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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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Tuesday, March 31
 

1:00pm

Legacy Project: Pollinator Pathway

Get your hands dirty at the LF15 Legacy Project! Volunteers will be preparing beds for Sedum, Snowberry, Oregon Grape and Camas. Wear comfortable, weather-proof clothes, tools and gloves will be supplied at the project. A delicious, organic lunch is included. Don't forget a water bottle, it's hard work!

The Living Future 2015 Legacy Project is The Pollinator Pathway, a global design project created by interdisciplinary designer Sarah Bergmann that imagines a new relationship between human and natural systems. The Pollinator Pathway combines ecology, design thinking, and participation to create design projects connecting cities, farmland, and national parks. All Pollinator Pathways are built to criteria and are either designed by Bergmann or are built in partnership with a variety of entities including governments, design and architecture firms, corporations and non­governmental organizations. The Pollinator Pathway is a response to open questions about nature in our time, one that acknowledges humanity’s design role in natural systems.

Bergmann’s first project, on Seattle’s Columbia Street, is a mile long, 24 foot wide renegade park that connects the Seattle University campus with a small woods called Nora’s Woods using planting strips owned by the City. Pollinator Pathway Two, in partnership with Capitol Hill Housing, is in development and will connect Seattle University to Volunteer Park, passing through one of the densest residential neighborhoods in Seattle. The Pollinator Pathway is a reflection of Bergmann’s interdisciplinary work and collaborations crossing the fields of design, art, and science, and will be the subject of a large­scale exhibition in 2016­-17.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LEGACY PROJECT SPONSOR: INTERFACE 


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Bergmann

Sarah Bergmann

Director, Pollinator Pathway
Sarah Bergmann is a crossdisciplinary thinker working in the fields of art, design, and ecology. Bergmann is the Director of the Pollinator Pathway, a global design project that reimagines the relationship between human and natural systems. The Pollinator Pathway combines ecology, design thinking, and participation to create largescale design projects connecting cities, farmland, and national parks, each built to Bergmann’s criteria... Read More →


Tuesday March 31, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
OFFSITE

5:00pm

6:00pm

unConference Eve Party: Waterfront Welcome
Seattle and water are synonyms. Whether it’s the lakes, rain or Puget Sound, water is everywhere. Without it Seattle would be a different place altogether. Join us at Mithun to celebrate water, rain, oceans and lakes and everything else water gives us.

Location: Mithun, 1201 Alaskan Way, #200 Seattle, WA 98101

Tuesday March 31, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Mithun 1201 Alaskan Way, #200 Seattle, WA 98101
 
Wednesday, April 1
 

7:00am

7:30am

Tour Info Desk
Please visit the Tour Info Desk on the Lobby Floor of the Sheraton. 

Wednesday April 1, 2015 7:30am - 3:00pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

8:15am

Tour: Bainbridge Island - Grow Community + Islandwood

Come ride the ferry with us to beautiful Bainbridge Island for the day, where we'll visit two incredible places: Grow Community and IslandWood.

We'll be met at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal by Jonathan Davis of Grow Community, who will lead us on a walking tour through the beautiful town of Winslow to Grow Community. Grow Community is the first residential community built in North America to receive a "One Planet Community" endorsement from the U.K. non-profit BioRegional. As the largest solar community in the State of Washington, the net-zero, zero carbon, multi-generational award winning, Grow Community on Bainbridge Island has been put forth as potentially “the most Sustainable Neighborhood in the U.S.” When complete this 8-acre site will include 50 single family homes, 81 multi-family units, a community center and a small day care center. Jonathan will share background on "micro-hoods" (clusters of homes), the community gardens, integrated cycle/foot paths, and more!

Joined by David Goldberg of Mithun, next we'll head to IslandWood, designed by the Institute's Executive Director Amanda Sturgeon. Whether at their 255-acre outdoor learning center, or any of their off-site locations, IslandWood invites children and adults alike to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better. As an LEED gold certified facility, they are active participants in energy conservation, composting, recycling, and harnessing alternative energy sources. In fact, all of the facilities on IslandWood's campus feature numerous elements that help restore and maintain their site and remind visitors that even our simple, day-to-day tasks have an impact on the environment. IslandWood will prepare a healthy chef choice lunch followed by a docent-led exploration of the IslandWood main campus.

Lunch will be provided on this tour. Please note any dietary restrictions during registration. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Note: this tour is not suitable for individual with mobility issues.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND DEPARTING AS A GROUP. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Architect, davis studio Architecture + Design
Born in England, architect Jonathan Davis brings more than 27 years of sustainable building experience to his projects. Davis designed and built his first sustainable home, incorporating geo-thermal heat pumps, solar hot water, fireplace heat reclamation and recycled bricks in 1985, and continues to incorporate cutting edge sustainability features into all of his work cumulating in his latest built project, Grow Community.
avatar for David Goldberg

David Goldberg

President, Mithun
David Goldberg is President at Mithun, an integrated design firm known nationwide for creating environmentally sensitive buildings and places. David is project director and lead designer on a wide range of educational, institutional, and corporate projects. David speaks nationally on sustainable integrated design and the integration of buildings and campuses into the educational process. He earned his architecture degrees from the University of... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 8:15am - 4:35pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

8:30am

LP 50 Working Breakfast (Invite Only)
Speakers
avatar for James Connelly

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 →
avatar for Kathryn Langstaff

Kathryn Langstaff

Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathryn’s leadership emerges from understanding the inherent structure of a system and connecting it to the living fabric of our world. She co-founded autopoiesis, llc, which integrates living systems, ecological design, and regenerative models finance. She co-authored Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study, leading her to join the ILFI team. Kathryn co-designed the largest leichtlehmbau structure in North... Read More →
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute's Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has taught Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at HSPH since the late 1990s. Gregory is also the... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am
OFFSITE

8:45am

Tour: 21 Acres + The Herbfarm

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living (www.21acres.org), one of the only LEED Platinum buildings coupled with a Certified Organic farm, hosts this tour to share the richness of the valley in both land and people, and give you a sense of successful partnerships as well as challenges facing both local food producers and consumers striving to transition to a community-based food economy.

The fertile Sammamish Valley near Woodinville is home to 21 Acres and numerous organic farms, plus over 90 wineries and tasting rooms. On the drive from Seattle and along the way, hear from local growers who bring chemical-free, seasonal foods to market and to the table economically, independent of global and industrial-scale production. First stop is the highly-acclaimed Herbfarm (www.theherbfarm.com) for a look at their gardens and restaurant, and a quick bite before heading up the valley to 21 Acres where you'll see what it takes to operate this deep-green facility and its permaculture-based Back 18 Farm.

In the building, explore advantages and challenges of integrating food plants into the built environment, including micro-gardens, self-watering planters, rooftop gardens, raised planters and other low-maintenance, water-wise installations. On the farmland, tour the fields and hear about their practices, educational opportunities and volunteers. For lunch, share a community table and be inspired by the 21 Acres kitchen team as they demonstrate how to prepare seasonal foods from farm to table. Local cheeses from the 21 Acres Farmers Market will be paired with a flight of Certified Salmon-Safe wine. At the end of the 21 Acres tour, you will have experienced a taste of what this community-focused non-profit has accomplished, how it creates a centering place for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in and learn from each other, and where it is going to support vibrant sustainable living practices.

Lunch will be provided on this tour. Note any dietary needs during registration. Please wear closed-toe shoes for walking about the farms.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND DEPARTING AS A GROUP. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 8:45am - 2:45pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

9:15am

Tour: zHome + Eastside Fire and Rescue Station 72

zHome is a revolutionary, 10-unit townhome development that uses smart design and cutting edge technologies to radically reduce its environmental impacts. zHome will prove that homes that use zero net energy and 60% less water, emit net zero carbon emissions, have clean indoor air and use only low-toxicity materials are possible and scalable to mainstream home production.

Eastside Fire & Rescue 72 is a consolidated fire, rescue, and medical service provider for two fire districts and four cities spanning 190 square miles and serving 120,000 customers in eastern King County, WA. Station 72 is the most energy efficient fire station on the planet. Station 72 achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum status. Incorporated into the design of the fire station are the latest technologies to control utilities, recycle rainwater, manage temperature controls, balance natural and manufactured lighting, and minimize energy use. The construction methods utilized followed strict guidelines that minimized environmental impact. One of the most obvious incorporated energy initiatives is that of solar panels which virtually cover the entire roof area of the facility. The system is producing enough electricity that the facility is meeting its own needs, while providing excess generated power to the electrical grid. The station had a total project estimate cost in excess of $8 million. The final cost of the project was $6.6 million.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND DEPARTING AS A GROUP. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 9:15am - 12:30pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

9:15am

Tour: Living Ship - Adventuress Sailboat

Sail aboard the historic schooner Adventuress! Become a part of our crew by helping to raise the sails and learn more about this National Historic Landmark and efforts in place as the ship aims towards becoming the first ever ‘Living Ship’. Highlights include sailing the 133’ schooner, touring the ship and exploring different systems in place, and learning about how Adventuress is used as a teaching platform.

Lunch will be provided on this tour. Please note dietary needs during registration.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND DEPARTING AS A GROUP. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 9:15am - 3:00pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

10:00am

Ambassador Presenter Training (Invite Only)
Ambassador Presenters will be trained on a new presentation: Materials!  

All participants must have already delivered the Introduction to the Living Building Challenge and be an active Ambassador Presenter in the Living Future Network. Participation in this event is by invite only.

Questions about the Ambassador Network and/or this Training? Contact us at ambassador@living-future.org.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Wright

Sam Wright

Technical Coordinator, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Sam is a certified sustainable building advisor with a background in non-profit program development and implementation. His years of construction experience have provided a working knowledge of buildings systems and assemblies. Sam’s career has spanned several continents and industries, taking him from an environmental non-profit and a community-focused co-op in Vancouver, BC to development NGOs in Kenya and Tanzania. Throughout, the... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

10:00am

Project Team Summit (Invite Only)
Project teams will have the opportunity to share lessons learned from their collective experience in meeting the Living Building Challenge. Teams will be able to connect based on project type and jointly explore opportunities for collaboration.

Participation in this event is invite-only. 

Speakers
avatar for Allison Capen

Allison Capen

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Allison Capen, AIA, LEED BD+C, is a Technical Director for the Living Building Challenge at the International Living Future Institute in Seattle where she oversees Certification and technical consistency. She is a licensed architect and has been actively involved in the green building movement in the northwest for the last 15 years, working on environmentally focused projects as a designer, a LEED reviewer, a sustainability consultant... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

10:00am

ULBC Workshop (Separate registration required)

Did you get a Full Conference Pass to Living Future 2015? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org for a $50 discount code to this workshop! This event is open to the public, and you do not have to be a conference attendee to register for this workshop.


Overview 

The Living Building Challenge workshop previews the Philosophy, Advocacy, Guidance, and Tools that the International Living Future Institute offers in its Certification program and support. The Living Building Challenge engages the broader building industry in the deep conversations required to truly understand how to solve problems rather than shift them. This six-hour workshop will showcase these features along with core concepts needed to develop a working understanding of the certification program.

Timeline 
10:00-11:00 - The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge / Petal rationale + strategies: Site 
11:00-11:15 - Bio-break
11:15-11:45 Petal rationale + strategies: Water, Energy, Health / Small Group Discussion 
11:45-12:30 - Lunch + Case Studies 
12:30-2:00 - Petal rationale + strategies: Materials, Equity, Beauty / Small Group Discussion 
2:00-3:30 - Breaking down Barriers / Community + Tools / Full Group Discussion

Learning Objectives
- Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge
- Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
- Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area
- Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design
- Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process

Approved CEU's
6 GBCI
6 AIA
6 LFA 


Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathleen Smith is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in green building, most recently with her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting, LLC. She is a LEED Fellow and a LEED Faculty member.  Kathleen worked with Davis Langdon where she conducted LEED reviews and consulted on many pioneering sustainable projects in California. She is also the co-author of two books, The Northwest Green... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

10:00am

ULCC Workshop (Separate registration required)

Did you get a Full Conference Pass to Living Future 2015? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org for a $50 discount code to this workshop! This event is open to the public, and you do not have to be a conference attendee to register for this workshop.


The Understanding the Living Community Challenge workshop provides an in-depth introduction to the Living Community Challenge – working through the methodology to in-depth case studies and discussion around selected Imperatives. This workshop will pay special attention to the Energy and Water Imperatives and their implications at the community scale.

Attendees are the green planning and design leaders in their community: design professionals, planners, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. This workshop will be heavy on both content and discussion, so come ready to engage this emerging program.

 Learning Objectives:
•Identify the key components of the Living Community Challenge;
•Recognize the difference between the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge;
•Understand restorative design principles at the community scale through best-in-class case studies of Living Community principles in action; and
•Describe the certification paths of the Living Community Challenge. 

Continuing Education: 
This workshop has been approved for:
6 GBCI CE credits (GCBI #: 920002379)
6 AIA LU|HSW credits (AIA course #: NP15W)
6 LFA hours (LFA course #: ULCC)

Speakers
avatar for Brad Liljequist

Brad Liljequist

Technical Director, NZE Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Tour: Bullitt Center (Morning)

The Bullitt Center was developed with a single goal in mind: to demonstrate the current state-of-the-art in sustainable design, in order to influence the development and operation of other buildings around the world. In short, the Bullitt Center loves visitors. As the largest urban office building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, tours of the Bullitt Center offer a chance to see the various operational systems, including mechanical, rainwater, constructed wetland, composting and electrical. During the tour, visitors will cover the building from the basement to the soaring “irresistible stairway,” and see how one floor has been finished into a comfortable open office plan. Come see for yourself during this “behind the scenes” tour led by project team members.

Want to tour the Bullitt Center but not available in the morning? We are doing a second tour of the Bullitt in the afternoon (see here for more info).

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE BULLIT CENTER (NOT THE SHERATON HOTEL). PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bullitt Center 1501 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98122

11:00am

Declare Summit (Separate registration required)

The Declare Summit will bring together thought leaders from the world’s leading sustainable product manufacturers, as well as trend-setting specifiers that are shaping the future of product demand. Don't miss out on our outstanding speakers and interactive workshop. Stay tuned for more information on the program! Read more about the Declare program here: http://declareproducts.com/

This summit is open to the public for registration. You may register here.


Speakers
avatar for James Connelly

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 →
avatar for Kathryn Langstaff

Kathryn Langstaff

Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathryn’s leadership emerges from understanding the inherent structure of a system and connecting it to the living fabric of our world. She co-founded autopoiesis, llc, which integrates living systems, ecological design, and regenerative models finance. She co-authored Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study, leading her to join the ILFI team. Kathryn co-designed the largest leichtlehmbau structure in North... Read More →
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute's Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has taught Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at HSPH since the late 1990s. Gregory is also the... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

12:00pm

Collaborative Summit (Invite Only)
Collaboratives leaders from around the globe will gather to share lessons learned from their collective experience affecting global change toward true sustainability. This dynamic summit will offer an opportunity to look at future growth and collaboration. 

This summit is invite only. RSVP has not yet opened for this shoulder event.

Wednesday April 1, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
OFFSITE

12:00pm

Living Future Congress Summit (Invite Only)
The Institute is hosting the first-ever Living Future Congress Summit to bring together bioregional leaders from across the country to inspire policy leadership and tackle persistent regulatory barriers. Members from the first Congresses are invited to network and learn from each bioregion’s perspective and expertise on critical advocacy needs. As an LF15 unConference shoulder event, Congress members will have a chance to hear from Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge project teams about their pressing regulatory challenges and lessons learned from policy leadership. By combining their efforts at the Summit, Congress members will develop strategic advocacy actions to be implemented in the year ahead on behalf of a Living Future.

Participation in the Living Future Congresses is by invitation only.

Questions about the Congress? Email us at congress@living-future.org, or visit our website for more details: living-future.org/congress

Speakers
avatar for Stacia Miller

Stacia Miller

Global Policy & Advocacy Manager, International Living Future Institute
Stacia Miller manages the policy program on behalf of the International Living Future Institute and the Cascadia Green Building Council. With over a decade’s experience as a policy andengagement specialist, Stacia works with government, industry, non-profit organizations and communities to take action on climate change and lead us to true sustainability. Prior to joining the Institute, Stacia worked for the UK Environment Agency where she... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

12:30pm

Tour: Bullitt Center (Afternoon)

The Bullitt Center was developed with a single goal in mind: to demonstrate the current state-of-the-art in sustainable design, in order to influence the development and operation of other buildings around the world. In short, the Bullitt Center loves visitors. As the largest urban office building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, tours of the Bullitt Center offer a chance to see the various operational systems, including mechanical, rainwater, constructed wetland, composting and electrical. During the tour, visitors will cover the building from the basement to the soaring “irresistible stairway,” and see how one floor has been finished into a comfortable open office plan. Come see for yourself during this “behind the scenes” tour led by project team members.

Want to tour the Bullitt Center but not available in the afternoon? We are doing a second tour of the Bullitt in the morning (see here for more info).

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE BULLIT CENTER (NOT THE SHERATON HOTEL). PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bullitt Center 1501 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98122

3:00pm

Tour: Living Education - Bertschi School

Recently certified as the fourth commercial Living Building Challenge (LBC) and the first version 2.0 and urban LBC project in the world, the Bertschi School elementary science wing is offering a tour. You’ll hear from the project designers and school staff as they take you through the building to view the built examples of LBC Imperatives. You’ll see unique design responses like the river in the classroom that collects rain water and the green wall of tropical plants that treat the building’s grey water. PV panels, a composting toilet and an ethnobotanical garden are a few of the many other highlights we will explore.

PLEASE NOTE, THIS TOUR IS MEETING AT THE SHERATON HOTEL AND DEPARTING AS A GROUP. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE OF THIS TOUR FOR CHECK-IN.

[REGISTER HERE] Questions about the tour? Contact us at LF15@living-future.org.


Wednesday April 1, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Tour Check-In Desk Sheraton Hotel

4:30pm

Affordable Housing Innovator's Network Summit (Invite Only)
The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing (launched Nov. 2014) and the on-going success of future affordable multi-family projects rely on the continued and essential contribution of a network of Innovators, a group of the nation’s leading affordable housing designers, developers and non-profit organizations dedicated to continually raising the bar for green affordable housing. This Summit will bring together the initial group of Innovators plus several new members from key organizations to discuss milestones and next steps on the path to Living Affordable Housing.

Participation in this event is by invitation only. 

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathleen Smith is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in green building, most recently with her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting, LLC. She is a LEED Fellow and a LEED Faculty member.  Kathleen worked with Davis Langdon where she conducted LEED reviews and consulted on many pioneering sustainable projects in California. She is also the co-author of two books, The Northwest Green... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon

Executive Director, International Living Future Institute
Amanda is a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Institute she was a Senior Associate at Perkins+Will where she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

5:00pm

7:00pm

Opening Keynote: Janine Benyus
Speakers
avatar for Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus

Co-Founder, Biomimcry 3.8
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars... Read More →


Wednesday April 1, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
GRAND BALLROOM

9:00pm

After Party: Evergreen
The Evergreen State take its name from the dense forest of glorious conifers that carpets its wilderness. Join us to celebrate this green state in the emerald city at Fado Irish pub! While St. Patrick’s day may have passed the green never leaves the needles of the great firs, pines and hemlocks in our forests so we too will carry on the celebration in the name of the evergreen.

Location: Fado Irish Pub, 801 1st. Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Wednesday April 1, 2015 9:00pm - Thursday April 2, 2015 12:00am
Fado Irish Pub 801 1st. Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
 
Thursday, April 2
 

7:00am

7:30am

Birds of a Feather Breakfast
Opportunity to network with your fellow attendees on predetermined topics based on community feedback. Submit your topic idea here: http://goo.gl/forms/KgowKMUpux

Thursday April 2, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
GRAND BALLROOM

8:30am

Morning Plenary: Jason F. McLennan
Speakers
avatar for Jason F. McLennan

Jason F. McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada. He is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world. McLennan serves as the CEO of the... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
GRAND BALLROOM

10:00am

Transition
Thursday April 2, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
TRANSITION

10:30am

Achieving Net Positive Sustainability by Creating Handprints Bigger than Your Footprints
All of us – companies, organizations, individuals and communities – are used to pursuing sustainability through reductions to our own footprints. Footprints are increasingly measured comprehensively (water, climate, health, ecosystems, waste – even social issues like forced labor) and increasingly across supply chains. Reducing our own footprint is the right place to start, but a tragic place to stop.  Handprints are the positive impacts we achieve in the world. With handprints larger than our footprints, we become Net Positive.  This interactive session will present and discuss Handprinting in depth, including practical case studies for companies, products, schools and people. 

Speakers
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute's Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has taught Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at HSPH since the late 1990s. Gregory is also the... Read More →
avatar for Gale Tedhams

Gale Tedhams

Director, Products and Supply Chain Sustainability, Owens Corning
Gale Tedhams joined Owens Corning as an environmental engineer with a civil engineering degree from Michigan State University. Gale held numerous leadership roles across several businesses and functional areas of Owens Corning during her career. Gale currently is Director of Product and Supply Chain Sustainability for Owens Corning.  She is responsible for leading the company’s global sustainability strategy and Owens Corning’s... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Beyond the Water and Energy Nexus - Co-optimization of Multiple Systems
Taking the complex water-energy nexus as a model, we will facilitate an informed discussion on a broader list of systems and impacts which can be part of a district scale analysis. In discussing water and energy scarcity and heat island effect, we will work with attendees to reveal what must be accounted for in the co-optimization of energy, water, and waste systems. As a society we have a sense of best management practices but stumble over antiquated and disconnected policy and infrastructure. How can new models lead to more resilient and living communities that also assist in overcoming political obstacles?

Speakers
avatar for Prentiss Darden

Prentiss Darden

Site Innovation Specialist, Sherwood Design Engineers
Prentiss serves as Sherwood Design Engineer’s Site Innovation Specialist. As a designer, she aspires to use technology in concert with ecology to amplify and mimic the innate capabilities of natural systems to improve conditions within the built environment. She is interested in pursuing the use of software and hardware, as both modeling and fabrication technologies, to create a range of systems, products, and experiences that model... Read More →
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Fumiko Docker

Architect, HOK
Fumiko is a licensed Architect with design and management experience in institutional, healthcare, and science and technology projects. She has presented at Greenbuild, Healthcare Design, and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Her interests include the intersection of social equity, ecology, and sustainable design, and how place-making can support a healthy people and planet. At HOK San Francisco, she is a member of the... Read More →
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Ross Farris

Engineer, Glumac
Ross is a licensed Engineer, an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, and a CABEC Certified Energy Analyst. As a Regional Energy Director for Glumac, Ross is responsible for overseeing their Central Region energy analysis group, coordinating and managing projects and conducting energy analysis on both new construction and renovation projects to inform and ultimately help optimize design for energy efficiency. Ross’s... Read More →



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

10:30am

Buildings of the Future: Seeing Beyond This Century
We will present collective views of future buildings and the potential for groundbreaking technologies and trends that could revolutionize the built environment. The target audience is forward thinkers in the building industry and related fields. During this session, we will explore a future where buildings are self-aware and continuously anticipate and react to changes in weather, time of day, and occupant needs to optimize energy and water use and contribute to a cleaner environment. Vision inspires greatness. A future building vision will help us develop innovative strategies and solutions towards a future where buildings become truly assets.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Phelan

Patrick Phelan

Emerging Technologies Program Manager, US Department of Energy
Patrick Phelan received his BS from Tulane University, his MS from MIT, and his PhD from UC Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering. Following a post-doc at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii in 1992. In 1996 he moved to Arizona State University, where he is a Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist. He served as the Director of the NSF... Read More →
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Steve Shankle

Division Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Steve Shankle leads the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Division includes more than 220 world-class energy scientists and engineers working at the forefront of America's toughest energy challenges. The Division’s primary focus is on delivering solutions for energy efficient buildings and the future power grid. Steve’s 30-year career has spanned technical and... Read More →
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Nora Wang

Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Wang is a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), specialized in building energy efficiency, sustainability, and lighting. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, focusing on daylighting and behavioral study. Beginning her career in architecture, she has international project experience and won several design competitions. Before joining PNNL, she was a Building Energy... Read More →



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

10:30am

Design for Net Positive Outcomes on Health and Experience
Google and GSA will share strategies to develop, implement and validate new practices to enhance occupant health and experience - in contrast to existing standards that emphasize risk reduction rather than health promotion. Both Google and GSA will present highlights from their work using evidence-based approaches to identify the links between health and indoor environmental quality. Google will present a process for developing design and construction IEQ performance targets, and how occupant experience metrics can be commissioned and verified.  GSA will present findings from field studies of indoor daylight in which study participants wear sensors to measure circadian light exposure.

Moderators
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Caspar Wagner

Google green team design and construction lead, Google
Caspar Wagner leads Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services [e]Team efforts on large scale campus development projects. Prior to Google starting ground up construction, Caspar focused on environments, experience and ecology for Google spaces around the world. His career experience includes construction project management in the fields of advanced technology, life sciences, healthcare and education, as well as experience as a building... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Cunningham

Greg Cunningham

Principal, Enovity
Greg Cunningham, AIA, LEED AP, is a co-Principal and co-Founder of Enovity, a leading commissioning, energy consulting and building operations and maintenance firm headquartered in San Francisco.  Mr. Cunningham leads Enovity’s commissioning practice and has worked on more than 100 LEED projects to date. He has served on the Advisory Council to the California Commissioning Collaborative since 2006 and was a member of former San... Read More →
avatar for Judi Heerwagen

Judi Heerwagen

Program Expert, US General Services, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings
Judith Heerwagen is psychologist with the US General Services Administration. Her work focuses on testing and implementing best practices for occupant health, well being and performance linked to sustainable building design and operations.  She received the 2014 Design for Humanity Award from ASID and in 2009 her book (edited with SR Kellert and M Mador)  Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life... Read More →
avatar for Kate Turpin

Kate Turpin

Associate, SERA
With over ten years of experience, Kate is a key advisor on SERA’s projects, bringing expertise in energy and water performance, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. She is an experienced mechanical engineer and energy analyst who connects and integrates the work of mechanical engineering consultants within architectural teams.  Kate is currently working with Google to develop an Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Implementation... Read More →



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

10:30am

Do Your Part: Moving Towards a Toxin Free World Will Need All of Us!
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
avatar for James Connelly

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
avatar for Gina Ciganik

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 →
avatar for Rhys MacPherson

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.
avatar for Bill Walsh

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

10:30am

Getting to Net Zero in Cambridge, MA: driving community-level emission reduction strategies
A community-led petition charted Cambridge, Massachusetts on a path to becoming a net zero community. Throughout 2014, the "Getting to Net Zero Task Force," a group of local experts met monthly to develop a roadmap to becoming a net zero community. This session will reveal the framework and tools used to drive this complex and ambitious initiative, including building and maintaining broad community support. Participants will be engaged to think creatively about how to generate community support and drive action toward net zero. Suitable for public and private sector audience, with intermediate familiarity with building retrofits and low-carbon energy applications.

Speakers
avatar for Barbra Batshalom

Barbra Batshalom

Executive Director, Sustainable Performance Institute
Barbra Batshalom has been a leader in sustainability since founding the Green Roundtable in 1998 and the USGBC Affiliate in MA in 2000. She is currently founder and president of the Sustainable Performance Institute, dedicated to institutionalizing sustainability in organizations and communities around the world. Her work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes, technology and culture. With a diverse background of fine arts, social... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Kokinda

Ellen Kokinda

Assistant Planner, City of Cambridge
Ellen Kokinda is an Assistant Planner in the Community Development Department for the City of Cambridge. Working for Cambridge, she aspires to help the city clearly communicate city goals and to strategically respond to community needs. Currently, Ellen is involved in the city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development of a long range net zero action plan. Prior to working in Cambridge, Ellen helped launch an... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Moscovich

Rachel Moscovich

Senior Planner, Integral Group
Rachel is an experienced strategist and project manager with nine years of experience in the sustainability and green building field. Her work experience ranges from policy development to greenhouse gas accounting to program design and project management. At Integral Group, Rachel supports a broad range of public and private sector clients on developing sustainability targets, action plans, and policy and program implementation. With a background... Read More →



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

10:30am

How Would Nature Design Adaptive Human Communities? Lessons From The Super-Organism
This aspirational session explores how human communities can find inspiring new models of social planning and architectural organization from ultra-social creatures like ants, honeybees, and mycelial fungi, and the ecosystems they inhabit. You will discover how these super-organisms (groups that function like a single individual) facilitate diversity while maintaining cohesion; the social and physical infrastructures that allow them to respond to local conditions effectively and collaboratively; and how our human communities can mimic them and the ecosystems they are within. Our interactive components seek greater understanding of human and non-human collaborative ecosystems, explore the challenges for interdisciplinary “bio-inspiration” teams wanting to apply this understanding, and introduce tools to facilitate this process.

Speakers
avatar for Denise DeLuca

Denise DeLuca

Co-Founder, Vibrant OS
Denise DeLuca is co-founder of Vibrant OS, whose mission is to empower and equip leaders, and their teams, with principles and practices inspired by nature - and human nature - that transform the team’s fundamental way of operating while addressing immediate business issues.  In addition, Denise teaches online courses in Creative Leadership and Biomimetic Design for MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program.  Denise was... Read More →
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Ilaria Mazzoleni

Principal, im studio mi/la | sci-arc
Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, author, founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles, and professor at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Her professional and academic focus is sustainable architecture and biomimicry. Her conceptual work has been published globally and her built work can be found in Italy, California, and Ghana. Gaining attention in the fields of sustainable architecture and biomimicry has led to Ilaria’s increasing... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Research Consultant, Biomimicry 3.8
Dr. Woolley-Barker is an Evolutionary Biologist, Primatologist, and Bio-Inspired Innovation Consultant with 25 years experience at the intersection of biology and sustainable design. She is a ‘Biologist at the Design Table’ contracting with Biomimicry 3.8, author of ‘The Biomimicry Manual,’ a regular column for Inhabitat.com, cofounder of Biomimicry San Diego, and advisory board member for Biomimicry Switzerland. Her... Read More →



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

10:30am

Just Right: Social Equity as Standard Practice

This session assembles a panel of three organizations from three very different industry sectors to explore a sensitive and pressing issue: social justice in the workplace. The panel discussion will touch upon the urgency and immediacy of achieving equity in the workplace and then cover the business case for social justice, including how ILFI's Just Program benefits organizations and their employees. It is up to all of us to engage with these issues until we achieve equity and social justice in our workplaces. This session will conclude with concrete strategies for improving your organization year upon year.


Moderators
avatar for Francis Janes

Francis Janes

Manager, JUST Program, International Living Future Institute
Francis has a broad range of management experience in the Information Technology, Food Service and Financial Services sectors. Most recently, he served as Vice President at Beneficial State Bank, a mission driven community bank and a pioneer in socially responsible banking practices. Having lived in Seattle since 1997, Francis enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the opportunity to meet passionate social and environmental change... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Guerrero

Anthony Guerrero

Director, Facilities & Administration, Natural Resources Defense Council
As Senior Director of Facilities and Administration, Anthony leads development of sustainability strategies for the core operations of NRDC, focusing on the triple bottom line: social equity, sustaining the environment and financial viability. Anthony puts in practice the principles of the Living Building Challenge to revamp the internal operations of NRDC and to demonstrate transformation in Operations Management.  Under his leadership NRDC... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Daniels Uhlig

Alicia Daniels Uhlig

Principal, Director of Sustainability, GGLO
Alicia Daniels Uhlig is an architect and passionate sustainability advocate. As Principal and Director of Sustainability, Alicia spearheads internal research initiatives and is GGLO’s driving force for bringing integrated sustainable design solutions to projects. Before joining GGLO in 2005, Alicia’s sustainable design focus directed her to work in Italy, and practice architecture in the U.S. Virgin Islands and with Van der Ryn... Read More →
avatar for Megan White

Megan White

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group
Megan brings over 6 years of experience in the sustainable building industry to the Integral Group team. Ms. White has consulted on over 40 projects and a wide array of building types, with roles from head LEED consultant to construction sustainability engineer. Her focus is on pre-construction services – working with the end user and building operations staff to ensure success throughout the design and construction phase and beyond... Read More →



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

10:30am

LBC for Tenant Improvement Projects - U.S. and China Case Studies
This session will cover case studies of the first LBC tenant improvement (TI) projects ever undertaken. Speakers include the project managers, energy analysts, and materials experts who led the completion of four TI projects located in dense, urban cities in the U.S. and Asia. Teams completed renovations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai in spaces ranging from 6,500 to 17,500 square feet, impacting historic buildings and sky-high towers worldwide.

Moderators
avatar for Kameron Beeks

Kameron Beeks

Mechanical Designer, Glumac (Los Angeles)
Kameron is a registered Engineer in Training and Mechanical Designer at Glumac, a full-service MEPT consulting engineering firm. Kameron’s passion for energy efficient design fuels his creativity for sustainable solutions for even the most common of spaces. His goal is to not only design green buildings that work, but to inform and inspire developers, landlords, and tenants to more wisely operate their buildings. Kameron was involved in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anjanette Green

Anjanette Green

Materials Specialist, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In 2013 Anjanette became the first Ambassador for the Living Building Challenge (LBC) in China helping to disseminate LBC ideals to the local design community. She served as Lead Materials Consultant for the first two LBC registered projects in China and has in-depth understanding of both 2.0 and 3.0 versions of the LBC's Certification requirements. Anjanette is actively involved in chemical reformulation strategies helping manufacturers bring... Read More →
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Quinnie Li

Sustainability Manager, Associate, Glumac (Shanghai)
With a degree in Architecture/City Planning and experience in real estate and construction, Quinnie has served as project and sustainability manager on multiple high profile projects in both the US and in Asia for Glumac, a full-service consulting engineering firm focused on sustainable design. She is part the of team that managed the design and construction of Glumac’s new Shanghai office, which will be the first Net Zero full-petal Living... Read More →
avatar for Justin Di Palo

Justin Di Palo

Energy Analyst, Glumac (Los Angeles)
Justin is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and Energy Analyst at Glumac, a full-service consulting engineering firm focused on sustainable design. Justin’s passion for sustainability has led him to specialize in holistic building energy modeling to guide design and optimize performance. Justin led energy analysis work for the company’s new LA office, which is designed to become net zero energy and the first LBC Petal Certified office in... Read More →
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Eileen Quigley

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Closed Loop Advisors
Eileen Quigley is a Senior Sustainability Consultant with Closed Loop Advisors, a specialized management consultancy, where she has been working since May 2012. While CLA has several clients, Eileen has worked mostly with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as an owner’s representative and sustainability consultant, helping them reduce the carbon footprint of their office fit outs. She has an MS in Sustainability Management and a... Read More →



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

10:30am

The Living Community Challenge: Hitting the Ground Running in Year One
The Living Community Challenge (LCC) has ramped up fast - come hear the latest on this groundbreaking system for taking the LBC to the community scale.  First we’ll take a quick look at what the LCC actually is, and how it expands on the LBC.  We’ll then do a deep dive on some of the ILFI’s groundbreaking community scale visioning in the First Hill neighborhood in Seattle, San Francisco, Normal, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.  Then we wrap up with a fantastic new tool created by the Institute for implementing LCC solutions: the Living Community Patterns.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Amrhein

Adam Amrhein

Living Community Manager, International Living Future Institute
Adam is an urban designer and planner with experience in the private and public sectors. Before coming to the Institute, he had the opportunity to work on urban design projects of all scales around the US and Canada at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh. In all of his work, Adam is particularly interested in people and place based solutions. In addition to his urban design work, he has a passion for graphic design, traditional photography, and... Read More →
avatar for Brad Liljequist

Brad Liljequist

Technical Director, NZE Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology... Read More →
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Bill Updike

Green Building Specialist, District Department of the Environment
Bill Updike is the Interim Deputy Director of the Urban Sustainability Administration in the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment, where he is responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change, waste issues, and general sustainability planning for the city government in DC. Prior to joining the department, Bill worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, as a green building... Read More →



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

10:30am

The Regenerates: Documentary and Stories from the Field
The Regenerates, a documentary from the voices of the practitioners putting contributive and regenerative approaches into practice. Followed by a discussion of what working contributively means in the current market. Documentary includes Stephen Kellert, Bob Berkebile, Bill Reed, Pamela Mang, Ben Haggard, Chrisna du Plessis, Dominique Hes, Brian Dunbar, Josie Plaut and Phaedra Svec

Speakers
avatar for Mary Casey

Mary Casey

Associate Director, McLachlan Lister
Mary Casey has nearly 20 years of design and construction industry experience in Australia and internationally. She made Australia her home over a decade ago, and is continually inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of its ecosystems. She has worked as an architect, sustainability consultant, project manager, trainer and facilitator. In all of her work, she questions what is possible, challenging and supporting her clients to pursue loftier... Read More →
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Dominique Hes

Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Dominique Hes is an academic at the University of Melbourne who has been asking: ‘why, when we have been ‘doing’ sustainability for so long, are we having an ever increasing impact?’ People create such beauty with music, food, art, buildings and community why is it so difficult to be a thriving part of the earth’s systems? She has degrees in Science (Botany) from the University of Melbourne, Engineering (Cleaner... Read More →
avatar for Josie Plaut

Josie Plaut

Associate Director, Clear and Institute for the Built Environment
Josie Plaut is Associate Director for the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University. Josie's professional work includes providing educational design and guidance for the USGBC's Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional Study Guides, serving on the Commercial Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Fort Collins’ green building code amendments, and serving as a Volunteer Ambassador for the Living Building... Read More →



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

10:30am

We Can Heal the World in 18 Months (No Snake Oil Necessary)
We have all the physical technologies we need to heal the earth – right now. Poly-canopy farming, holistic management, and permaculture techniques can bring back a healthy trajectory and harmony between humans and ‘nature’ in 18 months. The same principles apply to urban areas and human social systems too. So, what’s slowing us down? How can we shift our design and business practices to engage more effectively, motivate, and learn what’s required for meaningful and fulfilling change? Bill Reed will explore foundational living system design principles and practice processes that have been proven to invite massive change, alignment, and participation among all living stakeholders. It’s not so hard, but it IS a different way of thinking and being.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Reed

Bill Reed

Principal, Regenesis
Bill is a principal in Integrative Design, Inc. and Regenesis, and an internationally thought leader in sustainability and regenerative planning, design and implementation. His work centers on creating and implementing a whole and living-systems design process. Bill is an author of many technical articles and co-author of the seminal work, “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building.” In addition to being a co-founder of LEED, he... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

12:30pm

Localicious Lunch (Offsite)
Thursday April 2, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
OFFSITE

1:30pm

Biomimicry: A Walking Exploration
Nature is constantly evolving and creating networks to survive in a way that enriches the entire community. This session is a walking exploration through nature in the heart of urban Seattle. Learn how to interpret nature’s lessons with three leading biomimicry experts and apply them to design challenges in your own community. The session will be held at Freeway Park, a short walk from the conference venue. Tools will be provided to help identify relevant design challenges, interpret how nature is addressing them, and translate them into sustainable design solutions.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a "field trip" session that will gather onsite (in the "Greenwood" room) for 15 minutes, prior to heading out on the walking tour. 

Speakers
avatar for Kris Callori

Kris Callori

CEO, EDI
Kris Callori is fascinated by how native ecosystems collaboratively build community and solve design problems. She is the founder of EDI Integrative Consulting, a LEED and sustainability consulting firm that guides teams to achieve high performance building goals. While not working, Kris can be found wandering through her native environment of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She acknowledges that we have the intuitive knowledge as designers to create... Read More →
avatar for Jane Toner

Jane Toner

Biomimicry Specialist, Melbourne Living Building Collaborative
Jane Toner has a firm belief that nature has the answers to developing innovative sustainable design solutions that are environmentally regenerative, socially just and joyous. Jane is an Architect, Sustainable Design Consultant and Australia’s first certified Biomimicry Specialist. A life-long learner, she is currently furthering her studies to become a Biomimicry Professional. Jane is a facilitator of the Melbourne Living Future... Read More →
avatar for Joe Zazzera

Joe Zazzera

Biomimicry Specialist, Green Plants for Green Buildings
Joe Zazzera, Biomimicry Specialist, LEED AP ID+C, Accredited Green Roof Professional, Founding Principal- Plant Solutions, President-Green Plants For Green Buildings. Joe Zazzera is contagiously enthusiastic about “re-connecting people with nature”. He has been working with nature in the built environment for 32 years. As the founding principal of Plant Solutions Inc., his firm designs and installs living walls, indoor atriums and... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greenwood Room

1:30pm

Carrots & Karats: Economic Models for Urban Agriculture
The benefits of urban agriculture are widely recognized – including enhanced food security and alleviation of food deserts, the support of more sustainable, less fossil-fuel dependent, community-focused food production, the transformation of the built environment through the introduction of the nutrient cycle, and the introduction of new business opportunities within the food network. Now that a number of projects have attempted to make business sense of urban agriculture, there is an opportunity to analyze the economics of urban farming, and to investigate the realities of the business case, including finding funding and financing.

Speakers
avatar for Myer Harrell

Myer Harrell

Senior Associate, Weber Thompson
Named the 2011 AIA Seattle Young Architect, Senior Associate Myer Harrell is a dedicated architect with a passion for sustainable design. His current work as a Project Manager at Weber Thompson is primarily in urban, mid-rise, mixed-use multifamily projects with ambitious environmental goals. Nationally, he has been an active volunteer with the Greenbuild Program Working Group. In recent years he has co-instructed architecture studios at the... Read More →
avatar for Gundula Proksch

Gundula Proksch

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Department of Architecture
Gundula Proksch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She teaches advanced graduate studios and seminars with an emphasis on design integration of sustainable systems. Her current research focuses on design with living systems and the integration of urban agricultural practices in the built environment. Her book “Creating Urban Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Approach... Read More →
avatar for Becky Warner

Becky Warner

Farmer/Owner, City Grown Seattle
Becky Warner is a farmer and co-owner at City Grown Seattle, an urban market gardening business now entering its fifth season. Becky comes from a software development background, but discovered a passion for growing vegetables and helped start City Grown as a way to experiment with market farming without buying land.  The group uses backyards and other unused spaces within the city to grow vegetables for sale via neighborhood farmstands... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Juniper Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Cities that Function Like Forests: An Innovative Approach to Urban Resiliency
How can we learn from the genius of our place to design more resilient, restorative communities? New York City after a storm, Chicago after a drought, Seattle after a flood: what if we were able to look at how nature survives disturbance and ask the question - what is resilient here? Using biomimicry methodology, this interactive workshop gives participants the chance to explore natural solutions to urban resilience challenges within a Seattle context and provide tools and best practices for exploring the genius of their place when they return home. Some knowledge of biomimicry will be helpful, although not required.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy McGee

Timothy McGee

Chief Biologist and Designer, LikoLab
Timothy R. McGee is chief biologist and designer at LikoLab, a biology & design firm in Seattle that learns from nature, and makes things. Likolab explores the interface between biology and design helping organizations confront both the human and scientific challenges of emerging technology. Tim’s work spans broad challenges from developing new ways to manufacture materials to enabling healthcare companies to better understand how their... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Ramsden

Alexandra Ramsden

Principal, RUSHING
Alexandra Ramsden leads Rushing’s sustainability consulting and training practice and is the cofounder of Biomimicry Puget Sound. She guides teams to identify project appropriate sustainability solutions for buildings and businesses and develops green building educational programs. Drawing from her 15 years of experience and a multidisciplinary background of both science and architecture, Alexandra approaches projects holistically and... Read More →
avatar for Josh Stack

Josh Stack

Attorney and Counselor at Law, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC
Educated in biology and law on construction sites & development projects, and the Peruvian rainforest, Josh advises clients in translating and applying Life’s deep laws to design, construction and complex sustainability initiatives. He adapts resilience science, TEK and the sciences of life to practice, and ultimately, as a deliberation for our children’s adaptive health and resilience. Recent projects include: facilitating a... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Coming Home To Where We Are: The Practice of Place in An Age of Consequences
Building on stories from Kurt's book The Circumference of Home, this experiential session will explore how a “practice of place” can revivify our lives, and enhance our resilience as agents of healing in an age of consequences. Using poetry, mindfulness exercises, shared story and dialogue, we will explore cornerstones of a modern practice of place, including:
the power of presence and the importance of embodied awareness; cultivating open-hearted engagement with daunting facts and trends; Strengthening our bioregional identity, and cultivating ecological literacy; reaffirming local community as prime social nexus.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Hoelting

Kurt Hoelting

Owner, Inside Passages
Kurt Hoelting is a Northwest mindfulness teacher, writer and wilderness guide. He has led wilderness meditation retreats in Alaska since 1994 (www.insidepassages.com), and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to veterans at the VA Hospital in Seattle since 2007. In 2008 Kurt lived car-free for a year, as a personal response to climate change, exploring a close radius of his Whidbey Island home on foot, by bicycle and sea kayak... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Community, Culture, and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice
Human-centered architecture depends on human-centered approaches to research and design. In order to authentically address community, culture and place, a designer must first tend to an inner world of mindfulness and possibility. By applying adapted forms of mindfulness practice and anthropological research methods, designers can better understand, empathize and operate within the communities they serve. Led by a Zen priest, a cultural ecologist and some curious architects, this session will guide participants through a series of inward-focused mindfulness exercises that will inform an outward-focused ethnographic workshop. Participants will develop mindfulness and embodied empathy skills that will transform their design practices.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Preston

Jennifer Preston

Associate, Sustainable Design Director, BKSK Architects
Jennifer leads the development of sustainable architectural solutions at BKSK Architects where she implements practical integrations of resilient building ecologies. Jennifer’s research work at Columbia University and BKSK combines design, emergent science, simulation modeling and shared resource mapping to inspire future solutions in urban food production, global waste networks, micro remediation landscapes, and comprehensive redlist... Read More →

Speakers
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Galen Cranz

Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture, is a sociologist, designer, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (a system of body-mind postural education).  She teaches the social and cultural components of environmental design, exemplified in Ethnography for Designers. She pioneered Body Conscious Design, based on how the body meets the environment.  She critiqued of the practice of chair sitting from a somatic point of view... Read More →
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David Goldberg

President, Mithun
David Goldberg is President at Mithun, an integrated design firm known nationwide for creating environmentally sensitive buildings and places. David is project director and lead designer on a wide range of educational, institutional, and corporate projects. David speaks nationally on sustainable integrated design and the integration of buildings and campuses into the educational process. He earned his architecture degrees from the University of... Read More →
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Eko Jeff Kelley

Zen Priest, Seattle Soto Zen
Eko Jeff Kelley has led the Seattle Soto Zen sangha in Seattle, WA since 2009.  Jeff began Zen practice in 1994 at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN--an urban temple founded by two long-time students of Dainin Katagiri Roshi. He received formal Dharma Transmission from Byakuren Judith Ragir in 2013. Jeff worked as an architect for 25 years in Minnesota before becoming a full-time priest. Jeff has many years of... Read More →
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James Wilson

Sustainable Design Research Intern, BKSK Architects
James Wilson is an architectural researcher at BKSK Architects in New York City. His work focuses on ethnographic and embodied forms of design research and education. He was recently named the 2014 George G. Booth Traveling Fellow by University of Michigan. His project, concerned with the social culture of Denmark as it relates to social health and wellness, is entitled Hygge: The Phenomenology of Danish Social Space. The project will be... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Crowdsourcing Design at a District Scale with the 2030 District Water Goal Calculator
We will use the Seattle 2030 District Water calculator as a tool for a number of hands-on exercises that focus on site scale solutions that optimize district-wide results. Through game-based, iterative scenarios, teams will develop options for managing water while enhancing urban ecology and user engagement. To provide context for the exercises, a number of short ‘water stories’ will be woven throughout the session. Throughout the session, the combination of scenarios and stories will shift the discussion of water from an urban dilemma to how it can become a catalyst for community change.

Moderators
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Chris Webb

Associate Engineer, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Chris Webb, PE, LEED-Fellow is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington and Oregon whose passion and technical expertise is focused on providing civil engineering designs that demonstrate the highest degree of sustainability and are based on ecological principles. Chris was part of the first group in the country to hold the LEED-APTM for Neighborhood Development (ND) certification, and was inducted as a LEED Fellow in the first... Read More →

Speakers
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Matthew Combe

Program Director, Seattle 2030 District
Matthew Combe is the Program Director of the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private partnership of property owners, managers, design professionals, King County and The City of Seattle to create America’s first High- Performance Building District. Matthew previously worked for Aedas architects, in the UK, as a sustainability consultant, overseeing sustainable design of all projects in the office, working on commercial office, multi... Read More →
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Meghan Feller

Engineer, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Meghan Feller, PE is a licensed professional civil engineer in Washington specializing in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) planning, design, and performance evaluation. During her graduate research at Villanova University, she studied the performance of innovative drainage practices including bioretention, permeable pavement, green roofs, infiltration trenches, and constructed wetlands. She is now applying her unique skill set to a broad... Read More →
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Jason King

Landscape Architect, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Jason King, ASLA LEED AP, is a landscape architect, urbanist, writer and educator with 17 years of experience in urban ecological site design, sustainable stormwater, green roofs, master planning, and healthcare. He has an extensive professional with an award-winning portfolio of work in Oregon, Washington, and California, and a strong focus through built and speculative work focused around innovative research- based solutions, ecological... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Declare: A Tool for Market Transformation

Project teams consider Materials the most challenging Petal of the Living Building Challenge, enjoining not only technical challenges but also playing an active role in transforming the building products industry while flipping the standard specification process on its head. Today, the transformation is under way: projects of all types are gaining experience navigating the Red List and other challenges, manufacturers are embracing transparency and toxic chemical avoidance, and transparency tools like Declare are providing valuable intelligence for everyone. Come see the revolution in progress: new tools and new healthier materials can bring Materials Petal Certification to your project.


Speakers
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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 →
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Tim Conway

Vice President, Global Accounts Sustainability Account Development, Shaw Industries
As a flooring industry expert, Tim Conway is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design. Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from raw material chemical building blocks to end of life replication. He has a unique... Read More →
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Tristan Roberts

Editorial Director, BuildingGreen
Tristan Roberts is Executive Editor for BuildingGreen, Inc., the green building industry’s authoritative publisher. In addition to being a longtime writer and editor at Environmental Building News, BuildingGreen.com, and GreenSpec, Tristan was part of the team that launched LEEDuser. LEEDuser is the leading forum for projects working through the nitty-gritty of LEED certification and related sustainability issues. Tristan has a... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy
Charley Stevenson is founding principal of Integrated Eco Strategy, a consulting firm that focuses on green building certification, building energy efficiency, and sustainability policy for institutional and not-for-profit clients.  He is currently working on four registered LBC projects. Charley’s work combines technical and analytical support with sustainability education across the project team. Before sustainability, he was a... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Healthy habitats from the Googleplex to Silicon Valley: Designing for Ecological Resilience Across Scales

Adaptation to climate change requires redesigning our landscapes to maximize ecosystem resilience. However, translating resiliency theory into actionable principles and plans for non-scientists remains challenging. Google’s Ecology Program and the San Francisco Estuary Institute have teamed up to build a science-based framework designed to enhance ecosystem health and resilience, guiding Google’s campus design as well as investments in the region as a whole. This session is designed to explore this approach and its application across multiple scales, with a focus on Google’s Mountain View campus and Silicon Valley as a case study.


Speakers
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Erin Beller

Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Erin Beller is an environmental scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she leads SFEI’s Historical Ecology team.  Erin’s research centers on reconstructing historical ecology and documenting ecosystem changes in landscapes across California, using this information to envision future landscape potential. Prior to joining SFEI, Erin worked with the Planning and Conservation League and for the History... Read More →
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Audrey Davenport

Ecology Program Lead, Google, Inc.
Audrey Davenport is the Ecology Program Manager for Google’s Global Real Estate & Workplace Services Team where she leads efforts to improve ecosystem-scale health in the communities Google calls home. Previously, Audrey worked for Google.org’s Energy & Sustainability team, Environmental Defense Fund and The California Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Science Program. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia where... Read More →
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Robin Grossinger

Resilient Landscapes Program Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes Program. Robin’s work has been acclaimed for helping scientists, managers, and the public appreciate both the dramatic transformation and the impressive resilience of California’s ecosystems, inspiring the creation of healthier and more adaptive neighborhoods, cities, and landscapes. Robin’s many... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Impacts of Gender: Using Personal Perspective and Statistics Towards Achieving Carbon-Neutrality and Positive Change
There are less than 1000 carbon-neutral buildings. Are architects being taught enough to design for carbon-neutrality? What are the barriers stopping us? What are the strengths that can accelerate aspirational sustainability outcomes?

This interactive, inclusive, session will draw on data from a national survey of architects testing design knowledge of energy-reducing strategies, uncovering surprising relationships between gender, age, and sustainability. We will look at systemic issues in modern culture as they relate to gender in our industry and communities. We will touch on data about women in technology, developing countries, and personal experiences of female architects, engineers, and social-change makers.

Moderators
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Kiki Federico

Researcher, Transformational Women’s Wellness Coach
Kiki is a Transformational Women’s Wellness Coach. Her work is guided by her personal anthem, “The world needs what women want.” She brings 6 years of experience in construction technology and sustainability, a top salesperson at Siemens, and former Board Member for the AEC Hackathon. Her time in the built-environment inspired her to co-create WomenEmpower, a grassroots organization where women in the industry find true... Read More →

Speakers
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Sophia Duluk

Designer, EHDD
Sophia Duluk works at EHDD in San Francisco. She has a degree in architecture from the University of Washington, and a Master of Architecture in Sustainable Technology and a Certificate in Technical Teaching from the University of Oregon. Sophia has co-authored 4 published papers about passive strategies and evaluation tools for designers. Currently Sophia is working on implementing sustainable design principals in her projects, pushing them to a... Read More →
avatar for Laura Fedoruk

Laura Fedoruk

Project Engineer, Integral Group
Laura is a design engineer whose work focuses on creating net zero energy buildings, LBC projects, and healthy communities. With a background in Engineering Physics and a Masters of Science in Environmental Resource Management, she has combined her interest in sustainable engineering design with her love of ecological and social systems.
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Heather Nelson

Research Associate, RTKL Associates
Heather works for RTKL Associates as a researcher with Chief Sustainability Officer, Lance Hosey. With a bachelor's from Clemson University and a master's in Architecture from the University of Oregon with a focus on sustainable technology, she has combined her passion for research and architecture in her education and career. She works to provide architects with access to top research on key topics of sustainable design and to propel the... Read More →
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Rachel O'Reilly

‎Head of Business Development, Wildlife Works & Women's Climate Impact
Rachel O’Reilly has pioneered the development of the REDD+ carbon market, working with companies like PUMA, Microsoft, Hershey’s, Audi and Coca-Cola. Rachel works with these corporations to design and execute plans to achieve her client’s sustainability and corporate responsibility goals. Rachel co-founded the Women's Climate Impact as she is inspired by the fact that addressing climate change is a core asset to women’s... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Pro-equity Living Community Development (Part 1)

Inclusivity. Fairness. Healing. This 2-part, 3-hour workshop builds the sensitivities and competencies to reveal and address equity considerations and opportunities in Living Community development.  The session starts with the equity petal, steps through equity considerations in the other petals, and moves toward a holistic and inclusive model for a framing and driving toward a pro-equity approach that can be tailored to the circumstances of Living Communities in a variety of contexts. Case examples and table exercises push participants to build competencies in equity assessment, inclusive engagement, equity impact review, and the array of design and development considerations that bear on equity outcomes.

This training Part 1 of a two-part series (see Part 2 here), that also complements the Equitable and JUST Living Buildings workshop on Friday.


Speakers
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Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.  She led the County’s Green Building Ordinance renewal adding the Living Building Challenge to King County Code as an alternative to the Scorecard or LEED... Read More →
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Richard Gelb

Performance Manager and Equity/Social Justice Lead, King County Natural Resources and Parks
Richard Gelb is performance manager and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks. He coordinates King County’s STAR Communities implementation, is on the national Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System, and serves on the Global Ecodistrict Protocol Advisory Committee.  Richard has been an elected supervisor for King Conservation District, strategic advisor for City of Seattle Office of... Read More →
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De'Sean Quinn

Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks
De’Sean Quinn is the Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll for the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, focusing on implementing Equity and Social Justice in the Wastewater Treatment Division.  He also provides Community Relations support for Capital Improvement Projects and has served King County Executive’s Office as the Regional and Local Affairs Manager. The Honorable De’Sean Quinn is also a City... Read More →
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Patti Southard

Program Manager GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard is creative director for the award winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cirrus Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Results from a Living Building: The Bullitt Center Turns Two
The Bullitt Center is a 6-story leasable commercial office building in Seattle. On track to become the world’s largest Living Building in early 2015, it is much like a Douglas fir forest – utilizing only nature’s abundance to provide fresh air, light, energy, and heating and cooling for its occupants. As the project turns two, The Bullitt Foundation, The Miller Hull Partnership and PAE will share how the building is performing and what that means to the community and ecosystem, as well as energy efficiency strategies that could change the way we build and finance projects.

Speakers
avatar for Conrad Brown

Conrad Brown

Principal, PAE
Conrad is a Principal and mechanical engineer with PAE, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm dedicated to sustainable design. He has 20 years of experience in mechanical system design and is also an accomplished commissioning agent, energy modeler and project manager. Passionate about sustainable design, he has provided expertise for three net zero energy projects and nearly 20 LEED rated or registered projects. Conrad was the... Read More →
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Denis Hayes

President, The Bullitt Foundation
As President of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes seeks to reshape cities into resilient ecosystems. Toward that end, he recently developed the Bullitt Center, a 50,000 square foot “living” office building. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, professor of engineering at Stanford University, and... Read More →
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Ron Rochon

Partner, The Miller Hull Partnership
Ron Rochon serves both as Managing Partner at Miller Hull, and as a Partner-in-Charge on numerous projects. The firm’s technology leader, Ron led the establishment of BIM protocols implemented throughout the consultant team and design process leading to far fewer changes in the field. He also championed the use of multiple energy modeling technologies to develop an integrated design process that allows the design team and stakeholders to... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

Waste = Food: Furthering the Next Imperative
Our session is inspired by the understanding that, in any sustainable system, waste must equal food. Food, in turn, is culture – a prime topic for restorative design. Connecting local communities, food and nutrient flows is key to restoring culture and our environment. This workshop combines education and application aimed at cultural and environmental restoration. The goal is to gain food independence, eliminate waste, repair culture, improve health, and transform a regional food web. Our session is designed to harness the wisdom of the Living Future crowd in applying a nascent Net-Zero Nutrients imperative to a First Nation community and homeland.

Moderators
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Craig Briscoe

Director, ReBuilt Environment
Craig Briscoe creatively and thoughtfully applies design and research to making better buildings and communities. From 2011-2014 he led sustainable design efforts at Glumac, a leading MEP firm, and served in a “translator” role on project teams to foster communication between architects and engineers. Prior to Glumac he was an integral part of the Sustainable Design team at ZGF Architects, where he worked for 12 years on diverse and... Read More →

Speakers
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Pat Lando

Landscape Architect, Lando and Associates Landscape Architecture
Pat Lando is a registered Landscape Architect with a broad base of experience ranging from large international design projects to intimately crafted works while operating as a design-build contractor. Transforming that foundation into a 12-year old design studio “Lando and Associates, Landscape Architecture” has garnished Mr. Lando with the “Top 25 Professionals” award by Sustainable Industries Journal, as well as other... Read More →
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Pete Munoz

Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
Pete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built schools and learning centers in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pete has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of... Read More →
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Daryl Williams

Natural Resources Liaison, Tulalip Tribe; Treaty Rights Office
Daryl Williams is the Environmental Liaison for the Tulalip Tribes, where he has worked has worked for many years. He works with a wide range of environmental, fisheries, archeological and cultural issues affecting the tribes. In recent years he has also worked closely with the agricultural community in Snohomish river basin.  He is a member of several committees and commissions concerned with fish habitat issues. He is also a Board member... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

“Conservation First!” The common cry of Passive House, Zero Energy, and Living Building
Efficiency is the thread that connects Living Building Challenge with Zero Energy and Passive House building. The predictable reductions in energy demand that Passive House delivers make it a powerful way to reach net zero energy and achieve LBC’s energy petal. In urban contexts with limited space for solar panels, this “conservation first” approach can be mission critical. Session participants will learn about the building assemblies and modeling tools that practitioners use to build resilient über-efficient buildings. As case study, presenters will examine UniverCity, the sustainable urban village near Vancouver BC that combines LBC, Zero Energy, and Passive House approaches.

Speakers
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Dale Mikkelsen

Director of Development, SFU Community Trust
Dale is the Director of Development for the SFU Community Trust, developer of UniverCity, a model sustainable community adjacent to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Prior to working with SFU Community Trust, Dale was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver's 2010 Athlete's Village. He also acted as the City's Green Building Planner. He serves as a board member for the International Living Building Institute. Dale has a... Read More →
avatar for Dan Whitmore

Dan Whitmore

House Consultant and Builder, Hammer & Hand / Passive House Northwest
Dan has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and even FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma. As designer, builder and Certified Passive House Consultant, he completed one of the first Passive Houses in Washington State. He is a core curriculum developer and... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

1:30pm

(Extended Workshop) Buildings of the Future: Seeing Beyond this Century

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), joined with New Building Institute, ZGF Architects, and EcoDistricts, are inviting thought leaders to attend a workshop titled “Buildings of the Future: Seeing Beyond this Century” on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 1:15–5:00 PM (PDT) at the Seattle Sheraton, Medina Room.

At the Living Future unConference, we are creating an interactive forum for visionaries and experts to help shape the built environment in the next century. This workshop is part of a national initiative to develop a vision for buildings in 100 years, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technology Office. Topics to be discussed at this workshop will include interactive issues such as future utilities, new real estate dynamics, innovative information technologies, and connected buildings and districts. You will work with leaders across various fields to generate creative ideas. Together, we will paint a picture of a resilient, convenient, efficient, and safe building for our future.

The outcome of this workshop will be used to guide the DOE vision development. A discussion summary will be published on the Future Buildings website and also included in the final vision report. Your contributions will be recognized in our published documents.

Visit Living Future 2015 for more information about the 9th annual unConference.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Agenda*

Session one
1:15 – 1:30 (15 minutes) Overview of 100-year building vision development
1:30 – 2:15 (45 minutes) Topic 1: Future utilities and resource supply
2:15 – 3:00 (45 minutes) Topic 2: Future connected building districts
Session two
3:15 – 3:30 (15-minute) Break/recap
3:30 – 4:15 (45 minutes) Topic 3: Future information technology and its impacts on buildings
4:15 – 5:00 (45 minutes) Topic 4: Future real estate market dynamics
5:00 – 5:15 (15 minutes) Closing and next steps

*Please note that there is also a morning panel discussion (with the same title) from 10:30 AM–12:30 PM in the Aspen Room. The afternoon workshop will be an extension of the morning session with more inputs from invited thought leaders. The first 15-minute of the workshop will provide an overview of the morning session.


RSVP is required. In the RSVP, please indicate if you are planning to attend Session One, Session Two, or Both.

This workshop is only open to unConference attendees and invited guests.


Speakers
DR

Dave Ramslie

Integral Group
avatar for Steve Shankle

Steve Shankle

Division Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Steve Shankle leads the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Division includes more than 220 world-class energy scientists and engineers working at the forefront of America's toughest energy challenges. The Division’s primary focus is on delivering solutions for energy efficient buildings and the future power grid. Steve’s 30-year career has spanned technical and... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Traber

Andrea Traber

Principal, Sustainable Design and Innovation, Integral Group
Andrea Traber is a licensed architect and LEED Fellow and contributes many years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerous green building projects, climate action plans, and sustainability and energy programs. Andrea delivers a holistic, integrated approach to design producing increased resource efficiency and sustainability to her clients including universities, cities, private developers, and design teams. Andrea leads... Read More →
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Nora Wang

Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Wang is a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), specialized in building energy efficiency, sustainability, and lighting. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, focusing on daylighting and behavioral study. Beginning her career in architecture, she has international project experience and won several design competitions. Before joining PNNL, she was a Building Energy... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Medina Room

3:00pm

Transition
Thursday April 2, 2015 3:00pm - 3:15pm
TRANSITION

3:00pm

3:15pm

A Tale of Two Cities: Changing Markets, Metrics, Methods (and Mindsets) in Memphis and Detroit

Memphis and Detroit share similar stories.  Both once capitals of wealth, production and distribution, today they epitomize industrial decay – deterioration of infrastructures; erosion of capital; and chronic underinvestment in (and decline of) community well-being. However this is not how their stories end. In both, emergent champions are coming together to create new chapters - revealing lessons of hope, inspiration and potential. This visual and candid session will compare strategies and tactics for community-driven transformation currently being realized in Memphis and Detroit - exploring emerging models, metrics, methods, and mindsets for regenerating exchange, valuation, and agency across scales.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cutbill

Jennifer Cutbill

Designer, DIALOG
Jennifer is an intern architect at DIALOG, and was co-design lead for the Sears Crosstown Project. She is also co-chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Metro Vancouver chapter of Architecture Canada; founding director of the Laboratory for Housing Alternatives; director and co-founder of Vancouver Design Week; and a mentor and regular guest critic at UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
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Matthew Grocoff

Principal, Thrive Collaborative / GreenovationTV LLC
Matt is the founding principal of the THRIVE Collaborative and partner in Polymath Development. All projects target either NZEB or Living Building Challenge. He was honored as a 2012 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press, called the “proven zero energy master” and one of "Greater Detroit's most progressive personalities.” His home was a USA Today "Best Green Homes" and The Atlantic called it "sustainable perfection... Read More →
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Erin Kelly

Program Manager, Detroit Future City
Erin Kelly, ASLA, manages the blue and green infrastructure programs at the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office. Her work in Detroit spans the spectrum from strategic demolition practices (site selection) to landscape design specifications (management + remediation), facilitating projects that intersect with vacant buildings and the land they sit upon. Erin received her master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard's Graduate... Read More →
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Todd Richardson

Project Leader, Crosstown Development Team
Dr. Todd Richardson is associate professor at the University of Memphis, Co-Founder of Crosstown Arts, and Co-Leader of the Crosstown Development Project. He is a specialist in the European Renaissance and has lectured and published internationally on topics ranging from art and architecture to religion and politics. Since 2010, he has led the development team transforming the historic, 1.5 million square foot Sears Crosstown Distribution... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Biophilia and Biomimicry as Pathways to Net Positive
This session will explore the relationships between people and nature through a discussion of Biophilia and Biomimicry in the built environment. What are their crossovers as pathways to increase the human | nature connection? How does one use nature’s principles as a model of inspiration and efficiency for resilient design strategies? We will hear from a Bay Area commercial project that is using Biophila and connectivity to nature as a key objective. We will analyze how those connections lead to Net Positive solutions through various case studies that demonstrate applied examples of nature’s principles translated into design solutions.

Speakers
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Zorana Bosnic

Vice President | Sustainable Design Director, HOK
Zorana Bosnic is the Sustainable Design Director with HOK in San Francisco. She has provided sustainable design leadership on some of HOK’s most environmentally innovative projects. Zorana worked on numerous projects in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Coast USA. She has a keen interest in sustainable design innovations and ways of integrating biomimicry and nature’s principles into the built environment. Zorana... Read More →
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Scott Jacobs

CEO, Landbank
Scott is the CEO of Landbank, a third generation, family-owned commercial real estate development company. Landbank has acquired, developed, leased, managed, and provided over four million square feet of office/R&D space to leading technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scott’s current focus is developing user-centric environments that are thoughtful, sustainable, amenity rich, transit served, and future ready &mdash... Read More →
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Amanda Sturgeon

Executive Director, International Living Future Institute
Amanda is a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Institute she was a Senior Associate at Perkins+Will where she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Creating the Exquisite through Natural Inspiration 2.0 – Place Based Workshop
As architects and designers with strong foundations of sustainable design, we now have the opportunity to explore the connection to nature at levels beyond the strategies and systems that we are familiar with, and potentially develop a new approach towards Place. This workshop will provide a lens for looking at nature as the measure of place-based environmental responses, then abstracting and translating it into a design element. The workshop format draws inspiration from the Exquisite Corpse, a technique invented by Surrealists by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled.

Speakers
avatar for Ilana Judah

Ilana Judah

Principal, Director of Sustainability, FXFOWLE Architects
Ilana Judah has seventeen years experience as a senior architect leading teams and developing solutions for projects of multiple scales and typologies. As Director of Sustainability, she leads implementation of environmentally-responsible strategies on all firm projects, and heads FXFOWLE's in-house sustainability workgroup. Ilana is co-chair of AIANY's Committee on the Environment, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. She has served... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Preston

Jennifer Preston

Associate, Sustainable Design Director, BKSK Architects
Jennifer leads the development of sustainable architectural solutions at BKSK Architects where she implements practical integrations of resilient building ecologies. Jennifer’s research work at Columbia University and BKSK combines design, emergent science, simulation modeling and shared resource mapping to inspire future solutions in urban food production, global waste networks, micro remediation landscapes, and comprehensive redlist... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Design-Worthy: Articulating the Links between Cost, Quality and Social Responsibility
A friend of mine working in Haiti recently asked, “How can westerners protest working conditions for the third-world poor when they are the ones creating demand for cheap objects?” Too often we separate ourselves from our own roles in cause and effect related to consumer power and socially responsible purchasing. This is particularly relevant to the interior design community, including clients and students. We’re often conflicted about product cost in the face of issues such as homelessness, but I contend that this does not have to be the case.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Marie Miller

Beth Marie Miller

Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University
Beth Marie Miller, NCIDQ certificate number 018834, LEED-AP, has taught interior design at Seattle Pacific University for 13 years, and been a partner in Miller Interior Design with her husband for 10 years. Her passion for environmental responsibility has led her to incorporate sustainability issues into every course she teaches, including courses in the university’s common curriculum as well as those limited to interior design majors. Her... Read More →
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Keith E. Miller

Principal Interior Designer, Miller Interior Design
Keith lives and works in downtown Seattle, Washington with his wife, artist|writer|educator|designer Beth Marie Miller. Keith has operated Miller Interior Design since 1995. His award-winning creativity has attracted the attention of clients with a vast array of taste preferences and project requirements. In 1993, Keith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Housing and Interior Design from the University of Kentucky, a four-year professional... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Exploring Architecture’s New Edges
Rapid technological advances and cultural shifts have brought on a new era of design that heals our relationship with nature. Deep green architect Peter Busby broadens the boundaries of sustainability to explore “Architecture’s New Edges,” those new areas of practice spawned by high-performance design; social responsibility; innovation; technology; and whole systems thinking. Through case studies from his new publication, Busby: Architecture’s New Edges, Peter leads an informed audience through an exploration of architecture’s new boundaries to highlight the opportunities to create vibrant communities, regenerate natural ecosystems, foster a culture of design innovation, and spur discussion about the future of sustainable design.

Speakers
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Peter Busby

Managing Director, San Francisco, Perkins+Will
Internationally recognized for his contributions to architecture and planning, Peter Busby’s portfolio embodies his philosophy of social responsibility and commitment to sustainable design. Peter’s work has gained a reputation for design excellence and innovation, becoming a powerful catalyst in the growth of the high performance sustainable design movement. Peter serves as Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco... Read More →


Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Grow Community: A Built Environment Sets the Stage for Creation of Community
Creating a (successful) community is not a certainty; the ultimate success of it depends on the people who choose to live there. How do you create this place where people WANT to live? How the design of the net zero energy Grow Community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, creates the basis for a shared sense of purpose, bring residents together toward common lifestyle goals and creating a strong sense of place and connection within a neighborhood.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Architect, davis studio Architecture + Design
Born in England, architect Jonathan Davis brings more than 27 years of sustainable building experience to his projects. Davis designed and built his first sustainable home, incorporating geo-thermal heat pumps, solar hot water, fireplace heat reclamation and recycled bricks in 1985, and continues to incorporate cutting edge sustainability features into all of his work cumulating in his latest built project, Grow Community.
avatar for Greg Lotakis

Greg Lotakis

Grow Community Project Manager, Asani LLC
As co-founder of Connect Development Group, Greg focuses on sustainable development, re-development, and services for residential living, with the goal of taking to scale and creating the standard, for sustainable development, in home and apartment living. As a professional engineer & project manager, with an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Greg has been intimately involved realizing Grow Community.



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Living at All Scales: People, Project, Practice, Place
The future of our planet and the future of our industry depend on our ability to thrive in systems, to co-create in collaboration and to achieve levels of synergy that transform our impact. Living Buildings define performance targets for the industry, yet, a critical gap remains between rising performance goals and the organizational capability to consistently achieve them. This session takes participants through a series of exercises to explore 4 layers of interconnected engagement: personal effectiveness, team collaboration, firm capability and community impact. Interactions and explorations help them understand how to fully unlock and realize potential for transformation.

Speakers
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Barbra Batshalom

Executive Director, Sustainable Performance Institute
Barbra Batshalom has been a leader in sustainability since founding the Green Roundtable in 1998 and the USGBC Affiliate in MA in 2000. She is currently founder and president of the Sustainable Performance Institute, dedicated to institutionalizing sustainability in organizations and communities around the world. Her work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes, technology and culture. With a diverse background of fine arts, social... Read More →
avatar for Bill Reed

Bill Reed

Principal, Regenesis
Bill is a principal in Integrative Design, Inc. and Regenesis, and an internationally thought leader in sustainability and regenerative planning, design and implementation. His work centers on creating and implementing a whole and living-systems design process. Bill is an author of many technical articles and co-author of the seminal work, “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building.” In addition to being a co-founder of LEED, he... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Juniper Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Pro-equity Living Community Development (Part 2)

Inclusivity. Fairness. Healing. This 2-part, 3-hour workshop builds the sensitivities and competencies to reveal and address equity considerations and opportunities in Living Community development.  The session starts with the equity petal, steps through equity considerations in the other petals, and moves toward a holistic and inclusive model for a framing and driving toward a pro-equity approach that can be tailored to the circumstances of Living Communities in a variety of contexts. Case examples and table exercises push participants to build competencies in equity assessment, inclusive engagement, equity impact review, and the array of design and development considerations that bear on equity outcomes.

This training Part 2 of a two-part series (see Part 1 here), that also complements the Equitable and JUST Living Buildings workshop on Friday.


Speakers
avatar for Nori Catabay

Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.  She led the County’s Green Building Ordinance renewal adding the Living Building Challenge to King County Code as an alternative to the Scorecard or LEED... Read More →
avatar for Richard Gelb

Richard Gelb

Performance Manager and Equity/Social Justice Lead, King County Natural Resources and Parks
Richard Gelb is performance manager and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks. He coordinates King County’s STAR Communities implementation, is on the national Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System, and serves on the Global Ecodistrict Protocol Advisory Committee.  Richard has been an elected supervisor for King Conservation District, strategic advisor for City of Seattle Office of... Read More →
avatar for De'Sean Quinn

De'Sean Quinn

Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks
De’Sean Quinn is the Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll for the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, focusing on implementing Equity and Social Justice in the Wastewater Treatment Division.  He also provides Community Relations support for Capital Improvement Projects and has served King County Executive’s Office as the Regional and Local Affairs Manager. The Honorable De’Sean Quinn is also a City... Read More →
avatar for Patti Southard

Patti Southard

Program Manager GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard is creative director for the award winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Cirrus Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Progress in Harmonizing Material Health Data

Assessing the health-related characteristics of building materials is data-intensive.  And there are a variety of complimentary systems for reporting on material health, including Declare, HPD, Cradle-to-Cradle, GreenScreen, and Pharos.  A collaborative effort among the developers of these systems was launched during 2013 to advance voluntary data and information harmonization among them.  Goals include increased efficiency of each and clear comparability of their results, with the ultimate intent that building materials protect and promote human health. Leaders from the programs provide an up-to-the-minute inside look at recent progress from the harmonization effort, and a candid look at where we’re headed. 


Speakers
avatar for Stacy Glass

Stacy Glass

Vice President, Built Environment, Cradle to Cradle
Stacy Glass is Vice President, at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute where she applies her passion for creating healthy and sustainable space to advance the adoption of the Cradle to Cradle Certified products program in the Built Environment sector.  She is the co-author of “Understanding Green Building Materials”, regularly presents on the topics of sustainability and healthy building materials, and served two... Read More →
LH

Lauren Heine

Co-Director, Clean Production Action
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Tom Lent

Policy Director, Healthy Building Network
Tom has spent over 35 years working on the health and environmental impact of buildings, materials and energy. Tom develops protocols for HBN’s Pharos Project and has co-coordinated development of many other building standards & programs including the HPD Collaborative’s Health Product Declaration Standard, the Green Guide for Health Care, US Green Building Council's LEED for Healthcare and the... Read More →
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute's Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has taught Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at HSPH since the late 1990s. Gregory is also the... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

The 6 Source Secret for Influencing Sustainable Behavior to Promote Health & Vitality of Buildings
Through working with companies of all sizes and industries, we know most organizations have a wealth of employees who care about the environment and want to make a difference. However, sustainability programs that try to leverage human behavior to create change often fail--even though the desire and motivation is there--because owners bet on a single intervention to engage people, rather than using a collection of influential strategies. Learn how to inspire the people you work with to create change through the Influencer Model developed by VitalSmarts, named Change Management Approach of the Year by MIT Sloan Management Review.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Honeywell

Julie Honeywell

Vice President, Talent Management, Paladino and Company, Inc.
Julie, a VitalSmarts certified Influencer Instructor, has over 15 years of experience in organizational transformation and has designed and executed many change management initiatives, including programs that spanned across functions, levels and locations for companies of various sizes to accomplish strategic goals within accelerated timeframes. In addition to leading Paladino’s internal talent management programs to ensure a sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Donna McIntire

Donna McIntire

Chief of the Energy & Sustainable Design Unit, Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Donna McIntire serves as Chief of the Energy & Sustainable Design Unit for the Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. She leads a team of multi-disciplinary professionals within the Department who are responsible for greening US embassies and consulates around the world and compiling a greenhouse gas inventory for the Department’s ~20,000 building portfolio. Donna is known for designing the very 1st LEED® v1.0... Read More →
avatar for Brad Pease

Brad Pease

Director, Paladino and Company, Inc.
Brad specializes in the development of sustainability concepts and strategies that align to his clients’ values as a means for implementing change. Brad work includes the Tower at PNC Plaza, a 38 story ‘beyond Platinum” high rise located in Pittsburgh. The project includes a number of structural and behavioral influence strategies to empower occupants to actively participate in the sustainable operation of the building. Brad... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Tips for Success: Living Building Project Teams Share Lessons Learned on Energy, Water and Materials
Living Buildings must meet rigorous performance standards for net-positive energy and water, and for healthy, regionally appropriate, and sustainably harvested and manufactured materials. Meeting these standards has far-reaching positive impacts on our buildings, our communities, and the environment. It also has impacts on the design and construction process we follow. In this session you will hear lessons learned and tips for success in achieving the three most challenging Petals from veteran users of the Living Building Challenge. Learn how they approached these Petals, what obstacles and opportunities they encountered, and what strategies led to success.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hellmuth

Dan Hellmuth

Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, LLC
Daniel Hellmuth, AIA, is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects. A LEED accredited professional, Dan has over thirty years experience in sustainable design on a wide-range of project types. Dan helped establish the St. Louis Chapter of the USGBC and served as its first chair. His firm has experience on over 39 LEED projects and one certified Living Building, the Tyson Living Learning Center. Dan was the project manager and... Read More →
avatar for Greg Mella

Greg Mella

Vice President and Co-Director, SmithGroupJJR
Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, LBC ambassador, is a Vice President and Co-Director of SmithGroupJJR’s sustainable design initiatives. He was the project architect for the world's first LEED Platinum project: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.  Greg frequently shares his sustainability expertise at national conferences and to national news media, including Newsweek, ENR, Architectural Record... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathleen Smith is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in green building, most recently with her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting, LLC. She is a LEED Fellow and a LEED Faculty member.  Kathleen worked with Davis Langdon where she conducted LEED reviews and consulted on many pioneering sustainable projects in California. She is also the co-author of two books, The Northwest Green... Read More →
avatar for Mary Tod Winchester

Mary Tod Winchester

Vice President Administration & Operations, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Mary Tod joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation(CBF) in 1971 and works to set an example by practicing what they preach.  She was instrumental designing and building the first US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Platinum building, CBF’s headquarters, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, in Annapolis, Maryland.  It is recognized as “the” building that jump started the green building effort.  CBF and Mary... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

3:15pm

Toward Net Zero Water: Impacting Efforts from System Design to Policy Change and Behavior Transformation
Water awareness and the need for conservation and resiliency have increased with recent fluctuating conditions across the United States, yet willingness to change behavior and invest in policy and infrastructural adaptations is weak. The problem is dire and visible, but many solutions remain abstract. The goal of this workshop is to empower implementation of achievable water budgets and innovative water strategies throughout the integrative design process. Focusing on case studies in contrasting climate zones – the Santa Monica, California City Hall project and the Southface EcoOffice in Atlanta, Georgia – presenters will discuss net zero water design, policy change and post-occupancy behavioral transformation.

Moderators
avatar for Bonnie Casamassima

Bonnie Casamassima

Project Manager, Commercial Sustainability Services, Southface Energy Institute
Bonnie Casamassima is extremely passionate about the ability our built environment has to impact its end-user. As a Project Manager on Southface’s Commercial Sustainability Services team she currently works with sustainable certification programs, such as LEED, and contributes to the progression of their integrative sustainability services with her evidence-based Biophilic design expertise. Previously, she worked as an environmental... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joel Cesare

Joel Cesare

Sustainable Building Advisor at City of Santa Monica, City of Santa Monica – Office of Sustainability and the Environment
Joel graduated with a Masters in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and BA from Lafayette College. He brings over 8 years of experience integrating sustainability into the culture of financial institutions, NGO's, municipalities, construction companies and transportation agencies. He has certified green building projects using LEED, BREEAM, CEEQUAL, Ska and 3-Star in 5 different countries. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Crosson

Courtney Crosson

Senior Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold
Courtney graduated with a M.Arch from Yale University and BA from Duke University. Courtney’s work has spanned many scales and locations including Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. She worked for Foster + Partners in Hong Kong; UN Habitat in a Nairobi informal settlement called Kibera; and Muf in London. She was the project manager and designer of a secondary girls boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Courtney works in the... Read More →
avatar for Maria Quinones

Maria Quinones

Commercial Sustainability Services Project Engineer at Southface, Southface Energy Institute
Maria Quiñones is a Project Engineer for the Commercial Sustainability Services team at Southface, an environmental nonprofit located in Atlanta, GA. Her work concentrates on analyzing and implementing energy and water efficiency and conservation projects for both commercial facilities in the metro area. Her efforts primarily focus on the Grants to Green program for nonprofits, the Advanced Commercial Building Initiative for light public... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

4:45pm

Transition
Thursday April 2, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm
TRANSITION

5:00pm

Living Future Network Meet-Up
If you are an active volunteer in the Living Future Network or interested in becoming one, please join us for a casual conversation and an opportunity to connect over refreshments. This is a chance to share ideas and stories with fellow Ambassador Presenters and Collaborative Facilitators, and to learn more about the amazing work of the Living Future Network.

Thursday April 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cirrus Room Sheraton Hotel

5:00pm

Reception
Thursday April 2, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
METROPOLITAN BALLROOM

5:30pm

6:45pm

Transition
Thursday April 2, 2015 6:45pm - 7:00pm
TRANSITION

7:00pm

15 Minutes of Brilliance: Daniel Wiens
Speakers
avatar for Daniel Wiens

Daniel Wiens

President, Journeyman International
In 2009, Journeyman International (JI), a 501c3 nonprofit was born. JI provides opportunities for university students to work on real world projects for their thesis. This model provides an incredible ROI for donors, tremendous experience for students, and a valuable service for the developing world. Under Daniel’s leadership, Journeyman International has designed dozens of projects in over 20 countries, and expecting to double by... Read More →



Thursday April 2, 2015 7:00pm - 7:15pm
GRAND BALLROOM

7:00pm

Big Bang Dinner
Thursday April 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
GRAND BALLROOM

9:00pm

After Party: Metamorphosis
From conference attendee to night owl, ditch the laptop and tie and transform with us at the visually stimulating Fred Wildlife Refuge in Capitol Hill. With one of the largest immersive video walls in Seattle, this two-story art facility is visually stunning -- the perfect spot for creative animals.

Location: Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave East Seattle, WA 98102

Thursday April 2, 2015 9:00pm - Friday April 3, 2015 12:00am
Fred Wildlife Refuge 128 Belmont Ave East Seattle, WA 98102
 
Friday, April 3
 

7:00am

7:30am

Breakfast
Come join us for breakfast before the keynote Ibrahim Abdul-Matin kicks off the day.

Friday April 3, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
GRAND BALLROOM

8:30am

15 Minutes of Brilliance: Jacqueline Cramer
Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Cramer

Jacqueline Cramer

Co-Founder, Beacon Food Forest
Jacqueline Cramer is a permaculture designer, educator, builder, and community organizer who has worked the land for over twenty years as farmer, educator, planner, and landscaper. From operating and certifying three organic farms, building and maintaining school food gardens as a nutrition educator, and designing landscapes, she continues to learn from the land and people she serves. She is a co-founder of the Beacon Food Forest, and has seen... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am
GRAND BALLROOM

8:30am

Morning Plenary: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
Speakers
avatar for Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Speaker / Author, Melibee Global Education Consulting
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution-based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people for over 15 years. Raised between Brooklyn and rural Upstate NY, Ibrahim appreciated environment and sustainability at an early age. His father, a devout Muslim, taught 5-year-old Ibrahim that the “Earth is a mosque,” that every inch of the planet is sacred and to be protected. Ibrahim... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
GRAND BALLROOM

10:00am

Transition
Friday April 3, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
TRANSITION

10:30am

Advanced Urban Farming: Closing the Water Cycle while Growing Food and Community
Urban agriculture creates more sustainable urban environments and re-establishes interrelated natural systems while providing fresh, local produce and strengthening local communities. Its environmental benefits, especially the positive impact on the local water cycle are often less recognized. This session focuses on place and climate specificity, water efficiency and mitigation of water challenges through three advanced urban agricultural systems: Productive green roofs retain stormwater, hydroponic and aquaponic systems recirculate irrigation water (preventing agricultural run-off) and integrated vertical farms recycle building wastewater streams. Participants learn to evaluate and integrate these urban agricultural systems in the design process through site-specific planning exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Architect, atelierjones, University of Washington
Susan Jones, FAIA, LEED BD+C is a practicing architect, and founded atelierjones in 2003. Their work entwines design, research, and community engagement to create sustainable urban projects: of sites, buildings, materials, waste, and ways of living. atelierjones has been recognized by numerous national, regional and local design awards, and has been published nationally and internationally. Licensed in 15 states, she has been a visiting design... Read More →
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Heli Ojamaa

Graduate Student Research Assistant at UW Integrated Design Lab, University of Washington
Heli Ojamaa is a Master of Architecture in High Performance Building Candidate (2015) at the University of Washington where her thesis work is exploring the role biophilic design can play in overall building design and performance, from both a human and systems perspective. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University, she worked in architectural firms in Estonia and in Princeton, NJ lastly at... Read More →
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Gundula Proksch

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Department of Architecture
Gundula Proksch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She teaches advanced graduate studios and seminars with an emphasis on design integration of sustainable systems. Her current research focuses on design with living systems and the integration of urban agricultural practices in the built environment. Her book “Creating Urban Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Approach... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Juniper Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Barriers and Catalysts to Achieving the Water Petal – A 7 year Story from the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Project
The goals of this session is for the audience to identify barriers to achieving the LBC Water Petal and discover drivers/catalysts to break through them. The dialogue will develop with the context of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s design, construction and performance of storm water and treated reuse waters systems at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes project. These systems helped the project achieve the LBC Water Petal. The presenters will include the landscape architect, civil engineer, and facility operations team on the project. During the session the audience will learn about the water systems from conceptual design to actual performance. The audience will learn how scale jumping on the water petal for the project is helping inspire future water reuse projects on the 15 acre urban botanical garden campus.

Speakers
avatar for José Almiñana

José Almiñana

Principal, Andropogan
José joined Andropogon Associates in 1983 and has been a principal since 1995. Trained as both a landscape architect and architect, his collaborative work has been instrumental in many of the firm’s complex site development projects, striving to create sensitive, ecological designs that respond directly to site conditions and incorporate innovative sustainable and regenerative design technologies. José received the ASLA's... Read More →
avatar for Michael W. Takacs

Michael W. Takacs

Principal, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc
Mr. Takacs utilizes more than 20 years of experience in site design and focused expertise on sustainability, site design, construction, and regulatory approval to manage the Landscape Architecture Department within CEC. As Principal, Mr. Takacs has been responsible for the execution of site development projects from conceptual design through construction, and also for design, construction documents, and regulatory approval on a broad range of... Read More →
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Jason Wirick

Director of Facilities and Sustainability Management, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
As Director of Facilities and Sustainability at Phipps Conservatory, Jason Wirick focuses on evolving sustainable ideals to the existing historical botanical garden campus, safe and healthy operating management practices, and connecting people to the beauty and importance of plants. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech University and a MBA, with a focus on corporate... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Creating a Living Future with Permaculture Design: Learning from the World’s Most Innovative Farmers
The interface or edge between different systems, ideas, and communities is where the most productive and interesting events take place. The edge between Permaculture Design and the philosophies behind the Living Building Challenge is ripe for exploration. Permaculture is a system of design protocols for critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving based on the patterns of nature. Permaculture is most commonly used for creating food production systems but can be applied to designing a business, commercial building, or your life. Permaculuture Voices and PAE will share examples from the world’s most innovative farmers as a catalyst for a discussion about connecting Living Building Projects to the local food web.

Speakers
avatar for Diego Footer

Diego Footer

Founder, Permaculture Voices
The founder of Permaculture Voices, where my goal is to go out and inspire people to push the limits and raise the bar, to do great work, and live the life that they want to live. As a connector and story teller I share the inspirational stories of amazing people doing great work, in order to inspire more people to go out and do epic work. As a permaculture designer, I geek out on soil building, animal systems, perennial tree crops, and... Read More →
avatar for Justin Stenkamp

Justin Stenkamp

Project Manager, PAE Consulting Engineers
Justin has over 15 years of experience designing and operating mechanical systems. Currently a project manager with PAE, Justin designs building mechanical systems with a focus on the sustainable. Justin’s resume includes more than a dozen LEED rated or registered buildings and the Bullitt Center, a six-story building on track to become the largest commercial Living Building in the world. As a designer and tenant of the Bullitt Center... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Designing Energy Use for Building, Community and Regional Health
Building developers and managers struggle to quantify the personal and communal health impacts of energy decisions. Evaluating building energy efficiency and operating costs is fairly straightforward; improvements in employee health and well-being are less so, and improvements in the health of communities abutting extraction, processing and transfer activities can seem abstract. In this session, we will illuminate human health and energy relationships at the building, neighborhood and regional scale as well as reveal health evaluation strategies using the best available evidence base from emerging health and energy policy science.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Kane Africa

Julia Kane Africa

Program Leader, Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health
Julia Kane Africa leads the ecological infrastructure, biophilic design and restorative landscape areas of the Nature, Health, and the Built Environment (NHBE) program. In this role, she examines the ways in which nature (parks and green spaces) and natural design cues (natural features in built environment settings) in urban settings support psychological and physiological health and resilience. She then translates these insights into urban... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Buonocore

Jonathan Buonocore

Program Leader, Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health
Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D, is the program leader for the Climate, Energy, and Health Program at the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests are in evaluating the impacts, benefits, and tradeoffs of technology and policy choices in energy, transportation, agricultural practices, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To assist in these evaluations, Jonathan develops tools that... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Ecology for Design and Business
How can ecological literacy empower the creativity of a design team? This session will begin with a discussion between a designer, biologist, lapsed ecologist, and business strategist examining the value of and approach to incorporating deep ecological intelligence into a project. Following the discussion, the session participants will be presented with a design challenge intended to practice thinking about design in terms of living systems in a way that is practically relevant, while also igniting new creativity in the imagination of designers, owners, and business leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Lee Allen

Chris Lee Allen

Owner, Chris Allen + Associates
Chris is the owner of Chris Allen + Associates -- a project development studio with twenty-five years of experience working with strategic partners and clients to catalyze innovation in an array of sectors related to sustainability: built environment; consumer product and industrial process innovation; clean energy; natural resource management; regional economic planning; tourism; and community development. With training in International Business... Read More →
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Jenny Carney

Principal, LEED Fellow, YR&G Sustainability Consulting, Education, and Analysis
Jenny is a Principal at YR&G, overseeing work related to sustainability strategy development, performance-based benchmarking, corporate sustainability programming, and LEED-EBOM certification. Jenny recently completed 6 years of work on the USGBC Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group, serving as Chair from 2012-2014. She is the current Chair of the USGBC-IL Board of Directors, and is a member of the SITES Technical Core Committee... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Muse

Ashley Muse

Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G Sustainability Consulting, Education, and Analysis
Ashley is a Senior Sustainability Manager at YR&G with ten years of experience in architectural and green building. She has worked on a wide range of residential, commercial, educational, cultural projects. Ashley has technical expertise in passive and active systems design and is an experienced facilitator committed to a cooperative design process that engages multiple perspectives within diverse interdisciplinary teams. She has developed... Read More →
avatar for Juan Rovalo

Juan Rovalo

Founding Prinicpal, In Site
Juan is the founding principal of In Site, skilled biologist with ability to work with interdisciplinary teams in diverse cultural and ecological contexts. His communication skills and knowledge of biological strategies and systems enriches the processes of design. The skills he offers are differentiators for the design and planning processes of architects, engineers, landscapers, urban planners, real estate developers, industrial and product... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Equitable and JUST Living Buildings

Fairness. Opportunity. Inclusivity.  This session will push participants to build competencies with equity assessment, inclusive engagement, equity impact review, and design and development considerations that bear on equity outcomes.  After quickly unpacking Living Building Equity Petal requirements and the equity dimensions of other petals, the session will present a few core equity and social justice principles and approaches relevant in any settings to advance buildings that response to context, expand opportunity, and reconcile to long time horizons.  Using case examples, peer interaction, and discussion, participants will advance awareness, cultivate sensitivities, strengthen analytic skills, and foster practice improvements toward pro-equity Living Buildings.

This training complements the Pro-Equity Living Community Development workshops on Thursday.


Speakers
avatar for Nori Catabay

Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.  She led the County’s Green Building Ordinance renewal adding the Living Building Challenge to King County Code as an alternative to the Scorecard or LEED... Read More →
avatar for Richard Gelb

Richard Gelb

Performance Manager and Equity/Social Justice Lead, King County Natural Resources and Parks
Richard Gelb is performance manager and equity/social justice lead for King County Natural Resources and Parks. He coordinates King County’s STAR Communities implementation, is on the national Steering Committee of the STAR Community Rating System, and serves on the Global Ecodistrict Protocol Advisory Committee.  Richard has been an elected supervisor for King Conservation District, strategic advisor for City of Seattle Office of... Read More →
avatar for Francis Janes

Francis Janes

Manager, JUST Program, International Living Future Institute
Francis has a broad range of management experience in the Information Technology, Food Service and Financial Services sectors. Most recently, he served as Vice President at Beneficial State Bank, a mission driven community bank and a pioneer in socially responsible banking practices. Having lived in Seattle since 1997, Francis enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the opportunity to meet passionate social and environmental change... Read More →
avatar for De'Sean Quinn

De'Sean Quinn

Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks
De’Sean Quinn is the Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll for the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, focusing on implementing Equity and Social Justice in the Wastewater Treatment Division.  He also provides Community Relations support for Capital Improvement Projects and has served King County Executive’s Office as the Regional and Local Affairs Manager. The Honorable De’Sean Quinn is also a City... Read More →
avatar for Patti Southard

Patti Southard

Program Manager GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard is creative director for the award winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cirrus Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Film: "Ever the Land"

[This is a private screening]

Fresh from New Zealand, we have a special preview for conference audiences only of a film that is about to create some buzz on the International Film Festival Circuit:

EVER THE LAND is an immersive feature documentary that explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking of New Zealand's first Living Building by one of the most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe.


Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

10:30am

Net Positive Biodiversity
Density in urban design has its benefits - walkability, public transportation, and land preservation through reducing sprawl. But can a city be livable to a diverse ecology of species besides humans? This interactive session will explore what habitat means in the urban jungle. How much space is actually needed for wildlife corridors and patches? How much biodiversity is possible within streetscapes, on building facades, rooftops, and within city blocks? Participants will form a walking urban ecology design charrette from the conference hotel, through the Seattle cityscape, to Freeway Park, reimagining these sites to maximize biodiversity.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Bergmann

Sarah Bergmann

Director, Pollinator Pathway
Sarah Bergmann is a crossdisciplinary thinker working in the fields of art, design, and ecology. Bergmann is the Director of the Pollinator Pathway, a global design project that reimagines the relationship between human and natural systems. The Pollinator Pathway combines ecology, design thinking, and participation to create largescale design projects connecting cities, farmland, and national parks, each built to Bergmann’s criteria... Read More →
avatar for Deb Guenther

Deb Guenther

Partner, Mithun
Deb Guenther is a Partner and Landscape Architect at Mithun – an integrated design firm with offices in Seattle and San Francisco. Her work seeks to redefine how people experience the outdoors within urban settings. Deb works to integrate the function and beauty of natural systems into habitable places, showcasing her innate perception of the relationship between people and their surroundings. Her work varies in scale and complexity and... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Stern

Nicole Stern

Landscape Architect, Biohabitats
Nicole Stern, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect for Biohabitats, Inc. Specializing in regenerative environments, she has expertise in wastewater and stormwater biofiltration, watershed restoration, and ecological master planning. Nicole has followed the evolution of sustainable technologies and environmental design for over a decade through research and project work within multi-disciplinary teams, nationally and internationally. Her... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Strategic Planning for Community Net Zero Energy: From the local scale to Vermont’s statewide initiative
With the success of net zero energy (NZE) buildings, there is an opportunity to expand NZE to neighborhood, campus, watershed, city and state levels. This session will explore how non-profits, the business sector, citizens, institutional organizations and governments can successfully achieve NZE and be financially profitable. A methodology and process will be presented for successful implementation of NZE financial analysis, stakeholder engagement and funding source implications through donors, financial institutions or investors. In small breakout groups, participants will generate NZE strategic plans for their community projects using the process and methodology presented. Prerequisite: Interest in your community!

Moderators
avatar for Laura Cavin Bailey

Laura Cavin Bailey

Research Director, Maclay Architects
Laura Cavin Bailey, Research Director at Maclay Architects, works on energy efficient design, analysis and monitoring. She has worked with systems thinking through diverse environmental design experience. Her work has ranged from a solar installation company in Colorado to a research fellow at the Energy Studies in Buildings Lab at the University of Oregon where she modeled daylighting and natural ventilation and consulted for Pacific NW... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alison Hollingsworth

Alison Hollingsworth

Project Manager, VEIC
Alison Hollingsworth is one of VEIC’s leading consultants, assigned to complex efficiency program options for utilities, nonprofits, and state agencies. Alison’s work focuses on net zero program designs and in 2014 launched the Efficiency Vermont Commercial New Construction Net Zero Pilot. As team lead for RNC for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, Alison collaborated with national programs including the DOE encouraging the adoption... Read More →
avatar for Bill Maclay

Bill Maclay

Principal, Maclay Architects
Bill Maclay, founding principal of Maclay Architects of Waitsfield (VT), has been recognized as a leader in innovative, ecological planning and architectural design since 1971. Maclay Architects specializes in net-zero energy design and was the recipient of the 2012 NESEA Zero Net Energy Building Award. Among the firm’s net-zero-energy and net-zero-ready projects are NRG Systems, an office and manufacturing facility, the Bennington State... Read More →
avatar for Randy Smith

Randy Smith

Assistant Head of School, CFO, The Putney School
Randy Smith, Assistant Head of School and CFO of The Putney School of Putney, VT oversaw the financing and construction of Putney’s net zero Field House as well as the development of the school’s Master Plan. The Master Plan was created to guide The Putney School towards the goal of net zero energy consumption through a combination of new construction and existing facilities upgrades. Both the Master Plan and the Field House have been... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

The Latest Net Zero Energy Building Certified Projects: The Highs and the Lows
Our standing session on the latest NZE certified projects is always packed to the gills, a bit raucous, and tons o' fun.  We will do a deep dive on the Sacred Heart Schools Stevens Library, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, as well as Matt Grocoff's Mission Zero House, the retrofit of a 1901 farmhouse in wintry Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We will also hear from additional NZE certified projects announced at the Big Bang Dinner the night before.  Brad Liljequist will ask edgy and thought provoking questions about this new crop - their hopes, glories, trials and tribulations, in depth technical details, and how they achieved the Net Zero Energy.  

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Grocoff

Matthew Grocoff

Principal, Thrive Collaborative / GreenovationTV LLC
Matt is the founding principal of the THRIVE Collaborative and partner in Polymath Development. All projects target either NZEB or Living Building Challenge. He was honored as a 2012 Michigan Green Leader by the Detroit Free Press, called the “proven zero energy master” and one of "Greater Detroit's most progressive personalities.” His home was a USA Today "Best Green Homes" and The Atlantic called it "sustainable perfection... Read More →
avatar for Brad Liljequist

Brad Liljequist

Technical Director, NZE Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology... Read More →
avatar for Pauline Souza

Pauline Souza

Partner | Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio
As WRNS Studio’s Director of Sustainability, she is responsible for implementing sustainable design principles into all of the studio’s projects and business operations. She has served as the Green Schools Advocate for the USGBC Green Schools Campaign since 2007, currently serves as a USGBC Center for Green Schools National Chair, is a founder of the Bay Area Leaders in Sustainable Architecture, and is an active leader in the Bay... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing

Every person, regardless of economic status, has a right to housing that is healthy, safe, affordable and environmentally sound. The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing offers a pathway for multi-family affordable housing projects to achieve the Living Building Challenge, either as Petal or Living Certified. This panel will present the analysis and key findings of the Framework for Affordable Housing report, then explore 2 pilot project on the ground that are attempting to achieve the standard in different climate zones – each project serving as a groundbreaking model of deep green affordable design.


Speakers
avatar for Gina Ciganik

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 →
avatar for Sunshine Mathon

Sunshine Mathon

Design + Development Director, Foundation Communities
For the last seven years, Sunshine has overseen the deep green design and construction of new multifamily properties for Foundation Communities, a robust and sustainably-focused nonprofit affordable housing developer in central Texas. M Station, a 150-unit new construction community opened in 2011 with one of the highest ever LEED for Homes ratings (25+ above LEED Platinum). As a nationally-recognized leader in the deep green affordable housing... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon

Executive Director, International Living Future Institute
Amanda is a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Institute she was a Senior Associate at Perkins+Will where she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent... Read More →
avatar for Billy Weber

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 →


Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

This One Goes to 11: What's Really Needed to Create a Revolution
Our window of opportunity to stabilize the climate is closing. Society is changing, but the pace is far too slow. What we need is a revolution. This session will explore how to scale up pilots from around the world and create big changes, using one building - the Bullitt Center - as a lens. Cultural, financial and policy barriers may inhibit transformation, but cracks in the status quo are appearing. As Millennials move into leadership and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, stars are aligning to move society toward restoration.

Moderators
avatar for Brad Kahn

Brad Kahn

Founder, Groundwork Strategies
Brad Kahn is the founder of Groundwork Strategies, a consultancy that brings communications expertise, deep issue understanding and a broad network to organizations advancing solutions for our climate, forests and cities. Over the past 15 years, Brad has worked with an array of nonprofit organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Nature Conservancy, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Robert Wood... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Denis Hayes

Denis Hayes

President, The Bullitt Foundation
As President of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes seeks to reshape cities into resilient ecosystems. Toward that end, he recently developed the Bullitt Center, a 50,000 square foot “living” office building. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, professor of engineering at Stanford University, and... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

10:30am

Transforming [the] Material: Global Challenges, Local Opportunities
The Red List is transforming the design and construction industries as project teams make demands of global manufacturers and their supply chains. However, each LBC project has a uniquely local context for materials decision-making and a unique matrix of barriers and opportunities. This presentation will explore the barriers and opportunities for projects within their local PLACE + COMMUNITY. Presentations from designers and manufacturers will relate the Red List to global and local issues and explore solutions for streamlining the materials specification and documentation process. Models for design team/manufacturer collaboration will be discussed and recommendations for industry transformation will be proposed.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Gulich

Michael Gulich

Director of University Sustainability, Purdue University
Michael J. Gulich, AIA, LEED is the Director of University Sustainability at Purdue University and is responsible for providing the vision, organizational strategy, and focus for advancing sustainability efforts campus-wide.  Mr. Gulich served as the Vice President of Croxton Collaborative Architects (CCA) in Manhattan prior to coming to Purdue.  At CCA, he also served as director of the firm’s initiatives in High Performance... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Muller

Alexandra Muller

Student, Purdue University
Alex is a second year master’s student at Purdue University in the Atlantis program, a dual-degree international program in sustainability, technology and innovation. Her academic and professional background is in biology and ecological conservation. She also has a personal interest in design. Alex’s research focus is on materials transparency and the Red List. She hopes her research experience will help to land her a consulting job... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hellmuth

Dan Hellmuth

Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, LLC
Daniel Hellmuth, AIA, is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects. A LEED accredited professional, Dan has over thirty years experience in sustainable design on a wide-range of project types. Dan helped establish the St. Louis Chapter of the USGBC and served as its first chair. His firm has experience on over 39 LEED projects and one certified Living Building, the Tyson Living Learning Center. Dan was the project manager and... Read More →
avatar for Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Director Sustainability at Knauf Insulation, Knauf Insulation
An Engineer by training, Scott brought the concept of sustainability to Knauf Insulation in 2007. Under Scott’s leadership Knauf has demonstrated industry leadership in a number of areas: Knauf was the first company in the U.S. to GREENGUARD certify their products for indoor air quality; Knauf launched one of the largest green chemistry initiatives in the U.S. when it introduced Ecose Technology – a bio-based binder adhesive in... Read More →
avatar for Christine Mondor

Christine Mondor

Strategic Principal, evolveEA
Christine Mondor is an eternal optimist who believes that design is essential to shape a sustainable environment. She has been active in shaping places, processes and organizations through her work as an architect, educator and activist. As Strategic Principal of evolveEA, she has led teams on award winning projects as diverse as buildings and landscapes, to educational efforts, to sustainability planning. She is a sought after speaker and has... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

12:00pm

12:00pm

1:30pm

2:30pm

Are We Ready for the Boomers? Folding Senior Care into the Fabric of Healthy Communities
The first of the Baby Boomers turning 65 marks the beginning of a population shift which will result in the largest senior population in American history. The resulting demand for senior care will necessitate unprecedented creativity in community-building – providing the physical infrastructure needed to address expanding needs while capitalizing on the social equity retirees can bring to communities. This interactive session will explore current models for the delivery of care, emerging technologies, and alternative development models for distributed care and self-directed cooperative aging. It will attempt to envision a model where care is integrated into vibrant, diverse and healthy communities.

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Southerland

Jeremy Southerland

Principal, Rice Fergus Miller
Jeremy Southerland has over 14 years of design and planning experience, and has worked in all phases of projects from master planning through construction. Over 8 years, he has planned over 2 million square feet of retirement housing. Outside of his senior housing work, he led the design of the RFM Office and Studio Project – a LEED Platinum and NZE-capable building. He is committed to responsible design and healthy communities. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne P. Glass

Anne P. Glass

Associate Director and Graduate Coordinator, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia
Anne P. Glass is a leading researcher in the field of elder self-directed intentional communities. She has collected data at five of the first elder cohousing communities in the U.S. and has continued an ongoing longitudinal study at one community since 2006. She is especially interested in the potential for older adults to provide mutual support and how communities can facilitate this process. She is also dedicated to promoting innovation in... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hardy

Lisa Hardy

President and CEO, Emerald Communities
Lisa A. Hardy has 32 years of experience in the senior housing industry. She has led the development and construction of projects on several CCRC campuses, and brings direct experience in long-range strategic planning, strong fiscal management, low employee turnover, and strong interpersonal relationships with boards, residents, and employees. She has received licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in the states of Washington, Georgia, North... Read More →
avatar for James Munn

James Munn

Manager, Clifton Larson Allen LLP
Mr. Munn is a national and international senior living consultant and a licensed Administrator in the State of Washington and Oregon. Mr. Munn has been serving in the senior living industry for the past 15 years in various capacities such as Analyst, Executive Director at several CCRC’s, and presently as a consultant with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Mr. Munn supports the Senior Living Group and provides consulting services to senior living... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Can a Free Market Multistory Spec Office Building Be Energy Positive?
Point Energy and Landbank recently evaluated options for achieving “net zero” at a proposed 777,000 SF development, which would be the largest yet. Alexis Karolides, Principal, Point Energy and Scott Jacobs, CEO, Landbank Investments, LLC will present real challenges faced by “even the greenest” developers. We’ll present each option’s pros, cons, costs, “greenness,” and newness relative to current buildings. In this Level 200 session, participants will assess & select best options & discuss how to address market barriers, and how society, our laws, and the marketplace, can signal us to make the right choices.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs

CEO, Landbank
Scott is the CEO of Landbank, a third generation, family-owned commercial real estate development company. Landbank has acquired, developed, leased, managed, and provided over four million square feet of office/R&D space to leading technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scott’s current focus is developing user-centric environments that are thoughtful, sustainable, amenity rich, transit served, and future ready &mdash... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Karolides

Alexis Karolides

Principal Architect, Point Energy Innovations
Ms. Karolides is Principal Architect at Point Energy Innovations, providing smart building envelope and mechanical system design to get to net zero, cost-effectively. For the previous 15 years at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) she led programs including the Superefficient Housing Initiative, focusing on healthy, affordable housing, and Green Development Services, working with real estate developers, and institutional & commercial clients... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Future
We humans live by cultural stories that define our common values, sources of meaning, and relationships with one another and the rest of life. A society’s shared story is the lens through which its members view reality, generally unmindful that it is a human creation subject to choice, and has powerful implications for society’s common future. When we get our story wrong, we get our future wrong. This session will examine the story by which we currently organize as a global society, why it leads us to work against rather than with the rest of nature, and how we can change it.

Speakers
avatar for David Korten

David Korten

YES! Magazine, Co-Founder / Board Chair
David Korten is known for his contributions to framing solutions to the deep cultural and institutional forces driving the human species toward economic, social, political, and environmental collapse. His books include the international best sellers When Corporations Rule the World andThe Great Turning. His 2015 book Change the Story, Change the Future examines an emerging Sacred Life and Living Earth story and its... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Children as an Indicator Species - How can cities promote affordable housing for our families?
Unless we bend current trends, it will get more difficult for families with children to find suitably sized housing they can afford, resulting in longer commutes and diminished in-city diversity. The Seattle Planning Commission addresses this challenge head on, proposing multiple strategies to increase attractive housing choices for families. Commission leaders will outline their Family-Sized Housing Action Agenda and lead a discussion on ways communities can gain traction on this front.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Benotto

Catherine Benotto

Principal, Seattle Planning Commission/Weber Thompson
Catherine is a Principal at Weber Thompson, where she guides the firm's master planning, urban design and landscape architecture services. She also leads Weber Thompson's sustainability initiatives. In addition to her professional leadership in sustainable planning and design, Catherine is a frequent presenter on issues relating to multifamily development, and the benefits that families as well as individuals can derive from living in compact... Read More →
avatar for David Cutler

David Cutler

Principal, Seattle Planning Commission/GGLO
David is a Principal at GGLO and the firm's Director of Planning and Urban Design. Outside of the office David can usually be found speaking on urban design or advocating for urban policies that create healthier relationships between people and place. In 2013, David was named one of Engineering News-Record's top '20 under 40' in the Pacific Northwest. David earned his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate... Read More →
avatar for Amalia Leighton

Amalia Leighton

Civil Engineer, Seattle Planning Commission (Chair)/SvR Design Company
Amalia is a licensed civil engineer, certified planner and director at SvR Design Company. She has extensive experience working with municipal agencies and their stakeholders on projects that emphasize the integration of urban design, green infrastructure, pedestrian and transit infrastructure. She presents both locally and nationally on these topics and the associated social equity considerations. Amalia holds a bachelor’s of science in... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Designing a Carbon Neutral Regenerative Research Campus as a Catalyst to Neighborhood Revitalization
UC Berkeley's Global Research Campus is designed for carbon neutrality in a rigorous planning, technical, stakeholder engagement process. It is a catalyst for regeneration of fragile land and neighboring abandoned sites, aiming to achieve net zero/positive energy, water and carbon neutrality through a public private partnership model for 5.4M sf. It is a research campus focused on sustainability and climate change with an expressed intent to engage the local community and youth in STEM education. This is a new development model for the University of California and aims to set a new paradigm of carbon neutral performance and community engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Josiah Cain

Josiah Cain

Director of Innovation, Sherwood Design Engineers
Josiah Cain is a licensed landscape architect, academic, and consultant with over 20 years of direct experience in the sustainable design industry. Known as a visionary ecological integration strategist, he is regularly requested to present at major universities and conferences addressing building ecology, green infrastructure, and sustainable development processes. He has provided design services to major clients including University of... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Traber

Andrea Traber

Principal, Sustainable Design and Innovation, Integral Group
Andrea Traber is a licensed architect and LEED Fellow and contributes many years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerous green building projects, climate action plans, and sustainability and energy programs. Andrea delivers a holistic, integrated approach to design producing increased resource efficiency and sustainability to her clients including universities, cities, private developers, and design teams. Andrea leads... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Double Feature Films: "The Challenge: The Future" and "Earth Portal"
THE CHALLENGE: THE FUTURE (30 min)

a documentary film
transmedia enriched experience

It starts with this question: “ What does good look like? ”

Our story follows vanguard architect, author and International Living Future Institute CEO, Jason McLennan, as we connect with the leading thinkers of our time.  As humanity faces imminent ecological collapse a growing movement of deep-green design inspires a revolution.  Our environment knows no borders, gated communities or sovereign state.  With honesty and strength, The Challenge explores what we can do, on the ground, to build a truly regenerative Living Future. Featured in the film: Janine Benyus; Majora Carter; Paul Hawken; Denis Hayes; David Suzuki; David Korten; Bob Berkebile; Vandana Shiva; James Kunstler; Sim Van der Ryn; Margaret J. Wheatley; and Jason F. McLennan.


EARTH PORTAL: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It (30 min)
EARTH PORTAL is a 30-minute film that takes you from Earth all the way to the edges of space and time and back again. Experience the awe and wonder of the Universe from our unique Earth Community perspective. EARTH PORTAL was originally created in 2012 as an immersive StoryDome experience for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair. It will change the way you see the world and allow you to experience the interdependence of all life. See www.storydome.org for more information.

Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom B

2:30pm

Living Education: “Being” the Challenge
Living Building Challenge (LBC) schools and classrooms open up new and exciting paths for their students and communities to explore, understand and impact environmental issues. This interactive panel discussion between architects and owners of occupied Living Building Challenge (LBC) school buildings (Willow School, NJ; Monarch School, TX; SEED project, WA+) will demonstrate how groundbreaking regenerative design can inform and enhance a community. Panelists will discuss critical issues and turning points in their design process and the resulting synergies between their buildings and educational programs, focusing on strategies for integrating building design and educational curriculum development into programming and operations.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Capen

Allison Capen

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Allison Capen, AIA, LEED BD+C, is a Technical Director for the Living Building Challenge at the International Living Future Institute in Seattle where she oversees Certification and technical consistency. She is a licensed architect and has been actively involved in the green building movement in the northwest for the last 15 years, working on environmentally focused projects as a designer, a LEED reviewer, a sustainability consultant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Biedron

Mark Biedron

Co-Founder, Willow School
Mark is the Co-Founder of the Willow School, an independent elementary school located in Gladstone, New Jersey; a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a LEED Accredited Professional; a founding member of the National Association of Independent School’s Sustainability Task force; a former board trustee for the NJ Conservation Foundation and NYC Outward Bound Program; former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Cloud Institute of... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Smedley

Stacy Smedley

Preconstruction Manager, Sustainability, Skanska USA Building
Stacy has 12 years experience in architecture and construction, including the first LEED for Homes Platinum project in Washington and the first certified Living Building Challenge v2.0 project. Stacy manages sustainability at Skanska, and is co-founder of SEED Collaborative, creating sustainable learning spaces that educate and inspire the next generation. Stacy has served in various roles, including Membership for Cascadia, Emerging... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Tullos

Amanda Tullos

Principal, GreeNexus Consulting, LLC
Amanda Tullos is the founder of GreeNexus Consulting LLC, a sustainability consulting firm. Amanda is a licensed architect, LEED AP, Living Future Accredited, Certified Passive House Consultant and long-time advocate for living buildings. GreeNexus is the sustainability consultant for the first Living Building Challenge project registered in Texas, The Monarch School Outdoor Learning studio; and a second project currently in design, St... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Market Building: Seeing the Forest for the (FSC) Trees
Forest Stewardship Council products are a staple of green building, from dimensional lumber and sheet goods to trusses and cross-laminated timber products. While FSC products are more available today, the market can fluctuate wildly and premiums can verge on absurd. This session will dig into challenges faced by designers and builders trying to source FSC for commercial and residential projects, including proven solutions to get products on time and on budget. Building off recent market research, this session will focus on opportunities for practitioners to source more FSC products to ensure that their projects achieve certification goals and support the ethos of FSC’s mission.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Frey

Jennifer Frey

Sustainability Program Manager, Sellen Construction
Jennifer achieved her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy and worked in the residential world before joining Seattle’s Sellen Construction 15 years ago and is now the general contractor’s Sustainability Program Manager.  As a LEED and Living Future Accredited Professional, she guides teams through building certifications, environmental compliance, and implementation of sustainable best management... Read More →
avatar for Brad Kahn

Brad Kahn

Founder, Groundwork Strategies
Brad Kahn is the founder of Groundwork Strategies, a consultancy that brings communications expertise, deep issue understanding and a broad network to organizations advancing solutions for our climate, forests and cities. Over the past 15 years, Brad has worked with an array of nonprofit organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Nature Conservancy, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Robert Wood... Read More →
avatar for Jason Lear

Jason Lear

Principal and Founder, Batt and Lear
Jason received a BA in Architecture from Yale University and has dedicated his 20 year career to advancing green building standards.  Jason believes that we have the opportunity to transform our 130 million homes and untold numbers of commercial buildings into energy efficient structures that will last for generations to come.  He is an active member of the Northwest Eco Builders Guild and with them has created an education platform for... Read More →
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Ellen Southard

Principal, Site Story
Ellen founded Site Story as a firm dedicated to supporting community-enriching projects that emphasize storytelling and place making.  With a background in history and education she works closely with both public and private sector clients to lead community outreach, engagement and education for planning efforts, preservation, public policy and sustainable communities.  Her projects span a wide variety of rural and urban conditions from... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Reuse Matters: Doubling Down on Carbon Savings
Over the next 25 critical years, carbon emissions from construction materials will outweigh emissions from building operations. This session will examine the synergies and trades-offs of total carbon savings (embodied + operating) from reuse and energy retrofit projects compared to building new, energy efficient buildings. We will look at when reuse makes sense and when it makes sense to build new. Reusing buildings also provides continuity and connections to place and community.

Speakers
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Ted van der Linden

Director of Sustainability, DPR Construction
Ted has been with DPR Construction for nearly 18 years. In 1998 he led the preconstruction effort on a first of its kind “green” project designed by William McDonough + Partners for Aspect Communications in San Jose, CA. Ted was elected to the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Board in 1999 and completed his third term as a National Director in 2010. DPR has over 450 LEED AP’s and typically generates more than 75... Read More →
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Larry Strain

Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects
Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects, 40-year background in sustainable design. Larry wrote one of the first Green Guideline Specifications that became part of EBN’s GreenSpec Directory. He has spoken on materials and sustainability at conferences throughout the country, is a past board member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, and currently serves on the board of the Ecological Building Network. He serves as project... Read More →
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Wes Sullens

Manager, StopWaste
Manager of Technical Policy & Advocacy for the Northern California local government agency StopWaste. Wes works on regional energy and green building codes & standards advocacy; recycling and materials management programs & standards; and green building legislation. Mr. Sullens is currently Chair of the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group for the USGBC, and is a member of several committees for green codes and... Read More →
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Megan White

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group
Megan brings over 6 years of experience in the sustainable building industry to the Integral Group team. Ms. White has consulted on over 40 projects and a wide array of building types, with roles from head LEED consultant to construction sustainability engineer. Her focus is on pre-construction services – working with the end user and building operations staff to ensure success throughout the design and construction phase and beyond... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

The Missing Link: How human survival requires the design community to regenerate
We understand the urgency for adaptation, we have a wealth of brilliant design ideas, and several flagship sustainable projects around the globe – but we are not making the progress necessary to allow 9 billion people to live well on our planet. It is time for a different approach. One shaped and energized by the larger system. In this session nature will inform a framework to define projects in ways that build constituency, increase funding and address fundamental problems – not symptoms. It is time to paint a vision for a future in which there are more winners than losers.

Moderators
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Corey Weathers

Principal, Catalyst 2030
Corey uses the strategies of collective impact to improve the quality of human life for current and future generations. A visionary thinker and skilled facilitator grounded in a practical business mindset, Corey has a wealth of nonprofit, consulting, operations management and business leadership experience. He is often referred to as the “glue” that holds cross-sector stakeholders together to continually collaborate and innovate... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Barnes

Architect, 55-5 Consulting
Jennifer is an architect and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her own sustainability consulting company, 55-5 Consulting, and her work on the Urban Greenprint, a project that applies biomimicry at a city scale. Jennifer is a co-founder of Biomimicry Puget Sound and is very active in the Northwest green building community. She speaks frequently at conferences on various... Read More →
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Jill Jago

Principal, Jill Jago Consulting
Jill Jago is a communications strategist who specializes in connecting audiences with the complex, often abstract, concepts that can create barriers to more sustainable urban design. Jill is recognized for her expertise in developing new approaches and business strategies that make more sustainable outcomes possible. Her ideas and approaches in collaboration with companies such as AECOM and GLY Construction are regularly published in blogs and... Read More →
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John T. Peters

Environmental Engineer, GeoEngineers, Inc.
John consults in the space between the built and natural environments. John’s educational background includes civil and environmental engineering, earth science, climate adaptation, and sustainable development. He is passionate about market transformation to better align development with growth in the quality and capacity of life. John is the founder of Regenerative Development Partners SPC, a certified Envision Sustainability Professional... Read More →
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Alexandra Ramsden

Principal, RUSHING
Alexandra Ramsden leads Rushing’s sustainability consulting and training practice and is the cofounder of Biomimicry Puget Sound. She guides teams to identify project appropriate sustainability solutions for buildings and businesses and develops green building educational programs. Drawing from her 15 years of experience and a multidisciplinary background of both science and architecture, Alexandra approaches projects holistically and... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

The Profound Resonance of Water and Structure in Community

Engaging interactive visualization, vision-storming and practical exercises interwoven with the element of story we will explore the profound interconnectedness between water, structure, place, community and well-being.  A series of guided and collaborative activities will lead participants through an exploration of individual and cultural stories and how they can help us create on a more profound level.  Designers, activists, visionaries, and planners will leave the session with a deeper understanding of the profound resonance of water and structure in community, a template and implementation tips for recreating this mindful process with small groups, and a collaboratively completed application example.  


Speakers
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Janus Welton

Architect, Eco Architecture Design Works, PC
Janus Welton is a registered Architect in New York & California, LEED Project Manager, and Sustainable Building Consultant combining Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Building Biology, and Biomimicry in Architecture, Interior Design, and Planning. She holds a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch) from the University of Colorado Denver, CO. In 2012 her team placed 3rd in the International Living Building Challenge Aleutian Island... Read More →
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Lisa Wipplinger

CEO and President, Savvy Structures Inc
Dr. Lisa Wipplinger’s 1987 architectural engineering degree spoke to her connecting nature and allowed her to bring together architecture and engineering, theory and practice, art and science, and creativity and problem solving. She spent the first phase of her career as a consulting structural engineer in Seattle, WA. In 1996 she accepted professorship at Kansas State University and then moved on to West Point in 2001. Dr. Lisa... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Juniper Room Sheraton Hotel

2:30pm

Understanding the Living Product Challenge: Part 1

Imagine all products we use designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world: materials that are informed by biomimicry and biophilia; manufactured by processes that generate more energy and water than they consume, products that improve our quality of life and bring joy through their beauty and functionality; products which “give more than they take” over their total life cycle, in relation to energy, water, climate, waste, human health and ecosystems. Imagine Living Products, whose very existence builds soil, creates habitat, nourishes the human spirit, and provides inspiration for personal, political and economic change.


Speakers
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Kathryn Langstaff

Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathryn’s leadership emerges from understanding the inherent structure of a system and connecting it to the living fabric of our world. She co-founded autopoiesis, llc, which integrates living systems, ecological design, and regenerative models finance. She co-authored Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study, leading her to join the ILFI team. Kathryn co-designed the largest leichtlehmbau structure in North... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

3:30pm

Transition
Friday April 3, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
TRANSITION

3:30pm

Transition
Friday April 3, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
TRANSITION

3:45pm

Biobased Materials: Natural Benefits
In this session we will explore the layers of benefits that are being accrued as we shift to more biobased building materials. Two perspectives will be presented. First, substituting high energy, often fossil fuel-based, materials for the products of photosynthesis can shift the construction related greenhouse gas paradigm. Second, we are healthier in the presence of nature and natural materials. As we spend 88% of our time indoors the addition of biobased materials to our built indoor environment can make us healthier. The session will begin with a review of materials used in US building construction annually. Biobased material options will then be presented along with a quantification of their potential to avoid greenhouse gas emissions. An interactive session will be held where live scenarios can be posed and modeled in real time. The second half of the session will focus on the pro-health benefits of biobased materials used in the built environment. These mental and physical health benefits are only now beginning to be quantified into social and financial terms.

Speakers
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Sally Augustin

Environmental Psychologist, Research Design Connections
Sally Augustin, MBA, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and author. She works with individuals and organizations to design spaces where people are happy, healthy and wise. Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in design publications. Dr. Augustin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
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David Fell

Business Analyst Researcher, FPInnovations
David Fell, PhD, is a researcher of business analysis at FPInnovations, a forest based research and development institute in Canada. He has a dual background in building systems and environmental psychology.
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Blane Grann

Sustainability Researcher, FPInnovations
Blane is a Scientist in the Durability and Sustainability group at FPInnovations where uses life cycle assessment to explore environmental indicators for buildings and forest products. He completed his master’s degree in Industrial Ecology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; a multidisciplinary BSc in Environmental Science, Economics, and Physics from Dalhousie University; and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Issaquah Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Creating Your First Net Zero Energy Building: Best Practices and Lessons Learned at Ohlone College
The need to create more sustainable built environments is a fact. This pressing need is driving a push across the building sector to create Net-Zero Energy (NZE) facilities. Still, while many are talking and chasing NZE, it remains a daunting achievement. This presentation will share best practices and lessons learned from the design process for Ohlone Community College’s rejuvenated academic core as it pursues NZE. The presentation will address the unique challenges and opportunities that arise based on climate, regional environments and sustainability initiatives that play into NZE.

Speakers
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Carl Hampson

Lead Designer, CannonDesign
As Design Leader for the firm’s Western Regional offices, Carl Hampson provides leadership on healthcare, academic and community projects. Hampson’s work, amassed throughout a 20-year career, is said to “emphasize a creative process that melds together context, program, and theory with clearly defined client goals and objectives.” Hampson’s work has been featured in Behavioral Healthcare, Healthcare Design, Digital... Read More →
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Jeffrey Nudi

Senior Mechanical Engineer, CannonDesign
Jeff is a senior mechanical engineer at CannonDesign with over 30 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for clients worldwide. He is currently leading key work including Essential Care Tower on the VA’s West Los Angeles campus, Academic Core Buildings at Ohlone Community College in Fremont, CA and the Simulation Center at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. His work has been honored by numerous journals and organizations... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Redwood Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Exploring the Living Building Challenge without the Building
McGilvra Place Park is the first to achieve “Living Landscape” certification under a new typology for the Living Building Challenge. Similarly, the Cully Adopt-A-Spot project is currently pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. The panel includes representatives from the large group of public and private collaborators that made these projects a reality. The presentation will explain the distinction of the Living Building Challenge Landscape Typology, as well as the unique challenges of achieving Living Certification within a publicly bid environment. Attendees will leave inspired to apply their new knowledge to create a “Living Landscape” in their community.

Speakers
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Caitilin Pope Daum

Landscape Architect, Caitilin Pope Daum Landscape Architect LLC
Caitilin Pope Daum’s landscape architecture practice specializes in values-driven projects that allow individuals and businesses to meet their needs while supporting their social and ecological ethic. Her integrative approach combines an intuitive understanding of how people use space, a deep appreciation for natural systems, and a commitment to connecting people to their environment. Over the last ten years she has designed and managed... Read More →
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Amy Jarvis

Sustainable Design Analyst, ZGF Architects LLP
As a mechanical engineer at ZGF committed to sustainable design, Jarvis works on projects of varying scale from buildings to urban districts, including Nike’s World Headquarters expansion and Stanford’s new Redwood City campus. Deeply involved in her community, Amy serves as co-chair of the Cascadia Portland Collaborative of the Cascadia Green Building Council, advocating for policies that advance sustainability. Jarvis was a... Read More →
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Jonathan Morley

Principal, Berger Partnership
Jonathan Morley is a Principal with Berger Partnership in Seattle and has been practicing landscape architecture for over 20 years. He has a passion for designing a wide variety of urban spaces that creatively reveal their function, provide opportunities for education, and make a positive contribution to the public realm. Some of his notable projects include Cal Anderson Park, Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance, the Bullitt Center and McGilvra... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Madrona Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Finding the Best Sustainability Rating Tool for Your Community
Urban sustainability rating tools are fundamental instruments for helping achieve community place-making goals. They provide integrated accounting of the triple bottom lines of community development, raising awareness and improving the quality of outcomes. A variety of rating tools has emerged with different capabilities and costs, and users need help finding the best fit with local goals. This session will present case studies of community experiences with rating tools, a survey of available tools, a framework of tool selection criteria and a procedure for applying them to candidate tools. With interactive role-playing, attendees will apply the criteria in a tool search for the community of Unville.

Moderators
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Eric Corey Freed

Vice President of Global Outreach, International Living Future Institute
Eric is a licensed architect with over 20 years experience designing and consulting on the most innovative, deep green buildings in the country. Before joining the Institute as our Vice President of Global Outreach, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a nationally known architecture and consulting firm that helped architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of... Read More →

Speakers
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Eliot Allen

Principal, Criterion Planners
Eliot Allen is an urban planner who founded Criterion Planners of Portland to focus on the nexus of community planning and sustainability. He’s a specialist in urban rating tools, serving as a technical advisor to SITES, STAR Communities, and EcoDistricts; and as a LEED-ND certification reviewer for GBCI. Eliot’s a recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista Climate Protection Plan, and the Congress for the... Read More →
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Douglas Kot

Senior Consultant, DNV GL
Douglas Kot is a Senior Consultant on DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities team. Involved with green building and sustainable planning since 1997; Doug has led the technical development of dozens of high-performance and zero net energy buildings advising on energy systems, water efficiency and reuse, material impacts and healthy interiors. He is USGBC LEED Faculty for Neighborhood Development, Buildings Design &... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ballard Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Honesty Rules in the New Materials Economy: Transparency, Accessibility, and Transformational Change
Do you need more experience with utilizing search tools to find meaningful transparency data to assist you in finding materials for your LBC project? After hearing testaments making the case for transparency from a sustainability expert in manufacturing, a building products management guru, and a design professional, attendees will partake in a simulation exercise in which they will select the most appropriate building materials for a project after learning how to evaluate and compare Declare labels. The exercise will help participants understand the benefits of Declare, as well as develop the skills needed to compare transparency information for similar products.

If you are interested in attending this session, we advise you bring a tablet or laptop in order to participate hands-on.

Speakers
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Rochelle Routman

Director of Sustainability, Mohawk Group
Rochelle Routman is Mohawk’s Director of Sustainability, where she is leading the Mohawk Flooring division in its sustainability endeavors. Prior to joining Mohawk, she held sustainability leadership positions in the electric utility and aeronautics industries, as well as public service. She holds a B.S. from UGA and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered Professional Geologist, a Certified... Read More →
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Brent Trenga

Director of Sustainability, GreenWizard
Brent holds a degree in Architecture from Penn State University including a year at the Sedi de Roma Design Studio in Rome. His professional practice focused on mixed use urban infill, projects in coastal environments, educational facilities and Modular Housing. Mr. Trenga’s role at GreenWizard allows him to oversee the innovation of product management software solution and ensure adherence to third-party accreditation standards and changes... Read More →
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Lauren Wallace

Certifications Department Manager, Epsten Group
Lauren Wallace is the Certifications Department Manager at The Epsten Group, Inc., where she trains and manages a group of over 30 thought-leaders in sustainability, consulting on thousands of inspiring projects in more than 50 countries. Ms. Wallace has a degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology with certificates in City + Regional Planning and Marketing. Ms. Wallace has been an LBC Ambassador since 2009, she is the LBC... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Love and Forgiveness in Action: Healing Neighborhoods through Design for the Common Good
Participants in this session will hear about community-based collaborative actions that took place across the US and learn the approach taken so that they can plan a collaborative action themselves. This session will include practicing mindful listening skills, developing an initial plan for implementing a collaborative action, and receiving feedback and advice on that plan. No prerequisite knowledge is required.

Speakers
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Nathan Poel

Rose Architectural Fellow, Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing
As a Rose Fellow in Yakima, Washington, Nathan Poel has worked with the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing to design and build healthy communities and affordable housing for migrant farmworkers. He has facilitated charrettes design competitions to improve the developments and has also led the conversion of a former retail site into a community center and shelter. A founder of the Yakima AP and holds a Master of Architecture from the... Read More →
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Joann Ware

Affordable Housing Developer, InterIm Community Development Association
Joann works in Seattle at Interim CDA, a community development corporation that promotes, advocates, and revitalizes Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Puget Sound area for the benefit of low-and moderate-income residents and community business owners. As a Rose Fellow, Joann used projects of all sized to deepen her connection with community members, from development of the 86-unit Hirabayashi Place to creating a Sustainable... Read More →
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Nella Young

Program Officer, National Design Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
Nella Young runs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship program, which places early-career architectural designers at community development organizations to contribute their design and community engagement skills to the field of the community development and affordable housing. She has a background in experiential education and urban planning. Nella holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Urban and... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Aspen Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Motivating Action: from Individuals to Corporations
If you’re reading this, you’re already “in.” The problem is you’re in a very tiny minority. Most Americans, though concerned about sustainability, are simply not doing much about it. They largely want corporations, and to some degree government, to solve the problem for them so they can continue behaving and buying as usual. This session will dig into the barriers for action and how to overcome them, as well as how to translate sustainability into the language of quantified business value to engage individuals, organizations and senior decision makers.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Barnard

Lisa Barnard

Commercial Key Account Manager, BASF’s Center for Building Excellence
In Barnard's current role as commercial key account manager with BASF’s Center for Building Excellence, her outreach and advocacy efforts help enhance the company’s profile as a leader in sustainable construction. She also manages new business development and marketing activities for a sizeable project portfolio. Key strengths are leading top-performing project teams; developing programs and supporting construction practices that... Read More →
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Heather Gadonniex

Director, PE International
Heather Gadonniex, LEED AP BD&C, leads the Sustainable Building and Construction practice for PE INTERNATIONAL in North America. She has over a decade of experience developing and leading international product marketing, business development, and product development initiatives focused on product sustainability and transparency for start-ups and large multinational organizations. Prior to joining PE, Heather worked for UL Environment where... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Cedar Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Project Finance & Appraisal: Translating the Value of Regenerative Design into Real Estate Speak
Regenerative design and construction transforms the built environment by mitigating negative externalities and generating positive benefits to the occupants, owners, community and environment. To deliver such benefits, however, it has to happen at scale. Scale requires capital markets finance, which requires communicating the value premise in terms investors, appraisers and lenders understand. This interactive session explores the financial implications of regenerative design using case studies from the presenters’ work. Beyond overused terms like ROI and payback, attendees will examine the market fundamentals underpinning property value, and explore ways to support the value proposition and communicate that proposition to financiers.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Macko

Matt Macko

Principal & Director of Existing Building Services, Environmental Building Strategies
Matt co-founded EBS out of a passion to positively affect a larger community and to align his desire for progress in the built environment with his love for optimizing economic value. He applies his knowledge of finance and building science to capacitate EBS’ use of Life Cycle Costing and scenario/sensitivity optimization matrices. While currently involved with mentoring internal and external colleagues, growing new services, and branding... Read More →
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Tim Runde

Partner, Carneghi and Partners, Inc.
Timothy P. Runde, MAI, LEED AP, has over 20 years of commercial real estate appraisal and consulting experience, including expertise in high-performance and sustainable buildings. He received a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin. An instructor and course reviewer for the Appraisal Institute, he has served as a peer reviewer for The Appraisal Journal. His most recent... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom D Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Quantifying User Experience, Health and Sustainability using LEED, Living Building Challenge and WELL Building Standard
At Google, we strive to create the healthiest workplaces imaginable that positively impact the health and well-being of our employees, both today and 30 years from now. To that end, we’ve set ambitious performance goals across our global facilities portfolio, establishing key criteria and metrics for use experience, sustainability and health - including indoor air quality, acoustics, biophilia, lighting quality and thermal comfort - that best support employee health, happiness and productivity. However, performance metrics to attain some of these key objectives can be difficult to quantify and existing standards and benchmarks are sometimes too prescriptive. Using the Google Chicago office project as the case study, this session explores the opportunities and challenges with using leading industry standards, such as LEED version 4, WELL Building Standard and Living Building Challenge to achieve some of these ambitious outcomes while meeting Google’s priorities to create high performing workplaces.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Heinking

Susan Heinking

Vice President, VOA Associates Inc.
Susan is a Vice President and the Sustainability Leader for VOA Associates. In Chicago, Susan serves on the USGBC IL Board of Directors, co-chairs Chicago's AIA COTE Chapter, is a member of the AIA2030 Chicago Working and the Chicago Biomimicry Group. She was recently named BD+C's 40 under 40 Class of 2014. She speaks on topics that have an impact on sustainability, such as promoting for healthier interior environments and the Red List. She holds... Read More →
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Priya Premchandran

Team Design & Construction Lead at Google, Google
Priya Premchandran is the [e]Team Design and Construction Lead for the Google Real Estate Workplace and Services (REWS). She is responsible for the program’s integration into Google’s global portfolio projects to deliver healthy and productive workplaces. Priya brings over 10 years of focussed experience and expertise in integrating sustainability concepts into high performing projects with a particular focus on understanding the... Read More →
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Laci Wilkes

Director, CBRE Project Management Sustainability Services
Serving as Director of CBRE’s Project Management Sustainability Services, Laci Wilkes works with project managers and clients globally on the delivery of Sustainability Consulting Services.  Combining industry best practices and her experience as a LEED Consultant, her collaboration with other CBRE service lines ensures cohesive service delivery customized to the needs of each client.  Laci manages a team of five nationally. She... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Willow Room Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Understanding the Living Product Challenge: As a Unified Tool (Part 2)

Participate in an in depth dialogue with attendees and the Living Product Challenge team who will answer questions about compliance with existing certification systems and other requirements of the Living Product Challenge. It is expected that participants will attend the previous session Understanding the Living Product Challenge Part 1.


Moderators
avatar for Kathryn Langstaff

Kathryn Langstaff

Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute
Kathryn’s leadership emerges from understanding the inherent structure of a system and connecting it to the living fabric of our world. She co-founded autopoiesis, llc, which integrates living systems, ecological design, and regenerative models finance. She co-authored Optimizing Urban Ecosystem Services: The Bullitt Center Case Study, leading her to join the ILFI team. Kathryn co-designed the largest leichtlehmbau structure in North... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute's Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has taught Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at HSPH since the late 1990s. Gregory is also the... Read More →


Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom A Sheraton Hotel

3:45pm

Urban Agriculture: Fertile Resources for the Pacific Northwest’s Growing Soil and Water Based Urban Farms
In order to create a lasting shift toward a balanced and sustainable food system, urban farms must function on a larger scale within communities. This includes embracing a system of farms of various scales and types connected by efficient local distribution systems. To help avoid a crash of the world’s food supply, new methods and systems for growing food economically in, or near, urban centers must become common practice. Both soil-based and water-based farming operations will be used in “closed-loop” water and nutrient recycling systems that include new and innovative farming technologies such as aquaculture and algae microfarm production systems.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Buehrer

Mark Buehrer

Director, 2020 ENGINEERING
Mark Buehrer is a professional civil engineer, author, inventor, and the founder and director of 2020 ENGINEERING. Since 1995, 2020 ENGINEERING has been at the forefront of the research and development of sustainable methods, systems, and infrastructures that reduce capital and operating costs, recycle and reduce material consumption and waste, restore and protect ecological systems, and create and maintain healthy communities. Mark’s... Read More →
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Jason Henry

Landscape Architect, Berger Partnership
Jason Henry is a landscape architect and principal with Berger Partnership who has a passion for the west coast’s wild and urban environments. While seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum, he is most inspired by projects that combine both. Integrating natural systems influences his design and planning work for public and private clients. Jason views his work as an opportunity to educate people about the environments and communities in... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Meyer

Rachael Meyer

Project Manager, Berger Partnership
Rachael Meyer is a landscape architect and a valuable resource on sustainable technologies, with extensive experience in process and innovation. She served as project manager for the Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park landscape designs, and is currently working on projects incorporating urban agriculture. She became one of the first Accredited Green Roof Professionals nationwide in 2009. Rachael helped launch Berger Partnership’s... Read More →



Friday April 3, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Juniper Room Sheraton Hotel

4:50pm

7:00pm

After Party: Back to the Land
The Bullitt Center is designed to mimic the forest that once resided in its place. For a night, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will be returning to the land from which it sprouted. Enjoy Finn River Cider, made with apples, pears, black currants and lavender from the land they farm. Come close out the LF15 unConference by returning to the beginning, at the Living Building Challenge flagship building.

Location: Bullitt Center, 1501 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Friday April 3, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Bullitt Center 1501 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98122