The greatest sustainability "meeting of the minds" for government staff and officials in the Cascadia Bioregion gets under way May 15th with the 2013 GreenTools Government Confluence.
The Confluence will gather sustainability leaders in the public sector from across the bioregion for an intensive day of inspiration and peer-to-peer learning. Government staff and elected officials will share success stories and address persistent challenges faced by local governments in advancing a sustainability agenda. The Confluence is co-hosted by Cascadia Green Building Council and is produced in conjunction with the 2013 Living Future unConference and will share a theme of "Resilience & Regeneration." Education sessions will focus on a new generation of policy, partnerships and infrastructure.
Registration fee for this day-long event is $50 per person. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Did you know that you can receive LEED, AIA, Living Building and AICP
self reporting credits by attending the Confluence, this event is a bargain!
Since his election as King County Executive in November 2009, Dow Constantine has been working to instill a culture of performance that changes the way King County does business and to forge partnerships with residents, cities, employees, and other county leaders to create sustainable prosperity. Executive Constantine has a long-held interest in green building, historic preservation, and environmental sustainability. As a King County Councilmember, he led the effort to save Seattle's historic First United Methodist Church from the wrecking ball and currently serves on the board of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. His Energy Plan, adopted in 2010, set the ambitious goal of meeting more than half of the County's energy needs from renewable sources, including energy captured from waste disposal and wastewater treatment–a standard that was recently achieved. Since first taking office as a state legislator, he has been a champion for smart growth management and open space protection. Through leadership in regional planning efforts, updates to the King County Comprehensive Plan, and significant investments in transit and parks, Executive Constantine has encouraged the continued development of vibrant urban centers across King County. This spring, the County also met its goal of permanently protecting 200,000 acres of working forest in the Cascade foothills, with the help of innovative conservation tools such as Transfer of Development Rights.
Dale Morris is Senior Economist at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, providing economic and political analyses of US macro-economic, fiscal and monetary policy, as well as US federal budget, tax and appropriations developments. Morris directs the Dutch Government's Water Management network in Louisiana, Florida and California, where the focus is on a broad array of "sustainability" topics: flood protection, flood risk mitigation, coastal restoration, water supply/conveyance, ecosystem resiliency, climate change adaptation, and landscape design for risk reduction. Morris is a co-director of Dutch Dialogues.
Thanks to our Community Partner Island Press, author Lance Hosey will close this amazing discussing how going green can change the face of design. In his most recent book The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, Lance Hosey argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they're made. Form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to buildings to cities. Aesthetic attraction isn't a superficial concern—it's an environmental imperative. Lance also argues that this topic is an essential one for resilience in communities. Gallup surveys show that the aesthetics of place is the single most important factor for promoting happiness among residents, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently highlighted "imageability" as the first of five strategies to promote healthy environments. Lance shows that the natural character of a place can and should be the first factor in developing the unique character of the built environment.
Lance is Chief Sustainability Officer with the global design leader RTKL. He is a former Director with the pioneering design firm William McDonough + Partners and the former President & CEO of the sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue. Lance has been featured in Metropolis magazine's "Next Generation" program and Architectural Record's "emerging architect" series, and he has been a Fellow of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design and a Resident of the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), studies the relationships between form and performance, sustainability and beauty. Sustainability leader John Elkington has called Lance "an inspirational guide to a future we can't wait to embrace," and Builder magazine has said that he "is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable."
– David Brewster, founder of Town Hall
David Brewster has a long record of starting and managing important civic and journalistic enterprises in Seattle. Before acting as founder and longtime editor/publisher of Seattle Weekly, he also was a regular columnist for The Seattle Times from 1997 to 2000.
After leaving Seattle Weekly in 1997, Brewster spearheaded the civic effort to save and purchase the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, on First Hill, converting it into Town Hall Seattle, where he served as executive director from 1998 to 2006. Town Hall Seattle has become one of the most successful multidisciplinary civic and performing arts venues in the country.
In 2007, Brewster and a group of investors conceived and launched Crosscut.com, a pioneering effort in high-quality, web-only, nonpartisan local journalism, designed to fill some of the void left by declining mainstream local media. Brewster served as publisher and editor of Crosscut, leading the transition to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2009, and overseeing the hiring of a new publisher in 2012. During all this time, he has written in-depth articles particularly on local politics, education issues, and the arts. He continues as a writer for Crosscut.com and member of the board of Crosscut Public Media.
Lunch time keynote - The Dutch Dialogues
From New Orleans, we welcome the "Dutch Dialogues"; an extension of interactions that followed Hurricane Katrina where Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners and soils/hydrology experts and, primarily, their Louisiana counterparts. David Waggonner, a local New Orleans architect, initiated this dialogue with Dale Morris, of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, and the American Planning Association. Waggonner's and Morris' efforts on behalf of "Dutch Dialogues" derive from their unwavering belief that New Orleans can survive and prosper and grow only when it gets certain fundamentals in order. David will also be joined by Prisca Weems and Joe Evans Principles at FutureProof: New Orleans leading experts in sustainability master planning and community partners in the Dutch Dialogues.
Town Hall Charrette
Seattle's Town Hall is about to embark on a major capital project, to bring a 20th century building into the 21st century and support over 400 events per year. The Confluence embarks on a historic Town Hall charrette (led by Site Story) that will address the cultural and economic value of this arts and community events venue and help prepare key decision makers to consider the building's future. Participants will explore options for revitalizing landmark portions of the building while modernizing other elements to meet the ever changing programmatic needs, technological changes, sustainability mind-set, and the emerging First Hill neighborhood center.
We Build Green Cities
Portland is a living laboratory where public and private sectors partner to build a green city and develop expertise in sustainable development. We Build Green Cities (WBGC) is a partnership which seeks to cultivate local experience and expertise of Portland's green development community and export that knowledge as demand for resource efficient development grows. WBGC Founding Members will discuss the intersection of public-private partnerships and district scale development using Portland's Pearl District as a case study. They will detail how their approach coincides with neighborhood resiliency and how those ideas are being regenerated throughout the nation and around the globe.
Additional session topics include:
- Regional code collaboration and the role of building officials
- Community wide renewable energy retrofit programs
- Large scale countywide agricultural composting projects
- EcoDistricts and new approaches to urban redevelopment; the Brewery Blocks case study
- Resilience & green infrastructure planning for community health
- Productive green roofs for commercial agriculture
- Data mining for sustainability and the physical building components
- Urban parks engineered for innovative stormwater solutions
- Emerging trends in data gathering and the impact of green building developments on population
Who Should Attend:
Elected officials, planners, engineers, city managers and civil servants who support government in a transformation toward a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.
Special Government Packages for Living Future and Opening reception:
Package 1 -2013 Government Confluence attendees are eligible to register to attend the Living Future unConference at a discounted rate of $650.
Package 2 - Confluence attendees are also eligible to attend the Living Future Opening Reception + Keynote at a discounted rate of $50.
Discount Codes will be sent upon successful registration to the 2013 Government Confluence.
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