Streetsblog L.A.: Streetsblog L.A. was a media sponsor of yesterday’s Future Build Los Angeles 2015 conference which showcased “trends, people and forces remaking the built environment.” The event was hosted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) L.A. in partnership with VerdeXchange.

CP&DR: Yesterday’s rendition, at the VerdeXchange “Green Marketmakers” Conference, featured former State Senate President Pro Tem and SB 375 author Darrel Steinberg as moderator, and Gail Goldberg of the Urban Land Institute, Lauren Faber of Environmental Defense Fund Jonathan Parfery of Climate Resolve, Tanya Peacock of the Southern California Gas Company, and Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council as panelists. 

E&E Publishing: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, speaking at the VerdeXchange 2015 conference here, rejected the premise of the panel she was on, dubbed "Natural Gas -- Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?" ARB is "fuel neutral," she said, when the agency looks at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The Golden State aims to shrink those to 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 percent below 1990's point by 2050.

E&E Publishing: "Water provides economic growth, quality of life, sustainability," Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, said this week at the VerdeXchange conference here. "We don't have an infinite amount of water, so we have to find ways to capture and reuse water.

VerdeXchange Headquarters: A press release detailing the eighth annual VerdeXchange Conference & Expo's speakers, sponsors, and program. 

Downtown Devil: "Doug Bruhnke, founder of VerdeXchange Arizona, brought the conference to Arizona after visiting its parent conference in Los Angeles... The two days will consist of 19 moderated sessions featuring speakers with knowledge in areas like health care, education, international trade, sustainability, energy, transportation, global engagement and urban planning."

Green Building and Design: "A smarter power transmission grid is central to America’s energy future. But according to NRG Energy’s Robyn Beavers, smarter might mean smaller, where microgrid networks of homes and businesses can supply energy to their neighbors. That sounds disruptive and chaotic—which is exactly what her R&D team thrives on."

Green Building and Design: "The founder of ABL Inc. and the VerdeXchange conference is essentially the Kevin Bacon, or the Lois Weisberg, of the green world. Here he discusses LA's growing public transit system and what's impressed him about the sustainability world."

TriplePundit: "America’s commercial buildings are on the cusp of being radically redesigned into Prius-like hybrid energy centers. These buildings will create value by guaranteeing lower energy bills, plus increased worker productivity, while also delivering climate-changing environmental impacts. Like hybrid electric cars, this is a global trend. The cost of enabling technologies is falling – driven by global economies of scale. "The recent ‘FutureBuild: Space Changers’ conference here reveals technology that can create 3D printed homes in 22 hours and several instant parks emerging in L.A."

Parti Quebecois: "L'adjoint parlementaire à la première ministre (volet électrification des transports), Daniel Breton, a participé à la 7e édition de la Conférence VerdeXchange qui se tenait à Los Angeles, du 26 au 28 janvier. Cet évènement majeur destiné à la promotion des technologies et de l'économie vertes est une tribune privilégiée pour faire connaître l'expertise québécoise ainsi que pour renforcer les relations entre le Québec et les joueurs majeurs de l'industrie."

StreetsBlogLA: "'Los Angeles had a sustainable past, going all the way back to the original adobe structures that started the city,' [Mayor Eric Garcetti] said to the 375 people in the audience. 'We paved that over. We need to get back to our roots by, for example, turning our faces towards the river instead of turning our backs on it.' The mayor was just one of roughly 80 speakers at the two-day conference, which started Monday morning." 

GreenTechMedia: "The much-heralded death spiral of U.S. utilities is 'last year’s hype,' according to California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. It was propagated, he said, by members of the Edison Electric Institute, a utility lobbying group, out of a concern that rooftop solar supported by net energy metering would disrupt utilities’ longstanding business model. That’s not going to happen, Peevey told an audience at VerdeXchange 2014, the seventh annual Los Angeles gathering of California’s greentech community.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, UC President Janet Napolitano, CPUC President Michael Peevey, and CARB Chair Mary Nichols joined 600 global, national, and state renewable energy and finance entrepreneurs, water and transportation leaders, utility regulators and environmental stewards at the VerdeXchange Green Marketmakers Conference January 27-28 in Los Angeles.

California and global trendsetters met under one roof to forecast energy, water and transport policy and investment, share what is driving markets, and pave the way for future marketplace collaborations.

GreenTechMedia: "State policymakers are considering the extraordinary economic opportunity in shale oil and gas. That's the first of California’s emerging trends, a discussion of how to exploit the potential bonanza in its Monterey shale, estimated to constitute 63 percent of all U.S. shale oil reserves, without sacrificing environmental standards. State leaders are also considering how the development of fossil resources will impact the state’s ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.

Policy in Motion: "Yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti address the 2014 VerdeXchange – a green energy conference packed with leaders in sustainability from across the globe, not to mention a few of California’s own like CARB Chairman Mary Nichols, University of California President Janet Napolitano, Former Chief of Staff to Gov. Schwarzenegger Susan Kennedy, ITS-Davis Director Dan Sperling, Senior Advisor to Gov. Brown for Renewable Energy Michael Picker, and hundreds of others I had the pleasure of speaking alongside."

Paul Redvers Brown Inc: "This year, I was lucky enough to be invited again to speak at the VerdeXchange Conference in Los Angeles. The panel I participated on was moderated by our former State Treasurer, Kathleen Brown, and included friends and colleagues Adel Hagekhalil (Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation) and Jack Baylis (Commissioner, CA Fish and Game Commission). Entitled 'Financing Water, Energy and Resilient Infrastructure Projects,' I had three points to make..." 

The Planning Report: "The City of Lancaster aims to become the first net-zero city in the world, and took strides toward that goal by mandating solar energy for every new single-family home constructed in the municipality at the start of this year. R. Rex Parris, the Mayor of Lancaster, described his vision to The Planning Report: that the city will serve as an example others follow, so that the nation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help prevent the worst potential outcomes of climate change.

Examiner: "Exciting news for Los Angeles, as Mayor Eric Garcetti makes it clear he’s a man of action, not just words, when it comes to supporting sustainability innovation and initiatives in Southern California.

Which Way, L.A.?: "Five years after the President's initiative for large-scale solar plants, just three are in operation. The big money is now behind installations on individual buildings, including private homes. We hear about the changing dynamics of renewable energy."