ESG Professional Series – Session 1: ESG Foundations

September 19, 2022

9:00 am


ESG Professional Series – Session 1: ESG Foundations

Join USGBC-LA for the first session of our ESG Professional 6-part series where we start high and dive deep into all things ESG!


About this event

Take part in USGBC-LA’s newly launched ESG training in partnership with the Los Angeles Sustainability Executives Roundtable (LASER). This series provide the practical knowledge needed for today’s professionals to integrate ESG into their day-to-day work effectively.


Foundational ESG Curriculum Series

This 6 part series training is intended to support those developing ESG strategies and impactful initiatives. Session 1 is the first of our 6-part series that will run bi-weekly for 12 weeks. The series is lead by ESG Specialists Sara Hickman and George Lu, representing both the building and B2B sectors from an ownership perspective and also includes special guest appearances. All sessions are 90 minutes in duration with room for discussion.


Session 1: ESG Foundations

The foundation’s segment sets the stage for anyone working in and around the ESG space. This session will focus on ESG-specific terminology and global initiatives including but not limited to:

  • Decarbonization
  • Climate risk
  • Human capital
  • Governance
  • Accountability
  • DEI+A

All participants will gain access to the training slide deck 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop.



Meet the Presenters


Sara Hickman, ESG Director, Leading Edge

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Sara leads the team’s business strategy, operations, new construction consulting arm and ESG strategic services. With a background in architectural design and sustainability in existing assets, she speaks both languages, supporting a holistic, full scope approach. She is passionate about ESG education, leading the team internally to fully integrated strategies through a real-world applications, making the necessary connection between corporate initiatives and asset level impact.

Sara holds a Degree in Architecture and proudly serves on the USGBC-Los Angeles Chapter’s Board of Directors.

George Lu, Associate Director, ESG Technical Services, ADEC ESG
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George manages ADEC ESG Solutions’ technical teams, bringing together experts from around the world to guide our clients through their ESG journey to help them operate more sustainably. With more than 17 years of experience working with clients on air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG), environmental planning, and corporate ESG strategy development, George works with clients across all industries and sizes on data management improvements, ESG reporting, and corporate sustainability strategy.


Additional Guest Speakers May Include:

  • Jenny Whitson, Director, Sustainability & ESG, IQHQ
  • Dominique Hargreaves,Director, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, American Realty Advisors
  • Holly Hill,Sustainability & ESG Lead, Zoom Video Communications
  • Sara De lL Riva, Property Manager, Rubicon Point Partners


Important Package Details

Participants are welcome to purchase individual sessions or the full 6-session package here. Please be advised, the 6-session package is only available for purchase now through 9/12/22 at 9:00 am. Participants who purchase the full 6-session package is eligible to purchase the comprehensive ESG toolkit with over 100 pages of trends, best practices, key resources, partners, and even specific prompts and specific examples and templates to help get your team moving. Single session purchases are not eligible to purchase the ESG Toolkit.

Immediately following the completion of session 1 on 9/12/22, those who purchase the 6-session package will receive individual calendar invites from, with the Zoom links and login details for the remaining sessions 2 – 6. Those who also purchase the ESG Toolkit will receive the PDF copy to download via email on 9/12/22 at 10:30 am.

Discount pricing for all tickets and ESG Toolkit is available for verified USGBC-LA Members (25%) and students (50%). Please email to receive your discount code prior to the purchase of your ticket.


For more details on the full 6-part series click here to see the ESG Professional Brochure.

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