick site planning assessments for the Net Positive potential of a site in eight key focus areas: energy, water, waste, food production, materials, economics, functionality, and user experience.

· Identify conflicting and complimentary objectives between different focus areas in achieving overall net positive goals.

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).


Jeff Bishop, APS GENERAL CONTRACTORS, LEED GA, leads APS General Contractor’s Project Development team and oversees the company’s growth and client relationship management. A hands-on leader, he provides estimating, project management, marketing, business development, and organizational growth services for APS. Jeff has a Masters in International Management (MBA equivalent) from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). His goal is to apply ecological design solutions to impact positive change in the built environment, food systems, natural resource management, water/energy use, and human and environmental health. His work includes demonstrating cutting-edge renewable energy, composting, regenerative agriculture, habitat revitalization, and responsible resource management systems to diverse populations. 

Calina Ferraro, PRINCIPAL, RANDALL LAMB ASSOCIATES, PE, LEED AP, is a mechanical engineer and Principal at Randall Lamb, an MEP consulting firm based in San Diego. She leads mechanical and plumbing design teams in a number of industry sectors including healthcare, bio tech, higher education, hospitality, commercial, and civic buildings. Calina spearheads Randall Lamb’s sustainable design group with a strong focus on holistic, integrated solutions to minimize the energy & water use of building systems while maintaining safe, comfortable and beautiful spaces.

Jennifer Phelps, PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C, is a landscape architect with TFLA Landscape Architects. Jennifer’s primary goal is to develop innovative and practical design solutions that highlight the interconnection between natural and human systems.  Her work in site planning, landscape architecture, and creating healthy environments is grounded in the intersection between health and well-being and sustainable design. She specializes in optimal indoor environmental quality and water conservation measures.  Jennifer combines her broad design experiences to synthesize and harmonize the design process. She recognizes the true value of collaboration, using systems-thinking to integrate diverse perspectives into effective design solutions.


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