USGBC-CA and the LADWP Launch the BuildSMART Trailer Tour

A Hands-On Experience Showcasing Usable Innovations for Residents in Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Sustainable Materials

Los Angeles, CA (April 30, 2024) The U.S. Green Building Council California (USGBC-CA) has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to launch the BuildSMART Trailer Tour, bringing experiential education and innovative technologies directly to residents in the City of Los Angeles, starting with Council District 2, and beyond. The Tour emphasizes the need for awareness and accessibility to resources in Los Angeles communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. The BuildSMART Trailer Tour addresses this critical need by providing a mobile and hands-on experience for neighborhood residents to learn and engage with technology, sustainable building materials, and energy-saving programs to promote occupant health.  

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The Tour is part of a long-standing partnership between USGBC-CA and LADWP to holistically support residents and businesses in the triad goals of energy and water conservation through carbon reduction in buildings, promoting healthy communities, and energy cost savings to Angelenos. The BuildSMART Trailer Tour is supported by lead funding from the LADWP Community Partnerships Grant as well as by Southern California Edison and SoCalGas, and it has been incorporated into the USGBC California’s Green Homes program.

“As we work to bring communities everywhere into a more sustainable future, it is critical that we meet people where they are at, creating opportunities for direct engagement to raise awareness on the agency everyone has to improve their living environment and reduce their utility bills,” says Ben Stapleton, Executive Director for USGBC-CA.

The Tour utilizes an experiential learning model that allows residents to immerse themselves in a hands-on green learning experience, increasing knowledge retention and encouraging the implementation of green innovations in their homes. The BuildSMART Trailer, which was originally envisioned and designed by the USGBC Central Coast Chapter, will showcase technological innovations supporting the latest in green building decarbonization and electrification, including electric heat pumps, induction cooktops, heat-reflective paint, smart home systems, insulation techniques, low-flow water hardware, sustainable flooring, recycled countertops, anti-microbial wallboards, solar PV systems, EV charger systems, demand response technologies, and many more. Companies may apply here to have their products included in the trailer Tour.

USGBC-CA expects to directly engage more than 5,000 people per year for 2024-2026 as the trailer tours throughout events and communities across California to raise awareness on energy efficiency and green building best practices. Instructional videos and other media will be displayed at the trailer and USGBC-CA staff, along with sustainability professionals and volunteers will inform and explain the benefits of the included technologies and solutions.

The team members and materials included on the BuildSMART Trailer Tour will be in both English and Spanish speakers to reduce barriers to resident engagement and optimize educational attainment on climate impact and resource acquisition. The Tour also provides direct access to local programs, vendors, funding, and rebate opportunities for residents to begin their Green journey.

“LADWP is proud to work with the USGBC-CA to bring information about energy efficiency and conservation to all Los Angeles communities, especially those disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change,” said Martin L. Adams, LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer. “Bridging the information gap about environmental solutions is a critical step in ensuring all Angelenos take an active role in our sustainable water and energy future, while helping better manage water and electric costs.”

To learn more about the BuildSMART Trailer Tour, including how to request a Tour Stop in your neighborhood, please click here or contact Fernanda Zuin at To apply to have your product installed in the trailer, click here. To contribute to these programs in any way or to inquire about providing any other funding support, please email


About U.S. Green Building Council California

Founded in 2002, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-CA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit and member-based organization whose mission is to transform Southern California’s built environment into a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable region for all. We lead by inspiring leaders throughout our communities to take action on climate change, public health, and environmental justice while educating, developing, and empowering a diverse talent pipeline through our training, mentorship, and direct-to-community programs. We connect by merging interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborations to create positive systemic change. We advocate through promoting innovative, impactful policy solutions addressing the most urgent environmental and social challenges of our time.(

About the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the nation’s largest municipal utility, with a 8,058 megawatt (MW) electric capacity and serving an average of 447 million gallons of water per day to the 4 million residents of the City of Los Angeles, its businesses and visitors. For more than 120 years, LADWP has provided the city with reliable water and power service in a cost effective and environmentally responsible manner.

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