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Tuesday, May 10
 

1:00pm

Legacy Project (Danny Woo Community Garden)
RSVP for this hands on volunteer Legacy Project opportunity here! Questions? Contact us at LF@living-future.org

Location: Danny Woo Community Garden, 620 S. Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Spend the afternoon reconnecting with the land, while helping to preserve a historic urban growing space, with a Legacy Project at the Danny Woo Community Garden. This 1.5 acre edible community garden that is managed by InterIm CDA is located in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown/International District (CID) and has been a source of food security and cultural preservation for low income, elderly Asian-immigrants living in the area for over 40 years. More recently, the Danny Woo Community Garden became home to a chicken coop and a children’s growing space to engage the wider community and build an intergenerational connection between youth and seniors in the neighborhood.

This Legacy Project is an opportunity to get your hands dirty and participate in the rich history of the garden by providing maintenance and restoration support. After learning about the garden’s legacy of social justice, environmental stewardship, and cultural resiliency, we’ll jump into the garden to help weed, mulch, and provide small repairs to fences and pathways. We’ll end our project just in time for you to refuel at any of the numerous eateries that fill the blocks of the CID.

HOW TO PREPARE
Please wear clothes appropriate for doing physical labor in a garden. There are gender neutral restrooms and storage lockers located in the InterIm CDA office, one block from the garden. Please bring your own water and snacks to sustain yourself. This project will occur rain or shine.

HOW TO GET THERE
The garden is located at 620 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98104, at the corner of S. Main St. and Maynard Ave. S. There is hourly paid street parking along S. Main St. Accessible bus lines include: 14, 7, 36, 70, 49. Broadway Streetcar, and Link LightRail via the International District Bus Tunnel.

Accessibility Note: As a terraced garden there are numerous staircases, narrow and uneven pathways, and limited covered areas for inclement weather. Please contact us at info@interimicda.org with specific accessibility requests to determine whether a visit to the garden will meet your needs.


Read more about this community garden here: http://interimicda.org/whatwedo/sustainable-communities/danny-woo-community-garden/

Speakers
avatar for Mei Wook

Mei Wook

Manager, Danny Woo Community Garden
Mei Yook is the Manager of the Danny Woo Community Garden at InterIm Community Development Association. She has an extensive background in food justice, working through Seattle to empower communities of color to organize and share their stories of resiliency and resistance through... Read More →



Tuesday May 10, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Danny Woo Community Garden 620 South Main Street, across from Maynard Ave South

7:00pm

unConference Eve Afterparty: Waterfront Welcome
Looking for a place to eat before you kick-off the conference with fellow attendees? Check out listings of local restaurants on the Eat Well Guide!

Seattle and water are synonyms. Whether it’s the lakes, rain or Puget Sound, water is everywhere. Without it Seattle would be a different place altogether. Join us at Mithun to celebrate water, rain, oceans and lakes and everything else water gives us.

Location: Mithun, 1201 Alaskan Way, #200 Seattle, WA 98101

Sponsored by Mithun
Special thanks to Mithun for hosting and donating this space, and to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for donating cider to the event.

Tuesday May 10, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Mithun 1201 Alaskan Way, #200 Seattle, WA 98101
 
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
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 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Westin: Olympic

5:00pm

Reunión de America Latina y Amigos
Residents, Ambassadors, Advocates, and Friends of Latin America: Join to connect on challenges and opportunities unique to your region and communities. This event is free and open to all interested conference attendees.

No pre-registration required, walk-in only.

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Aguilar

Carolyn Aguilar

Architect + Dean, Universidad Iberoamericana Department of Architecture
Carolyn is an architect trained in Mexico and Urban Designer trained in the UK. In December 2016 she obtained her Ph.D. in History at Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO). Dr. Aguilar-Dubose has taught at IBERO for 25 years, has received two Outstanding Teacher Awards, and is the first... Read More →
avatar for José Luis Gutiérrez Brezmes

José Luis Gutiérrez Brezmes

Co-chair of Living Future Council of Latin America, Faculty, Department of Architecture at IBERO
Arquitecto y Maestro en Comunicación por la Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México (IBERO) con experiencia en diseño y construcción de 30 años. Académico investigador en el Departamento de Arquitectura de la UIA. Miembro y consejero de Libre Acceso A.C. desde 1999. Miembro... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Lirusso

Alejandro Lirusso

Co-chair of Living Future Council of Latin America, CEO at bioe and BIOtehnik Mexico
He studied a Bachelor's degree in business administration at ITESM on Campus Estado Mexico and hydraulic systems at CEAC from Barcelona, Spain. He’s CEO of BIOe where they designed the first projects in Latin America under the Living Building Challenge, Net Positive Energy and... Read More →

Wednesday May 11, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Westin: Olympic

9:00pm

Wednesday Eve Afterparty
Location: WeWork (Holyoke Building), 107 Spring St, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by Tarkett
Special thanks to WeWork for hosting and donating this space, and to SXSW Eco for supporting this party as an underwriter.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
WeWork (Holyoke Building) 107 Spring St, Seattle, WA

9:00pm

Wednesday Film Night: Ever the Land
After parties not your speed? Looking for something a bit more mellow? Join us for a movie night on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday! Film to be determined. 

On Wednesday evening we will be watching Ever the Land in the St. Helen's room:

EVER THE LAND explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe.

The setting is the forest region of Te Urewera and Tūhoe are an indigenous people fighting to rebuild and to claim their rights. For the past 150 years, the relationship between the Tūhoe Maori tribe and the New Zealand government has been defined by longstanding grievances over severe colonisation experiences such as illegal land confiscations and the devastating consequences of scorched earth policies. The film captures a period of change and tremendous foresight: Tūhoe are negotiating an apology and settlement from the Crown, and constructing an architectural gem of a community centre using radically sustainable methods. Tradition and environmentalism are brought together, and the film gives us a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride.

The new building is the binding character in this observational documentary that immerses us in a culture that is tightly woven into its land and an architecture that is defined by its intergrity to it.  This is a film about past and future, tradition and modernity. Most of all, though, it’s about the grandest hopes—and what it takes to fulfill them.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Westin: St. Helen's
 
Thursday, May 12
 

12:30pm

#GetOutside Walk (Thursday)
Meet in the Westin Lobby at 12:30pm

This half-hour session will give participants an opportunity to step away from the unConference and find a rejuvenating dose of inspiration in Nature, engaging in a deceptively simple exercise in which we experience Nature as a guide.  Although concepts of biomimicry and biophilia will be mentioned, this brain break will invite participants to creatively listen to the landscape as well as tap into their own nature.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes

Principal, 55-5 Consulting
Jennifer is an architect and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her own sustainability consulting company, 55-5 Consulting, and her work on the Urban Greenprint, a project that applies biomimicry at a city scale... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Lobby

3:15pm

Biomimicry: A Walking Discussion

In this session participants will get outside and reconnect with nature. The session will include a short hike to Freeway Park where you will learn about the essential elements in Biomimicry. Explore and discuss function of local organisms, and understand how those functions are translated into Biomimicry Thinking.

The session will be led by Joe Zazzera and Denny Royal. Both hold MS degrees in Biomimicry and are Certified Biomimicry Professionals. Joe and Denny are key influencers in their disciplines and work to bring Biomimicry to those disciplines and beyond. 


Speakers
avatar for Denny Royal

Denny Royal

Principal, Azul 7
Denny is Principal and Azul 7’s Biomimicry and Design practice leader. With a background in Biomimicry, design, service design and technology he is able to help clients solve challenges from a holistic perspective. Denny is is a life-long learner. He has completed design thinking... Read More →
avatar for Joe Zazzera

Joe Zazzera

Founding Principal, Plant Solutions, Inc
Joe Zazzera is contagiously enthusiastic about “connecting people to nature”.  He has been (re)connecting humans, nature, and the built environment for 34 years. As the founding principal of Plant Solutions Inc., he designs living walls, indoor atriums and living plantscapes... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Westin: Lobby

5:00pm

Living Future Network Happy Hour
If you are an active volunteer in the Living Future Network or interested in becoming one, please join us for a casual conversation and an opportunity to connect over refreshments. This is a chance to share ideas and stories with fellow Ambassador Presenters and Collaborative Facilitators, and to learn more about the amazing work of the Living Future Network.

Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Westin: The Loft (2nd Fl)

5:00pm

9:30pm

Thursday Eve Afterparty
From conference attendee to night owl, ditch the laptop and tie and transform with us at the visually stimulating Fred Wildlife Refuge in Capitol Hill. With one of the largest immersive video walls in Seattle, this two-story art facility is visually stunning -- the perfect spot for creative animals.

Location: Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave East Seattle, WA 98102

Sponsored by Integral Group
Special thanks to Fred Wildlife Refuge for hosting this event.

Thursday May 12, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Fred Wildlife Refuge 128 Belmont Ave East Seattle, WA 98102

9:30pm

Thursday Film Night: Cowspiracy
After parties not your speed? Looking for something a bit more mellow? Join us for a movie night on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday!

On Thursday evening we will be watching Cowspiracy in the St. Helen's room:

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Thursday May 12, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Westin: St. Helen's
 
Friday, May 13
 

12:30pm

#GetOutside Walk (Friday)
Meet in the Westin Lobby at 12:30pm

This half-hour session will give participants an opportunity to step away from the unConference and find a rejuvenating dose of inspiration in Nature, engaging in a deceptively simple exercise in which we experience Nature as a guide.  Although concepts of biomimicry and biophilia will be mentioned, this brain break will invite participants to creatively listen to the landscape as well as tap into their own nature.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes

Principal, 55-5 Consulting
Jennifer is an architect and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her own sustainability consulting company, 55-5 Consulting, and her work on the Urban Greenprint, a project that applies biomimicry at a city scale... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Lobby

5:00pm

Closing Circle: Ideas Into Action - Breaking Barriers and Transparency
Speakers
avatar for Mike Binder

Mike Binder

Architect and Principal, Binder Regenerative Design
Mike is a Registered Architect and Principal at Binder Regenerative Design in Washington DC.  His work includes architectural design services and sustainability consulting, outreach and education.  He has contributed to the design and construction of several LEED projects, as well... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Westin: Grand Ballroom

6:30pm

Friday Eve Afterparty
Location: Morrison Hershfield, 600 Stewart St #200, Seattle, WA 98101

Sponsored by Columbia Forest Products
Special thanks to Morrison Hershfield for hosting and donating this space

Friday May 13, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Morrison Hershfield 600 Stewart St #200, Seattle, WA 98101