Getting Smart About Sustainable Cities

What are “Smart Cities”? A look into the technologies being implemented and how they are a means to achieving sustainability and resiliency goals. How are city governments and their partners implementing such projects to meet community goals? First-hand examples of these efforts from the Cities of Boston and Orlando.

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The Sustainable Trifecta - Net Zero Energy, Water & Waste

The sustainable trifecta of net zero energy, water & waste is the cutting edge in green buildings today. We have the technology now to make it happen. This session uses LEED and LBC as a guide, along with case studies to explore the opportunities to reach this elusive goal.

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Why the Building Industry Needs a B Team

Companies globally are examining their business models with the same rigor they use to certify their products and projects. The AEC industry needs to catch up. Learn the value investment and business case for AEC firms using B Corp and JUST label certification processes as a framework for internal operations.

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Zero Waste Planning for Universities and Business

Learn how universities and business have developed Zero Waste Plans and achieved Zero Waste. View Zero Waste planning approaches and how to design for reuse, recycling and composting collection. Understand how GBCI Zero Waste Certification system is used to evaluate operations and to certify facilities as Zero Waste.

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The Wellness/energy Nexus – a Case for Effective Design

High performance building design practices are in a transformative state today with an additional focus on occupant wellbeing in addition to energy efficiency & system performance. Tackling each focus area requires concentrated design efforts and monitoring throughout construction and occupancy.

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High Performing Sites and the Soils Beneath Them

This session frames the importance of soil in green infrastructure, urban landscapes, resilience and the SITES Rating System. If soil is designed and managed sustainably, this often-overlooked yet vital part of a landscape will not only create better living conditions for vegetation but also provide a multitude of ecosystem services.

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Specifying Luxury Vinyl Flooring in Environmentally Conscious Design

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is an extremely versatile resilient flooring product that is commonly used both residentially and commercially, specifically in educational, healthcare, and corporate settings where long lasting performance is key. This course will explore the performance benefits, design features, and applications for luxury vinyl tile where durability, low maintenance, versatility, sustainability, and affordability are desired or required.

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TAIPEI 101 & LEED v4: Building on Unprecedented Performance

In June 2016 TAIPEI 101 received LEED v4 O+M Platinum Recertification with a record-setting 90 points. This session will analyze why v4 is chosen to maintain the highest level of sustainable operations and the business benefits to TAIPEI 101, and how to engage with occupants to raise green awareness.

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Integrating LEED ND and SITES into Your Design Approach

A design framework based on the LEED ND v4 and SITES v2 rating systems and the integrative design process can become a working tool for your design approach that leads projects, whether they become certified or not, to better integrated solutions, more sustainable designs, and higher performing outcomes.

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Greening Existing Neighborhoods with LEED-ND & EcoDistricts

A panel shares their experiences and lessons learned in turning an underrepresented neighborhood into a green and healthy community using LEED-ND v4 and EcoDistricts approaches. The discussion will include resiliency, issues of self-sufficiency, and community process along with creating design guidelines and developing programs to support a sustainable community.

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