8–10:45 a.m.

You must register in advance for all workshop/tours. Tour capacities are limited and spaces will fill up fast. So, don’t wait to sign-up for a tour or you will miss out on one of these exceptional opportunities arranged for by the Arizona 2015 Local Host Committee. Two of these facilities require an additional fee for entrance above your registration fee and are so noted in the descriptions below. CEUs: Participants on all workshop/tours are eligible to receive .25 CEUs. (2.5 PDHs)














Behind the Scenes: NRG Energy Center Phoenix and Chase Field Tour

Walking Tour. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels). Hats and sunscreen recommended.    Fee: $5 



NRG Energy Center Phoenix provides energy-efficient and environmentally-sound energy and power services to several facilities in Downtown Phoenix, including Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team. Chase Field features a retractable roof and natural grass. On hot days, the roof is closed three hours before game-time and  the chilled water cooling system, located in an adjacent building called the Ice House, provides a first-pitch temperature of 78 degrees. Sign-up now for this fascinating tour featuring the energy systems at Chase Field.

Learning Objectives:
1. Examine the principles of chilled water systems. 2. Explore how chilled water systems provide cost and energy efficiencies. 3. Evaluate the effectiveness of chilled water systems for large facilities such as Chase Field. 













Arizona State University (ASU) Solar: The Largest Solar Portfolio of any University in the United States

Ride a bus to the ASU Tempe campus, walking tour onsite. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels). Hats and sunscreen recommended. 



Taking advantage of Arizona’s sunny skies, ASU has 86 solar systems that span its four campuses and the ASU Research Park.  ASU’s Tempe campus hosts the largest solar energy capacity of any single U.S. university campus. The university is committed to achieving total carbon neutrality by 2025 and is well on the way, reaching a production capability of 24.1 MWdc in 2014. Enjoy this opportunity to visit the solar array setup at the Tempe campus and discover the future of solar power.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discover how ASU’s solar array provides not only power, but shade in the form of the PowerParasol parking structure. 2. Explore how ASU is able to reduce its carbon footprint through its solar installations. 3. Review how ASU is able to keep it energy costs down through its solar projects.
 











 

University of Phoenix Stadium – Home to the Super Bowl XLIX and the Arizona Cardinals

Ride a bus to Glendale, AZ, walking tour onsite -approximately one (1) mile. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels).Hats and sunscreen recommended.    Fee: $10



This year’s Super Bowl was certainly exciting, but the highlights of the show included the stadium, itself. The stadium’s distinct design includes both a retractable roof and a retractable field. The natural grass field tray remains outside until game day and then is rolled into the structure within an hour. The roof system can open or close within 12 minutes. The stadium boasts many sustainable features including LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot, solar panels for power generation, a robust recycling program, and a commitment to green products. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Explore the energy and cost saving advantages to installing LED lighting in a multi-use facility. 2. Examine the operational challenges for managing a uniquely designed facility. 3. Review the steps for establishing a large facility recycling program.
 











 

Tempe Town Lake Dam Tour

Ride a bus to Tempe, AZ, walking tour onsite. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels). Hats and sunscreen recommended.
 


Tempe Town Lake is considered an engineering marvel, designed to protect the region from flooding, and provide recreation, natural wildlife habitat, and other amenities for Tempe residents. View the progress of the rubber dam replacement project from the Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge which will be 100 feet from the new hydraulically-operated steel gate dam. After the collapse of one of the four rubber dam bladders in 2010, the steel gate system was among the lower cost and structurally-sound options the City considered.  

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss why the rubber dam is being replaced by a steel gate structure. 2. Examine the stormwater and flood control benefits of the new dam structure. 3. Review the economic development and quality-of-life enrichment benefits expected to result from the new lake and dam enhancements.
 











 

Resource Innovation Campus Tour

Ride a bus to site, walking tour onsite. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels).Hats and sunscreen recommended.

 

Tour the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility, the under construction composting facility and the Arizona State University (ASU) Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN) development areas for the sustainable use and reuse of resources at this closed landfill complex. This is not some ordinary “dump,” but a state-of-the-art achievement that contributes to the sustainability and livability of Phoenix and the surrounding region.

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate the innovative features of the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Transfer Station and Materials Recovery facility. 2. Review the City of Phoenix’s progress toward achieving their goal of diverting 40% of waste from landfills by 2020. 3. Examine the components of the City’s partnership with ASU’s Global 
 











 

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train System

Ride a bus to the airport, walking tour onsite. Comfortable close-toed shoes suitable for walking required (no sandals, no heels). No photography allowed at the site.

 

To enhance one of the busiest airports in the world that serves 40 million people annually, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s designers needed to find innovative ways to integrate a transit system for connecting to key facilities at the airport and to Valley Metro Light Rail. Enjoy the tour of this engineering feat that features a driverless system that connects all terminals to each other and to remote parking and light rail. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the engineering solutions used to design this complex transportation system. 2. Examine the sustainable design features of this transportation system. 3. Think about how some of the design considerations for this smart transportation complex could work for your projects.
 











 

PHX Renews: Keep Phoenix Beautiful – 15 Acre Vacant Lot Initiative

Meet tour guides at convention center and then take Light Rail to SHADE site at Central/Indian School.  Walking tour onsite. Comfortable shoes suitable for walking required. Hats and sunscreen recommended.
 


The PHX Renews initiative’s goal is to reduce the number of empty lots throughout the city by converting them to community and educational spaces. Hop on the Light Rail with us and travel four miles north of Downtown to visit one of the program’s success stories that includes: the SHADE off-the-grid structure that is used to demonstrate sustainable living in Arizona; pet exercise area; urban farming and community gardening, outdoor education areas and public art installations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the components for establishing a successful vacant lot initiative. 2. Rethink how you view your city’s vacant lots and begin seeing the hidden potentials and opportunities available for converting them to community assets. 3. Examine how to engage private and public partners into a planning and development effort for a vacant lot initiative.