The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!
What if every single act of design and construction made improved the state of the world?
This question is asked of those who take up the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Those who build to meet the certification standards of the LBC must commit to creating buildings that give more than they take: buildings must produce more energy than they use, source and treat all water on site, and have a net positive approach to waste. These are tough standards to meet and they represent a change of direction from the ‘less bad’ approach of most environmental measures.
During this live session we’ll put questions to Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, and Matthew VanSweden, a designer who has helped meet the LBC criteria. Join us to find out more about how this design challenge operates, and what it hopes to achieve.
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Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute. She joined the Institute after years designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. She has served on national boards and committees, taught at the University of Washington, and was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. She was elected as both a Fellow of the AIA and a LEED Fellow, and named as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.
Originally from West Michigan, Matt advocates for restorative design solutions at Catalyst Partners as an Integrative Designer. He is the co-founder of the Great Lakes LBC Collaborative, is a LEED-AP BD+C, and has managed the LEED Coordination efforts for over 4,000,000 sf of commercial space. Recently, he facilitated the design of Michigan’s first registered commercial Living Building Challenge project, a Tribal College for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mt. Pleasant. His community work is extensive, and includes co-chairing AIA-GR’s Committee on the Environment. He lives with his wife and three children in Grand Rapids, MI.
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