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The time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of being; the beginning of a Living Future. Join us next April for Living Future 2015. We’ll explore a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design.

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Thursday, April 2 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Do Your Part: Moving Towards a Toxin Free World Will Need All of Us!

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Large scale efforts with power houses like Google and Mohawk are working towards a world of healthy materials. ILFI, Healthy Buildings Network, and others are helping to organize and share information. Local efforts within each LBC project have their own unique challenges and opportunities. There are multiple paths and strategies to reduce toxicity within our built environment. To achieve mass change, we all need to engage. The first panel will include a discussion of trends within the broader Materials movement through several research platforms. The second part will use The Rose, a 90 unit multi-family affordable housing project in Minneapolis, as a catalyst for dialogue surrounding the real life situations that faced the project team.

Moderators
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James Connelly

Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute
James is a green building professional with a broad range of industry experience from design and construction to research and advocacy. Prior to joining the Institute, James worked on green building projects at the Seattle offices of MulvannyG2 and GGLO. After a trip to Hong Kong in 2008 he became fascinated with the incredible pace in scale of urban development in China and the potential for green building. James is fluent in Mandarin Chinese... Read More →

Speakers
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Gina Ciganik

Vice President, Housing Development, Aeon
Gina joined Aeon in 1997 and leads the real estate development activities of the organization. She has broad experience in financing and developing mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood revitalization projects, and public improvement initiatives. She continues to improve sustainable development efforts by forming key partnerships with organizations such as the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research. She is... Read More →
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Rhys MacPherson

Project Manager, MSR
Rhys MacPherson is an experienced architect with MSR in Minneapolis, MN. Rhys is one of the very few architects in the country with deep knowledge and experience with the Living Building Challenge as it relates to large scale affordable multi-family housing.
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Bill Walsh

Executive Director, Healthy Building Network
Bill Walsh is the Founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). Since 2000 HBN has been defining the leading edge of practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, and a founding Board... Read More →
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Billy Weber

Sr. Research Fellow + Lecturer, U of MN Center for Sustainable Building Research
Weber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, and a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the integration of sustainability and architecture through applied research, exploring and developing tools to evaluate and compare the often- disparate aesthetic, economic, and environmental goals. He is the project manager of the Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

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