Building Without Toxins: Educating for a Healthy Material World
Hitchcock Center for the Environment Amherst, MA / 1 – 4 pm

Join materials, toxics, and living building experts for a conversation on toxins in the built environment and how making toxic-free choices in materials is possible.

Featured panelists:
Jennifer Atlee, Sustainable Materials Consultant, PROSOCO
Julie Johnson, Executive DirectorHitchcock Center
Kath McCusker, Senior Sustainability ManagerIntegrated Eco-Strategy
Emily Monosson, Toxicologist and Author, UMass Amherst
Andrew Solem, Living Building Challenge Materials ConsultantWright Builders
Jonathan Wright, PrincipalWright Builders

Getting to Yes: Winning and Making Your Next Project Net-Zero, LBC, or ?

Living Future unConference / Seattle WA / May 19, 2017

Charley Stevenson, Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy
Bill Maclay, Principal, Maclay Architects
Bungane Mehlomakulu, Principal, Integral Group

“We know how to create Living Buildings that are healthy, responsible, beautiful and long-lasting. We know how to design and construct net zero buildings that are sound investments. So why aren’t clients demanding these? How can we convince clients that net-zero and Living Building Challenge buildings are in their best interest? This interactive dialogue extends beyond technical skills and provides insight into the marketing conversations that can make these projects commonplace. Three building industry leaders will share lessons learned and their experiences developing project goals with clients through the pursuit of these high performing buildings. ”


What’s that Green Stuff? Lessons from Operating a Rain Water Collection and Treatment System
Living Future unConference / Seattle WA / May 16-19, 2017

Charley Stevenson, Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy
Amy Johns, Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College

“Williams College’s Class of 1966 Environmental Center is operating the first licensed rainwater collection and treatment system in the state of Massachusetts. We had no idea what we were getting in to, and we’re making up procedures, experiments, and solutions as we go. We’ve struggled with unidentified green goo, higher than expected operational costs, and a UV filtration system designed for a system 100 times larger than ours. And yet, clean water comes of the faucet and we’re on track for net-zero water performance. We will share our experience and hope to help future projects plan better for operational challenges.”