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Brian Dunbar

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • LEED Fellow

Brian Dunbar is running for the Educator (Post-Secondary) seat on the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council.

Candidate interview

Please demonstrate current and active thought leadership in regional, national or international professional organizations related to this perspective seat, in addition to USGBC, as evidenced by examples of published work, speaking engagements, committee work, awards, other accomplishments and/or recognition.

The LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) framework that I helped to create was published in the 2015 book, Designing for Hope, authored by faculty at the University of Pretoria and the University of Melbourne. In addition, I have been invited to share our work in Whole School Sustainability, Integrative Design Process, and Regenerative Design at conferences in South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Wyoming, Brazil, and Costa Rica. The LENSES framework has also been published in the "Regenerative Design and Development" edition of the Building Research and Information Journal.

A 2014 study I contributed to, The Social Network of Integrative Design, which emphasizes best collaboration practices, was published thanks to a grant from The Energy Institute. The Whole School Sustainability framework I co-authored with was recently published by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.

Please demonstrate through current examples and for a minimum of three of the last five years your leadership role in developing campus or sector-wide curricula, facilities and/or operational strategies or policies that advance knowledge, research and implementation of green building design, construction and operational performance and associated benefits and costs.

Curricula: The School of Global Environmental Sustainability asked me to develop and teach their first graduate course, "Topics in Global Environmental Sustainability". In addition, I helped to develop an online program, Integrative Sustainability Management and a multidisciplinary workshop, "Whole School Sustainability" that is offered to school districts.

Facilities strategies and implementation: As a project leader, I help to demonstrate cost-effective green building strategies on recent LEED projects such as the Lory Student Center at CSU. As a member of the President's Sustainability Committee, I helped our university achieve the world's first Platinum STARS rating.

Specify and describe your participation and leadership experience in any civic, environmental, and other organizations, as well as any of your affiliations, membership, and accreditations that may be pertinent to your service at USGBC.

I currently work on civic projects in my community (Fort Collins) and in Denver that envision leading citizens toward a healthier, thriving future. My associations include advising, lecturing, project work and/or committee work with the AIA, Design Build Institute of America, AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed), the Costa Rica Green Building Council, the Urban Lab, and EcoDistricts. I hope to use experiences with these organizations to help the Advisory Council to best collaborate with the broad membership of USGBC, with related organizations, and with communities throughout USGBC’s vast network.

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