Date April 19, 2018
Location Scott's Walnut Creek (Garden Room)
Time 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Registration is now closed.


It is no secret that Millennials consider the environment as an important factor in making purchasing decisions.  Moreover, according to a recent sustainability study, 71% of consumers and 70% of executives want to know what companies are doing to become sustainable before buying those companies’ products and services.
This zeitgeist carries over to choices around workplace environment and housing.  Bay Area companies are currently evolving their workplace designs to attract and retain new talent, and a major part of these efforts focuses on sustainability.  Meanwhile, multi-family developers and owners are learning that tenants want green buildings. 
Join our panel as we take a nuanced look at the intersection of sustainability and commercial real estate, including office, industrial and multi-family.  Our experts will grapple with such questions as:

  • What is the business case for green building? 
  • Are there alternatives to LEED-certified that make sense in today’s marketplace?  If so, what?
  • What impact does “going green” have on the bottom line in terms of operational costs? 
  • How does being green affect valuation?
  • What are other non-monetary business factors that affect the decision to be green (e.g. meeting well-business standards that affect productivity of workers)
  • How important is sustainable building in terms of consumer demand for housing and office building? 
  • For smaller building owners, are there affordable ways to rehab existing buildings to become more energy efficient without committing to going totally green? 

WIN A TICKET TO THE ELEVATE GALA!  Members who attend the April lunch will be eligible to win a ticket to the tri-chapter April 25th Elevate event (admission is $120).  We will raffle off two tickets at lunch.


Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Raphael Sperry
Senior Consultant, Sustainability

Kristen Thall Peters
Cooper, White & Cooper LLP


Lisa Zuffi​
Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager
Presidio Bank

11:30am - Registration & Networking
12Noon - Lunch & Program

Scott’s Restaurant - Walnut Creek (Garden Room)
1333 No. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA

$55 Members
$75 Guests & Walk-ins

Meal Choices - Chicken Piccata or Pasta Primavera

RSVP by 4.17.18

PARKING:  Complimentary Valet Parking or Metered Street Parking

If you don’t currently have a headshot or would like to update the one you have, headshots will be available starting at 10:30am before the Thursday, April 19th luncheon at Scott’s Walnut Creek in the Contra Costa Room. The cost for the headshot is $65 -  cash, credit card and check are all accepted.