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David R. Blanke
David R. Blanke
Principal, Energy Efficiency & Environmental Design Programs, Left Coast Solutions

David R. Blanke has over twenty years experience in energy efficiency in the areas of program planning, development, analysis, and implementation. He developed and managed the new construction energy efficiency programs for Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. An energy industry expert, he has a background in architecture, engineering, energy efficiency, sustainable design and green building practices and programs. Mr. Blanke is currently a principal of his own sustainable design consultancy where he focuses on the integration of sustainable design, green building practices, and energy efficiency in new and existing construction. In addition, he is the southern California Division Director for Build It Green.

Elaine Hebert
Elaine Hebert
Retired, California Energy Commission President, Northern California Solar Energy Association

Ms. Hebert oversaw research in the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, including projects on zero energy single and multi-family homes and sustainable communities. Previously, she worked as the Commission's liaison to the Green Building Initiative and spent 7 years in development and support of California’s Title 24 building codes for energy efficiency. Ms. Hebert volunteers as a director of the Northern California Solar Energy Association, a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and served as its president for over five years. In 2007, she was named an ASES fellow and in 2005 ASES selected her for its Rebecca Vories Award for exemplary volunteer efforts promoting solar.

Jeff Stevens
Jeff Stevens
Director of Planning, Danielian Associates

Mr. Stevens’ interest in sustainable design ranges from the site to the community scale. He designed the rainwater collection system for the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and authored the Green Development Program for Centennial, which at 23,000 homes is the largest development project proposed in Los Angeles County history. Mr. Stevens serves on the Corresponding Committee for the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED-ND program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Developments). He is a LEED Accredited Professional and belongs to The American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Planning Association.

Mark Grey, Ph.D.
Mark Grey
Director of Environmental Affairs, Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC)

Dr. Grey is Director of Environmental Affairs for BIA/SC and Technical Director for California’s Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality. Previously, Dr. Grey operated his own consulting firm and served as Director of Technical Services for the nation’s largest publicly traded company involved in organic waste recycling. Dr. Grey has more than 20 years of experience working in the Pacific Northwest and California on environmental science and policy issues, and he is skilled at navigating California’s current complex regulatory landscape. He has directed multiple integrated studies to examine land use and development practices. Dr. Grey is a certified professional soil scientist and a member of the Soil Science Society of America.

Paul McDougall