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Thursday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Building a Community of Practice: King County Living Building Challenge Accelerator

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King County and the 39 cities in King County have a formal shared goal to reduce countywide sources of greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.  King County and 13 cities have a joint commitment to achieve net zero GHG emissions in new buildings by 2030. The King County Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) establishes a target of 100% of King County projects achieve certifications demonstrating a net zero GHG emissions footprint for new facilities and infrastructure by 2030, and includes a commitment to identify and register 10 ZE/LBC projects by 2020. The projects will be built in multiple jurisdictions throughout the county, increasing the opportunities for regional code and policy advancement.

Through extensive collaborative efforts, both internally in King County government and externally with the International Living Future Institute and city jurisdictions, King County has been able to build a framework to accomplish this goal. This framework has resulted in further increasing awareness of emissions reduction opportunities in the built environment, increasing awareness of the Living Building Challenge, and establishing replicable tools and practices to initiate ZE/LBC projects for public work, infrastructure, and industrial type projects.

This session will feature speakers from the County's collective effort, representing executive level staff, project representatives, city representatives, and ILFI partners. Speakers will share policies, lessons learned, best practices, project details, and feasibility assessment tools with attendees that can be replicated in other jurisdictions. The information presented can be useful for attendees whether they are representing government agencies themselves, working on government projects, or even hoping to bring ZE/LBC to their local jurisdiction. Furthermore, there are significant opportunities to scale up these examples and impact different public work industries across the country – such as solid waste and recycling management, wastewater treatment, parks and recreation, mass transit and affordable housing. Demonstrating examples of local government taking action, surfacing and solving barriers, and making significant shifts in practice to meet GHG emissions reductions is timely and significant in the context of current federal affairs.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Ruthann Dunn

Project Program Manager, King County, Metro Transit Department (MTD)
Ruthann Dunn manages the King County Metro Transit Division (MTD) Comfort Station Program, leading MTD’s groundbreaking efforts in providing basic human needs to its front line employees. The industry-leading effort has led to calls for guidance from transit agencies across the... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Energy and Climate Policy Director, King County
Megan Smith is the Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for King County, Washington. She leads climate change and energy initiatives across King County government's diverse lines of business. She works to advance clean energy and climate change goals at the community scale... Read More →
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Brenda Bradford

Capital Project Manager/Architect, King County
Brenda Bradford is a licensed Architect in Washington State and a LEED AP. She is currently a Capital Project Manager and Architect for the King County Parks and Recreation Division who is leading the Renton Operations and Maintenance Shop Project, one of the County's 10 ZE/LBC projects... Read More →
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Miranda Redinger

Senior Planner, City of Shoreline
Miranda grew up in the mountains of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia's School of Architecture under Dean William McDonough, who inspired her with "waste-equals-food" and "cradle-to-cradle" sustainable design principles. She joined the City of Shoreline in 2007 and... Read More →
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David Broustis

Energy Manager, King County
David Broustis is the Energy Manager at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. David has worked in the resource conservation field for over 25 years, at a variety of local governments, utilities and organizations across the Seattle region. His work has focused... Read More →
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Patti Southard

Program Manager, King County Green Tools
Patti Southard is the program manager for Green Tools green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating all of King County's cities on built environment and climate related policies. In addition... Read More →
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Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, King County Green Tools
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... Read More →
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Jennifer Kim

Capitol Project Manager, King County Parks
Jennifer is a capital project manager in the capital projects section of King County Parks, where she works on facility improvement projects for Parks structures. She is a licensed architect and worked in architecture and urban design offices in California and New York and recently... Read More →
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Tina Rogers

Capital Planning Section Manager, King County Metro
Tina Rogers is Capital Planning Section Manager for King County Metro and is leading the effort to coordinate capital investment decisions for Metro’s six-year planned spending of $2.4 billion. Prior to Metro, Ms. Rogers led the Capital Projects Oversight program at the King County... Read More →
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Liz Korb

King County Wastewater Division
Liz Korb is an environmental engineer and project manager. She has worked for King County Wastewater Division for four years after working many years on the consulting side of the business. Liz is the project manager for the Jameson/ArcWeld building, which is pursuing Petal Certification... Read More →
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Doug Chin

Capital Project Manager, King County Solid Waste Division
Doug Chin is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified project management professional (PMP).  He is currently a Capital Project Manager for the King County Solid Waste Division who is leading the South County Recycling and Transfer Station Project, one of the County's 10 ZE/LBC... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512