USGBC-LA's Thought Leadership Series: Reducing California's Fire Risk

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm 7:00 pm
Location: Remo: Virtual and Interactive Platform



USGBC-LA Thought Leadership Series:  

Reducing California's Fire Risk 

June 17, 2021

4pm-7pm PST (Virtual Tours begin at 2:15pm!)

A Virtual and Interactive Event Via the Remo Platform

(link sent upon completion of registration)


This is a complimentary event brought to you by USGBC-LA and our event sponsors!


USGBC-LA is hosting this event to bring together the sustainability, green building, and fire prevention communities to jointly address wildfire resilience across California. The event will begin with virtual tours and expert interviews provided by local green building chapters in Northern and Southern California, lead to multiple keynotes from community leaders, feature panels from industry experts addressing the issues from a community and building level, and then conclude with networking and meeting space for fire safe councils throughout the state. The mini-conference aims to convene fire scientists, firefighters and fire safe councils, forest management professionals, cultural burning and environmental advocates, and more.




4:00 - 5:00 pm

Leaders of Wildfire Defense: Keynotes and Power Panel

Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Keynote, Panel, Keynote

Hear from state leaders on how we can help support efforts to increase fire resilience in CA and learn how developing policy and regulations are likely to impact homeowners and those in the building professions.


Speakers: CA Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara; Senator Anthony Portantino; Senator Henry Stern; Assemblymember Jim Wood; and Deputy Secretary, CA Natural Resources Agency, Jessica Morse



5:10 - 6:00 pm

Panel I: Responsible Urban Planning - Reducing fire risk through informed and effective community development

California’s fire-related losses are so profound, insurers are beginning to refuse coverage to full communities. The urban planning and development decisions we make now can place more property and people in harm’s way or reduce California's fire risk.


Featuring: Rick Halsey, Chaparral Institute; Ilkay Altintas, San Diego Supercomputer Center; David Shew, Wildfire Defense Networks; Reema Shakra, Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Moderated by: James Carlson, City of Sierra Madre



6:00 - 6:50 pm

Panel II: Resilient Building Design and Maintenance - Reducing fire risk through smart home hardening and landscape practices

More than 4.5 million homes sit inside California’s wildlife urban interface (WUI), more than in any other state. This presents distinctive dangers for the state, as homes and other built-structures are the greatest fire dangers in these areas. Join leading architects and builders already addressing the market for less vulnerable homes and landscapes


Featuring: Amy Sims, Plant Prefab; Clark Stevens, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM);  Ron Durbin, Forestry LA County FD; John Lavender, Lennar Homes; Mackenzie Hill, Arup

Moderated by: Marc Los Huertos, Board Member, California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection




2:15 - 3:45 pm

Series of Virtual Tours

Learn practical techniques for fire-hardening your home and property through virtual tours of fire-prepared properties, hosted by leading construction and landscaping experts.

(Links will be available after event as well; will follow in a post-event email to registrants)


2:20PM  Led by: Theodore Payne Foundation
2:40PM  Led by: Plant Prefab
2:50PM  Led by: The Resource Conservation District of The Santa Monica Mountains
3:10PM  Led by: The Chaparral Institute 
Led by: FormLA Landscaping


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