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Thursday, May 12
 

10:30am

Magnificent Successes and Spectacular Failures in the Pursuit of Living Affordable Housing
Track: Equity + Fairness

This not-to-be missed session features veteran designers of affordable housing sharing stories from their own experiences designing Living Affordable Housing. Under the theme of truth and transparency, they will be highlighting not just where things went well, but where things didn’t go as planned and why. This session provides a valuable opportunity for others to learn from their successes and failures as well as share their own stories and experiences. The first part of this session will consist of stories about several different affordable housing projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The second part will consist of a Q&A session followed by small group work and large group discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to dig into a Petal such as Energy, Water, or Materials by reviewing a synopsis of the team approach to the Petal and develop a strategy to show ways the team could achieve the Petal. But watch out, “mid-project” issues could require a change in tack.  Participants should come prepared to learn, share, and have fun in this interactive educational session. 

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

Speakers
avatar for Colin Fay

Colin Fay

Mechanical Engineer, PDC Inc. Engineers
Colin has specialized experience in energy audits, green building practices, and LEED certification. He brings an engineering approach to sustainable design which focuses on reliable, maintainable, and cost effective solutions supported through life-cycle cost analysis. He offers... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gamache

Jason Gamache

Associate, McCool Carlson Green
Jason is proud to be an Associate at McCool Carlson Green in Anchorage, Alaska. He is a Virginia Tech Alumni and licensed Architect who has been practicing for 11+ years, in addition to 6 previous years of work-study in the field of Sustainable Design. He dedicates his work to the... Read More →
avatar for Andy Mannle

Andy Mannle

VP Strategic Development, Promise Energy
Andy leads a team that helps clients make smarter, healthier, more profitable projects by financing, designing, and installing sustainable solutions. Collaborating with many green building teams, architects, and energy modelers, Andy has designed solar systems for dozens of LEED... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Westin: Vashon

1:30pm

The Business Case for Corporate Transparency and JUST

TRACK: Equity + Fairness

Being open and transparent about all aspects of your business operations has numerous advantages for your company. Operating a transparent business demonstrates respect for employees and clients alike. When external stakeholders have the opportunity to see and understand how your business operates behind the scenes and the policies and practices that are involved in all of your business operations, it can lead to greater brand awareness and an improved business image. Maintaining open and honest communication with employees can help build loyalty and deepen employee satisfaction levels. The Millennial generation, in particular, is attracted to organizations that demonstrate transparency, honesty and authenticity.

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


Speakers
avatar for Renée Azerbegi

Renée Azerbegi

President, Ambient Energy
Renée Azerbegi is President of Ambient Energy, a third-party consulting firm with offices in Denver and San Francisco specializing in commissioning, energy and daylight analysis, and sustainability solutions for the new and existing commercial building market. Ambient Energy celebrated... Read More →
avatar for Jolene Goldsmith

Jolene Goldsmith

Operations Manager, stok
Jolene combines her passions for sustainability and social justice on stok’s Operations Team where she is responsible for the organization’s growth. Since joining the stok (previously Environmental Building Strategies) family in 2012, Jolene has helped to build out all areas of... Read More →
avatar for Francis Janes

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... Read More →
avatar for Kenner Kingston

Kenner Kingston

President, Arch Nexus
Kenner Kingston is an architect and the President of Architectural Nexus, a People-Driven firm with a practice reaching throughout the Western US. In addition to being the only Living Future Accredited Professional in the Great Basin, Kenner volunteers his time as an Ambassador Presenter... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Vashon

3:15pm

Everything is an Offer: Using Effective Engagement to Achieve Truly Beneficial Outcomes
Track: Equity + Fairness

Living Solutions (buildings, communities, products, processes) emerge from a deep understanding of the social context, and utilise social capital in their implementation. This session uses short case studies to illustrate the mindset required to build trust between the community and the project team, embed transparency in the process, and the benefits that result. Using improvisation games, participants will test these ideas, followed by a longer exercise where participants will identify ways to apply these processes to improve outcomes on their own projects. This session would be of interest to anyone working in property development, particularly in social infrastructure, as the examples relate to education and affordable housing.

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

Speakers
avatar for Zoe Cameron

Zoe Cameron

Senior Project Manager, Coffey
Zoe is an enthusiastic and proactive urban planning and project management consultant with over 10 years’ experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders across both private and public sectors. She combines strong and effective communication and project management skills... Read More →
avatar for Mary Casey

Mary Casey

Director, Project Delivery, McLachlan Lister-Hill International
Mary Casey has nearly 20 years of experience in Australia and internationally. A project manager with a background as an architect and sustainability consultant, she combines thought leadership with practical implementation experience. Her goal is to assist her clients in confidently... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Choi

Stephen Choi

Board Director and Vice Chair, Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA)
Stephen Choi is a UK-chartered architect, Project Manager, and holds Masters Degrees in both architecture and sustainability. Stephen’s unique hands-on experience in both single buildings and environmentally-driven masterplanning has enabled him to teach on the subject of sustainable... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Westin: Vashon
 
Friday, May 13
 

10:30am

Hope by Design: Making Progress on Equity
Track: Equity + Fairness

When organizations seek to provide intentional equity in a green development project or program, what does that look like? What are the distribution, procedural and structural barriers that challenge the focus on fair and just practices? How have vision and partnerships supported progress? This panel will draw from public agencies, private development, community development programs and design firm perspectives. An interactive workshop will encourage audience members to evaluate opportunities on their projects to build strategies for equity.

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

Speakers
avatar for Deb Guenther

Deb Guenther

Partner, Mithun
Deb Guenther is a partner and landscape architect at Mithun, an integrated design firm in Seattle and San Francisco. Her 30+-year body of work reflects her commitment to natural processes, resulting in award-winning designs that are visually compelling and sustainably functional... Read More →
avatar for Chris Parr

Chris Parr

Senior Advisor, Sun Valley EcoDistrict, Denver Housing Authority
Chris Parr is the Senior Advisor for Sun Valley EcoDistrict, a 501c3 affiliate of the Denver Housing Authority, newly formed to create and administer the vision for the revitalization of Sun Valley and its district-based solution structure. Previously Chris was the Director of Development... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Westin: Vashon

1:30pm

Designing Equity In Our Communities Through Cultural Understanding: Real World Solutions to Entrenched Problems: Part 1

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 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.

In Part 2 of this two-part session, attendees 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. 

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


Moderators
avatar for Joanna Gangi

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... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nori Catabay

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... Read More →
avatar for Dana Gould

Dana Gould

Food Access Program Manager, Pike Place Market
Dana oversees the Food Access Program at Pike Place Market. She is responsible for creating and implementing programs at the Market that make local foods accessible for low-income families. She works with hundreds of individuals each year through classes at the Pike Market Atrium... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Houston

Jonathan Houston

McKinney-Vento Coordinator, Tukwila School District
Jonathan Houston works on affordable housing solutions via prevention and intervention with students and families experiencing homelessness in Tukwila, WA.
avatar for Paulina Lopez-Peters

Paulina Lopez-Peters

Community Engagement Manager, Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition/TAG
Paulina Lopez-Peters is a full time volunteer, organizer, advocate, and  the mother of three boys under the age of ten. She originally comes from Ecuador, but has made Seattle her home over the past 13 years. Paulina demonstrates engagement in this community in the advocacy of multiple... Read More →
avatar for Julian Mocine-McQueen

Julian Mocine-McQueen

Director of Education and Outreach, Green For All/ The Dream Corps
Julian serves as Director of Education and Outreach for Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief in authentic movements that are powered by people. To this end, he’s engaged thousands of young people in the climate movement, by going on tour with Drake and Wiz Khalifa... Read More →
avatar for Giulia Pasciuto

Giulia Pasciuto

Policy & Research Analyst, Puget Sound Sage
Giulia Pasciuto is a Policy & Research Analyst at Puget Sound Sage. She provides strategic research and crafts policy solutions for Sage's equitable transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and land-use campaigns. Before joining Sage, Giulia was a housing planner with the... Read More →
avatar for De'Sean Quinn

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... Read More →
avatar for Patti Southard

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... Read More →
avatar for Rich Stolz

Rich Stolz

Executive Director, OneAmerica
Rich Stolz serves as Executive Director at OneAmerica, where he works with immigrant communities in Washington State on social justice and democratic activism. Previously, he has worked with the Center for Community Change and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Rich helped found... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Vashon

3:15pm

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
avatar for Joanna Gangi

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... Read More →
avatar for Francis Janes

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... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Smith

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nori Catabay

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... Read More →
avatar for De'Sean Quinn

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... Read More →
avatar for Patti Southard

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... Read More →


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