Annie Hall
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The Arizona State Conference unites over 100 industry leaders, experts and professionals to share best practices and advance sustainable communities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Future Forward.” With hotter summers and natural disasters occurring more frequently, we are experiencing the effects of climate change. Today, in the face of these very real challenges, there is no doubt that the green building community must think and act for the future.

In 2019, the USGBC Arizona-hosted program will spark creativity and ingenuity, as we aim to deliver solutions to real-world issues that will help us build more resilient communities. This creativity is not limited only to how we build; it's also in the relationships created with clients and occupants along the way. It isn’t limited to individual buildings, but can also be realized at the campus and city scale. We will push each other to think outside the "concrete box," and to look to nature for design inspiration to improve the quality of life for all.

The great need for resilient design requires innovative thinking and planning, and we hope you’ll join us on Oct. 30 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Here are some highlights of the event:

  • Ashley Mulhall, the Sustainability Leader at Orcutt|Winslow, will present "Aligning Certifications with Client Values: Lessons from the Field." She will discuss the additional building rating systems that have been developed to compliment LEED, primarily focusing on the WELL Building Standard. She will dive into the differences in values her firm’s clients have when it comes to LEED versus WELL, and how listening to their needs creates and builds trust, thus ushering in design that truly meets their needs.
  • Mick Dalrymple, Director of ASU’s University Sustainability Practices, will present "Committed to Sustainability Leadership: ASU, NOVUS, and LEED." He and Brian Kearney will discuss the future of the Arizona State University campus. The NOVUS Innovation Corridor is a 330-acre plot in pursuit of LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. This endeavor will require all private developers to achieve LEED at the Certified level, at a minimum. This demonstration of ASU’s core commitment to sustainability leadership strives to magnify the need for other localities to follow suit. They will also discuss ASU’s update to its project guidelines, including its climate-neutral new construction policy. This new policy will integrate more LEED credits into minimum requirements, effectively reinforcing Gold or Platinum level certification as the norm.
  • Mike Zamora, Director at Real Estate Advisors, will present "Sustainable Cities: A Framework Approach." The advent of smart and sustainable cities is a hot topic, and there is great progress being made from cities across the U.S. and the world. Many people wonder where to start and what approaches can be used to help their city. The presentation will address these and other looming questions, such as, "Who are the key players?" and "How can LEED for Cities and Communities help?" Attendees will walk away from this session with a better understanding of how to assess what is needed for their city and how they can personally contribute.
  • Sonja Bochart, Principal, Tari Wager, Interior Designer, and Rebecca Manhardt, Architectural Designer, all from Sheply Bulfinch, will present "The Great Indoors: Biophilic Design to Support Human Health and Wellness in the Built Environment." Biophilia, or our innate human connection to the natural world, has been shown to foster physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. The principles of biophilic design support these connections by cultivating this relationship within the built environment, where in the U.S., we are estimated to be spending over 90% of our time. This session will review the value and science behind biophilia (including an interactive group activity), outline the primary six biophilic design elements, present case studies and review the relationship of biophilic design to leading building certification programs, such as LEED.
  • Elaine Aye, Associate / Regional Manager at RWDI USA LLC, will present "Resilient Design and Operations in an Era of Climate Change." One only needs to look at daily headlines to understand that the topic of resiliency, as it pertains to the built environment, is urgent, and should be top of mind for owners and building managers responsible for the safekeeping of their buildings and the lives and well-being of their occupants. Her session will provide an overview of future climate forecasting models and a climate resilience assessment tool for identifying areas of vulnerability to changing climate conditions. She will also present strategies to incorporate into building design from an operational perspective, with regards to building systems, resilient systems, resourcefulness, recovery and adaptability.

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