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With the Net Zero Conference, Drew Shula Aims to Inspire Radical Transformation

With the release of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, policymakers, business leaders, designers, and everyday people are realizing how dire our situation has become. Temperatures will continue to rise, chaotic weather events such as droughts, floods, fires, and extinction will worsen. Even a best-case outcome looks increasingly grim. The scientific consensus is that we’ve locked ourselves into a warming planet, and the choices we make in the immediate future will only determine just how bad conditions will become.  

“The problem is tricky because it’s one you can’t see in your day-to-day life, but it’s a risk that continues to grow with each day we fail to find the collective will to make change happen,” says Drew Shula, an architect by training, who is the founder and CEO of sustainability consulting firm Verdical Group,  which is focused on decarbonizing the built environment and host of the annual Net Zero Conference.   

Shula started the conference eight years ago with the intention of bringing people together to catalyze a transformation away from fossil fuel energy sources to renewable energy. “We’re connecting radical thought leaders, activists, and visionaries, with boots-on-the-ground architects, designers, builders, and engineers. Collectively, we’re taking on one of the most entrenched and powerful industries in the world, the fossil fuel industry, and inspiring change toward a net zero future,” he explains.   

Net Zero Conference founder, Drew Shula, awarding Steve Hilton, chairman of the board of the Conrad Hilton Foundation, a Trailblazer Award at the Net Zero Conference. Courtesy Reuben Herzl

    • The Net Zero Conference is back in 2021 as a hybrid event:
      • Tuesday 9/14 + Wednesday 9/15 | Virtual
        Educational Sessions, Keynotes, and Expo
      • Thursday 9/16 | The Terrace at L.A. LIVE
        Limited capacity in-person Expo + Trailblazer Gala at our open-air, outdoor rooftop venue
    • 8th annual Net Zero Conference 
    • World-class education sessions on net zero, zero carbon, and climate resilience
    • Inspiring keynotes from sustainability leaders worldwide
    • Interactive virtual Expo Hall + Outdoor In-Person Expo featuring industry-leading companies


    • Reserved pool of free, need-based tickets
    • Professional networking with industry leaders
    • Virtual tours of net zero buildings
    • Attendees from 40 U.S. states and 53 countries in 2020
    • CEUs available for AIA, USGBC & LFA credential holders
    • Synergistic zero-carbon learning opportunities across industries including buildings, energy, materials, transit, waste, water, agriculture, fashion, personal care, and technology
    • Join us in building a Net Zero Future for All!


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The Net Zero Conference has welcomed attendees from 53 countries and 45 U.S. states.

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