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Wednesday, May 11
 

4:00pm

Book Launch of Emerge: A Strategic Leadership Model for The Sustainable Building Community

Join us for a book launch and presentation for the book Emerge: A Strategic Leadership Model for The Sustainable Building Community

Author Kathleen O’Brien brings 30-plus years as an award-winning educator, writer, strategic planner, and project consultant in the sustainable building field to her work as Founder of the EMERGE Leadership Project. Through this project, O’Brien has been providing leadership development support including training, mentoring, and tools to green building professionals and advocates with the ultimate goal of making this world a better place for all living species, now and into the future. Members of the sustainable building community who have participated in EMERGE programs have successfully launched policy initiatives, commercial enterprises, professional career transitions, community projects and more. The sustainability coordinator of one leading design firm has called EMERGE training “life-altering.” Now, O’Brien shares the strategic leadership model that is at the core of EMERGE programs, along with case studies, practical guidance, a personal leadership development template, and bonus exercises to assist you on your personal leadership journey.


Speakers
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Kathleen O'Brien

Executive Director, The EMERGE Leadership Project (501c3)
Kathleen O'Brien, LEED AP, CSBA, is a leader in the sustainable building field, as author, educator, and project consultant for 30-plus years. As founder of O'Brien & Company she contributed significantly to the rise of the green building market and was recognized as a Cascadia Fellow... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Westin: Olympic

4:30pm

5:00pm

Book Signing: Kathleen O’Brien, EMERGE (Strategic Leadership for the Sustainable Building Community)

Emerge: A Strategic Leadership Model for The Sustainable Building Community

Author Kathleen O’Brien brings 30-plus years as an award-winning educator, writer, strategic planner, and project consultant in the sustainable building field to her work as Founder of the EMERGE Leadership Project. Through this project, O’Brien has been providing leadership development support including training, mentoring, and tools to green building professionals and advocates with the ultimate goal of making this world a better place for all living species, now and into the future. Members of the sustainable building community who have participated in EMERGE programs have successfully launched policy initiatives, commercial enterprises, professional career transitions, community projects and more. The sustainability coordinator of one leading design firm has called EMERGE training “life-altering.” Now, O’Brien shares the strategic leadership model that is at the core of EMERGE programs, along with case studies, practical guidance, a personal leadership development template, and bonus exercises to assist you on your personal leadership journey.


Speakers
avatar for Kathleen O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien

Executive Director, The EMERGE Leadership Project (501c3)
Kathleen O'Brien, LEED AP, CSBA, is a leader in the sustainable building field, as author, educator, and project consultant for 30-plus years. As founder of O'Brien & Company she contributed significantly to the rise of the green building market and was recognized as a Cascadia Fellow... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Westin: San Juan Level (3rd Fl)

5:30pm

Book Signing: Brad Liljequist, ILFI (The Power of Zero: Learning from the World's First Net Zero Energy Buildings)

The Power of Zero: Learning from the World's First Net Zero Energy Buildings

Forty percent of American energy use today comes from building operations. We have the technology today to reduce this number to zero demonstrated by the nineteen remarkable net zero energy buildings contained in The Power of Zero. Net zero energy buildings use no more energy than they generate over the course of a year. These buildings offer a powerful antidote to the myriad of problems and finite limitations associated with fossil fuel use climate change, ocean acidification, extraction impacts, defending energy supplies, and more. The Power of Zero showcases the world's leading net zero energy buildings, demonstrating tangible examples, successful strategies, and actual data for developers, designers and contractors to effectively achieve net zero energy performance. Projects include commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, both new and remodeled, in an array of different climates.

The Power of Zero is written in a transparent and readable style for both the interested layperson and the engaged technician. As well, the book contains many nuggets of technical and design wisdom for the most well-informed designer. Part I begins with an exploration of the underlying principles of and reasons for achieving net zero energy at the building and community scale, while taking a close look at the relentless toll of fossil fuel use across many sectors and geographies. Part II presents nineteen unique case studies from proven Net Zero Energy Certified projects in a variety of climates with different typologies and sizes. Best practices in design, management, and construction are also highlighted. Part III delves into the visionary master planning involved in the creation of net zero energy communities, including several case studies of leading edge existing neighborhoods operating at the forefront of low energy use. Considering this array of powerful examples and innovative concepts, the book concludes with a progressive look ahead along the regenerative path to achieving a carbon-free, Net Positive future.


Speakers
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Brad Liljequist

Director, Net Zero Energy Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Westin: San Juan Level (3rd Fl)

6:00pm

Book Signing: Jason F. McLennan, McLennan Design & Mary Adam Thomas, Author (The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard)

The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard

The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard delves into the profoundly rigorous certification program recognized by the green design-build movement as the most inspirational and sustainable standard in the world. Author Mary Adam Thomas explores the history and ideas that influenced visionary designer Jason F. McLennan to develop the Challenge, reports on its dramatic launch, illuminates Living Building pioneers and projects, and summarizes the global attention the Standard generated in its first ten years. Dozens of industry notables add their voices to this history, rounding out a rich and engaging overview of the past, present, and highly anticipated future of the Living Building Challenge.


Speakers
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Jason F. McLennan

Board President and Founder, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada... Read More →
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Mary Adam Thomas

Author
Mary Adam Thomas has been helping tell the story of the Living Building Challenge since 2006. This year, she released The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape and The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Westin: San Juan Level (3rd Fl)
 
Thursday, May 12
 

12:00pm

Book Signing: Richard Louv, Author (Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life)

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

From the author of the New York Times bestseller that defined nature-deficit disorder and launched the international children-and-nature movement, Vitamin N is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive, and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community, including tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age.


Speakers
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Richard Louv

Author and Journalist, Last Child in the Woods
Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle. Translated into 15 languages and published in 20 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Westin: Ballroom 3

3:00pm

5:30pm

Book Signing: Denis Hayes, The Bullitt Foundation & Mary Adam Thomas, Author (The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape)

The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape

The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape takes readers on a private tour through the profoundly game changing Bullitt Center, the first Class A commercial office structure in the world designed and engineered to meet the rigorous demands of the Living Building Challenge. 

The book begins with Part I, the contextual backstory of the Bullitt Foundation and its transition from a family based philanthropic organization to an influential ecological grant maker led by noted environmental pioneer Denis Hayes. Part II summarizes how designers, engineers, and builders engaged with forward-thinking regulators, lenders, and community members in a combined effort to create an extraordinary building that stands for what is possible in the urban built environment. Part III contains vivid details of how the project team approached and achieved the Imperatives of all seven Living Building Challenge Petals: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. Part IV condenses the performance reports that earned the Bullitt Center its Living Building certification.

The Greenest Building goes deep inside the Bullitt Center and its numerous innovations, one performance area Petal at a time.


Speakers
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Denis Hayes

President, The Bullitt Foundation
As President of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes seeks to reshape cities into resilient ecosystems. Toward that end, he recently developed the Bullitt Center, a 50,000 square foot “living” office building. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal National... Read More →
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Mary Adam Thomas

Author
Mary Adam Thomas has been helping tell the story of the Living Building Challenge since 2006. This year, she released The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape and The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Westin: San Juan Level (3rd Fl)

6:00pm

Book Signing: Jason F. McLennan, McLennan Design (Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment)

Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment

Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment by Jason F. McLennan is his second book of dynamic essays critically challenging prevalent contemporary thinking and conventional design modalities related to the built and natural environments.

Rather than a diatribe on these problematic approaches, McLennan draws upon his architectural acumen and his eclectic knowledge of sustainability, social justice issues and cultural awareness to provide intelligent, solution-based insights for the rethinking of how we live, work, and thrive in a living future.

McLennan addresses a wide variety of issues that call for both individual and far-reaching systemic change. Each insight points the reader toward sustainable solutions, challenges the status quo, balances practicality with philosophy, and prepares us for a healthy and prosperous future. McLennan advocates for rapid social change while calling for people to engage in productive initiatives beyond current models and to cooperate, take chances, and experiment outside current bureaucratic and corporate imaginations.

Transformational Thought II, a follow-up collection of thought-provoking essays to his original and acclaimed Transformational Thought, provides compelling rationales for change and timely insights into the most highly transformative era humanity has yet to encounter. 


Speakers
avatar for Jason F. McLennan

Jason F. McLennan

Board President and Founder, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Westin: San Juan Level (3rd Fl)
 
Friday, May 13
 

12:30pm