REBROADCAST: Best of Greenbuild Webcast -- Net Zero Water in Severe Drought: Santa Monica's City Hall

  • 07 Jul 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • At your desk via GoTo Webinar

Net Zero Water in Severe Drought: Santa Monica's City Hall

Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series

1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C
1 AIA LU/HSW Credit Hour 

This is a self-reporting series. You will receive a certificate of attendance yet you need to self-report your own continuing education credits to GBCI, AIA, etc.

Now is your chance to see some of the top-notch sessions that were recorded at 2015 Greenbuild!

Water awareness in Southern California has dramatically increased with prolonged and severe drought conditions, yet willingness to change behavior and invest in policy and infrastructural adaptations is weak. The problem is dire and visible, but solutions remain abstract. As a municipality, the City of Santa Monica has been a pioneer in the Los Angeles region, targeting a 2020 water independence goal.  With similar ambition, their recent premier building project, the City Services Building (CSB), a 50,000 square foot extension to the historic City Hall is designed to be net zero water in the conditions of the extreme regional drought of 3 inch annual rainfall. 

This rapid fire session will focus on Southern California’s water problems and solutions by featuring the CSB’s net zero water design and four regional forces that were required to make it a reality: the city, the health department, the systems designer, and the public advocates. 

The session will include a discussion of the protracted drought, existing policy obstacles, the detailed project water budget, and the concrete solutions necessary to make net zero water in drought prone areas achievable, including public behaviour change and government partnerships.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the issues being faced in Southern California by drought and how LEED water category addresses this water scarcity.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how to create a project water budget and the water efficient strategies that can be employed to meet this budget and the associated indoor and outdoor LEED water credits.
  • Participants will be able to debate how the City Services Building was orchestrated to meet net zero water design within budget and climatic constraints -- to achieve a LEED platinum target building.
  • Participants will be able to synthesize how public health and building codes present obstacles to NZW design and how these can be overcome through early and persistent collaboration.


  • Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, Los Angeles, California 
  • Joel Cesare, Sustainable Building Advisor at City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, California
  • Elizabeth Rhoades, Climate Change Coordinator at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Baldwin Park, California

      GoToWebinar Option: 

      Please RSVP online by 5:00 PM the day before the webcast. You will receive a separate email by midnight from GoToWebinarin addition to your confirmation email with the GoToWebinar login information. 


      • FREE -- USGBC North FL and all other USGBC Florida Chapter Members
      • $25 -- Non-USGBC North FL and Florida Chapter Members

      Please contact Eric Hickox, LEED AP BD+C with any questions BEFORE the webcast at  For technical questions or questions DURING the webcast, email or text Sarah Boren at or 904-535-0055.

      Sponsorship is available at $100/webcast or $500/series. Please contact Sarah Boren at if you are interested in sponsoring this event or whole series for the year. 

      USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, c/o Florida Atlantic University, College of Engineering and Computer Science,
      777 Glades Road, Room EE 329, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991, / 561-373-7367
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