Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo

17th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo:
Innovative Cities Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

  • April 19, 2018 from 8am-4:30pm
  • SoCalGas Energy Resource Center: 9240 Firestone Blvd. Downey, CA
  • Download the MGBCE 2018 Schedule

Watch highlights from last year’s MGBCE

Education and Networking
Since its inception in 2001, MGBCE has become the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. Attended by over 550 persons annually, this conference and trade show provides cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. Over twenty exhibitors will display their sustainability solutions, and this year will include cleantech start-up companies that are finalists of the Sustainable Cities Tech Challenge. Topics range from Agriculture to Zero Net Energy and support cities to lead the way to a sustainable future.

Morning Keynote Speaker
Seleta J. Reynolds

Keynote Title:
Drones, Loops, and Robotaxis: A Sustainable City Roadmap to Our Hyper-Uber Future

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region.

Ms. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.


Afternoon Keynote Speakers
Gary Gero

Gary Gero was recently appointed to be the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the County of Los Angeles where his duties include creating a countywide sustainability plan that addresses regional environmental, economic, and social justice issues. Gary previously served for the past 9 years as the President of the Climate Action Reserve, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles and operating across North America. He now serves on its Board of Directors. Gary’s career includes nearly 20 years of work in local government, primarily in the City of Los Angeles where he served as Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Affairs Department and at LADWP where he oversaw energy efficiency, renewable energy, and distributed generation programs.

Scot Horst

Scot Horst serves as the CEO of Arc Skoru Inc., a technology company established to build Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform. Arc, available at, allows any project – whether a space, single building, community or an entire city – to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.

Previously, Horst was chief product officer for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where he has oversaw LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

Horst led the evolution of LEED through LEED 2009 and LEED v4. He guided the establishment of LEED as a single global system allowing projects to benchmark themselves anywhere in the world. He founded the LEED International Roundtable to guide this strategy, now comprised of 41 countries and responsible for LEED technical development around the world. This approach grew LEED’s presence in more than 162 countries and territories.

Horst spearheaded the performance version of LEED, which uses building data to provide feedback on actual building performance. The system scores the built environment, from homes to neighborhoods to cities and was introduced in 2013 as the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

Horst co-authored “An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building” and speaks widely on LEED and the transformative power of green buildings. He serves on multiple boards and has advised the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, Cradle to Cradle, and the World Economic Forum’s Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee.

Prior to joining USGBC, Horst was president of 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a nonprofit dedicated to the life cycle assessment of buildings. He created a carbon-offset program with the Climate Trust for cement and concrete companies that reduced Portland cement clinker in thousands of projects, mitigating more than five hundred thousand metric tons of carbon.

Horst holds dual bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and voice performance from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He previously sang opera professionally and maintains a furniture design studio.

Get Involved

  1. Submit an abstract to speak at the conference
  2. Volunteer on the Abstract Review and Selection Committee
  3. Volunteer on the Conference Planning Committee
  4. Be a judge for the Smart Cities Tech Genius Challenge
  5. Be a collaborating organization by sharing event info with your group
  6. Sign up to be an exhibitor or sponsor
  7. Attend and enjoy!


Sustainable Cities Tech Challenge
Connecting Cities to Tech Solutions

LACI and USGBC-LA have launched the Sustainable Cities Tech Challenge, a global startup competition in the green building industry in conjunction with the 17th annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) on the future of building technology, smart cities infrastructure, and efficiency solutions.

The three focus areas of this year’s Challenge and sub-categories are:

  • Smart Infrastructure – Connecting Buildings, IoT Devices, Demand Response, Energy Storage
  • Energy & Water Efficiency – Lighting, HVAC, Building Control Systems, Smart Irrigation, Plug Load Monitoring, Building Envelope
  • Waste – Textile Recycling, Food Waste, Waste to Energy, Waste Water Recycling

All finalists will receive exhibit space and inclusion in the conference at no cost, as well as the chance to win $15,000 as the overall Challenge winner, $3,000 per category winner, in-kind support from sponsors and partners, as well as the opportunity for membership to LACI’s business incubation program, access to the La Kretz Innovation Campus, and Advanced Prototyping Center.

Deadline for the application has been extended to March 26, 2018.
If you are a start-up in this space, APPLY HERE 


Abstract Review Committee

Jim Brain, Webcor Builders

Rodney Davis, SoCalGas

Jed Donaldson, Johnson Fain

Veronica Flores, RBB Architects

Kanika Sharma, Verdical Group

Glen Folland, VCA Green

Danny Gleiberman, SLOAN

Cris Liban, Metro LA

Amber Richane, City of Santa Monica

Teresa Fait, Abbott Construction

John Onderdonk, Caltech