Join us for this exclusive ESG Capacity Building virtual workshop brought to you by USGBC-LA!
About this event
Companies are continually under more pressure to better understand the environmental impacts of the work they do, especially in identifying their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions through Scope 1, Scope 2, and now Scope 3 emissions calculations. However, most small- to medium-sized businesses lack the capacity to provide this information to their customers, particularly the knowledge of how to set up the systems to track emissions contributions and how to report to their clients as part of their emissions reporting. USGBC-LA will deliver a workshop to help these businesses address the increasing regulatory demands for clean energy, climate action, sustainable supply chains, and EHS management. This will better position and prepare local businesses (commercial, industrial, and contractors) to not only understand their own emissions but to compete for contracts in a shifting marketplace that will require them to provide this information. Awareness of their emissions and the need to compete in reducing these emissions will drive down energy and materials use over time throughout the region.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) encompass a broad category of topics with wide implications for how companies and industries manage and disclose on these topics. Many teams grapple with the issues of when to start, where to start, what to prioritize, and how to justify the work involved. This workshop will prepare these businesses to answer these questions and provide them with the tools to do baseline assessments and report up the supply chain to their customers and agencies such as SoCal Gas. Participants will receive a certificate from USGBC-LA and USGBC-LA will track certificates for future reference.
- What are the potential Environmental Social and Governance regulatory, resource, and policy demands that could impact your business?
- Do all the components of Environmental, Social, and Governance matter equally? How do you measure success? How do you measure progress?
- What are Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions, what is the reporting structure for each, and what should we be prepared to provide to customers?
Meet the Presenters
Principal, Brightworks Sustainability
Throughout his career, Joshua Hatch has worked for solutions to some of the most pressing issues in sustainability: energy efficiency, climate change, and renewable energy. He has recognized expertise with technology companies and data centers – the technical facilities that power our digital world. His clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce, Apple, Equinix, Digital Realty, Fidelity, Bank of America, UCLA, NASA, Nike, City of Portland, and City of Seattle.
Through his service on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG), which informs the development of the LEED rating system, Joshua has contributed to concrete improvements for the entire green building industry. His advocacy for technology clients led to the publication of the LEED Building Design + Construction rating system for Data Centers, and he was a leading proponent and author of the latest LEED version 4.1 credits that link optimized energy performance with renewable energy procurement, providing improved recognition for companies committed to achieving 100% renewable energy.
Prior to Brightworks, Josh was a MAP Sustainability Fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research contributed to California’s greenhouse gas inventories and atmospheric pollution transport models.
Senior Project Manager – ESG / Sustainable Organizations at Brightworks Sustainability
Kirsten Menezes excels at supporting clients in connecting their corporate reporting needs to the performance of their operations and assets. She has substantial experience helping clients to determine their ESG reporting drivers and needs, as well as determining their material impacts and reporting strategies. Kirsten has additionally worked with clients to assist them in gathering and processing the data necessary to baseline the environmental impacts of their organizations, as well as operationalize and implement strategies to decrease those impacts over time. Kirsten excels at assisting clients in creating a full corporate strategy and roadmap to address the “E” within their ESG, as well as reporting in a way that resonates with the company and its stakeholders.
Kirsten works directly with various key sustainability team members throughout an organization, including leadership, marketing, finance, and operations teams to implement sustainable operational practices and policies. She helps move organizations towards their sustainability goals. Kirsten has additionally managed building certification programs and partnered closely with engineering teams to deliver ASHRAE Audits and served as Commissioning Coordinator to optimize asset performance.
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