The Committee serves as a liaison between USGBC and local municipalities within Los Angeles County and the greater Chapter area, as well as with the regional agencies, the State of California and the Federal government as may pertain to matters of local concern and our Chapter mission. The Committee assists local municipalities, county governments, and other agencies in the development of sustainable strategies and green building policies and programs, and serves as a green building resource and outreach conduit, ultimately resulting in changes to public policy, practices, and building codes.
City of Santa Monica
Sustainable Building Advisor
As Sustainable Building Advisor for the City of Santa Monica’s internationally recognized Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Joel Cesare implements programs and policies that contribute to the City’s long-term goals related to energy, water and climate. He was recently acknowledged by USGBC-LA with a First in the World Award for his work spearheading the world’s first zero-net energy building code.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Senior City Policy Expert
Hilary Firestone recently joined the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Senior City Policy Expert on the City Energy Project team. Prior to beginning her work at NRDC, Hilary worked in Los Angeles for Mayor Garcetti and in New York for Mayor Bloomberg developing comprehensive legislation to reduce energy and water consumption in existing buildings.