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Verdical. n. an upward trend in positive environmental impact

  • Office Locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
  • Full service green building consulting firm: LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL, Commissioning (Cx), Energy Modeling, and Program Management
  • Expert consulting and high quality work product at a competitive price
  • We develop long term relationships with our clients
  • Our Name: “Verdical” comes from “verd” the Latin root of “green,” and plays on the word “vertical”
  • Experience on 200+ LEED projects
  • Fully Insured
  • Our team designations include: LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, CxA, Assoc. AIA, PE, GGP, CPA, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, ENV SP, Living Building Challenge Ambassador
  • Certified Small Business: California Department of General Services, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles certifications: Certified Social Enterprise, Certified Local Business Enterprise, and Certified Green Business
  • Certified B Corporation, and a 1% for the Planet Member Company: we walk the talk by donating 1% of our annual sales, not just profits, to environmental non-profit organizations
  • 10% Service Discount for projects located in developing countries (as defined by the IMF World Economic Outlook Report), and to other 1% for the Planet Member Companies
  • Founded in a California garage in 2012








Drew Shula, <br>Founder & CEO</br>
Emily Hand,<br>Senior Sustainability Manager & Chief of Staff</br>
Wendell Ewing,<br />Director of<br />Commissioning
Karen Young, Senior Events Manager
Rebecca Ramsdale,<br />Senior Project Manager
Frank Schwamborn, <br> Project Manager & Energy Engineer
Chloe Woodruff,<br>Marketing Manager</br>
Chelsea Brandom,<br />Partnerships & Events Manager
Ritika Dhamija,<br />Energy Analyst & Project Manager
Matthew Millikin,<br>Operations Manager</br>
Hanna Leonard,<br>Associate Sustainability Manager</br>
Mahnaz Garcia,<br>Director of<br> Accounting
Miss Ryan O’Reilly, <br>Paw-cess Improvement Specialist</br>
Penny Lane, <br>Paw-cess Improvement Specialist</br>
El Jefe, <br>Paw-cess Improvement Specialist</br>
Charles, <br>Paw-cess Improvement Specialist</br>



We are always looking to connect with the best people to expand our team.

Currently, we are only actively hiring for the positions noted as ‘immediately hiring,’ but we keep all applications on hand should a position become available.







  • 100% company paid health insurance (gold level PPO)
  • 100% company paid dental insurance
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • $100/month commuter benefit for reducing our carbon footprint if you do not drive to work
  • Team adventures in the great outdoors!


  • IRA
  • $750/year continuing education stipend
  • 100% company paid credential exams and renewal fees
  • Flexible office schedule
  • Continual learning and personal growth
  • Attend events such as VG’s Net Zero Conference


  • A Certified B Corp and 1% for the Planet company; we walk the talk
  • $100/month cell phone benefit
  • Team fun: Dodger Day, Summer BBQ, Holiday Dinner
  • Cafe breaks
  • Inspired team of change makers

Verdical Group provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, source of income, mental or physical disability, genetic information, Vietnam Era status, or other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

We are committed to the hiring, retention and promotion of racially and ethnically diverse employees.  Our retention and promotion strategies are focused on providing a culture and work environment where racially and ethnically diverse employees have the opportunity to be successful in their careers and to be represented at all levels of the organization including senior leadership.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our diverse employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation, goodwill and long-term success. We aim to create a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative environment where full participation is valued and voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are heard. Verdical Group’s racial and ethnic diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, mentorship and sponsorship, work and project assignments, promotions, transfers, social and recreational programs, layoffs and the ongoing development of a work environment built on a premise of racial equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Anti-racism; we are committed to not just prohibiting racism within our organization but also actively fighting discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for traditionally underserved and historically marginalized populations.


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Verdical Group is a full service green building consulting firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. We provide our clients with expert LEED consultant services and accept projects anywhere in the world. Call us to discuss the specifics of your project – we’re happy to serve as a resource for you.



No matter what green building rating system you’re interested in pursuing, our project managers have you covered — LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL, CALGreen Tier 1 and Tier 2, Envision, Green Globes, GreenPoint Rated, BREEAM, SITES, Passive House. We have the deep expertise required to maximize the performance of your building through the rating system you elect to pursue.

LEED: VG has deep experience managing LEED projects in all rating systems including: BD+C (new construction / core and shell), ID+C (commercial interiors for tenant improvement projects), and O+M (existing buildings). We have LEED v2, v3 and v4 project experience gained through the years, on a wide array of building types for world class clients including: Cisco, General Electric, JLL, Johnson & Johnson, Ramada Inn, and Seagate. We even helped write the LEED v4 reference guide. All our staff hold LEED credentials and provide expert guidance on the ever-changing LEED requirements. Learn more about the LEED services we offer by going here.

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Living Building Challenge: VG has extensive project experience with the ultra-progressive Living Building Challenge rating system that requires net positive energy performance. Our firm Principal has been a member of the Living Building Challenge LA Collaborative Steering Committee since 2013, and has attended the Living Future unConference multiple times, while multiple VG team members serve in leadership roles on the Energy Committee of the Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative.

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– WELL: The VG team has multiple WELL AP’s on staff and experience with the WELL Building Standard and conducting WELL Assessments.

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– CALGreen: CALGreen Code informs green building statewide and either directly or indirectly effects touches many of these projects. VG has worked intimately with CALGreen and we’re ready to help you dive in, too.

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– Envision: The Envision rating system serves to help tackle large-scale infrastructure and sustainability projects. VG has done lots of Envision work on our Harbor-UCLA project, where we’re working with the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Works and Public Health to prepare this 100-acre medical campus for it’s role as the official hospital of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

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Whether you’re completing building commissioning for CALGreen code compliance, or LEED requirements, Verdical Group’s expert team of certified Commissioning Agents can help. We take a collaborative approach to the commissioning process with the goal of delivering a high performing and efficient building to the building Owner. Our commissioning clients include: the County of Los Angeles, Abbot Construction, H. Hendy & Associates, and JLL.

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Energy Modeling: Modeling building energy performance is an important tool when iterating a high performance building design. The Verdical Group team has deep energy modeling experience that allows us to efficiently deliver modeled performance throughout the design process, ensuring the team’s energy performance goals are achieved. Our energy modeling clients include: PBK Architects, Colorado Creative Studios, and JLL.

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– Daylight Modeling: Daylight is an integral part of any design conversation. We’ve helped clients improve their energy performance, worker satisfaction, and general productivity by delivering daylighting models that help people and planet alike.

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Verdical Group manages high profile, utility funded programs that deliver market transforming results in the energy and water efficiency space. Verdical Group program management clients include the Department of Energy (DOE), LA Better Buildings Challenge program, and Architecture 2030.

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Sustainability Consulting: The Verdical Group team of sustainability consultants take on corporate sustainability and reporting engagements such as corporate sustainability program management, net zero waste programs, net zero energy and net zero water assessments, and research projects. Our sustainability consulting clients include ANEW Foundation, A Community of Friends (ACOF), the Green Building Initiative, and the Pankow BLUE internal sustainability program.

– Master Planning: No matter the scope of your project, Verdical Group can help you develop a Master Plan that will work for your project from start to finish. We’re working on upgrading the 100-acre Harbor-UCLA Medical Campus in Torrance, CA to help meet ambitious sustainability goals and prepare the facility to meet any demands it may face as the official hospital of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

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Go big or go home. Verdical Events, our branch devoted to event production, specializes in high-profile sustainable planning. We produce the nation’s largest annual Net Zero Conference dedicated to net zero energy, water and waste building design. We have also produced several of the largest SoCal green building events, including USGBC-LA’s Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE), the LA Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) Technology Showcase, the LABBC Innovation Awards, our own Biomimicry Conference, and the semi-annual Emerging Technologies (E.T.) Summits. Our events attract 700+ building industry attendees to hear thought leaders discuss the cutting edge of green building design, construction, and technology.

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Verdical Group’s team are experts at helping you meet your net zero goals.  Whether it’s energy, water, or waste, we can handle it.  We even have experience working with energy leaders on their own projects, like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute.  With the 2020 and 2030 code changes looming over California, Verdical Group is proud to be leading the charge towards a net zero future.

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We efficiently manage projects and teams while always connecting our day-to-day work back to the bigger picture – completing projects that have a positive environmental impact.


We believe that nature is our greatest teacher, having adapted to changing conditions for 3.8 billion years. That’s a lot of R&D, and why we study nature to inform our design decisions.


The Living Building Challenge rating system is reserved for a select few ultra-high performing, beyond LEED Platinum projects, that achieve both net zero energy and net zero water performance.



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Selected client logos: Cisco, Edison, Ramada, and others


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