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Q2: Real Estate

June 21, 2006

According to a United Nations working group on Climate Change, 54% of global carbon dioxide emissions are caused by commercial and residential buildings along with the transportation to travel between them.

How can an individual concerned with climate change and energy conservation have their values reflected in their real estate investment decisions? Foreseeing this trend as a growth opportunity, how can one position to profit? Does developing or investing in green real estate mean a higher bottom line or lower return on investment?

Please join us along with our guest speakers to explore these questions and others involving the direction of San Diego County in these areas.

Steven Kapp, San Diego Reigonal Energy Office

Stephen Kapp is the Technology Resources Manager at San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO). Steve handles matters relating to energy management, conservation, energy efficiency design, green building design, self-generation projects, and previously ran SDREO's San Diego Energy Resource Center Program and Green Building Program.

With over 19 years experience, Steve has performed over 100 energy audits and over 200 energy design reviews and feasibility studies. He also invented and brought to market a building products database program entitled FenSpec(tm). A regular contributor to SDREO's Energy Connection e-newsletter, he was editor and publisher of a national award-winning energy newsletter, managing editor of a statewide energy association newsletter and was published in "Architectural Specifier" magazine.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University where he completed an Emphasis Program in Energy Resource Management and Solar Architectural Design. He is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), a Certified Demand Side Manager (C.D.S.M.) through the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental DesignT Accredited Professional (L.E.E.D.-A.P.) through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Charles Angyal, FAIA, US Green Building Council

Charles Angyal, formerly chief architect for San Diego Gas & Electric new construction energy efficiency programs, has directed energy efficiency programs for over twelve years. He has over 25 years experience in the architecture profession and is a founding board member and current director of the U.S. Green Building Council. Angyal is a strong supporter of integrative design, optimizing technologies, and development of high performance building delivery.

As a licensed architect in the state of California, Angyal has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society, Association of Energy Engineers, Construction specification Institute, and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Tom Blair, Environmental Services Director for the City of San Diego

Tom Blair is Energy Administrator and Deputy Environmental Services Director for the City of San Diego. Tom manages City utility expenditures of $38 million to serve 1400 facilities. The City has a very active "Green Construction" program and is listed as number 13 on the EPA's top 25 Green Power Purchasers nationwide. The City currently produces 25% of its municipal power usage through renewable fueled systems.

Tom is a Navy Commander (Retired) with proven experience in Marine Mechanical Engineering and Operations. He is a "Certified Energy Manager" and was the first recipient of the Special Individual Recognition Award in the San Diego Excellence in Energy Awards (SANDEE) in 2004. Tom was also selected as "Energy Engineer of the Year" by Region 5 of the Association of Energy Engineers in 2005. Most recently, the Public Technologies Incorporated (PTI) organization selected Tom for the 2005/2006 Technology Leadership Award for Large Local Governments with populations over 700,000.