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Thursday, May 2
 

10:30am

Better Ideas, Greater Commitment, More Fun: Collaborative Intelligence for Sustainability Project Teams
What if you could harness the best ideas from an organization or project team in record time, hear everyone’s perspective, and increase engagement in the decision outcomes? The field of collaborative intelligence is helping organizations of all kinds do just that, and sustainability project teams have a tremendous opportunity to use this new learning to create better buildings and communities.

Co-led by expert practitioners in green building consulting and in group facilitation, this session uses storytelling, concrete, real-time exercises and a tailored, take-home cheat sheet to give participants new tools to enhance their work immediately.

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

Speakers
avatar for Chris Forney

Chris Forney

Principal, Brightworks Sustainability
With over 20 years of experience and advanced subject-matter expertise in sustainable design and construction, Chris Forney is one of the country’s most experienced sustainability practitioners.His clients throughout the country range from Google, Hyatt, LinkedIn, and Related to... Read More →
avatar for Rita Haberman

Rita Haberman

Senior Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Rita Haberman has more than 10 years of experience helping public and private clients achieve their green building program goals.
avatar for Julie Huffaker

Julie Huffaker

Partner & Secret Weapon, Deeper Funner Change
Julie helps organizations get bolder results through collaborative intelligence - a group's ability to out-think, out-innovate, and out-adapt even their smartest individuals. Part think tank, part consultancy, Deeper Funner Change structures and facilitates game-changing collaboration... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

10:30am

Changing Perceptions in the Tourism Accommodation Industry
Set against one of New Zealand's most stunning natural backdrops, Camp Glenorchy has been created with beauty, comfort and sensory delight in mind whilst achieving Zero Energy in operation. Designed to challenge preconceptions that sustainability within tourism accommodation infers sacrifice, this session offers opportunities to learn how collaboration technically and creatively can create the potential to instigate change. In this session you will hear from the visionaries behind Camp Glenorchy, academic research, the technical team and the operations team behind New Zealand’s first Zero Energy visitor accommodation in an informal presentation with opportunity for Q&A.

This session will provide a broad cross section of insight into how a project has created a thriving hub within a small rural community, created financial growth and an abundance of rich experiences for visitors. Hear from the visionary couple behind the idea for Camp Glenorchy, stories of collaboration amongst a community and between the community and the design/construction team. Debbi will talk to the aesthetic vision for the campsite, the use of local artists and craftspeople, recycled materials and how inspiration was drawn from the natural patterns and place based relationships in the Glenorchy environs.

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


Speakers
avatar for Debbi Brainerd

Debbi Brainerd

Founder and Visionary, The Headwaters
Debbi is passionate about beauty and the guest experience, and her vision has resulted in a warm, welcoming environment at Camp Glenorchy, featuring the work of local artists and craftspeople that bring heart and soul to the project. Prior to creating Camp Glenorchy, Debbi and Paul... Read More →
avatar for Paul Brainerd

Paul Brainerd

Founder and Visionary, The Headwaters
Paul created the technical vision for Camp Glenorchy as a demonstrable example of how tourism accommodation can make a paradigm shift towards sustainable design and operation without compromise on comfort. As well as founder of the Brainerd Foundation, Paul is a founding member of... Read More →
avatar for Ailsa Carroll

Ailsa Carroll

Sustainability Coordinator, The Headwaters
Ailsa is the Sustainability Coordinator at The Headwaters, a sustainability-focused accommodation and retail destination in Glenorchy, New Zealand. As a part of her role, she is the onsite lead for Camp Glenorchy's pursuit of Petal accreditation, the associated monitoring, and the... Read More →
avatar for Tricia Love

Tricia Love

Director, Tricia Love Consultants Ltd
Tricia is a mechanical services engineer with 25 years experience in the construction sector who has been immersed exclusively for the last 6 years designing and facilitating certified or aspiring Living Buildings within New Zealand. She has been the lead sustainability consultant... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

10:30am

Collaborating and Scaling Healthy Ingredients across the Material Ecosystem
The healthy materials value chain has radically changed over the last 3-5 years. Material Health Transparency programs like Declare and Health Product Declarations have helped facilitate the exchange of ingredient information between manufacturers and purchasers. Material health transparency programs have also helped influence the exchange of information between manufacturers and suppliers as well as with designers and building occupants.
 
 But what’s next? This session will explore and engage participants in how to further collaborate and scale the healthy materials ecosystem. Presenters will share ideas for a better mapped value chain where opportunities for scaling material health exist and where new models for collaboration exist. The session will then expand and engage the audience to identify opportunities for a more effective material health ecosystem.
 
Mapping the value chain for opportunities will be the theme and output of this session including identifying opportunities for better value chain feedback loops, activating Material Health Data for better collaboration on healthy materials, prioritizing chemicals of concerns, Report Cards on material selection concerns, summaries of chemicals that alert buyers, sensitivities of chemicals for end users, and beyond. The process and audience feedback will be captured and provided as a Summary Report following the UnConference.

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

Speakers
avatar for Mikhail Davis

Mikhail Davis

Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He is responsible for advancing Interface's journey to Mission Zero (and beyond) in the Americas by building internal leadership capacity, facilitating strategic alignment... Read More →
avatar for Sara Tepfer

Sara Tepfer

Consultant, Arup
Sara completed her masters degree in architecture with a concentration in building science at UC Berkeley and is now a sustainability consultant at Arup's San Francisco office. I'm coming to sustainability consulting after graduate school in architecture at Berkeley and an undergraduate... Read More →
avatar for William Paddock

William Paddock

Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
William Paddock is the founder and managing director of WAP Sustainability Consulting, a leading provider of sustainability services that include carbon accounting, lifecycle assessments, certification support, product transparency programs, supply chain sustainability and managed... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

10:30am

Converting Urban Food Deserts to Food Oases Community-Scale Aquaponics (Aquaculture + Hydroponics)
Inspired by the LBC’s Urban Agriculture Imperative, which was introduced about a decade ago, the research and experience by this session’s team members have studied, designed and built large-scale aquaculture and hydroponic facilities. These type of high-tech 21st century farms can produce vast amounts of healthy food in a very compact footprint. Because of the efficiencies in its design these food production facilities can be located in densely populated urban areas, including neighborhoods that are now experiencing “Food Deserts” where healthy fresh foods are hard to find or difficult to afford. To address this problem, large community-scale aquaponics facilities provide a place where people have the best possible access to healthy foods and beverages that are high quality, affordable, culturally acceptable, and meet the nutritional needs of the people in the community, thereby creating a virtual “Food Oasis”.

This session will demonstrate the Bellingham Organics aquaponics facility which is located in northwest Washington state. This aquaponics facility aims to create a healthy mix of private enterprise and social impact. The session will present a case study of this social venture project using closed-loop aquaponics for year-round production of organic food and freshwater fish at a degraded brownfield location, without gentrification or displacement of existing, neighboring uses. Aquaponics can reuse urban, blighted brownfields, underutilized publicly-owned properties, or locations being held for future redevelopment. An optimized project will produce a balanced mix of community benefits and private enterprise, sharing the upside of profit, jobs, training, and better access to healthy, local food for people from a wide range of incomes.

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

Speakers
avatar for Rose Lathrop, LEED AP, CSBA

Rose Lathrop, LEED AP, CSBA

Green Building + Smart Growth Program Manager, Sustainable Connection
Rose Lathrop is the Green Building & Energy Program Director for Sustainable Connections, a Whatcom County based non-profit business membership organization dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices. The Green Building program promotes healthy, durable, efficient, and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Buehrer

Mark Buehrer

Founder and 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. Mark’s sustainable and... Read More →
avatar for Paul Schissler

Paul Schissler

Founder and Principal, Paul Schissler Associates
Paul Schissler is the founder and principal of Paul Schissler Associates, a planning and development consultancy based in Bellingham WA since 1994. PSA offers technical assistance, community economic development, and grantsmanship in support of public interest projects. Paul’s program... Read More →
avatar for Henning Gatz

Henning Gatz

Founder and President, Aquacare Environment, Inc
Henning Gatz is the founder and President of Aquacare Environment Inc, formed in 1987, that designs and builds sustainable, controlled environment, land based fish farms. Aquacare designs and delivers fish farm projects world-wide, using commercially proven designs and pre-engineered... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

10:30am

Impacts, Costs and Benefits: Findings from 3 LBC Research Studies
The Living Building Challenge is a performance-based approach to sustainable design of the built environment. Generating measurable positive impacts is at its heart. So how is the Living Building movement doing? What impacts has this movement had to date, and what impacts could it have in the near future? Relatedly, what are the cost implications – for different stakeholders – of living buildings? And what some of the long term operations requirements and benefits of Living Buildings and especially the on-site water systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List some of the key environmental impacts that living buildings have had to date, and what is driving or causing these impacts
  2. Understand the impact potential of scaling up the number of living buildings        
  3. Describe what we are learning about the short-term and long-term financial implications of living building for different stakeholders in the process.          
  4. Explain the operation and maintenance requirements as well as the ROI and on-going benefits of on-site water systems
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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 →
avatar for Molly Freed

Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
avatar for Greg Norris

Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, ILFI
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... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

10:30am

Indigenous Placekeeping for an Equitable Future
This session will explore new sustainable Indigenous housing in North America, bringing together three perspectives as necessary ingredients for activating meaningful change: the user group, sustainability specialists, and Indigenous designers. Our team includes two Indigenous architecture graduates/students who will share their views of existing reservation housing, what they see possible and or desirable in future tribal housing and their perspectives on the connections between sustainability, housing, and Indigenous worldview/ lifeways. A Cree architect and ASU professor of architecture and construction, specializing in Indigenous design and methodologies of practice, will share her ongoing research to be used as a case study for the session: Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Sustainable Housing Initiative. Additionally, a collaborative architect and partner at coLAB studio, a Tempe-based firm who recently completed the first LBC Net-Zero home in Arizona, will discuss the integration of sustainable building practices while collaborating on the development of a sustainable prototype for GRIC.

Together, the team will utilize a lens of holistic design thinking to speak to the notion of abundance, both present and lacking within many Indigenous communities. The team will talk through the overlay of complementary systems in reservation living – cultural preservation, economic growth, social well-being, environmental quality and political autonomy – as a system that can be utilized beyond reservation borders. We will focus on the lived experience perspective (growing up on the reservation), alongside the perspectives of practitioners who together form the network of systems that can lead innovation in sustainable housing.

There are a number of questions to be examined in this session: how can practitioners, working together as a network of collaborators, act as champions for underserved communities? What are our limitations or challenges as practitioners? How can we act as champions and advocates for our tribal partners in order to bridge and build understandings between communities within and outside reservations? What can we learn from working closely with tribal partners in sustainable development? How do we work with local materials to build ecologically when climate change keeps moving the design parameters?

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

Speakers
avatar for Wanda Dalla Costa

Wanda Dalla Costa

Institute Professor, Architect, Arizona State University
Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities across North America. She holds a joint position at ASU (architecture + construction) where she teaches a community-based design studio. Her... Read More →
avatar for Tierra Miller

Tierra Miller

Navajo Nation Graduate Architecture Student, Arizona State University
Tierra Miller is from Navajo Nation and is an upcoming graduate of the ASU Masters of Architecture program (2019). Her current research focuses on the synergies between bioclimatic architecture and Indigenous design thinking. Miller holds her undergraduate degree in architecture from... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

10:30am

Living Community Research: Transforming Two Campuses of San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University has 2 major campuses, one is located in a high density urban center and is growing due to high demand for quality education and housing, and a marine science research lab at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. These two sites have very different conditions and drivers, and both are using the Living Community Challenge to guide all future development. LCC is a strong tool for campus master planning and this session illustrates in detail how each campus is dealing with issues of decarbonization, density increases, biophilic environments, mobility, community engagement, and equity.
 
Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the master planning process using LCC and how to solve for cost effective zero net carbon, energy and water design at two campus scale
  2. Understand how to implement key sustainability goals at the campus scale and how to establish metric-based targets
  3. Learn about key strategies being employed at two campus scales (e.g. renewable energy, storage, microgrids, water recycling and reuse)
  4. Learn about phasing strategies and how to set and evaluate sustainability metrics that will endure over time
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

Speakers
avatar for Claire Maxfield

Claire Maxfield

Director, Atelier Ten
Claire is the director of Atelier Ten's San Francisco office as well as a leader in environmental design. She is an expert in sustainable water and stormwater management, climate-responsive architecture, thermal and visual comfort, façade optimization, advanced energy and HVAC systems... Read More →
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Jill Anthes

Executive Director of Planning + Design, San Francisco State University
Jill heads physical planning and design at San Francisco State University and promotes positivetransformation in the built environment. As a community planner and urbanist, Jill brings experience in design, policy, and management in higher education, for-profit businesses, nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Traber

Andrea Traber

Sr Principal, Integral Group
Andrea Traber contributes over 25 years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerousgreen building projects, sustainable master plans, climate action plans and energy programs to theIntegral Group team. Throughout her career, Andrea has dedicated herself as an industry... Read More →
avatar for Beth Foster

Beth Foster

Principal, Page
Beth Foster is a Principal at Page in San Francisco, where she leads the consultant team preparing the SF State Romberg Tiburon Campus Master Plan. She is an expert at engaging campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders in the planning process. In... Read More →
avatar for John Leys

John Leys

Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers
John Leys is a civil engineer that leads sustainable infrastructure planning and project implementation at Sherwood Design Engineers. He has over 20 years of experience working with public agencies, institutions, and private developers on the implementation of water management and... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

10:30am

Net Positive Ecology: Our Work Outside
The term “ecology” has been through the wash in recent years. As designers and architects increasingly look to meet their client’s interests in green design, we’ve seen considerable drift in what it means to protect, support, or restore ecological systems around built forms. In this session, we return to the theoretical foundation of the discipline of ecology and explain how its key principles can and should influence design.

Our approach blends the formal sharing of expertise and experience with a workshop feel. Each of our four presenters will speak for 15 minutes, followed by a small group question and discussion section, each moderated by a panelist, in a world café format that allows participants to interact freely and personally with each presenter.

• Foundation: If we take a restorative approach to a site, we examine a series of questions. What are ecological attributes, how do we assess them? How do we comprehensively examine the drivers of degradation? Once we have a framework in place, what does recovery mean? – Juan Rovalo, InSite

• Implementation: A case study of formal evaluation of the larger scale physiography and function based on ecological systems to inform building and park design. – Tenna Florian, Lake Flato Architects

• The ecological perspective not only casts our built systems in a different light, but it enables us to identify the most beneficial design opportunities for the site, community, and region. If we consciously align with and learn from the remarkable ecosystems that we are a part of, we can begin to create healthy, prosperous, and regenerative built systems. To put concrete metrics on this approach, we can use conceptual guides to quantify existing, historic, and desired ecological functions. In this section we provide several examples of rigorous approaches to defining site carrying capacity along several axis of ecological function. - Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

• Clients & Community: Challenges and Successes in educating clients and design teams on a more rigorous integration of ecology. This section examines where we go from here, and what our field needs to move forward and improve. We’ll discuss using ecosystem services, precedents, biomimicry, watersheds, and reference systems not as buzzwords but to build awareness and support for factoring in site ecology. - Pete Munoz, Biohabitats

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

Speakers
avatar for Bill Browning

Bill Browning

Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green an environmental strategies... Read More →
avatar for Tenna Florian

Tenna Florian

Associate Partner, Lake Flato Architects
Tenna Florian has over two decades of experience designing highly sustainable projects that successfully merge with their natural environment. She has been active in developing green initiatives for many communities and for the firm. As an AIA Board Member, she initiated the first... Read More →
avatar for Pete Munoz

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 projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes... Read More →
avatar for Juan Rovalo

Juan Rovalo

Senior Ecologist/Integrated Design Specialist, Biohabitats
Juan Rovalo is experienced in environmental planning, integrated ecological assessment, strategic integration of environmental science, and built environment projects. His 20 years of experience in strategic leadership for mission-driven organizations and projects has produced over... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

10:30am

Sweden-Canada-Dene Knowledge Exchange for Canada’s First Carbon-Negative Building in the Subarctic
The Northern Centre for Sustainability is a project for social and environmental healing and active reconciliation, knowledge transfer, open-hearted conversations and community-facing initiatives for job creation and greenhouse gas reduction. Climate Change Global Goal 13 urges everyone to take action to slow climate change, and we are embracing this challenge. One of our new business goals for 2019 is to create 30 projects with zero carbon footprints.

The participants will get a comparison of the Swedish and Canadian building regulations. Marie-Claude Dubois will explain how the Swedish building regulations and environmental certification system Miljöbyggnad have been instrumental in reaching the NZEB goals as stated in the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and compare it to the Canadian perspective.

The participants will have a better understand of the evolution since the first passive houses Lindås in 2001, to state-of-the-art energy renovation projects such as Brogården and plus energy house Villa Åkarp (2006), Marie-Claude Dubois will discuss positive outcomes of passive and NZEB projects as well as technical challenges particularly regarding wood construction details, thermal bridging, moisture, etc.

The White Research Lab has been a fundamental part of our working culture — the practice was established in 1951. The research focuses upon three key themes: equitable architecture, resource efficiency and informed design. Our four development networks (Research, Wood, Light and Tectonics) are creative clusters that operate in direct relation to practice and help us achieve a greater depth of knowledge within important transdisciplinary fields of research.

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

Speakers
avatar for William Gagnon

William Gagnon

Building Engineer, Green Building Specialist, Ecology North
William is leading the project for the Northern Centre for Sustainability in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in Northern Canada. He is a building engineer and is currently pursuing graduate studies in sustainable carbon management (UQAC 2018). He studied bioclimatic architecture... Read More →
avatar for Marie-France Stendahl

Marie-France Stendahl

Business Development Director, White Arkitekter AB & Lund Tekniska Högskola
Marie-France Stendahl is an architect of Canadian nationality with 15 years of international experience since her graduation from the Swiss Federal Institude of Technology (ETH). Having joined White in 2006, Marie-France acts as project leader and is responsible for establishing White... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

10:30am

Translating Environmental Qualities into Quantitative Benefits: Creating the Tangible Case for Healthy Buildings
Demonstrating the financial return on healthier, more environmentally responsible project investments has been a pressing topic for the construction industry. This session looks at various tools from a preliminary parametric decision support tool to sophisticated Triple Bottom Line (TBL), Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), through the lens of People, Planet, and Profit!  

This session will include an interactive component where we will engage the audience and explore the trade-offs between environmental and health goals

Learning Objectives:
  1. How financial analysis and parametric thinking can be used to create healthy buildings 
  2. Establishing TBL­-CBA connection to green building strategies – making a business case to multiple stakeholders (Building Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors)
  3. Analyzing the benefits of regional health priorities
  4. Showcasing the potential of TBL tools in real life examples

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

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Ritchie

Kirsten Ritchie

Principal/Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler
Kirsten Ritchie, a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Gensler, has over 30 years of experience in the world of green building and urban infrastructure. Always focused on ways to make our built environment a healthier, happier and more environmentally sound place, she... Read More →
avatar for Kaitlyn Gillis

Kaitlyn Gillis

Wellbeing + Sustainability Specialist, Stantec
Kaitlyn is a wellbeing and sustainability specialist with Stantec’s Sustainability and Buildings Performance team in Edmonton, Alberta. Kaitlyn’s background in building engineering, deep green architecture, and environmental psychology allows her to understand both the social... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Discipline Leader, Sustainability, Stantec
Rachel is the Sustainability Discipline Leader for the Buildings Group and leads sustainability initiatives in design work, client outreach, and internal operations. She has 15 years’ experience in the building industry, spanning five countries and focusing on the engineering and... Read More →
avatar for Johnathon Spitz

Johnathon Spitz

Vice President Sales & Business Development, Autocase (Impact Infrastructure)
For the past 25 years, Jonathon Spitz has focused his career on the problems that real estate owners face to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their facilities. Key areas of expertise include Smart Building Technologies, Energy, Sustainability, and Integrated Buildings... Read More →
avatar for Vandita Mudgal

Vandita Mudgal

Sustainability Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Vandita Mudgal, is a Sustainability Leader for the Northern California district of Hensel Phelps. She currently holds LEED AP BD+C, LFA and Green Globe auditor certifications and has co-chaired the USGBC/ ILFI Seattle chapter in the past. She has worked in the construction industry... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

10:30am

Using the Living Building Challenge to Transform your Organization and Change the World
Human activity is the largest contributor to climate change. Organizations must lead the way to reverse decades of environmental damage. How can your organization help? The framework of the Living Building Challenge inspired our firm to work and think in a different way, resulting in new approaches and solutions. This voyage opened our eyes to what we can do and how to share this process with our peers. This session takes you on our journey as we discuss what we learned and how we have grown, providing you with the tools to start your own journey, no matter the scale.

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

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Kelsey

Kristin Kelsey

Architecture and Design Lead, Herman Miller
Kristin Kelsey is the Architecture and Design Lead for the northwest region of Herman Miller. She has over eight years of experience in architecture and interior architecture with dual master’s degrees in both fields from the University of Oregon. Kristin approaches building design... Read More →
avatar for Robert Misel

Robert Misel

Partner, The Miller Hull Partnership
Rob has actively participated in some of Miller Hull's larger infrastructure projects and is particularly interested in creating a commitment-based project culture to improve outcomes for his clients. He seeks a transparent, integrated team approach where team cohesion, collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Sprug

Margaret Sprug

Principal, The Miller Hull Partnership
With a passion for design and sustainability, Margaret has been responsible for helping Miller Hull break new ground with highly sustainable projects. Her ability to facilitate complex challenges has advanced Living Buildings projects, bringing together the functional and creative... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

2:00pm

Building a Community of Practice: King County Living Building Challenge Accelerator
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

Speakers
avatar for Ruthann Dunn

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 →
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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 →
avatar for Megan Smith

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 →
avatar for Brenda Bradford

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 →
avatar for Miranda Redinger

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
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

2:00pm

Collaborating in a Future Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Low-Carbon, Resilient Building Design
This session addresses an increasingly important topic area: best practices in resilient building design. While significant emphasis has been placed on mediating the impacts of human activities on the environment and climate in the ‘green’ building industry, there is a growing sense of the need to create flexible and adaptive buildings that are resilient to climatic and other risks. Addressing these risks, which range from forest fires and earthquakes, to epidemics and power outages, necessarily requires an integrated and collaborative approach to design. Working across stakeholder groups and design team members is key to identifying the strategies that can efficiently harness resources to address multiple risks, all while reducing energy use and emissions and contributing positively to individual and social well-being.

This session will begin by showcasing examples of resilient building design processes to share lessons learned on effective collaboration, identify key design strategies, and highlight the many community and environmental benefits of resilient buildings. This will occur via presentations from our 4 panelists.

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

Speakers
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Ralph Wells

Community Energy Manager + Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia
As Community Energy Manager for UBC, Ralph is responsible for reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in the University of BC residential neighbourhoods, and helping to define a regenerative vision for neighbourhood development. Previously, Ralph was the Sustainability Manager... Read More →
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Angie Woo

Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lead, Facilities Management, Energy & Environmental Sustainability (EES)
Angie leads a Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program. It emerged from a recognition that climate risks and impacts to health infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery, and that development of site-based low-carbon adaptation options will increase the... Read More →
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Wilco van Bemmel

Founder & CEO, Dunefield
Wilco is the founder and CEO of urban development firm Dunefield. In his projects, he builds partnerships between residents, businesses, community groups and cities to improve the economic vitality, sustainability and affordability of communities. With over 15 years of experience... Read More →
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Lisa Westerhoff

Associate, Integral Group
Leading the Research and Planning team at Integral Group, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning and policy to her work with academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

2:00pm

Construction Sites are Workplaces Too: Considering the Health of Those Who Occupy Buildings Before Turnover
Construction work ranks among the most dangerous jobs in America. As such, safety plans and OSHA requirements focus on daily task hazards and high-risk activities. But other subtle dangers lurk on every jobsite. These conditions remain unknown and go undetected – until the effects show up years later. Those who succumb to chronic illness caused by exposure to construction materials are not even counted among the lives lost.

Twenty years ago, those working with asbestos were unaware of the risks and long-term effects from the exposure. It wasn't until we started to see the trends of chronic illness that we changed our procedures to address the dangerous materials. And yet, not much else has changed. What do we know about the other materials on our jobsites?

Inspired by the Well Building standard, which looks at limiting chronic diseases and stopping rising healthcare costs, we started looking into the conditions on our own jobsites. Just because it's a construction site, it shouldn't mean our employees and trade partners should expect a poor working environment. After all, if the job leads to chronic health problems, what good is the job?

Learning Objectives:
  1. Compare jobsite air quality against baseline measurement and turnover levels.
  2. Adopt tools and techniques that can be used to monitor and control air quality on jobsites.
  3. Design and specify healthier materials with consideration for how they're installed.
  4. Collaborate with industry partners early on, during preconstruction, to plan the working environment.
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

Speakers
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Susan Heinking

Vice President of Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Susan leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, she has over a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's... Read More →
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Mike Grant

Vice President, Pepper Environmental Technologies
As the lead manager for Pepper Environmental Technologies, Mike brings to the team his 20 years of experience and expertise with a variety of environmental technologies. Mike provides the team with environmental consultation and conducts OSHA compliance training that includes confined... Read More →
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Dan Ruane

Director of Safety Management, Pepper Construction
Dan has 15 years of experience in construction safety. At Pepper, Dan is responsible for planning, implementation and maintenance of safety training programs. He is involved in pre-planning to ensure all safety and health concerns are addressed and conducts regular safety audits... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

2:00pm

Creating a Zero Carbon City: Putting Policy into Practice
As the international community works toward achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, it is clear that strategy generation needs to engage and empower all, plans cannot sit on shelves, and that implementation requires COLLABORATION across markets, economic sectors, and industry. In Washington, DC, we are learning and acting in real time. We have made some wrong turns and have experienced critical delays in the process, but are pressing forward. This session will explore the many policies being implemented that we feel are imperative to advancing ABUNDANCE and action toward achieving climate neutrality by 2050. It will also explore and highlight the important relationships and collaboration that will allow us to get to scale and build support across the building and development industry.

During the implementation of our climate mitigation plan and as we drive toward net-zero carbon, we have found that it is critically important to look across industries, listen to a variety of opinions, and learn from both our successes and missteps. We are excited to be driving innovation and only through collaboration can the net-zero energy market get to abundance – where energy security, sustainability, and resilient design can be accessible to all.

Information will be suitable for individuals just beginning to explore environmental policy to understand what other cities are implementing, and for those already engaged in this process, our aim is to share lessons learned and the impacts that these policies have on the design and development communities. We hope that these policies and lessons can be implemented across many jurisdictions and in large organizations looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation format will be a 2-hour Interactive Panel Session, presented by our panel of experts with an activity to illustrate the impact plans and policies play in reducing carbon. Ample time will be provided for the audience to report on the activity and for question and answer. Discussion and shared lessons from others in the room will be explicitly encouraged.

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

Speakers
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Holly Lennihan

Director of Sustainable Design, Hickok Cole Architects
Ms Lennihan is the Director of Sustainable Design at Hickok Cole. During her tenure with the firm, she has worked on the re-positioning of existing office buildings, historic preservation, adaptive reuse projects, corporate interiors, multifamily housing, and education facilities... Read More →
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Webly Bowles

Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
As a Project Manager at NBI, Webly's focus is on zero energy (ZE) buildings. With her background in architecture and 15+ years in the design and building industry, she works on ZE programs in California and urges jurisdictions' energy reduction policies and goals. A strong advocate... Read More →
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Lindsey Falasca

Program Manager, Institute for Market Transformation
Lindsey Falasca is a Program Manager at the Institute for Market Transformation where she works to advance the market demand for high performance buildings and accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency throughout the real estate industry.
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Jay Wilson

Senior Green Building Advisor, Department of Energy & Environment
Jay Wilson is a green building expert at the District‚Äôs Department of Energy and Environment, where is responsible for advancing sustainable development and green building policy and planning. He advises private developers, the Zoning Commission and public agencies to increase... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

2:00pm

Ecology of Collaboration: an Exercise and Education
In the summer of 2015 the Ecology School of Saco Maine had the opportunity to purchase a historic farm along the Saco river some five miles inland from their current location on Ferry Beach. The School has run small, seasonal residential education programs out of their current leased location for twenty years and this chance to purchase a beautiful riverfront farm that was bound by conservation lands was one they could not pass up.

This interactive panel discussion will provide a candid insight into this unexpected collaboration, exploring lessons learned, challenges, and the rewards of this unique process. And, importantly this discussion will focus heavily on how the complexity and capacity provide by this team helped and hindered the process of developing a Living Building Challenge project.

This discussion will illustrate the process of learning, stumbling, and support that we all went through and will highlight a number of specific lessons learned that may be useful to other trying to find best practices and would most certainly be scalable to other teams. Some of the specific topics we will cover will be; the value of communication, the importance of trust, the appreciation of the unseen on others process, and the pragmatic beauty of slowing down to go fast. While at times we felt that things were a bit of a mess they were also at times hugely rewarding and did seem to realize that added organic value the client had envisioned.

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

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Briley, CPHC®, LEED AP

Christopher Briley, CPHC®, LEED AP

Founding Principal, Briburn
Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at BRIBURN. In late 2012 he teamed up with Architect Harry Hepburn and founded BRIBURN where they practice 'architecture for life', specializing in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design. For seven years prior to... Read More →
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Jesse Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC®

Principal, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Jesse is an award-winning architect who has become a national leader in green design and building science. Growing up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Jesse started his career working construction in high school and has work in every stage of design and building. Jesse is always working... Read More →
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Danielle Foisy

Project Designer, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Danielle graduated from the Syracuse School of Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architecture. While There, she was also a freelance graphic designer, a volunteer for local refugee groups, and a design intern with Cape Town, South Africa nonprofit. She received a citation for... Read More →
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Ryan Kanteres, AIA, LEED BD+C

Senior Associate Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Scott Simons Architects
With a philosophy degree, a background in construction, and years of experience working in the public realm, Ryan's commitment to architecture is grounded in his passion for community engagement and sustainable design. Ryan's involvement at University of Maine's Advance Composite... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

2:00pm

Google’s Pursuit with Living Buildings: Case Studies & Storytelling
During this LISTEN + LEARN SESSION, you will hear from two of Google employees, an ILFI staff member, and moderated by the projects’ Sustainability consultant. The presentation will be focused on sharing lessons learned with the audience, and then engaging through Q&A at the end of the session.

Megan from Integral will open the presentation with introductions to the speakers and help to close the presentation by interviewing the panelist and moderating the Q&A. Lauren and Andreas from Google REWS Sustainability team will by setting the historic context and describe in more detail recent Google projects which have pursued LBC Petal Certifications. Andrea Cooper from ILFI will share how LBC imperatives have changed due to application on large scale projects.

Google Charleston East - This ~595,000 SF addition to Google’s Mountain View campus features a building that is pursuing LEED v4 NC Platinum and LBC Materials Petal certifications, which includes full Red List vetting, over 99.6% construction waste diversion, and 100% FSC for temp and permanent wood. In addition to the Materials petal, the project chose to incorporate the Beauty + Place petals. The Beauty petal is expressed through five public art installations, including sculptures which are intended to be dynamic, interactive, and to inspire curiosity. The Place petal is articulated through ~12 acres of landscape will be dedicated to pollinator habitat using native plant palettes, 3 bee boxes (apiaries) will be installed and maintained on site, and several movable vegetable demonstration gardens.

Google Bay View - Across Stevens Creek from the Charleston East project site, the Bay View project sits on NASA Ames campus and will host ~1.1M SF of office and event space. This project is pursuing LEED v4 NC Platinum and LBC Water Petal certifications. The project’s Net-Positive Water approach is made possible through a water-saving geothermal pile design, dual-plumbing, rainwater and stormwater capture, retention ponds, and decentralized wastewater treatment.
Google’s development projects speak directly to SCALING. At the Charleston East project, scaling the manufacturer outreach process by applying the common products methodology and creating a systematic approach to product vetting has proven a great success. This process was then replicated at the Bay View project for interiors products, although this project was not pursuing the Materials Petal. Bay View chose to pursue its own challenge through the Water Petal, showing how water reuse systems can be applied at ~1M GSF scale.

These success stories can not be shared without mentioning the huge efforts put forth by the deeply COLLABORATIVE teams behind them. Beyond the collaboration between Google and ILFI, the list extends to the specialists in the fields of sustainability and healthy material consultants, manufacturer outreach teams, design/ project/ interior/ landscape architects, structural/ MEP/ water system engineers - the list goes on! Every team played a specific role, out-performed both individually as well as collectively.

Google continues to evolve it’s design guidelines, sustainability principles, and research initiatives based on market and project feedback. The evolution which many of Google’s partners have experienced in the process of working on these tremendous projects does not go unnoticed. The future of Google directly incorporates concepts of ABUNDANCE through their collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and key sustainability pillar on Circular Economy.

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

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Cooper-Lazarczyk

Andrea Cooper-Lazarczyk

Declare Manager, International Living Future Institute
Andrea is a sustainable design and construction professional with a background in interior design, architecture and construction management. After receiving her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Andrea worked on some of the most noteworthy, sustainable... Read More →
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Andreas Gyr

REWS Sustainability Program Manager, Google
Andreas has been with Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services Sustainability Team for over 7 years, and plays a key role for Google development projects in North America and Europe. He collaborates with design and construction teams to implement proven strategies and investigate... Read More →
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Lauren Sparandara

REWS Sustainability Program Manager, Google
Lauren is a REWS Sustainability Program Manager at Google, Inc. Over the last few years she has worked to advance Google's efforts to optimize its built environment for the health and performance of Googlers and the natural environment with a primary focus around maximizing Google's... Read More →
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Megan White

Chief Sustainability Officer, Integral Group
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Megan is responsible for applying the same levels of ambition and performance from Integral’s project work to local and global initiatives such as the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment announced at the Global Climate Action Summit. Under Meg... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

2:00pm

Materials Specifications and the Oft-Ignored Time Value of Carbon
Since organizations like Architecture 2030, AIA, and USGBC have traditionally focused on reducing operational carbon emissions, shifting some of our focus to address the more immediate challenge of embodied carbon requires wide-spread education on the emerging toolbox available to industry professionals.
 
 This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem. 
 
Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a balanced climate.

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

Speakers
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Lisa Conway

VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the modular flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. As a member of a global team, she and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re... Read More →
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Kirsten Ritchie

Principal/Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler
Kirsten Ritchie, a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Gensler, has over 30 years of experience in the world of green building and urban infrastructure. Always focused on ways to make our built environment a healthier, happier and more environmentally sound place, she... Read More →
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Stacy Smedley

Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Stacy Smedley, with a degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, in Seattle, is the architect behind the extension of the Bertschi School Science Wing in Seattle, USA. The Science Wing has been certified as the world's fourth Living Building - making it a giant step... Read More →
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Anita Snader

Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries
Anita Snader is the Environmental Sustainability Manager of Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA. She manages the sustainability strategy for Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, and serves as an internal environmental advocate, and environmental spokesperson. She is a LEED... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

2:00pm

NOT SO Small Talks About Inspirational Pioneers, Extraordinary Lifestyles, Fresh Codes + Deeply Collaborative Calls to Action
Spend time with our diverse panel of individuals sharing real-life knowledge and setting great examples right now; those walking the small talk, and loving it! Learn perspectives from pioneer Dee Williams, a gardener who created an abundant urban CSA template, a young Washington activist who is in the process of proposing a call to action to a US government agency, a kid’s film short on tiny living, new small footprint code changes and more. Our target audience: those willing to listen and focus on others’ needs. Goal: collaboration to foster small communities’ world-wide as mainstream options and increase housing diversity.

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

Speakers
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Billy Ulmer

Marketing Manager/Co-owner, Brightworks/Portland Alternative Dwellings
Billy Ulmer is a co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings, one of the original companies in the tiny house movement, as well as the Marketing Manager for Brightworks Sustainability, one of the first sustainability consulting companies in the United States. As an experienced advocate... 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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Brett Marlo DeSantis

President, Brett Marlo Design Build
Brett Marlo DeSantis has a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture + Design and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Construction + Design. She serves on several boards and organizations that she feels passionate about: Cascadia Green Building Council... Read More →
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Dee Williams

Builder, Teacher, Author
In 2004, I sold my big house and built a tiny house on wheels. I then squeezed my new 'home sweet home' into my friends' backyard. After 13-years we agree: on Day 1, we knew nothing would ever be the same again, we just didn't know it would end up so good. She writes about her journey... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

2:00pm

Reframing Architectural Education for Regenerative Design
The goal of the session is to engage conference participants in growing a new future for architectural education from the idea of regenerative design. As articulated by the Regenesis Group, regenerative design evolves the social, ecological, and economic model to instead focus on sustainability, resilience, and regenerative design. These framing concepts are heuristics for understanding the operation of a living system. To restore health to a social-ecological system, all three levels must operate simultaneously: closing loops via sustainability; responding to disruptors via resilience; and playing a value-adding, co-evolutionary role via regenerative design. While both the profession and academia have been working steadily on sustainability and resilience, regenerative design is the final and necessary step in overcoming the separation between self and other, humanity and nature.

Regenerative design overcomes the “zero sum game” inherent in sustainability and the “gaming the system” inherent in resilience. Instead, it declares finally that we are all in this together as a single social-ecological system, complete with all of the aspects of a living system: closed in the sense that we are self-organizing with boundaries of our own choosing and open in the sense that we are nested and metabolizing.

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

Speakers
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Shelly Pottorf

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University
Shelly Pottorf, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C is a practicing architect and the Principal of Architend, a firm committed to catalyzing a living future through architecture, community design, sustainable consulting, and research. She further serves as an Assistant Professor in the Prairie... Read More →
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Jonathan Bean

Assistant Professor of Architecture; Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona
Jonathan Bean is Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Built Environments, and Marketing and Chair of the Sustainable Market Transformation program at the University of Arizona. He was the faculty lead for the University of Arizona's team in the 2018 Race to Zero Student... Read More →
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Mary Rogero

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture + Interior Design, Miami University
Mary Rogero is an Associate Professor and former Chair for the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is currently teaching a Passive and Low Energy Design seminar which includes the CPHC curriculum, studios, and a HIstory and Theory... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

2:00pm

Metrics for the Regeneration of Human Habitation
Note that this session will have a 15-minute break.

Some metrics are obvious: How much electricity does my project use? How much water?

Unfortunately these measurements do not necessarily look at what is truly important in a given place, and how the important things are changing. Should we instead ask, “How is this project changing the water cycle in this place? In what ways is this change positive or negative? How does our work truly add value and benefit to the ecology of our place? How might this work have the momentum and foundation to inspire the community to build on and evolve this understanding over time?

Our goal with this session is to work with all of the participants to define metrics or indicators that can answer the questions, “Is this place evolving in a way that benefits the system of life? And, if so, how?” We believe that, together, we can come up with powerful ways to measure the progress that we are trying to facilitate. We plan to explore how to generate metrics that measure, or at least indicate, the regenerative development of a place or system that can be invitations to others – financiers, residents, regulators, to name a few – to engage in furthering the evolution initiated by a project.

We will start the session with developing a purpose and goals for metrics. Once we have created a sense of what we are trying to do, we will work in groups to define principles and metrics for a specific place and system. In this way, the work of developing regenerative metrics can be rooted in a place, and yet help to build a new model of project indicators, a model that can lead us toward regeneration of our world, which sorely needs it.

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


Speakers
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Jim Newman

Principal, Linnean Solutions
Jim Newman is founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions, which provides environmental analytics and benchmarking for corporate, institutional, and municipal clients. Linnean‚Äôs work is based in a regenerative model of both personal and professional development which drives us... Read More →
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Josie Plaut

Executive Director / Associate Director, CLEAR / IBE
Josie guides companies, municipalities, and organizational through developing capacity and action plans for regenerative development and sustainability. Her work spans domestic and international projects and organizations across a variety of scales including individual buildings... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

2:00pm

The Biophilic Design Process: Vignette Workshop
This session has a 15-minute break from 3:15 - 3:30. 

There is much attention and growing interest in Biophilia and Biophilic Design regarding theory, science, benefits and practice. However, limited workshops are currently offered across disciplines that teach the Biophilic Design Process step by step.

This proposed workshop will address how Biophilic Principles can be utilized to create healthy and healing habits for both people and the planet and how best to incorporate Biophilic Principles into various biophilic frameworks and throughout all phases of the design process.

The Principles of Biophilic Design:

• Fosters a repeated and sustained engagement with nature.
• Focuses on human adaptations to the natural world that over evolutionary time have advanced people’s health, fitness and wellbeing.
• Encourages an emotional attachment to particular settings and places.
• Promotes positive interactions between people and nature that encourage an expanded sense of responsibility and stewardship for the human and natural communities.
• Encourages ecologically connected, mutually reinforced and integrated design solutions.

The session will explore utilizing an eco-system or ecomimetic approach to integrating nature, and natural systems & processes holistically, symbiotically and synergistically with human-created systems within the built environment.

The presenters will explain the design process as planting a seed of intent and allowing biophilia and ecology to sprout from that seed. The design solutions coalesce as a natural ecosystem would and the intent is human health, wellbeing and planetary healing. The Biophilic Principles are the touchstones along the way.

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

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay James

Lindsay James

Principal, Chrysalis Strategies
Lindsay James is a well-known expert in the field of sustainability, specializing in biomimicry. In addition to serving on the faculty for Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center, she leads Chrysalis Strategies, a consultancy focusing on the commercialization of biomimetic... Read More →
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Sonja Bochart

IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Sonja Bochart has over twenty years of experience as a health and wellness focused project designer and biophilic design consultant. Her portfolio includes higher-education, healthcare, cultural, and corporate design, including projects meeting LEED, LBC and WELL Building Standard... Read More →
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Elizabeth Freeman

Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP, WELL Faculty, Calabrese Architects, Inc.
Elizabeth Freeman Calabrese, AIA is a leading educator of Biophilic Design. She is a licensed architect, LEED AP, WELL Faculty and has been in the design industry over for 30 years with national and international projects to her credit. Elizabeth believes that ecology and biophilia... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

3:45pm

Beyond the POD Initiative: How we can Leverage Creative Partnerships to Address Houselessness in our Communities
Houselessness is a growing public health crisis unfolding in our own backyards. While permanent housing is ideal, there is a widening gulf between available supply and the number of individuals in immediate need. Our communities must explore emergency intermediate solutions to bridge this growing divide. One potential path forward is the Village Model for transitional housing. Based upon the improvised and informal “villages” being established by the houseless themselves, this model works to replicate the success that these groups have found in creating vibrant, safe, supportive, and self-governing communities, but takes it a step further in terms of providing the physical and social infrastructure needed to ensure their continued success. Perhaps the best example of this model - the Kenton Women's Village - represents an entirely new step in the village evolution - a city-sponsored, fully supported, safe and sustainable village created through a participatory process. A critical part of that process was recognizing the fact that Design is an unmet need in most informal villages. We believe design can play a significant role in changing perceptions about homelessness among the general public and is essential for the success of any effort that hopes to integrate houseless individuals into the fabric of the community.

This presentation will look at the Village Model from a variety of perspectives and describe how a series of unlikely partnerships and collaborations has enabled the greater design community to work with our houseless neighbors in support of their journey off the street. First, there will be an overview of the P.O.D. (Partnership on Dwelling) Initiative – a short 6-week design build exercise that took place in late 2016 and which asked the architecture and design community to apply their skills and experience in shaping the built environment toward housing Portland’s most vulnerable population - the homeless. Beginning with an open design charrette that was attended by nearly 100 architects, social workers, activists, and houseless individuals, designers worked with the diverse group at their tables to come up with preliminary ideas for “pods,” categorized as small structures with a footprint of between 6’x8’ and 8’x12’, and as tall as 10’x8.’ Fourteen teams manifested their designs into built pods with financial support from the Portland Mayor's Office and The Larson Legacy, and these structures then became the initial infrastructure for the Kenton Women’s Village.

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

Speakers
avatar for Todd Ferry

Todd Ferry

Associate Director of PSU Center for Public Interest Design, Portland State University
Before earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Todd worked for over a decade in the nonprofit field, Including founding KIU ART, a service-learning organization that works with schools in Mwanza, Tanzania. His current work investigates how social... Read More →
avatar for Travis Bell

Travis Bell

Associate Professor in Sustainable Design, Portland State University
Travis Bell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University and Co-Founder of  Diversion Design-Build Stuio. He received a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from PSU and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. Travis's primary... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Tran Do

Joanna Tran Do

Property Manager, Department of County Assets, Multnomah County
I am a rhinoceros; I charge head first into any challenge I encounter and have a track record which exhibits my accomplishments. I believe that nothing is impossible, and love the challenge of finding solutions to problems that are not easily solvable. I am passionate about finding... Read More →
avatar for Scott Mooney

Scott Mooney

Senior Associate/Architect, SRG Partnership, Inc.
Scott is a Registered Architect, LEED-accredited professional, and Senior Associate at SRG Partnership who has been practicing in Portland since earning his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2005. His primary focus has been to design enduring environmentally... Read More →


Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

3:45pm

Lifting the Lid: Designing & Delivering an Effective Living Building Tour
For a Living Building, the project isn’t over once the building is complete. Owners of Living Buildings are uniquely positioned to share their transformative spaces with others, offering a gateway into the LBC community for all. A powerful educational and experiential tool, tour programs can strengthen relationships with local communities, raise awareness of engagement opportunities, and empower building occupants with a deeper level of living building systems understanding.

In this workshop, three experienced LBC guides will discuss the value, strategy, and impact of building tours, tackling questions such as: How can tours support your institutional or corporate mission? What makes a memorable tour? How do we offer effective tours with sometimes limited knowledge and resources? How can we make our tours accessible to all? What are the goals of a tour program, and how do you know if you’ve been successful?

We’ll share how Hampshire College, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and Georgia Institute of Technology leverage tours to strengthen the impact of their Living Building Challenge projects: as part of new building-based research and curriculum, as a component of community outreach and K-12 education, and as a way to involve people in the construction process. Participants will learn how to design tours based on learning theory and proven engagement strategies, including hands-on activities, participatory problem-solving, and digital content. We’ll then invite you to develop a concept plan for your own project tour, offering support and feedback based on our experience. Each participant will leave with a plan to implement a unique, effective, and value-added tour program for their own project or site.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Josie Eilertsen

Josie Eilertsen

Alumni, Hampshire College
Born and raised in Southern California, Josie Eilertsen graduated from Hampshire College inMay 2018 with Five College Architecture Major and Sustainability Certificate. At Hampshireshe studied sustainable buildings and informal education specifically at the R. W. Kern Center,the 17th... Read More →
avatar for Drew Cutright

Drew Cutright

Project Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology
Drew Cutright is a Project Manager in the Office of the Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her role includes managing a variety of environmental planning and administrative projects, including outreach and regulatory components... Read More →
avatar for Sara Draper

Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Schultz

Jessica Schultz

Communications and Living Building Coordinator, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Jessica Schultz is Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She developed and leads the Center’s Living Building tour program and manages building system operations. She is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, is Living Future Accredited, and lead... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

3:45pm

LPC: Transformation Beyond Certification
The Living Product Challenge goes far beyond typical certification frameworks to inspire a whole new way of doing business for a world that needs far more good, not just less bad. Come hear from four manufacturers of Living Products about how taking on the challenge has inspired transformation of products, processes and people rippling far beyond the scope of the original certification.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the Living Product Challenge framework and how it applies to different types of products
  2. Compare the 1.1 to 2.0 frameworks and learn how the certification is building focus on carbon and social impacts.
  3. Consider how Handprinting and a framework of positive impact can create ripple effects beyond just product certification
  4. Explore opportunities for transformation at your own company based on the framework of the Living Product Challenge
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

Speakers
avatar for Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Director of Sustainability, 3form/Lightart
As Director of Sustainability at 3form/Lightart, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Robinson-Enaharo

Sarah Robinson-Enaharo

Product Sustainability Manager, Tarkett
Sarah Robinson- Enaharo advances Tarkett North America's sustainability strategy, goals, policies, and programs. In this role, she advocates for the optimization of material inputs for safe and healthy products, drives circular and regenerative economies, promotes occupant well-being... Read More →
avatar for Annie Bevan

Annie Bevan

Global Head of Sustainability, Superior Essex
Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, supply chains, buildings, and within manufacturing operations... Read More →
avatar for James Connelly

James Connelly

Vice President, Strategic Growth, ILFI
A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

3:45pm

Mentorship: A Lifelong Endeavor
The sustainability revolution needs all voices to be heard. Too often, women, LGBT+, mature workers, and people of ethnic and other minorities that are viewed as diverse, feel shut out of new opportunities and growth, sometimes in very subtle ways. This panel will shed light on this predicament. Each speaker will provide their own personal stories of their own career challenges and how through mentorship, they overcame obstacles – later becoming a mentor to others. Additionally, this session includes an interactive session in which participants will commit to doing their part to achieve collaboration, inclusivity and change within their own organizations.
Session Objectives:
  • Empower attendees to make a difference by learning the role of mentoring -- including and encouraging the next generation to take action -- in achieving equity and potential in the workforce.
  • Understand that being mentored and mentoring is a lifelong process, a strategic tool that can be used to navigate pivotal career transitions through influential relationships.
  • Learn how to identify potential mentors and cultivate relationships from the stories and advice presented by three sustainability leaders.
  • Through an interactive workshop, help participants identify unconscious bias -- discuss when, why and how the audience has felt excluded -- and how they can overcome it through mentorship to create a more inclusive workplace for all.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Susan King

Susan King

Sustainable Practice Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
In 2007 Susan F. King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C became the third woman Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), a national firm founded in 1908.  Her award-winning work includes buildings that integrate social, economic, and environmental responsibility with aesthetically appealing design... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Silva

Alicia Silva

Director and Founder, Revitaliza Consultores
Director and founder of Revitaliza Consultores in Mexico City, a firm specializing in environmental consulting for green building portfolios, Alicia is responsible for overseeing LEED certification, strategic development, and corporate sustainability initiatives in diverse markets... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Isle

Nicole Isle

Chief Sustainability Strategist, Glumac
Nicole Isle (LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, BaDT) is the Chief Sustainability Strategist at Glumac, a full-service MEP engineering firm specializing in the cost-effective sustainable design and operation of commercial, institutional, healthcare, and advanced technology facilities worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Routman

Rochelle Routman

Chief Sustainability Officer, Halstead/Metroflor
Rochelle Routman¬†is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Halstead International and Metroflor, leaders in the resilient flooring and decorative products industry. In this role, Rochelle draws from her background in the natural sciences and her passion for environmental and human... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

3:45pm

REthinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy: The RESTORE Project
Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently, the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

This session will focus on the work that the COST RESTORE project has been achieving in Europe over the last two years to accelerate the adoption and awareness of restorative buildings. The session will review research, collaboration and projects that have emerged from this partnership of 130 organizations and institutions. The panellists will elaborate also on how the Living Building Challenge can bring restorative principles to building projects through this Action across Europe.

(COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond.)

The audience will be provided with three brief visual and oral presentations, introducing innovative elements of discussion. The following debate among the presenters will give the opportunity to go more in detail, with focus on the feasibility of the solutions envisioned. Moreover, an adequate space will be done for questions and answers from the audience, to stimulate new way of thinking and approaches, and critical contributions useful for the understanding of the described scenario.

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

Speakers
avatar for Carlo Battisti

Carlo Battisti

Sustainable Innovation Manager, Chair COST Action RESTORE, EURAC Research
Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, about twenty years of experience in construction companies. Master in Management and Organizational Development at MIP International Business School. Certified Project Manager IPMA®. LEED®, Living Future and WELL Accredited... Read More →
avatar for Martin Brown

Martin Brown

Sustainability Provocateur and Consultant, Fairsnape
A "Sustainability Provocateur", Martin is founder of Fairsnape and has over 40 years' experience within the built environment sector, within project management, businesses. Martin's latest book, "FutuREstorative: Working Towards a New Sustainability" furthers the debate on new sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Emanuele Naboni

Emanuele Naboni

Associate Professor of Sustainable Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Emanuele is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design at KADK. He is involved is involved in several European and International funded projects. He is visiting a visiting professor at EPFL in Lausanne. Previously, he was for years researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

3:45pm

Scaling Paris Solutions at Catalyst: The World’s Largest Zero Energy Building + Combustion Free District Energy
Zero energy is entering its next phase of scale and sophistication. New, powerful partners are coming together to provide Paris Solutions leadership at a scale previously not seen, providing substantial financial, institutional and knowledge resources to champion a fossil fuel free future. Combustion-free district energy systems offer the opportunity to use different heat pumps types and thermal sharing to deliver Paris target consistent energy at maximum efficiency (surpassing individual buildings) and cost-effectiveness. Maximizing the grid benefit of zero energy buildings to match real-time energy use and grid demand with generation and energy return to grid reduces the grid’s fossil fuel load. The scale of the buildings themselves is moving from the low four and five figure square feet into six figures, including multiple tenants and uses. Catalyst brings all these elements together, representing a substantial step forward in the history of zero energy.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Ash Awad

Ash Awad

Chief Market Officer, McKinstry
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Ash is responsible for McKinstry’s market development strategy and provides leadership for the sales and business development efforts of all lines of business. His extensive knowledge in the industry includes systems engineering, evaluation... Read More →
avatar for Craig Curtis

Craig Curtis

President, Katerra Architecture
Craig was a partner with The Miller Hull Partnership for 30 years before joining the Katerra team. Craig’s projects at Miller Hull included the Bullitt Center, the world’s first commercial office building to meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge, and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Frank

Michael Frank

Vice President of Engineering, McKinstry
Michael oversees all McKinstry engineering teams. He is passionate about designing for performance and is proud to work with and manage a team of amazing engineers who are also active participants in the communities in which they live and work. Over the course of his career, he’s... Read More →
avatar for Latisha Hill

Latisha Hill

Senior Vice President, Avista
Latisha is senior vice president at Avista Development where she works to build economic vibrancy in communities. She also served on the Washington State Transportation Commission. Latisha is on the boards of Empire Health Foundation, Washington State University at Spokane, Visit... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

3:45pm

Turning Fear into Hope: How The Wicked Scarcity of Time Compels us to Change Faster
The unConference theme of Collaboration + Abundance frames an optimistic and productive path forward for the Living Building movement. Yet in downplaying the idea of scarcity and emphasizing abundance, the theme overlooks the greatest resource challenge we face: time. This keynote-style session will engage participants to think about the deep future, how trends today play out over long periods of time, and the role their own work plays in speeding up change. At key points, the presentation will pause to take an audience (show of hands) survey to test their perceptions of time: how long might obesity take to peak or for U.S. CO2 pollution to cease? 
 
Six proven accelerants of change will be introduced while three—pilgrimage sites, communities of practice, and campaigns—will be explained in greater depth. Again, an audience survey will poll participants on how their work can be leveraged to accelerate change. This master session draws content from the new book Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future by Douglas Farr. To illustrate how audience members can apply accelerants in their region, two sustainability campaigns inspired by Sustainable Nation will be used to demonstrate a seminal idea: the Theory of Change. The two campaigns are Carbon Free Chicago 2050 and a Nation of Neighborhoods 2030.

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

Speakers
avatar for Doug Farr

Doug Farr

Founding Principal, Farr Associates
DOUGLAS FARR (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and advocate for sustainable design thinking. Chicago-based Farr Associates plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. A native Detroiter, Doug co-chaired the development of LEED-ND and has served... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

3:45pm

Water and the Wild West
Water is the central defining factor in the history and continued evolution of settlement of the Western United States. The simultaneous pressures of water scarcity and growing populations place the region as a model to study considering climate change and potentials for progressive water management strategies. Our team of panelists will present various aspects of Water Conservation issues in the West and will demonstrate some tangible solutions through current building and campus design projects, as well as on-going policy and regulation modifications surrounding allowable water usage.

The presenters will reveal the nuances of this puzzle through review of particular building systems design and water models and will walk through the fruitful collaboration of a dynamic design team working closely with Denver Water, a forward thinking regional water management organization. This will include a review of the Professional Community Building design at the Sun Valley Eco District, and the systems design for Denver Water’s new Campus. The team will also review the process to date for these projects, with an emphasis on the collaborations and efforts that have extended past the typical Project boundaries into a more all-encompassing and wholistic approach to Development, Design and Construction.

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

Speakers
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Russel Slade

Water Strategies Lead Planner, Denver Water
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Lauren McNeil

Sustainable Consultant, Group 14
avatar for Gabe Bergeron

Gabe Bergeron

Senior Associate, Studio Completiva
Gabe Bergeron is an Architect at Studio Completiva, with 20 years of experience in Community Oriented, Sustainable buildings. He is Project Manager on the Sun Valley Eco District Professional Building, currently pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. Gabe focuses on the... Read More →
avatar for Yong Cho

Yong Cho

Principal, Studio Completiva
Yong Cho is an experienced and talented planner and architect. His designs are marked by innovation and detail that enrich the community. As a principal of Studio Completiva, he has developed a reputation as a leader in mixed-use, mixed-income and mixed-construction type planning... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

3:45pm

Why the Occupant Experience Matters: The Quantified Financial Benefits of Healthy, High Performance Buildings
This Listen + Learn session will begin with a compelling look at the state of healthy buildings and how occupiers are poised to lead the widespread adoption of healthy real estate. This foundation will be followed by a dive into HPB research trends in three key areas: productivity, retention, and health. Real world case studies shared by stok and IMT will then support the research findings and provide a snapshot of occupant-derived financial benefits in practice. This HPB project experience includes the LBC Petal Certified NRDC San Francisco office and LBC Net Zero Energy Building Certified DPR Construction San Francisco office, as well as some of the world’s most cutting-edge tech campuses, including Millenia in Chula Vista, CA, which is targeting both LEED v4 Platinum and WELL Gold. These health-centric case studies will provide a foundation of high performance design knowledge and enhanced asset value creation, showing the research analysis in action.

As a leader of the research analysis, stok’s Jeremy Attema will share his firsthand experience deriving and evaluating the monetary value of occupant benefits in high performance office spaces. As a presenter he will lay a foundation, present the research analysis, and analyze and adapt it to the audience’s needs.

Audi Banny of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) will share the tenant perspective, providing market research and trends in HPBs and the undeniable shift from energy efficient real estate to incorporate healthy, human-centric design. As a presenter she will provide the sustainable tenant perspective with a focus on energy efficiency and discuss approaches IMT is taking to establish healthy building strategies as critical components of any regenerative building design.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Attema

Jeremy Attema

Financial Analysis and Strategy, Stok
Jeremy uses in-depth financial analysis to demonstrate a business case for sustainable and energy efficient strategies on individual projects and across real estate portfolios. Utilizing stok’s Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Sustainability Financial Impact Analysis (SFIA) tools... Read More →
avatar for Audi Banny

Audi Banny

Associate Director for Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation
Audi Banny is the Associate Director for Market Engagement. As such, she leads IMT's work with national landlords and tenants, developing new programs such as the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership and continuing existing projects that help tenants, government agencies, property owners... Read More →



Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702
 
Friday, May 3
 

10:30am

A Celebration of the Senses
Conservation of resources in the design and operation of our buildings and cityscapes is essential. But it is not enough. We need new compelling visions of our future that allow us to not just “sustain” our way of life but to thrive within the rich diversity of this abundant planet. Beauty isn’t experienced with the eyes alone; we smell, hear, touch, taste and feel the world around us. To move from merely sustaining our environment to thriving within it, we must evolve from an ocular-centric design practice to a full, multi-sensory understanding of experiential aesthetics. The Beauty imperative of the Living Building Challenge requires projects to “design features intended solely for human delight”. But rigorous adherence to narrowly controlled comfort standards flattens the sensory landscape to industry norms that are comfortable but not comforting, and predictable but not memorable. This session tackles the sensory aspect of delight by taking a multi-sensory perspective of architectural aesthetics that serves as inspiration for architectural decisions, adds richness to the built environment, honors cultural diversity, and profoundly impacts the real-time experiences and longer-term memorability of the environment around us.

Exploring the three different perspectives of designer, researcher and occupant on the exciting new field of sensory design, this interdisciplinary session brings together innovative case studies and cutting-edge research to explore the power of light, color, temperature, smell, sound, touch and taste to shape and enliven the buildings and neighborhoods we design, build and inhabit.

The session will encourage integrated audience feedback to give participants a new perspective and specific skills about how to have conversations with their colleagues and clients about designing for rich, multi-sensory experiential aesthetics. The session will address questions like:
  • How do the sensory attributes change across space and time? 
  • How do the various sensory qualities of the environment relate to each other?
  • To what extent does controllability influence experience?
  • How does a sensory focus reinforce a sustainable design approach?  
  • What are the different ways one can represent experiential objectives?

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Gail Brager

Gail Brager

Professor & Director, Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in Building Science & Sustainability in the Dept. of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Erwine

Barbara Erwine

Consultant/Sole Proprietor, Erwine Design
Barbara Erwine is a sustainable building design consultant, educator, researcher and writer with emphasis on sensory space and passive/energy efficient approaches to resource use in buildings. Her work celebrates the integration of the built environment with the natural world. She... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

10:30am

Abundance Through Collaboration: Fostering Community-Based Food Access
Description:  

Food plays an integral role in the health and well-being of our communities. Come hear two real-world examples of private-public collaborations utilizing community-driven local food production and Urban Agriculture Imperative scale jumping with a school district to increase equity, environmental outcomes, and youth education and job skills.

Arch|Nexus SAC:  Come explore inventive COLLABORATIVE urban agriculture strategies that create ABUNDANCE radiating beyond the LEED project boundary.  Fulfilling the Urban Agriculture Imperative is especially challenging on a constrained urban site where the new building or renovation must occupy most of the site area. Scale-jumping of urban agriculture presents many more benefits to both the project entity and the “receiving” organization than other scale-jumping measures like solar panel location.  This story will utilize a case study of Arch|Nexus SAC, the first Living Building that is an adaptive reuse of an existing urban building designed, owned, operated and occupied by Architectural Nexus, to focus on how the collaboration opportunity of scale-jumping urban agriculture creates opportunities for abundance for the project designer/owner, the partnering organization Sacramento City Unified School District, the larger community, and community policy advocacy.

King Conservation District: 
Communities know what is needed for them flourish. They understand the skillsets, social networks, and resources of their area. King Conservation District and the City of Seattle developed a partnership framework that encourages community-driven solutions with a focus on equity and environmental justice. Learn how the Rainier Beach Farm Stand, an inclusive, community-of-color-led farm stand, created through this model, is an instrument for powerful environmental, social, and economic change. Hear from representatives of KCD, and the youth that managed the Rainier Beach Farm Stand about equity, asset-based community development, and the experience of creating an inclusive community farm stand.


Learning Objectives:
  • How to utilize an equity and environmental justice framework to implement asset-based community development
  • How to develop youth job pathways and community-based local food system involvement
  • How to develop an inclusive community space such as a farmers market/farm stand.
  • Understand Urban Agriculture calculations, impacts of local Scale Jumping and the value the approach can have supporting a challenged site, whether reuse or new construction.
  • Realize the community engagement and educational benefits the fulfillment of Urban Agriculture Imperative has had on the Arch|Nexus SAC site, the Sutter Middle School site and the direction of the Sacramento School District.

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

Speakers
avatar for Patty Karapinar

Patty Karapinar

Director of Sustainability, Architectural Nexus
Patty Karapinar is Director of Sustainability with Architectural Nexus.She holds a BS in Environmental Design from the University of California and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She manages LEED and Living Building Challenge projects and manages Arch Nexus... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Styduhar

Jennifer Styduhar

Landscape Architect + Certified Arborist, Architectural Nexus
Jennifer Styduhar is a California licensed Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist at Architectural Nexus, with over 15 years of professional experience. She has served as a landscape architect on a wide range of projects including educational, urban infill, recreational, healthcare... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Chard

Rachel Chard

Project Green Specialist, Sacramento City Unified School District
Rachel Chard is Project Green Specialist for Sacramento City Unified School District. Rachel began her sustainability career in 2013 at Saint Paul, MN Public Schools, where she implemented waste reduction strategies and promoted environmental education. Rachel provides SCUSD with... Read More →
avatar for Deirdre Grace

Deirdre Grace

King Conservation District, Director of Engagement
Deirdre Grace joined the King Conservation District in May of 2013.  Deirdre has worked with northwest stakeholders to improve community and natural environments for over 20 years.  Her experience spans ensuring diverse voices were included in research at the US DOE Hanford... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Saavedra

Jessica Saavedra

Member Jurisdiction Grants Manager, King Conservation District
Jessica Saavedra  has managed the Member Jurisdiction and WRIA Grant Programs at KCD since March 2007. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and graduate level education in the fields of Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Facilitation... Read More →
avatar for Liya Rubio

Liya Rubio

Farm Stand Manager, Rainier Beach Action Coalition
As an international adult adoptee, Liya uses her first-hand experience to advocate for adoptees. She devotes her time to creating safe spaces for people to participate in positive change through telling their stories and giving back to their communities. Currently, this Ethiopian-American... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

10:30am

Carbon Drawdown Now! Prefabricated, Carbon-Storing Building Components Built Before Your Eyes
Living buildings must be buildings that are part of the climate solution, and the way to achieve this is to ensure that we are building with materials that store more carbon than is released during harvesting/extraction, transportation and manufacturing (“embodied carbon”). There is a surprisingly wide array of materials that are healthy both for building occupants and for the climate, and they are available in every bio-region. The presenters will share their knowledge of embodied carbon issues and the opportunities that abound to use abundant agricultural residues, silvicultural products, and waste stream materials that act as carbon capture and storage devices as building materials. However, this won’t just be a theory session: the presenters will share examples of carbon-storing buildings they have built, and they will actively construct a high-performance prefabricated building component (wall, floor or roof section) made only with non-toxic, regionally appropriate, affordable, carbon-storing materials.

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

Speakers
avatar for David Arkin

David Arkin

Founder/Director, California Straw Building Association (CASBA)
David Arkin, AIA, is one of the founders and current Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).  He is past-President of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADSPR) and served fror twelve years as a board member of the Solar Living Institute... Read More →
avatar for Chris Magwood

Chris Magwood

Director, Endeavour Centre
Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, carbon sequestering, healthy, beautiful and inspiring buildings. Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario, where he... Read More →
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Ace McArleton

Managing Partner, New Frameworks Natural Design Build
Ace McArleton founded New Frameworks Natural Design/Build to offer green remodeling and new construction services blending healthy, low-carbon materials and methods with high-performance design. Ace instructs in the Natural Building Certificate Program at Yestermorrow School, is co-author... Read More →
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Jacob Deva Racusin

Managing Partner, New Frameworks Natural Build
Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring low-impact high-performance building technologies. Through his work as a designer, builder, consultant, and educator... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

10:30am

Effective and Efficient Incorporation of Healthier Materials: The Owner/Developer’s Perspective
An efficient approach to the Materials Petal begins well before a specific project is released for design. This panel will draw from experiences with institutional owners who have explored and engaged in multiple LBC projects, honing the ability and incentive to continually improve results.
Two experienced consultants and one (or two) owners will discuss ways to incorporate the language and lessons learned over the course of eight years of LBC materials pursuit. They will explain a nuts and bolts approach to establishing ambitious, reasonable project goals that are deliverable and not overly expensive.
Practical design and team considerations include creating a healthy materials-friendly RFP, preparing insightful design team interview questions and spotting potential red flags when choosing teams and consultants. Informed choices at this stage will result in significant savings of time and effort throughout the process.
 Participants will:
  • Learn about second- and third-generation RFP language.
  • Recognize common pitfalls in team selection and division of responsibility.
  • Begin LBC materials projects with confidence in certification feasibility.
  • Understand how to incorporate healthier materials goals with minimal additional effort for design and construction teams, lowering anxiety and reducing soft costs.

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

Speakers
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Mary Davidge

Director Global Design, REWS Development, Google
As Director of Global Design in Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services organization since 2014, Mary Davidge has led a team responsible for setting the design vision for Google's global, campus-scale real estate development projects. Her team aligns Google's senior business leaders... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Ecostrategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur focused on helping others understand, appreciate and implement LBC principles. Since 2010, Stevenson’s company, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), has managed the green aspects of projects from 1,000 to... Read More →
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Joel McKellar

Director of Building Performance Services, Whole Building Systems
Joel McKellar provides sustainable project management services and leads efforts at Whole Building Systems to ensure all buildings improve occupant health, well-being and productivity. McKellar previously led Harvard University's Green Building Services department where he was responsible... Read More →
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Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

10:30am

Entering the Material Pool: Deep End Jump or Shallow Slide?
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

Speakers
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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
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

10:30am

Exploring the Value Proposition of Biophilic Design
Biophilic Design can be a valuable addition to any project, yet the value biophilic design brings depends on the projects goals. In this session we will explore different perspectives and goals of biophilic design. Where panelists will share unique insights into how biophilic design can create value, and regenerative outcomes.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Gain insight into the diversity of desired outcomes achieved through biophilic design
  2. Understand how projects have worked to integrate biophilic design elements
  3. Hear first hand experience of biophilic design process
  4. Build understanding of strategies that achieve biophilic design outcomes.

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

Speakers
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Kevin Burke, AIA

Co-Founder, Parabola Architecture
Kevin co-founded Parabola Architecture with Carrie Meinberg Burke in 2010.Parabola’s holistic design approach is embodied in 1212 Bordeaux, Google’s first completed ground-up construction. 1212 Bordeaux recently received Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business... Read More →
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Tim McGee

Manager, Biophilic Design, ILFI
Tim McGee is the Biophilic Design Manager at the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), where he brings his career exploring the interface between biology and design to optimize the possibility for a thriving, regenerative, future.Previously, Tim founded LIKOLAB a small cr... Read More →
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Myer Harrell

Principal, Weber Thompson
Myer is a Principal for Weber Thompson, a mid-size multidisciplinary architecture and design firm in Seattle. As the firm’s Director of Sustainability, he believes in the power of design to promote a sustainable future. His current project focus is boutique urban commercial office... Read More →
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Maggie Stone

Director of Operations, The Nature Conservancy
Maggie Stone is the Director of Operations for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, responsible for providing direction and leadership for all activities related to administration, human resources, facilities, office management, team culture, and safety for the Maine Chapter. In this... Read More →
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Heather Walters

Senior Project Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Heather Walters is a Senior Project Director in the Sustainability Practice at Thornton Tomasetti’s Portland Maine office.  She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable design, including Living Building Challenge, LEED, WELL, and Sites projects.  Heather leverages a unique... Read More →
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Carrie Meinberg Burke, AIA

Co-founder, Parabola Architecture
Carrie co-founded Parabola Architecture with Kevin Burke in 2010.Carrie’s work evolves form from forces, drawing upon her expertise in calibrating light and human perception. She finds inspiration in designing the nuances of sensorial experience, applying technical rigor at a range... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

10:30am

Let's Play! How Virtual Reality Is Engaging People and Communities to Solve Enormous Problems
This session takes a unique look at how Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and gaming come together to foster equity and draw upon the strengths of the community to solve problems for an abundant future. The first case study uses VR gaming to foster STEM education in a diverse student population, thus ensuring that future generations have a more inclusive presence in STEM-related fields. The next two case studies illustrate how architects and urban designers are using video gaming and play as a tool for community members and building occupants to take ownership of their spaces and participate in the visioning of a project, from a single built space all the way up to the urban scale.

1. Mars City Facility Ops Challenge (Mars City) is a response to the urgent need to foster STEM education in many different communities – especially for people of diverse ethnic, racial, economic and gender identities. With the goal of exciting students about potential career paths in the building sciences, Kieran Timberlake’s (KT’s) team of architects and researchers, in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), NASA, and the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI), developed an educational game set on a virtual base on the planet Mars. Mars City has a goal of being a broad-reaching educational effort, harnessing the growing availability of VR in classrooms to make the program accessible to all demographics of students.

 2. HEATWAVE - Empathy for the HVAC: This past year, Opsis led a research project with graduate students from Portland State University’s Architecture School to analyze the effectiveness of gamified VR to improve a building user’s ability and desire to better utilize passive and advanced systems and improve energy efficiency for a classroom that Opsis was designing. The research focused on new ways of training by studying VR’s gaming capabilities to build upon the users’ emotional relationship with a space, improving their ability and desire to better utilize passive and advanced systems such as shades, ceiling fans, lighting controls, and operable windows. While this phase of the research focused on occupant behavior and training, the study also provided insight into the use of interactive VR to allow building users to interact with a space and its components before the design is final, collaboratively shaping the indoor environments in which they work, go to school, or live.

3. Block by Block: UN-Habitat and its partners are exploring how MR can be used to boost community participation in planning urban public space. When creating public spaces in poor and developing communities, UN-Habitat wanted to gather the perspectives and ideas of the people who would be using these spaces the most. In 2012, they started using Minecraft with members of the community to allow them to provide real input into the design of their public spaces. More recently they have introduced MR to the process, which has many possible applications in the urban development field. UN-Habitat is very excited with the possibility of continuing to experiment with MR and collaborative urban design to make citizen participation processes more inclusive and accessible.

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

Speakers
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Deirdre Quarnstrom

General Manager, Xbox division at Microsoft
Deirdre Quarnstrom is a General Manager in the Xbox division at Microsoft where she is responsible for strategy, product development and community engagement for Minecraft in education, including Minecraft: Education Edition, a version of the video game Minecraft created for education... Read More →
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Heather DeGrella

Sustainable Design Director, Opsis Architecture
Heather's tireless passion for green building is evident throughout her 18 years of extensive community and professional service, public speaking, and through practical application on a diverse number of design and research projects. Heather leverages a diversity of skills in architecture... Read More →
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Efrie Escott

Researcher, KieranTimberlake
Efrie Escott (AIA, LEED AP BD+C) explores topics related to materials, Life Cycle Analysis, digital technologies, and environmental systems as a member of the Research Group at KieranTimberlake. Efrie uses her experience with computer programming and digital analysis methods to lead... Read More →
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Fátima Olivieri

Associate, KieranTimberlake
Fátima Olivieri integrates elevated design thinking with meticulous attention to craft, culture and context to create spaces that enhance people's appreciation of architecture and its environment. Fátima has worked on award-winning projects including Harvard Dunster House and a... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

10:30am

Social LCA + Handprinting: Measuring and Addressing Social Impacts
The Living Product Challenge 2.0 has ramped up requirements for manufacturers to assess their social risk and work to create positive social impact. These requirements bring into play both Social LCA and the creation of Social Co-Benefits through Handprinting— but what is the difference between the two, and what impact does this work have on products, supply chains and community?
This session invites dialogue and feedback as we dive into the human side of LCA and Handprinting and explore the ways in which manufacturers are going beyond business as usual to maximize their positive impacts. Come hear from the people behind the Social Hotspots Database, social LCA at Herman Miller, and Social Co-Benefits at Mohawk.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how the Social Hotspot Database works and how companies are using it to explore risk and opportunity in their supply chain
  2. Compare the approaches of Social LCA and Handprinting for Social Co-Benefits and how the two approaches complement each other
  3. Learn why companies are investing in the concept of Handprinting and how to use the creation of social co-benefits to create holistic change
  4. Explore why and how to implement both Social LCA and Handprinting for Social Co-Benefits at your business

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

Speakers
avatar for Rami Vagal

Rami Vagal

Senior Manager, Sustainability, Mohawk Group
Rami Vagal is a multi-disciplinary professional with background in sustainability, architecture and construction. At Mohawk, Rami leads initiatives that create positive impacts on a social and environmental level.She leads an array of projects: corporate sustainability reporting (GRI... Read More →
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Denise Van Valkenburg

Design/Sustainability Manager, Herman Miller, Inc.
Denise Van Valkenburg, PE, LEED AP, is the Eco-Inspired Design/Sustainability Manager at Herman Miller, Inc.  She manages the team that works with new product development by assisting them in the implementation of Herman Miller’s Eco-inspired Design program.  Her experience includes... Read More →
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Catherine Benoit Norris

COO, NewEarth B
Catherine Benoît Norris directs the Social Hotspots Database project at NewEarth B where she is COO and lead the consulting and training services offering. Catherine is a leader in the field of Social Life Cycle Assessment, having edited and co-edited several of the liminal publications... Read More →
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Alexandra Muller

Manager, Living Products, ILFI
Alex works on both the Declare and Living Product Challenge programs. For Declare she works with manufacturers interested in pushing ingredient transparency in the building products industry. Her role as the Living Product Challenge Manager allows her the opportunity to engage with... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

10:30am

The Challenges and Potential of Designing with and for Urban Stormwater
Stormwater mitigation is an essential reality of urban site development. The field is awash with regional municipal codes and policies, and resulting "best practices," focused on mitigating the impacts of stormwater on infrastructure and ultimately Puget Sound. A series of case studies of recent public, institutional and mixed-use developments and panel discussion will demonstrate the evolution of practice within this medium and identify the hurdles to furthering our knowledge. This session highlights successful collaborative landscape architecture and
civil engineering strategies for stormwater mitigation and flushes out potential future changes to stormwater code and mitigation technologies.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify case studies of the recent evolution of PNW urban stormwater mitigation design, on public and private property.
  2. Analyze how code currently looks at stormwater management, the benefits and limitations in urban design.
  3. Consider the possible near future changes to stormwater management design in technology and approach, including what is driving the changes and identifying the barriers to progress.
  4. Compare how differences in scale and density impact various aspects of design.

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

Speakers
avatar for Molly Freed

Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
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Nancy Chan

Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Nancy Chan’s dedication to creating vibrant urban spaces derives from the utilization of urbanist design and placemaking principles. Drawing on a background in systems-thinking design, Nancy uses spatial and social dynamics to inform the development of landscape architecture concepts... Read More →
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Jake Woland

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer
With 19 years of experience as a landscape architect and urban designer, Jake Woland leads design teams through the development of innovative concepts that focus on unique possibilities of dense, urban spaces. As an educator, Jake taught urban design studios at Rutgers University... Read More →
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Brook Jacksha

Owner/Principal, Navix Engineering
At a very young age, Brook Jaksha knew engineering was for him when he accompanied his father and a team of engineers up Mount Saint Helens only weeks after its eruption to chart new roads and drainage paths.  Upon graduating from the University of Portland and finishing his collegiate... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

10:30am

The Nature of Transformational Collaboration: Interactive Skills to Improve How We Work Together
This session will teach critical collaboration skills enabling effective communication and successful co-creation, while getting people out of their heads and into their body intelligence.

Until we develop healthier collaboration skills, and deeply connect to our emotions as individuals and communities, we will be limited in our ability to process the massive amount of collective fear, grief and feelings of separation preventing people from coming together to implement the scale of creative solutions our world needs right now. This requires a willingness to bridge to other mindsets and find alignment regardless of political stance or background.

Our brains, egos, judgments, and limiting beliefs keep us from abundance and the simplicity of solutions we can find by observing nature. The scarcity mindset limits impactful collaboration and prevents broad change. This transformational collaboration we are proposing has been proven to open the path to a much higher level of innovation, creating the potential for a living future we can all be proud of. Through dialogue and movement-based activities, and utilizing the wisdom of nature to inform best collaboration practices, participants will learn evidence-based tools they can bring back to their families, workplaces, and communities to lead the movement of transformational collaboration.

Effective and conscious collaboration is rarely taught in schools and isn’t addressed as a daily practice in most corporate settings, yet it is key to building a thriving abundant future together. The depth of this work is grounded in the 45 years of clinical experience from the Hendricks Institute and the 25 years of research from the Heartmath Institute along with the life experience of both facilitators. This will be an extremely beneficial, unforgettable, out-of-the-box unConference experience.

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

Speakers
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Courtney Giancaterino

Courtney Giancaterino Yoga Therapies
Courtney Giancaterino is a Behavior Change Specialist, Yoga Therapist, and Leadership Coach. For the last 5 years she has taught leaders how to use their built-in resources to restore the flow of vital energy throughout the body, find inner peace and take ownership of their wellbeing... Read More →
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Yancy Wright

President/CEO, Alternavida Lifestyle LLC
Yancy Wright has been a facilitator and corporate leader for 15 years, focused on corporate wellbeing and transformational leadership coaching for the last 5 years. After working in the corporate world for 12 years and completing more than 40 green building projects (LEED) for world-class... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

10:30am

When More is Better: ILFI Volume Certification Programs
With over 100 certified and 500 registered projects, the Living Building Challenge is growing fast. Over the last few years, projects have grown in size, complexity, and geographic reach. Now projects are replicating. Through ILFI’s new volume certification program, companies and organizations are pursuing certification across their entire portfolios and campuses. Earlier adopters span industries and sectors including tech, retail, hospitality, government, affordable housing, and market rate development. The approaches and pathways vary from creation of design standards that apply across diverse building types to development of replicable prototypes; and from zero carbon and zero energy to Petal and Living certification. The models vary but the goals are the same – scaling impact and moving more quickly toward a Living Future for All.  
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate the benefits of volume certification for owners and the environment.
  2. Describe how to apply Zero Carbon and Zero Energy Certification across a portfolio.
  3. Understand how documentation and the audit process are streamlined in volume certification. 
  4. Compare volume certification approaches for certifying a prototype across a variety of locations versus a variety of buildings in one location.

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

Speakers
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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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James Connelly

Vice President, Strategic Growth, ILFI
A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

2:00pm

Building a Campus with Values Leveraging LCC + LBC: Equity on Campus
Higher education has a unique opportunity to instill the principles of regenerative design into a living laboratory on their campus. In particular, equity in the built environment can play a unique role on campus development and provide examples to built environment practitioners at large.

This session will highlight how two campuses – Williams College and California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) - are leveraging their pursuit of the Living Community Challenge in pursuit of their campus equity goals. CSUMB is pursuing the LCC and will highlight the role campus equity goals had on selection of the LCC and their process to obtain the first compliant LCC Vision Plan. Williams College will share their certified LBC build-scale efforts and their more recent pursuit of the LCC to broaden and deepen those conversations from individual buildings to a more holistic campus level, including the use of the Equity Drafting Table tool.

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

Speakers
avatar for Amy Johns

Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →
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Lacey Raak

Sustainability Director, California State University
Throughout her career, Lacey has worked in the field of sustainability and environmental policy. First, as a U.S. Department of State Intern on international sustainable development in Washington, D. C., and later in Indonesia, where she was a Fulbright Scholar researching regional... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

2:00pm

Delivering on the World's Most Sustainable Shopping Centre
This talk is based upon the Burwood Brickworks project - a multi-tenanted retail building in Melbourne, Australia. The Brickworks is attempting to be the world's first “Living Shopping Centre”, generating more energy than it consumes, capturing, cleaning, and recirculating all of its water, using a healthy materials palette, and integrating Australia’s first rooftop urban farm on top of the shopping mall.

This talk will provide a specific focus not on the technicalities of each feature of the building, but on the strategies, solutions, and failures that are making it possible to engage with a large number of people in a way that is often not possible. A direct call to action for true collaboration, Peri will describe how the project is existing in a challenging commercial context. Through working together with numerous people over a long period of time, the project so far has been able to engage those in industry as well as the general public in a refreshing way - at a scale not yet seen before. It describes some of the best practice approaches taken, sharing the learning from successes, and the frustrations endured in the process.

The talk will focus on the commercial reality of shopping centres more generally, and how this has provided a difficult, but not impossible starting point! Peri will also discuss the concept of shared value - a management strategy that delegates can learn from and take away to their organisations, to create business value by addressing social challenges. This has been a key tenet of the Burwood Brickworks shopping centre development, because the goal has always been to achieve financial success without the expense of other loftier goals. Inspired by Australia’s commitment to target zero carbon emissions for new buildings by 2030, Frasers Property Australia embraced the concept of shared value as a framework for the development of other the Brickworks. The approach started with a commitment to the triple-bottom line: a quantifiable financial benefit to the company, coupled with measurable positive impact on the community and regeneration in the environment. In the process, the project will set a new global benchmark in terms of what’s possible for retail development more generally. The project seeks to prove that environmental performance is possible, without losing the financial and social benefits - key to getting serious investment from the private sector.

Finally, Peri will share how he has worked with a team of passionate individuals, with their eyes on achieving something extraordinary. He will talk about the conditions that make it possible for a commercial developer with the standard financial hurdles to do a project like the Brickworks, and underline the true backbone of the project's ability to target such success - the culture of the team behind it.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Peri Macdonald

Peri Macdonald

Executive General Manager, Retail, Frasers Property Australia
Peri has a responsibility for all aspects of Frasers Property Australia's retail business including capital transactions, development structuring, management and delivery, and asset management. Peri is also a member of Frasers Property Australia Executive Management Team.



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

2:00pm

How Living Buildings Change the Way We Work
Two inspired institutions, two design and construction teams, one Construction Management company build a collaborative environment and innovate new practices to support the the Living Building Challenge and new ways of working together. Stories from designers, builders, teachers, and leaders of all kinds. Superior design, engineering and construction result.

Jonathan Wright's book, Living Building Makers: Creating Sustainable Buildings That Renew Our World
 will be launched by Ecotone Publishing at the conference.

Presenters include designers, teachers, construction professionals, project managers, and owners
Representatives. Each will share a story and briefly explore how the goals of the Living Building
Challenge, and the specific Projects Goals, inspired change and innovation in their work, and gave them hope, insight, renewed passion, and satisfaction along the path to more sustainable methods and results.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Executive Director, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
For the past 17 years, Julie has worked to strengthen the impact and reach of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens. She has kept the Hitchcock Center... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Ecostrategy
Charley Stevenson is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur focused on helping others understand, appreciate and implement LBC principles. Since 2010, Stevenson’s company, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), has managed the green aspects of projects from 1,000 to... Read More →
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
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Kelly Haigh

Partner, Architect, designLAB architects
Kelly Haigh AIA is a partner at designLAB architects in Boston, Massachusetts.  She works primarily with mission-driven institutions focused on arts, libraries, educational, and community-based design, and served as Project Architect for the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in... Read More →
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Christina Cianfrani

Associate Professor of Hydrology, Hampshire College
Prof. Christina Cianfrani has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is an Associate Professor of Hydrology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Her research and teaching lie at the intersection of environmental engineering, water resource management, and ecology. She co-directs... Read More →
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Jason Jewhurst

Principal, Bruner-Cott
Jason’s passion for reconnecting with the natural environment informs all of his work as a specialist in sustainable and high-performance building design. With a strong technical background in building systems, technology, and sustainability, Jason is driven by a deep respect for... Read More →
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Jonathan A. Wright

Founder, Wright Builders Inc.
Jonathan A. Wright is an accomplished maker with more than forty-five years' experience as an expert builder specializing in the construction and design of sustainable, healthy, high-performance buildings. He founded Wright Builders, Inc. of Western Massachusetts in 1974, and the... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

2:00pm

Informed Design for Zero-Carbon Urban Housing
This session invites those who share an interest in multifamily housing to discuss the critical data we have and still need in order to deliver “living” urban housing that contributes to a carbon-free, resilient future and enhances the lives and well-being of people living in urban communities. Multifamily housing is often challenged by a lack of robust data about the building type, scant feedback about the needs of the communities served by a project, and highly variable and unpredictable use patterns. This panel takes a closer look at the data we have and the collection methods we use to better understand construction, operations, and the experience of residents for this complex building type.

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

Speakers
avatar for Katie Ackerly

Katie Ackerly

Associate, David Baker Architects
Katie Ackerly is an Associate at David Baker Architects, a top multi-housing design firm based in San Francisco. Katie is DBA’s Sustainability Lead, and acts as the firm’s resource and advocate for building-performance tools and best practices. Katie came to architecture with... Read More →
avatar for Sean Armstrong

Sean Armstrong

Principal and Project Manager, Redwood Energy
Sean is a Project Manager at Redwood Energy, a Zero Net Energy residential design firm that focuses on low-income subsidized housing for working families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless. Sean has led the design of 2300 residences of built Zero Net Energy housing and 3000... Read More →
avatar for Bruce King

Bruce King

Founder, Ecological Building Network
Bruce King is a recovering structural engineer with 40 years of experience designing buildings of every size and type around the world, from Port-au-Prince to Palo Alto. He is the author of "Buildings of Earth and Straw," "Making Better Concrete," "Design of Straw Bale Buildings... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

2:00pm

Introduction to the JUST 2.0 Program
The International Living Future Institute’s JUST program is a voluntary disclosure program for all types and sizes of organizations. The JUST program provides an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations, including how they treat their employees, where they make community investments and how they assess supply chain performance. The JUST Program gives organizations a framework to evaluate performance on diversity, equity and inclusion programs and practices. In a similar fashion to the Institute's Declare Program, the JUST Program acts as a “nutrition label” for socially just and equitable organizations.

This approach requires reporting on organizational policies and data on a range of social equity indicators across six major categories. Each of the indicator metrics asks for specific measurable accountabilities in order for the organization to be recognized at a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 rating, which is then summarized elegantly on a JUST label. The JUST label can be used by an organization on their website and in marketing communications to show commitment and public transparency on these issues. The JUST label can be referenced in an organization's annual report, sustainability report or Corporate Social Responsibility report. The JUST 2.0 label has close alignment with metrics associated with the Global Reporting Initiative.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Francis Janes

Francis Janes

Associate Director, JUST, ILFI
Francis works with organizations worldwide to support their efforts to become more socially just, equitable and inclusive. Francis helps organizations through the process of developing progressive policies, program and practices that lead to more engaged, happier and more productive... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

2:00pm

Policy-Inspired Design: A Catalyst for Healthy Materials and Positive Social Change
The session focuses on the Healthy Materials process in the design and construction of an LBC – Petal project. Due to the materials focus of this project, multiple products and manufacturing processes have been altered to create more healthy materials for future projects. A diverse panel of presenters will speak to the unique material substitutions of products and methods that the design team used to satisfy the owner’s request for long-lasting systems that, at the time, did not exist on the market as a Red List compliant system. Success stories will be shared by the panel, including each person’s role in and perspective on the collaborative use of a salvaged wood source for the project – an aspect of the design that heavily aligns with the mission of the client. The resulting installation is part artwork, part social equity, and a symbol for a school that focuses on changing world policy for positive social impact. 
 
An in-depth analysis of the process will be presented by three different perspectives with a comprehensive series of slides. The presenters will engage the audience with questions relative to their experience and the content being presented though video, professional photography, architectural mediums, and project documentation. Presenters will take informal surveys of the audience throughout the presentation, which will inform the audience about others who have had similar experiences. There will also be a traditional Q&A portion at the end of the presentation where audience members can ask questions of the presenters.

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

Speakers
avatar for John Mlade

John Mlade

Senior Project Manager, Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Company
Since 2001, John has supported clients in sustainability strategies that benefit the environment, people, and the bottom line. He is a process champion who can bring together stakeholders around a common vision, as evidenced by his experience facilitating interdisciplinary design... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Wilcox

Gabriel Wilcox

Project Manager, Farr Associates
Gabriel Wilcox (AIA, LEED AP, NCARB) is a key member of Farr Associates architectural staff with 12 years of experience in the design of high performance Higher Education projects. His previous work experiences in construction and civil engineering have provided him with a well-rounded... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

2:00pm

Process As The First Design Move: Creating Vision, Meaning, Knowledge And Consensus
As we endeavor to work toward a Living Future, it is imperative we pause before jumping head-first into our projects. Designing a successful “Project Process” is the true first act of designing our future environment. We can approach designing this process through creating a vision and goals representing all stakeholders and then communicating those to everyone affected with the intent to make others champions of that vision. In this session, we will unpack how, what and why you can create an inclusive process. Attendees will participate in exercises to explore empathy and collaboration to realize our ambitious project goals.

This session will take a critical look at the conventional procurement, design, and delivery processes of our building projects and tease out areas of deficiency as well as waste. In so doing we will confront challenging existential questions of how and why we work a particular way:

• What and where is the cost and influence of a designed process?
• What does a collaborative and inclusive process look like?
• Why does a particular process succeed or fail?
• How can we better assess a project at its outset to foresee and avoid process conflicts?

We have come to pragmatically resign ourselves to the process of design and building being long, laborious, complex, costly, stressful, and difficult. Inherently though, building should be a joyous act – a marker of progress, hope, and potential! By changing and designing our approach to process we can return empathy, collaboration, and enjoyment to the important work we are embarking on together.

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

Speakers
avatar for Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly

Co-Founder, Re:Vision Architecture
Scott Kelly is co-founder of Re:Vision Architecture. Scott has led Re:Vision’s interdisciplinary team in designing or consulting on hundreds of innovative green projects, many of which are “firsts” of their kind. Scott has been a champion of LBC since its inception in 2006... Read More →
avatar for Drew Lavine

Drew Lavine

Director of Design, Re:Vision Architecture
As the Facilitator of the Design studio at Re:Vision Drew specializes in designing deep-green buildings, including net-zero energy, Living Building Challenge, and Passive House, for a variety of project types and scales. Drew leads Re:Vision’s architecture studio’s design process... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

2:00pm

The Living Building Challenge 4.0
This session explores the changes to the Living Building Challenge Standard with the release of LBC 4.0. International Living Future Institute staff will walk through each Imperative that has changed or is new, explaining the rationale behind the changes and highlighting the requirements for teams. There will also be a review of new certification options and information on resources. This session assumes some familiarity with the Living Building Challenge program and the LBC 3.1 requirements, and will therefore not spend time on the overview, background, and philosophy behind the Living Building Challenge Standard, but rather look at the details of the changes from LBC 3.1 to LBC 4.0.

Learning Objectives
1. Navigate and explain the “What’s New in 4.0” table.
2. Compare the certification pathways available to LBC project teams.
3. Describe the new Imperatives.
4. List the reasons for the latest changes to the LBC Standard.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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 →
avatar for Allison Capen

Allison Capen

Director, Programs, ILFI
As a Technical Director for the Living Building Challenge Allison oversees project team resources, certifications and the LBC third-party auditor program. She also contributes to education development and delivery and consulting work as needed.Allison is a licensed architect and green... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

2:00pm

Truth or Dare? Let's Get Honest About Achieving Healthy IAQ
This “Best Practices” session takes a strong lessons-learned approach that looks at the final success of achieving indoor air quality results within LBC’s thresholds through a series of failures and discoveries. The story will focus on information as it unfolded and attendees will be told this story in three phases that each include a presentation followed by a series of breakout sessions:

1. Design through first failed air test: Collaborative efforts of design and construction with air testing occurring right before and immediately following occupancy will be presented. These preliminary test results led to an “all is well” approach to occupant behavior and building operator policies. Air quality became a misguided non-issue during the first 9 months of the performance period. The 9-month post-occupancy air tests indicated failing results and began the quest for reasons to continued failing tests.

2. Second and third failed tests: We will next present what steps were taken by the design team, the building operators, the building occupants, engineers, and the testing agency as together, we took a 360-degree problem solving approach. During this trial and error phase, we explored various approaches to solving our air quality issues (some helped, some did not, some may have made it worse):

3. Further investigation, modifications, and passing tests. Finally, we will present how we discovered the true culprits and what steps were taken to achieve test results within LBC thresholds and become a Living Building with continued authenticity through ongoing monitoring and behavioral modifications.

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

Speakers
avatar for Ashkan Azarkeyvan

Ashkan Azarkeyvan

Director of Commissioning, Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Ashkan Azarkeyvan, certified Commissioning Authority, brings engineering principals, theoretical design, and field evaluation to his position as Director of Commissioning at Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc. In his 10 years with Capital, his commissioning experience has grown... Read More →
avatar for Peter McBride

Peter McBride

AIA, Associate, Designer, Building Manager, Architectural Nexus
Throughout Peter’s career he has served in roles of lecturer, community advocate, outreach coordinator, architect, and, most passionately, designer. For the past two years, however, Peter has served as the Building Manager for Arch | Nexus SAC, California’s first certified Living... Read More →
avatar for Erica McBride

Erica McBride

Operations and Facility Support, Architectural Nexus
Erica has been the Operations and Facility Support specialist for Arch/Nexus SAC since pre-occupancy in January 2017. As an unwavering advocate for sustainability, Erica works in tandem with the occupants of Arch/Nexus SAC to ensure continued authenticity and appropriate operation... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

2:00pm

Utilities Discuss the Future of the Water Grid
The Pacific Northwest, a famously water-rich region, is facing massive changes in the next 100-years. The effects of climate change and increasing regional growth, combined with our aging infrastructure, will be placing unprecedented strain on our municipal systems. Luckily, the Pacific Northwest is also famous for innovation and forward-thinking citizens. Representatives from two local water utilities, on both the potable water and wastewater side, will discuss their vision for the future of utility water management, especially as it relates to on-site systems such as those provided by Living Buildings. There have been many conversations about the energy grid and how it will respond to decentralized and distributed small systems, but what about the “water grid”?

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Identify the specific impacts of climate change on our regional water supply and quality, in addition to the growth patterns that the Pacific Northwest is likely to experience in the next 100-years.
  2. Analyze the current state and structure of utilities in King County, both for providing clean water and managing wastewater. 
  3. Consider the possible near future changes to utility structures as they incorporate on-site systems. 
  4. Discuss the barriers to progress and as-yet unexplored opportunities, pulling in examples from other jurisdictions around the world. 

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

Speakers
avatar for Chris Webb

Chris Webb

Principal Civil Engineer, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Chris Webb, PE is a 2011 LEED Fellow and a principal civil engineer with Herrera Environmental Consultants in Bellingham, WA.  Chris has been working for over 20 years to make “Sustainable civil engineering” less of an oxymoron. His practice includes planning and design of Green... Read More →
avatar for Molly Freed

Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Roop

Heidi Roop

Lead Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
Dr. Heidi A. Roop is the Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University ofWashington Climate Impacts Group and a Research Scientist at the Centre for Sciencein Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Heidi combines climateresearch and the science of... Read More →
avatar for Mark Jaeger

Mark Jaeger

Interagency Project Coordinator, Seattle Public Utilities
Mark Jaeger has worked for Seattle Public Utilities since its inception in 1997 in a variety of positions up to Executive Management. He has a broad background in a variety of utility functions including Finance, Operations and Planning. Current work includes interagency coordination... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

3:30pm

Best Practices for Healthier Materials: Design and Construction Perspectives
LBC materials compliance now takes one-third the effort of five years ago. Seizing opportunities for continuing improvements can yield an overall ten times enhancement of the process.  We will share best practices, recount a little history, and identify the waypoints that will lead your project along the most efficient path to certification.
Two architects with current projects will show how they have achieved significant reuse of products already researched by other LBC project teams.
An LBC process manager will share forms, spreadsheets and procedures that provide efficient communication with design and construction teams for a large, complicated, multi-year construction project.
A construction manager will discuss the evolution of procedures that have enabled effective coordination with over 30 subcontractors to ensure a compliant palette of materials. This was accomplished without impacting the construction schedule, even though the materials research was not complete prior to the start of construction.

Participants will:
  • Recognize efficient ways to select products for consideration, including overcoming obstacles with the design team and resistance from contractors.
  • Understand cohesive procedures for communicating between materials stakeholders, taking into account their varied roles and responsibilities.
  • Review role- and project-specific forms and templates to standardize workflow.
  • Appreciate the market perspective and evolving efficiency gains resulting from research on 9,000 products—including refining and simplifying product choices, identifying products and categories needing the greatest improvement and highlighting those warranting continued pressure.

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

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Foisy

Danielle Foisy

Project Designer, Kaplan Thompson Architects
Danielle graduated from the Syracuse School of Architecture in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architecture. While There, she was also a freelance graphic designer, a volunteer for local refugee groups, and a design intern with Cape Town, South Africa nonprofit. She received a citation for... Read More →
avatar for Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers

Engineer, Turner Construction
Jim Rogers has been with Turner Construction since 2014 and has experience in site work, core & shell, and finishes. In that past year and a half Jim has worked closely with Integrated Ecostrategy to develop and explore processes on how to implement the materials petal on large scale... Read More →
avatar for Lona Rerick

Lona Rerick

ZGF Architects, Sustainable Design Leader
Lona Rerick is a sustainable design leader at ZGF Architects LLP focusing on materials. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of materials selection, research, and specifications to assure that project goals are met.  Lona serves on the Health... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Chiwawa Room #501

3:30pm

Beyond Green Walls: How Environments Utilizing Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation Can Create Better Habitats for Humans
Humans have evolved over thousands of years in environments that constantly change. Be it audio, visual, thermal or olfactory, our natural habitats changed throughout the year and certainly throughout the day. Our seminar will train attendees’ focus on many of our modern day-built environments, which are static and actually have the ability to harm us physically and mentally. Our speakers will illustrate how, through a better understanding of our innate human needs, we can create environments that better supports our innate, hard-wired inclinations to be restored by subtly changing environments. Also, our speakers will provide a scientific basis for the Attention Restoration Theory and provide examples of how this theory can be incorporated into the modern built environment.

This seminar fits perfectly in the topic area of Biomimicry + Biophilia. The presentation is shared equally between the two presenters. It is lecture style with time at the end for attendees to ask questions.

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

Speakers
avatar for Bill Browning

Bill Browning

Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green an environmental strategies... Read More →
avatar for David Gerson

David Gerson

Vice President, Marketing, Inscape
David Gerson has held numerous executive and global roles for major brands within the commercial interior design industry for over 15 years, including Interface and Inscape. His current professional obsession is the science and theory surrounding Biophilic Design and the impacts it... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

3:30pm

China's Road to Zero Energy
China is the world’s largest global energy consumer, with buildings accounting for approximately one quarter of the country’s total primary energy. From 2010 to 2030 China is expected to add two billion square meters of residential, commercial and institutional buildings each year, tripling the primary energy use of buildings. Limiting and eventually reducing the growth of emissions from the buildings sector remains one of the world’s most crucial tasks in order to curb global carbon emissions. 
Unfortunately, current approaches to green building in China are simply not enough to reduce the rapid growth in building energy consumption. China’s Road to Zero Energy, a research paper by the ILFI and Lawrence Berkley National Lab (LBNL) has shown that Zero Energy buildings must be a key strategy in order for China to meet the Paris Climate agreement targets. 
Join this session to learn how ILFI is partnering with LBNL and China’s Academy of Building Research to scale Zero Energy in the world’s largest and fastest growing construction market. 

1.) Understand the current situation of building energy consumption in China
2.) Evaluate the impact on the global climate in China continues on its current trajectory
3.) Outline the critical importance of Zero Energy in reducing China’s global emmisions
4.) Discover how ILFI, LBNB and CABR intend to transform the world’s largest construction market through Zero Energy

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

Speakers
avatar for Zhang Shicong

Zhang Shicong

Secretary General, Architecture Society of China
Secretary General: Zero Energy Building Committee of Architecture Society of China.PhD. Director: China Academy of Building Research.Mayor in Green Building codes and standards, Building Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards, Commercial Building Energy saving. Participated in several... Read More →
avatar for James Connelly

James Connelly

Vice President, Strategic Growth, ILFI
A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

3:30pm

Circular Solutions at Scale
Finding circular solutions means working throughout the value chain to find opportunities for waste reduction or reuse of materials to prevent new waste and actively decrease the volume of unused material. With case studies from leading manufacturers and interactive problem-solving, this session is designed to both share existing solutions and inspire new ones through material reduction, reuse and end-of-life solutions by participants.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the impacts of material waste streams on humans and the environment
  2. Delve into case studies of leading manufacturers implementing circular solutions at their company
  3. Explore barriers to implementation of circular solutions and how they have been overcome
  4. Identify easily-implementable solutions at your own company, and longer-term ideals for moving towards a circular model

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

Speakers
avatar for Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Director of Sustainability, Knauf Insulation
Scott Miller directs Knauf Insulation’s Sustainability Initiatives as well as all government and non-governmental product regulation or selection activities and provides strategic input to manufacturing, product development, as well as sales and marketing initiatives. Well versed... Read More →
avatar for Benson Gabler

Benson Gabler

Director, Outreach, ILFI
Benson manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. A Pittsburgh native, Benson is excited to build ILFI’s presence in the region and work with local manufacturers... Read More →
avatar for Kayleigh Gregory

Kayleigh Gregory

Sustainability Coordinator, Mohawk Industries
Kayleigh Gregory is the Sustainability Coordinator at Mohawk Industries. Her current responsibilities include providing global and regional support to the company’s sustainability initiatives including customer relations, employee engagement, manufacturing operations, and external... Read More →
avatar for Brigitte Dillman-Cruce

Brigitte Dillman-Cruce

Curriculum Manager-Sustainability, Kohler Co.
Brigitte Dillman-Cruce has been a key member of the Kohler Sustainability, Design for Environment and Innovation for Good teams for over five years. Prior to joining Corporate Sustainability full-time, Brigitte was a member of Kohler's Talent COE and Kohler Learning Academy, and focused... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Cowlitz Room #502

3:30pm

If You Can Only do One Thing: Using the COTE Toolkit to Elevate Every Project
This session is all about best practices, what they are, where to find them, and how they can be used to design better buildings in less time and with less effort. Referencing the COTE Top Ten Toolkit, a new resource that documents design best practices along the broad spectrum of sustainability measures, attendees will learn how the right information, delivered to the right people at the right time is an incredibly effective way to improve performance.

This session will present the sustainable design strategies to focus on when time, resources, or knowledge is limited. The high-impact, low-cost best practices presented in this session can be incorporated into any project and are an effective way of elevating performance in situation where, “you can only do one thing.”

Eight authors of the COTE Toolkit, each an expert in one measure of sustainable design, will share a short case study where one widely accessible and highly effective strategy was used to elevate the performance of a project. Over the span of a five minute presentation, each panelist will introduce a project where sustainability was a challenge, introduce one COTE Top Ten measure of sustainable design, share the one sustainable design strategy that was incorporated into the project from that measure, and show how the strategy improved the outcome.

Each case study will focus on a different sustainable design measure, including: benchmarking, water, energy, community, wellness, discovery, materials, and change. Audience questions will be collected by index card after each case study and the panelists will answer questions after all seven case studies have been presented.

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

Speakers
avatar for Corey Squire, AIA

Corey Squire, AIA

Sustainability Manager, Lake Flato Architects
Corey Squire, AIA is the Sustainability Manager at Lake Flato Architects, a firm that focuses on site based strategies to create buildings that are respectful of nature's resources and make occupants happy. Corey works with all project teams to establish sustainability goals, analyze... Read More →
avatar for Vikram Sami, AIA

Vikram Sami, AIA

Director of Building Performance, Olson Kundig Architects
As Olson Kundig’s director of building performance, Vikram has been working on high performance design for over eighteen years, combining technical expertise with a love of design.
avatar for Tate Walker

Tate Walker

Director of Sustainability, OPN Architects
Tate Walker is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives across the firm. His experience is rooted in the architectural design process, but includes program and project management, and the development of technical guidelines for high performing... Read More →
avatar for Helena Zambrano, AIA

Helena Zambrano, AIA

Director of Sustainability, Overland Partners Architects
Helena is an architect and the director of sustainability at Overland Partners. She leads the daylighting design efforts on many of Overland’s projects and uses parametric design and simulation tools to optimize daylight performance.
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Betsy del Monte, FAIA

Cameron MacAllister Group
Formerly a principal and director of sustainability for The Beck Group, an integrated architecture, construction, and development firm, she has 30 years of experience in high-performance architecture and environmental responsive design.
avatar for Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA

Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA

Principal/Sustainability Practice Leader, Thornton Tomasetti
As a principal and Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice leader, Gunnar oversees green building experts in the New York City, London, San Francisco and Portland, Maine, offices and collaborates with the firm’s six other practices and all offices.
avatar for Stephen Endy, AIA

Stephen Endy, AIA

Architect/Sustainability Specialist, Mahlum
Stephen is a Project Architect and passionate leader of sustainability at Mahlum, a firm that believes community empowerment will be the game-changing force that leads to sustainable, transformational ways to make a world where healthy human and environmental systems thrive.  With... Read More →
avatar for Anne Hicks Harney

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 →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)

3:30pm

Public Policy + Implementation
Sculpting public policy to benefit Living Building Challenge projects can be a daunting task if one is not well informed about the process or aware of local politics and opportunities. Join us and learn what it takes to navigate and implement public policy via interactive learning and listen to success stories from around the country.

A team of individuals armed with the right knowledge and network can not only envision but also execute a plan to create public policy encouraging Full Living Certification in their respective regions.

This session will help attendees understand the importance of a team approach to policy, who should be on the team, and what and when steps need to be taken to ensure success. To make sure the session covers most scenarios, multiple government officials from around the country will discuss the process via a panel - King County, Washington; Cincinnati, Ohio; Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah; and Santa Monica, California. Each government official will not only discuss how and why their jurisdiction chose to walk down the policy path, but they will share their respective struggles and pitfalls.

The session format allows for visual, audio and tactile learners to engage in the conversation while learning more about how policy can benefit their efforts to promote equitable and just ILFI principles.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Redinger

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 →
avatar for Amber Richane

Amber Richane

Architecture Services, City of Santa Monica
Environmental stewardship is central to Amber’s life, from the solar powered electric car she drives to her ongoing conservation projects at her home and children’s schools, she strives to eliminate waste and carbon in all that she does. This passion for protecting our Earth drives... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Emerson

Kevin Emerson

Energy Efficiency Program Director, Utah Clean Energy
Kevin is the lead for energy efficiency programs and policy activities for Utah Clean Energy. Recently, he served as a consultant to Salt Lake City on its Project Skyline initiative, and co-chaired the Building Efficiency Committee for the State of Utah's Energy Efficiency and Conservation... Read More →
avatar for Celia Ingrid Peterson

Celia Ingrid Peterson

Environmental Sustainability Project Manager, Park City Municipal
Celia works at Park City Municipal on the Sustainability team, working to achieve North America's most ambitious climate goals for a city: to be net-zero carbon and running on 100% renewable electricity by 2022 for municipal operations, and by 2032 for the whole community. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Patti Southard

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 →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701

3:30pm

Racing to Zero: Community Regeneration in a Low-Income Neighborhood in Houston, Texas
The Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture works in a Public Interest Design framework with the Independence Heights neighborhood in Houston, Texas. For the past four years, PVAMU teams have developed net zero, affordable infill housing solutions for the neighborhood through the Department of Energy’s Race to Zero Competition, winning the Grand Award in both 2018 and 2016.

Throughout the process, the Passive House Institute U.S. 2015 and 2018 certification standards have been tested for hot and humid climates. Students from the 2018 team will present their project, The Fly Flat, discussing the results of their research.

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

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Pottorf

Shelly Pottorf

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University
Shelly Pottorf, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C is a practicing architect and the Principal of Architend, a firm committed to catalyzing a living future through architecture, community design, sustainable consulting, and research. She further serves as an Assistant Professor in the Prairie... Read More →
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Ledell Thomas

Student, Prairie View A&M University
Ledell Thomas is a fourth-year student at Prairie View A&M University in both Architecture and Construction Science programs. His interest is in integrated design that will educate builders and communities towards net-zero features and enhance their environment to a more sustainable... Read More →
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Shannen L. Martin

Sustainable Design Specialist, HOK
Shannen L. Martin, CPHC is a recent graduate of Prairie View A&M University’s Architecture and Construction Science programs. Her time at PVAMU exposed her to sustainability and Public Interest Design, setting her academic and professional career trajectory. She earned her professional... Read More →
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Cynthia Suarez-Harris

Student, Prairie View A&M University
Cynthia Suarez-Harris is a fourth year student in the Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture. Her current studies focus on applying sustainable practices and building science knowledge to address socio-economic issues while improving health, performance and durability... Read More →
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Kennia Yajaira Lopez

Student, Prairie View A&M University.
Kennia Yajaira Lopez is currently a fourth year student in the undergraduate architecture program at Prairie View A&M University. She is interested in building comfort that enhances occupant cognition, emotion, and connectivity to the natural environment. Her studies have focused... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Hoh Room #609

3:30pm

Stories from the Field: Collaborative Building and Abundant Agriculture in Meeting the Living Building Challenge
Abundance and collaboration are deeply imbedded in the agricultural practices at Cowhorn, a certified Biodynamic vineyard and winery. Similar to the Living Building Challenge’s holistic and regenerative approach to building, Biodynamic farming is a holistic system in which all the elements of the farm are important – air, water, soil, rocks, daytime, nighttime, and animals. It views the growing of plants as a transfer of energy from those sources to a single point – the plant. Biodynamic farming uses methods that support this transfer of energy between forms and, as these dynamic forces are strengthened, the life-giving properties of the plant and earth are strengthened. With their award winning wines and the addition of their certified Living Building Tasting Room (designed and built by Green Hammer), Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden is a physical expression of the inspiration and beauty that comes from a deep collaboration with the earth.

As a case study of the Living Building Certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn and an overview of their regenerative approach to agriculture, this session includes an exploration of the tenets of Biodynamic farming, the stories and lessons learned in meeting the Living Building Challenge, and a celebratory wine tasting for attendees to experience the terroir of Cowhorn’s abundance and collaboration.

With the unveiling of ILFI’s Living Food Challenge, this session provides an excellent opportunity to expand the discussion of abundance as it relates not only to the process of building a Living Building but to an approach to agriculture that looks to achieve a Living Food System. Additionally, as a Design Build firm, collaboration is at the core of Green Hammer’s work and this session will include specific strategies and approaches used by this multi-disciplinary team to achieve both high performance teamwork and high performance buildings.

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

Speakers
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Alexandra Batzer

Project Manager, Green Hammer
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Alexandra has been an integral part of the Green Hammer team since July 2014. Her time in the Peace Corps transformed her into an extremely adaptable person with quick problem solving skills and an attention to detail. As the Project Engineer for the... Read More →
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Alex Boetzel

Director of Operations and Sustainability, Green Hammer
With over 25 years of experience in construction and building science, Alex Boetzel is a Certified Passive House Consultant and has consulted on dozens of LEED, Passivhaus, high-performance and zero energy projects in the US as well as in Europe. He plans and executes Green Hammer’s... Read More →
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Erica Dunn

Director of Design, Green Hammer
Erica is an award-winning architect who has designed five net-zero energy homes, two net-zero energy pocket neighborhoods, and the Living Building Certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn. She has served on the Portland chapter of the AIA's Board of Directors and been a Co-Chair for the... Read More →
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Bill Steele

Founder and Wine Maker, Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Bill Steele founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with his wife, Barbara Steele, in 2002. Together they grow and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn estate vineyard. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, Bill spent 17 years on Wall Street in sell-side equity research. He specialized... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

3:30pm

The Missing Link to All Those Wellness Studies
This presentation covers the benefits of wellness design, a repeatable technique to quantify the business impact of wellness design features, and a couple of relevant case studies that show how third-party data informed design decisions.

Stop making soft promises about wellness benefits. Learn how to translate research and building science into a language your clients can understand (money!). There are countless studies from credible sources considering endless angles on wellness design features and their impact on human performance. And more come out every day. This session will demonstrate how these studies can be tracked and sourced so they can be applied to your next project. This presentation covers the benefits of wellness design, a repeatable technique to quantify the business impact of wellness design features, and relevant case studies that show how third-party data informed design decisions.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
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Divya Natarajan

Senior Sustainability Consultant & Manager, Paladino
Divya’s combined background in architecture, sustainability and business gives her a holistic perspective on green building issues. She uses these insights to help clients create comprehensive sustainability strategies that enable organizations to better support their business goals... Read More →
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Tom Paladino

CEO and Founder, Paladino and Company
A nationally recognized leader in sustainability, Tom Paladino is the founder and CEO of Paladino and Company, an award-winning green building consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Austin, and Washington, DC. Drawing upon his technical expertise in both architecture and engineering... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Clearwater Room #702

3:30pm

The PAE Portland Living Building: Challenges of Developing a Living Building in an Investor-Driven Model
PAE is a mechanical and electrical engineering firm that has helped design 23 Net Zero Energy and 7 Living Buildings, including the Bullitt Center and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center. The firm’s Seattle Office is located in the Bullitt Center and has experienced the benefits of working in a Living Building. When their Portland Office outgrew its space they needed to find a new home for their 150 Oregon employees. Building their own Living Building was their first choice. PAE partnered with ZGF Architects (who was also part of the RMI Innovation Center project), Gerding Edlen Development (GED), and Walsh Construction to make the project a reality.

The project is programmed as a roughly 55,000 square foot, 5-story office building in downtown Portland and is still in development. PAE, ZGF, Walsh and GED will have ownership stake, but the project is also pursuing outside investor and bank financing. The financial model is typical for speculative urban development – and this is what makes it unique among Living Buildings. Of the 61 Living Buildings currently certified, only one is a non-owner occupied commercial office: the Bullitt Center, which also houses the Bullitt Foundation headquarters. If the project can be brought to reality, it may be the first investor-driven Living Building and will present a replicable model for this common urban building type.

This session includes the developer, architect, and tenant/engineer for the project and will lay out not only the technical challenges, but also the financial implications of a Living Building as a real estate investment. The technical implications of Net Positive Energy and Net Positive Water are well understood. Net Positive goals lead towards buildings with very low energy and water use, and energy and water collection systems as well as waste-treatment equipment such as composters. Less widely appreciated by the technical community may be how these systems affect lease rates and operating expenses.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
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Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP

Associate Principal, PAE
Marc has more than 15 years of experience in mechanical engineering and energy modeling. He has provided design expertise for a wide range of projects, from college classroom and laboratory buildings to government and commercial facilities. Marc has particular expertise in energy... Read More →
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Kathy Berg

Partner, ZGF Architects
Over the course of Kathy Berg's 20-year career, she has worked on master plans and detailed project programs, mixed-use districts, corporate offices, research and development facilities, athletic facilities, residential buildings, higher education facilities, and museums and art installations... Read More →
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Jill Sherman

Partner, Gerding Edlen
Jill leads Gerding Edlen's public-private partnerships and build-to-suit projects for non-profit & for-profit organizations, facilitating the important work of nonprofits and public agencies in our communities. She manages new business development and all predevelopment activities... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Willapa Room #512

3:30pm

Transformative Urban Environments: The Living Community Challenge in Practice and Context
Large scale new urban developments have the opportunity and responsibility to create transformative, regenerative communities - places that “make” more than they “take” and promote inclusive prosperity, well-being and connection to ecosystems.  The Living Community Challenge offers a compelling framework to realize this goal.  This session will present a case study of Sacramento Valley Station, an in-progress mixed use master plan centered on a multi-modal transit hub pursuing the Living Community Challenge, with perspectives from the owner, architect and sustainability lead.
 
Cities and the built environment are the spatial expression of our society, and how the built environment is planned and designed fundamentally determines or “locks in” urban sustainability performance levels for the next 50-100+ years. Winston Churchill’s quote, “We shape our Buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us,” rings even more true at the urban scale – our cities shape our society. Regenerative, transformative urbanism plays a formative role in creating a circular economy of inclusive abundance that is the necessary material basis for sustainable and equitable cities and society. The Living Community Challenge is an effective vehicle for guiding new developments to achieve these lofty goals and become places where all living beings thrive.

This session will begin with an overview of goals for regenerative, transformative urbanism, and consider how the Living Community Challenge addresses them. They will then provide a case study of Sacramento Valley Station, an early stage registered Living Community Challenge project in California. Sacramento Valley Station is a mixed use master-plan centered on a new, multi-modal transit hub in downtown Sacramento, and including residential, retail and office components. Panelists will include the architect/planner, sustainability consultant/engineer, and the owner, highlighting the theme of integrated design and community engagement. Panelists will offer varied perspectives on the decision to pursue LCC, the project concept, and the approach to achieving each imperative in the master plan.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

Speakers
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Kirstin Weeks

Associate, Energy + Building Ecology, Arup
Kirstin Weeks is a Building Ecology Specialist at Arup with 15 years of experience in sustainability consulting. She champions the San Francisco office’s Net Positive Design initiative, and specializes in integration of ecological function in the built environment. Kirstin works... Read More →
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Geeti Silwal

Principal, Perkins + Will
Geeti Silwal leads the western region Cities+Sites discipline of Perkins+Will with a strong belief in the role of urban designers/planners as advocates of healthy cities to inspire integrated, multi-purpose solutions of innovation and beauty in regenerative urban environments that... Read More →
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Greg Taylor

Supervising Architect of the Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan, City of Sacramento
Greg has been instrumental in many projects shaping the development of the Sacramento Central City. Over a 5-year period he was responsible for three urban design documents totaling more than 1,200 acres of central city redevelopment. The River District Specific Plan & Design Guidelines... Read More →



Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605