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Friday, May 13 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Designing Equity In Our Communities Through Cultural Understanding: Real World Solutions to Entrenched Problems: Part 2

This is a two-part session, for which we encourage Living Future attendees to attend both parts in order to gain the most benefit.

Not attending the conference but want to take advantage of one of the limited (free) RSVPs to this two-part session? RSVP HERE. 

Track: Equity + Fairness

An inclusive and robust community starts with cultural competency through a diverse collection of people and habitats which operate in tandem with the natural world and without friction between one another. How do we create places where everyone belongs and places that belong to everyone?  It is critical to incorporate a broad and diverse range of perspectives to create communities that are equitable and inclusive for all. The defining challenge of our time is to overcome divisiveness, to be united by our humanity; to stand as one in order to support a brighter future for us all. 

This session will examine and explore the lifecycle of a project and incorporate the concepts, ideas and solutions heard in Part 1. Attendees will leave with a strong grasp of how to make equity considerations in every phase of a project and how to foster inclusiveness in the design process. Each attendee will receive a pre-designed manual to capture the best practices and lessons learned during the session. 

In Part 1 of this two-part session, we will break down many of the barriers to social equity and offer solutions to creating vibrant and inclusive communities. In part 1 of the session, you will hear from social justice leaders within diverse communities about issues relating to affordable housing, access to nutritious food, public safety, community based heath care models, equitable transportation systems, and more in mini TEDx style presentations. 

Want to access a copy of available* presentation PDF's? Click here to download.
*Not all presentations were approved for distribution.   


Moderators
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Joanna Gangi

Communications Director, International Living Future Institute
Joanna has 10 years experience planning and managing multiple communications strategies, executing brand awareness campaigns, and designing various communications platforms. Joanna oversees the Institute's Communications Department, PR efforts, social media, graphics and Trim Tab, the Institute's quarterly magazine. She directs the writing, messaging, and design of all the Institute's collateral and... Read More →
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Francis Janes

Just Manager, International Living Future Institute
Francis came to the Institute with a broad range of management experience in the Information Technology, Food Service and Financial Services sectors. Most recently, he served as Vice President at Beneficial State Bank, a mission driven community bank and a pioneer in socially responsible banking practices. Having lived in Seattle since 1997, Francis enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the opportunity to meet passionate social... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and governments working to adopt advanced measures of sustainability related to the Living Building Challenge. She also directs the... Read More →

Speakers
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Nori Catabay

Project Program Manager, GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Nori Catabay works for the GreenTools program in King County Washington and leads the internal King County Green Building Team. She provides green building technical assistance and training to County capital projects and manages the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard.  She led the County’s Green Building Ordinance renewal adding the Living Building Challenge to King County Code as an alternative to the Scorecard or LEED... Read More →
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De'Sean Quinn

Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks
De’Sean Quinn is the Water Quality Planner Project Manager lll for the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks, focusing on implementing Equity and Social Justice in the Wastewater Treatment Division.  He also provides Community Relations support for Capital Improvement Projects and has served King County Executive’s Office as the Regional and Local Affairs Manager. The Honorable De’Sean Quinn is also a City... Read More →
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Patti Southard

Program Manager GreenTools, King County Solid Waste Division
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County Southard is creative director for the award winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Westin: Vashon