Built Green Conference 2014

Opening Eyes at the Built Green Conference

Shannon Affholter addresses the 200+ Built
Green Conference crowd.

The Built Green Conference opened to one of the largest crowds the event has seen in many years. On Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Bethaday Community Learning Space in Seattle's White Center neighborhood, over 240 attendees gathered for the day-long conference and reception to be part of this green-building industry educational and networking event.

The conference was bursting at the seams with attendees and content, including 15 green-building education sessions, covering topics from livability to deconstruction; an "After Hours" reception that offered networking opportunities; and two award ceremonies that celebrated leaders in the industry.

The conference kicked-off with featured speaker and keynote Nico Larco, AIA. Larco is an associate professor at the University of Oregon and author of "Site Design for Multifamily Housing." His interesting keynote delivered current industry-specific information about livability and multifamily housing.

Two featured sessions were presented during the conference's lunch break. The first involved three students from Sustainability Ambassadors, who presented a moral, technical and financial case for the greenest possible buildings. The second presented a mediated discussion between industry professionals and regulators about reducing construction and demolition waste, which was led by Lucy Moore, a nationally renowned environmental mediator and author of "Common Ground on Hostile Turf."

New to the education line-up this year were two roundtables, an interactive workshop where attendees participated, discussed, and shared their opinions and personal experiences. Other educational sessions included topics ranging from affordable green building, urban infill, resilience and green project management.

This year, we purposefully focused on providing more networking opportunities for attendees. Immediately following the conference education, many attendees joined us for the reception, which featured live music, fresh food, drinks and the Built Green Hammer Award and Green Genius Award ceremonies. Congratulations to the winners!

The Built Green Conference is not only our biggest event of the year, but it also a favorite. The event always presents an opportunity for the green building industry to come together to discuss new and exciting developments within the industry, and to celebrate the successes we have all had. Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors and attendees. See you next year!

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