By Sadie Normoyle, Built Green™ Coordinator
It’s that time of year again! The Built Green 2017 conference is around the corner and we have all the latest information for you.
If you aren’t familiar, the Built Green Conference has been occurring annually for a decade with the aim of providing valuable and cutting-edge information on green building and sustainability. Notable past keynote speakers include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., David Orr, and Denis Hayes. The conference will encompass a variety of topics related to green building, ranging from building science to policy, from post-occupancy research to discussions on equity, affordability, and community issues. This content will be covered throughout the day, which will include a keynote address, a variety of sessions to choose from, lunch, and a book signing, all followed by an awards ceremony and reception.
This year's conference will be held at Cascadia College on September 14.
The keynote speaker for the 2017 conference is renowned author and founder of Sightline Institute Alan Durning! He will discuss the intersections of green building, affordability, equity, and building policy/zoning. Sightline has been pioneering research on this topic that is not only timely but is highly relevant to our industry.
Durning is author or co-author of more than ten Sightline books. His current topics of focus include carbon pricing, housing affordability, and democracy reform. In 2013, he published Sightline’s first e-book, "Unlocking Home."
Prior to founding Sightline, Durning was a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC, where he studied the relationships between social and environmental issues. While at Worldwatch, Durning wrote "How Much is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth" (1992), which was translated into seven languages and given two awards. He also coauthored seven State of the World reports, along with Worldwatch Papers on topics ranging from animal agriculture to indigenous peoples.
Call for Proposals
The call for proposals is also open! Do you have in-depth knowledge about a facet of green building? Do you have insight into new trends or technologies? Do you have a unique sustainability story to tell? If your answer is yes, we would like to invite you to participate in this year’s Built Green Conference! Sessions may be lecture, panels, or workshops that are one hour long – or something else; surprise us! Please see this document for more information on what we are looking for and how to apply.
Submissions are due May 15, 2017!
Finally, the Built Green Conference website is live! Check it out for more information on the conference, how to register, and the schedule.
See you there!
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