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Christian Fellowship Center (Friday night) 
First Presbyterian Church
21 E. Constance St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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2014 USGBC Pacific Region Leadership Summit 


The 2014 Pacific Region Leadership Summit will be held in Santa Barbara, on the campus of Westmont College, at the beautiful LEED Gold certified Winter Hall. Westmont College is an undergraduate liberal arts college, located on over 100 acres of rolling woodland in Montecito, just outside of Santa Barbara, California.

Leaders from ten Pacific Region Chapters are invited to attend, joined by USGBC National staff, for a day bursting with education, collaboration and inspiration. The topics include advocacy, education, leadership development, strategic partnering, membership, emerging professionals and chapter imaging.


Traditional activities that Chapters have counted on for years are losing industry appetite – whether it is our membership model, educational offerings, corporate sponsorship, or community engagement.  Many PRC Chapters have found success in creating new business models and engagement strategies.  In this years’ summit we will come together to discuss best practices AND create the framework for implementation plans which will direct a regional (yet chapter-strength-specific) approach diversifying revenue streams, while making a positive impact on the communities we influence.  Rather than traditional updates, we ask that speakers provide their vision, interpretation, and advice for strengthening our organization. We will learn the key vision updates froM USGBC National that support our Chapter Missions, hear from our peer Chapter staff and leaders that have created successful programs, and plan for the year ahead by using the collective resources from the region. 

The summit launches on Friday evening at 6-9pm, and continues for the full day Saturday 8am-5pm.

Sunday is optional, with fun events planned to explore and enjoy.


Vincent Stanley 

Friday evening - Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with the company on and off since its start in 1973. As Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller, Vincent has helped develop its Responsible Economy campaign; the Footprint Chronicles company’sinteractive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He recently concluded an 18-month stint as the company’s acting vice president of marketing and communications. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He lives with his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, in Santa Barbara. 

Vincent Stanley is one of Patagonia's original employees and co-wrote, along with Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard, the book "The Responsible Company."  Here is a snippet of an interview from last fall: http://cbeyale.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/dont-buy-this-jacket-really-responsible-consumerism-qa-with-patagonias-vincent-stanley/ 

Kevin Hydes 

Saturday: Kevin Hydes, CEO & Founder, Integral Group With over 30 years of experience as an engineer, Kevin Hydes has spent the past 15 years focusing on green design and advancing its cause. Kevin is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable design and implementation. Over the past decade, he has gained a reputation as an innovator, pioneer, and green business leader, creating transformative strategies for the building industry. Kevin believes that every building can be green and should be greener, combining innovation with replication to deliver high value solutions.

Kevin served as the Chair of the USGBC from 2005-2006, was a Founder and Director of Canada Green Building Council, former Chair of the World Green Building Council, and a Co-Founder of the USGBC NCC, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Kevin is also an Honorary Member of both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.




Doug Widener, Director of Community Advancement

Doug Widener is the Director of Community Advancement at the U.S. Green Building Council. He manages USGBC’s Community Advancement Department that is responsible for supporting USGBC’s 77 chapters across the U.S. including training, governance, volunteer engagement and collaborative initiatives between chapters. Also Doug oversees USGBC’s grants program and the Emerging Professionals program. 

Ryan Snow, Community Developer

Leveraging the power of a network of 77 chapters and thousands of dedicated volunteers, Ryan and the Community Advancement team are developing new, exciting opportunities to inspire and engage diverse communities of people to revision their buildings and communities. Currently he is working with community development, service and faith-based organizations with the goal of transforming communities and people's lives for a better future.


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Friday evening we will meet at the Christian Fellowship Center at the First Presbyterian Church, walking distance from the Lemon Tree Inn.  After the event, attendees may join at a local pub for social time.  The meeting place for this will be announced at the reception. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Christian Fellowship Center, First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Lunch will be brought in, so please specify your food preference on the registration form.  Carpooling will be coordinated from the hotel to Winter Hall.  Please provide your mobile phone to receive information regarding carpooling the weekend of the summit - whether you need a ride or can offer a ride.


One of four LEED buildings on campus, Winter Hall is an ideal location and a striking example of sustainable design. The building hosts a day lit atrium, green roof, a large meeting room that seats 100, and multiple classrooms adjacent for break out sessions. Campus map.


Westmont Hall, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 Campus map


A few casual and relaxing outdoor activities will be planned. More information will be provided. 


The Lemon Tree Inn is a full-service hotel located at the center of paradise, Santa Barbara California. The hotel has 96 guest rooms, a magnificent tropical courtyard with heated swimming pool and hydro-spa.

Home to the world famous Crocodile Restaurant and bar, they serve gourmet Italian and California cuisine daily. The bar serves a wide variety of beers and liquors from around the world as well as a great selection of hand picked California wines.

The guest rooms provide air-conditioned and feature Sony LCD televisions, and personal safes.

You will find the rooms to be spacious and most rooms have a private balcony or lanai facing an inner courtyard.

The hotel's free parking is designed to allow close access to your room from your car.

The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, and the qualified crew is happy to accommodate your travelling, business and vacationing needs.

The resort atmosphere of the Lemon Tree is pleasant and flexible. You are welcome to enjoy dining in the Crocodile, outdoors under the stars or enjoy in-room dining in the privacy of your room.

ROOM REGISTRATION - Make your reservations now.

  • Book directly with the Lemon Tree Inn online at Treeinns.com, and take advantage of the "Classic" Promotion while it lasts.
  • In addition to special rates for all room types on the website, you can call direct to reserve Poolside or Deluxe rooms at a special USGBC approved group rate. 
  • A $140+tax* offer will be available - *while availability remains
  • This price can be booked only by phone to callers that mention the summit dates and USGBC. Call for your reservations at (805) 687-6444, or toll free at (800) 536-6764.

Lemon Tree Inn, 2817 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Want to share a room?  Post your request on the USGBC Yammer Network under the Pacific Region Group.


Hotel: Lemon Tree Inn, 2817 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Friday March 14th 6-9pm Reception / Keynote: Christian Fellowship Center, First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Saturday, March 15, 8-5pm: Westmont Hall, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 Campus map


  1. RSVP immediately for the summit below so we can get an accurate head count for Summit Planning.
  2. Book your room immediately for the best price - and consider sharing with a fellow chapter member, since we have made arrangements for two-bed rooms.
  3. If traveling by air, book your flight now to get the best price.
  4. Lastly - help spread the word to your committee leaders that can contribute to this action-oriented weekend!


There is no registration fee for the summit. Please register on the link below. 

You will receive a registration confirmation.  

Please note: If you do not receive a confirmation, your registration is not complete. 

Having trouble with registration? Contact: info@lorrainealexander.com