Leading green design specialists discuss green building practices in China at Scaling Up: From Green Buildings to Green Cities in the US and China.
The US and China are rapidly becoming the global centers for green design promotion, development, and investment, and many other Asian countries are beginning to follow suit.
Dan Geiger is the Executive Director of US Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter.
Jeffrey D. Heller
Jeffrey D. Heller, FAIA, an architect member of the Board since November 2002, practicing architect for 37 years, and is the founder and president of Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco. He currently serves as president of the AIA San Francisco.
He also serves as an advisor and consultant to several San Francisco City planning and design projects including the San Francisco City Planning Department for Urban Design Guidelines. Heller earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is presently serving on the Board’s Executive Committee, Professional Qualifications Committee and IDP Implementation Task Force.
In addition to coordinating the CleanTech practice at Foundation Capital, Paul's primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100M in revenue. He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications (KANA), and Pure Software (RATL). Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Bella Pictures, CalStar Products, Serious Materials, Coverity, Chegg, Ketera, and Serious Materials. Prior to joining Foundation Capital, was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications. Paul went on to build a team of over 350 people, helping Kana become one of the top ten IPOs of 1999. Before Kana, Paul was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software, helping raise their market value from $2 million to over $1 billion in his five-year tenure there. Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BS from James Madison University.
Marc Porat is Chairman of Serious Materials, CalStar Cement, and ZETA Communities.
Dan Winey is Managing Principal, Asia Pacific Region for Gensler.
Winey has been Gensler's Northwest region managing principal since 1995, responsible for offices in San Francisco, San Jose, San Ramon, Seattle, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. He's been on the firm's board of directors since 2000, and on its management committee since 1998. Prior to joining Gensler, he was a managing principal at San Francisco's Whistler-Patri Architects.
Entrepreneur Marc Porat details the likelihood of an energy recession in China if steps are not taken to green the country's building practices. He says demand for energy will far exceed the available supply.