What Owners Really Hear in the Development Process

Sustainable buildings make more money, but developers resist environmental design features. This session explains why and these features are more profitable and helps to provide solutions to get owners and developers to say yes.

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Women in Green: Expanding Diversity for Design in the Climate Change Era

Why women in green? As we seek to make a difference by design, are diversity and inclusion being addressed? As sustainability’s relevance expands, its tent expands. This course will address the following questions: Does a diverse group create different design outcomes? Is equity being embedded into sustainability? What models are making this real?

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Results from a Living Building: The Bullitt Center Turns Two

The Bullitt Center was certified as the world’s largest commercial Living Building in spring of 2015. Join the Bullitt Foundation, The Miller Hull Partnership and PAE as they discuss the experience of living in a Living Building, lessons learned from the design and operation, and the building’s performance.

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Sustainability Leadership: Transform Your Organization

This course will help you understand how sustainability can be positioned to create a more agile organization primed to respond creatively to ever-changing opportunities in the built environment and beyond. Learners will be inspired and equipped to lead their organizations in new ways that move sustainability from the periphery to the core of the business.

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LEEDlab Live: Green Partnerships in Regional O&M Application

This session will engage a diverse audience in a live LEED Lab charrette simulation experience. University faculty, facilities staff, and external consultants will demonstrate how fostering meaningful partnerships using an educational platform are transforming the environmental sustainability of the built environment.

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Air Sealing for Architects: Tightening up Multifamily

This course will discuss how architects use design choices, selection of assemblies, detailing and spec writing to create multifamily buildings capable of passing the strictest blower door tests. It will look at how to perfect projects of all shapes and sizes pursuing compartmentalization criteria under LEED BD+C: New Construction, Homes, or Multifamily Midrise v3 or v4.

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Making Our Spaces Great for People and Bad for Pests

GreenPro is a pest management service standard recognized by USGBC. In 2015, GreenPro changed to allow pest management firms to submit their green pest management programs for certification. Attendees of this session will evaluate various pest management services for compliance with GreenPro (and thus eligibility for LEED credits). Attendees will leave this session with a greater understanding of the tasks performed and tools used by pest management professionals so that we can work with pest management professionals to make schools, offices, and homes great for people, but bad for pests.

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The Maker Economy and the Rise of Distributed Manufacturing

This course looks at what we mean by makers and micro-manufacturers and why this group is so important. Social, economic, environmental all impact the makers of sustainable best practices for the makers. This course looks at what we can learn from the Etsy Brooklyn HQ for designers and makers on projects of scale and how you can get involved.

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Dollars and Sense: The Impact of Greening Affordable Housing

Affordable housing policies and funding mechanisms incentivize LEED for Homes and other green building certification programs to promote energy efficiency, comfort, durability and water efficiency. This course looks at what we are really paying to achieve these credits, and if it is worth the benefits.

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Under Our Own Power: Transforming Community Sustainability

Communities who need healthy, equitable, and high performing neighborhoods are often the least able to engage these ideas, as they lack governance structures, information, legal standing or financial resources. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how community empowerment and placemaking are mutually beneficial and how project teams can meaningfully contribute to resilient and deep green neighborhoods—in distressed communities or any.

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