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Friday, May 3 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Entering the Material Pool: Deep End Jump or Shallow Slide?

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Changing minds is not easy. Changing habits is even harder. As we learn more about what we don’t know, how do we prevent ourselves from drowning in information and sliding back into business as usual. And what is the definition of healthy if various benchmark systems and organizations define it slightly differently if not quite differently? Changing how we select materials and engage owners and the building industry is essential to community health – but can it be done by moving one lever? We believe that through our collective community, we can change habits and get to where we want to get to – empower individuals to help us select, make, create with healthier materials. It takes moving several levers and using different industry languages.

In our session, we will hear the experiences from an architect’s, general contractor’s, specification writer, and owners point of view. There is no perfect approach, just a variety of tools and approaches to help keep the momentum toward a healthier material pool of products. How you get into the pool can vary. Here are some methods that have worked for us.

We will also cover process, educating the team and using material selection to change the design process. Examples of collaboration between builders, vendors and team members will be discussed. The goal is to transition from single minded approach to a multi-attribute analysis that ends with better material selections.

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

avatar for Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow

Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow

LEED Fellow, Partner and Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio
Pauline has dedicated her 33+year career to creating high-quality sustainable educational environments. She‚Äôs responsible for implementing sustainable principles and incorporating benchmark¬†systems into¬†all WRNS‚Äôs¬†projects.¬†She‚Äôs a LBC Hero, USGBC... Read More →
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Anne Hicks Harney

President and Founder, Long Green Specs
Anne is the president and founder of Long Green and has been a practicing Architect and Spec Writer for over 30 years. She provides a solid technical foundation to high end design, emphasizing both performance and sustainability, while being at the vanguard of material selection... Read More →
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Courtney Lorenz

LEED AP, BD+C, Sustainability Manager, XL Construction
Making sustainability relatable to clients, designers and every XLer is Courtney's prerogative as Sustainability Manager. She is responsible for high performance goal setting through construction and post occupancy phases and responsible for the infamous green story box. A recipient... Read More →
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Katie Ross

Sustainablity Program Manager - Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft
Katie leads Sustainability for Microsoft's Real Estate portfolio. She is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their office portfolio. Katie's career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502