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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

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

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 →

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

2:00pm PDT

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

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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

3:45pm PDT

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


Russel Slade

Water Strategies Lead Planner, Denver Water

Lauren McNeil

Sustainable Consultant, Group 14
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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 →
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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

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

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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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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

2:00pm PDT

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

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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 →
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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605

3:30pm PDT

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

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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 PDT
Hyatt Regency - Snohomish Room #605