May Luncheon: Resilient and Sustainable Communities

May 14, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Seasons 52
3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Program Description

Learn how our public and private clients, regional agencies, and practitioners are creating resilient, sustainable communities and spaces. From green buildings to greening a site, solar energy, sea level rise, and emergency preparedness - this panel will look at the current and future projects, trends, and regulatory changes in our industry. We will dive into these issues from a client’s perspective to understand how they are making decisions and creating solutions to make Orange County and surrounding areas better and safer places to live and work.


Mike Carey, LEED AP - TRUE Zero Waste Advisor
Sustainability Coordinator
Orange Coast College

Mike Carey is the Sustainability Coordinator at Orange Coast College and a current USGBC/GBCI  TRUE Advisory Council member and former Board Member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and the California Resource Recovery Association.  Mike is also an Architecture instructor teaching Environmental Sustainability courses and is a volunteer Board Member for the Costa Mesa Foundation and Chair of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Citizens Advisory Committee. 


Monica Amalfitano, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Director/Campus Engineer
California State University, Long Beach

Monica graduated in 1994 with BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSULB. She worked in the private industry for 21 years as Senior Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager, until 2015 when she joined CSULB as Manager of Design Services. Prior to CSULB, she was project manager, construction administrator, lead mechanical engineer and controls design engineer for various HVAC airside, hydronic and control system design projects in the commercial, institutional and industrial fields. Her airside and hydronic design projects have included central plants, recreation centers, classroom buildings, medical office buildings, container terminals laboratories, computer rooms, office buildings, kitchens and tenant improvements. At CSULB, she was recently promoted to Associate Director/Campus Engineer for Design and Construction Services where she manages the project managers, internal design team, fiscal manager, construction managers, and design activities for both Major and Minor Capital Projects, related to program and budget development, design, bid, and contract award of multiple, complex University Projects.  

Brian Berg, PE, CEM
Vice President
GLUMAC Engineers for a sustainable future
A Tetra Tech Comany

Brian Berg has spent over 18 years working with Glumac’s Irvine office, after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering. Brian leads our Mechanical Group, is a Vice President, a licensed Mechanical Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. Brian has designed buildings big and small across a wide range of market sectors with commercial design and construction being his primary focus. No matter which sector he’s designing for, energy efficiency and comfort are always prime focuses. Brian brings an in-depth understanding of the challenges that various buildings face and provides innovative ideas how to resolve them.

Richard Beck, PWS, CEP, CPESC, CERP
Practice Executive
Michael Baker International, Inc. 

Richard Beck is a Vice President/Practice Executive of Michael Baker International’s Planning, GIS and Survey/Mapping disciplines (Santa Ana, CA). Prior, Mr. Beck served as Vice President of Michael Baker’s Regulatory Services discipline in the West Region. He is a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Certified Professional in Erosional and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Environmental Professional (CEP), and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP).  Mr. Beck is an active member in professional organizations, including the Society of Wetland Scientists’ Western Chapter (President) and the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) Certified Ecosystem Restoration Practitioner Program (Advisor).  Mr. Beck is currently providing resiliency/ecosystem restoration professional services to the cities of Carlsbad, Seal Beach and Newport Beach as well as Orange Coast College and the County of Orange.



Jan Powell, CPSM
Marketing/Business Development

Janet Powell is a Marketing/Business Development Professional aligned with the Environmental Planning and Resource Management Group at Psomas. Jan works primarily on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects and is passionate about providing excellent service for both her team and their clients. She is a SMPS Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) and has served as President of the SMPS Orange County chapter. Jan earned a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Syracuse University.



$45.00 Members

$80.00 Non-Member

$45.00 Member not from Orange County Chapter

$0.00 Annual Sponsor Representative