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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

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

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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

2:00pm PDT

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

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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

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

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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

2:00pm PDT

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

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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 →
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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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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 →
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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603

3:30pm PDT

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

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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603