Green Neighborhoods as Catalysts for Workforce Development

How can green building investments and initiative serve as platforms for on-going, long-term economic development? This panel looks at how two green neighborhood initiatives (the construction of a LEED-ND in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a renewable energy retrofit in San Francisco, CA) resulted in the creation of two ongoing sustainable workforces for at-risk youth and hard to employ workers.

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The Affordability Gap: Bringing Net Zero to the 99%

Explore a new model for net zero in affordable housing using integrated design and ongoing community engagement. Recognized as the 2014 Green Builder Affordable Home of the Year, the Eco-Village community in River Falls, Wisconsin, is living proof that sustainable homes can provide tangible economic and social benefits to homeowners.

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Renewable Energy Implementation at U.S. Diplomatic Missions

Unless you’ve lost your passport or been a victim of a crime overseas, you probably haven’t given much thought to U.S. diplomatic buildings abroad. We’ll give a brief introduction to U.S. diplomatic buildings and the energy challenges associated with their operation. This course will discuss the mandates under which we operate and share the finances, lessons learned, and impact of the PV program.

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The SURE HOUSE: A Sustainable + Resilient Coastal Prototype

In response to Superstorm Sandy, Stevens Institute of Technology students have designed and built the SURE HOUSE, a Sustainable + Resilient prototype for flood-proof coastal housing. This course looks at the first place home in the 2015 Solar Decathlon as a study into the integration of building science, solar power, flood-proof construction.

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Avenue of Arts Bldg - New Habitat for Philly's Millennials

Historic Preservation and LEED: The Beaux Arts 17-story structure was constructed in 1897, and sat in disrepair with untapped potential. This session explores the new vision for the building to completely rehab the structure and convert it into high-end luxury apartments for the Millennial generation, including making it the second LEED residential high-end apartment building in Philadelphia, and the city’s only application of adaptive reuse into LEED.

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Green Apple - Green Renovation - Green Research

For the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers with the USGBC Orange County Chapter provided a renovation of a 4th grade public school classroom by adding new green finishes, acoustic ceilings, and lighting systems, with a goal of optimizing energy efficiency, lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and IAQ. This presentation will draw on data collection and interviews with teachers and students who occupy the green classroom and provide lessons learned from the project.

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Implementing District Scale Recreational Stormwater Systems

This course looks at how stacked function stormwater systems provide benefits including cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and open space creation. Creative policy structures and implementation strategies are required to overcome existing cultural, institutional, and logistical barriers.

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Moisture Durability Opportunities in Green Standards / Codes

Many green standards lack sufficient measures to ensure long-term durability of wall assemblies. Unfortunately, some energy efficient designs, while code compliant may adversely impact durability. The importance of increase moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, will be demonstrated using tools and simulations to assist in designing energy-efficient and durable walls.

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Climate Preparedness & Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure

Effective climate change preparedness and resilience is a challenge for coastal communities, and government agencies at all levels. This session provides and overview of climate change impacts to infrastructure supporting water resources and transportation and the steps U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are implementing to enhance the climate preparedness and resilience of their water resources and transportation infrastructure.

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Big to Boutique: How Diverse Practices Approach Resiliency

This course looks closely at sustainability and resiliency, while referencing case studies that were implemented successfully.

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