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Friday, March 8

7:30am EST

Friday March 8, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am EST
Knobloch Environmental Center, 3rd Floor Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511

8:30am EST

Opening Plenary and Keynotes
avatar for Julian Agyeman

Julian Agyeman

Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Tufts University
Julian Agyeman is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, the intentional integration of social justice and environmental sustainability. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans... Read More →
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Rosanne Haggerty

President, Community Solutions
Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. In 1990, Rosanne founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511

10:00am EST

Equity of Place: The Role of Business and Investors
In this session, we intend to examine the past to present of the most pressing and interconnected social, environmental and economic challenges through the lens of business and investment leaders. What are the opportunities for policies, practices, and investments that address systemic disparities, and help us build towards the full potential of just and sustainable economy? What polices are worth tracking for 2019? What are some of the financial resources including Pay-for-Success and blended finance structures to fund affordable housing, social and environmental welfare solutions. Join us explore what we can do individually and collectively to shift the present paradigm of inequity and catalyze an inclusive and sustainable economy.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the history of racial inequality as it relates to the natural and built environment
  2. To learn some of the financing mechanisms to fund affordable housing, social and environmental welfare solutions
  3. Learn about the key policies to advance greater equity
  4. Understand the principles that could guide the design, business and investment work

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Lynn Stoddard

Exec Dir, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Eastern Connecticut State University
Lynn is the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. Under Lynn's leadership, the Institute spearheaded and administers Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program that helps communities become more efficient, healthy... Read More →
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Noelle St.Clair

Community Development Relationship Manager, Woodforest National Bank
Noelle St. Clair is a Community Development Relationship Manager at Woodforest National Bank. Prior to joining Woodforest, St. Clair served as Community Development Advisor and Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia where she specialized in community development... Read More →
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Bill Walsh

Founder & Board President, Healthy Building Network
Bill Walsh is the Founder and President of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). Since 2000 HBN has been defining the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and... Read More →
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David Levine

Co-founder and President, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
David Levine is the co-founder and President of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) ASBC is a growing coalition of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing market solutions and policies to support a vibrant, just and sustainable economy. Today, the... Read More →
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April De Simone

Co-founder, Partner, designing the WE
April De Simone, Co-founder, Partner, designing the WE - has over 15 years of experience in strategically designing, developing and launching for-profit, non-profit and government projects. Continuing to advocate for social innovation, Ms. De Simone is co-creator of various for-purpose... Read More →
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Lisa A. Chase

Research and Communications Principal, Two Willows Consulting, LLC
Lisa Chase has published extensively on environmental sustainability and design in the built environment, including the role of impact measurement in social and environmental solutions. Lisa leads Research and Communications for Two Willows Consulting. Her publications on pay-for-performance... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Sage Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Business, Data
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

10:00am EST

Transformative Community Engagement: The Land Art Generator Initiative and Willimantic
It is common sense to understand that design and construction of a place is transformational: the outcome changes the world around us. However, not all change creates positive transformation for the community in which the change occurs. In fact, displacement of under-represented populations is an all-to-often outcome of development in our communities. Especially as we imagine the impact that solar and wind energy systems will have on our cities and landscapes, it is important to maintain and expand inclusivity in the design process of these new infrastructures.

Through transformative community engagement, we have the potential to understand our connection to everything around us and this view fundamentally changes our approach to the places we make. Engaging the wisdom and innate intelligence of the local community can create empowerment and responsibility instead of isolation and disconnection. In other words, equitable, sustainable communities are not only about the physical place, but depend upon meaning and connection to something greater than ourselves.

During this session, we will share:
• Introduction of concepts though historical, psychological, and technical models that demonstrate how equity, sustainability, and community empowerment are transformational.
• A case study where this process was engaged with a city and its community through partnering of public, not-for-profit and private organizations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Comprehend how innovations in renewable energy technologies are opening new opportunities for creative expression in the implementation of new energy infrastructures such as community solar; learn ways to apply these new technologies to projects.
2. Learn new methods of community engagement specifically focused on the subjects of empowerment, inclusion, welfare, and reposnsibility for resprentative, place-specific community development and design solutions.
3. Through a series of project examples, understand the capacity for shared land use with clean energy infrastructures including educational and recreational place-making amenities for communities.
4. Evaluate the efficacy of various types of community engagement methods as they pertain to community welfare, economic development, place-making, and the impacts of renewable energy infrastructure in the public realm.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Laura Pirie

Principal, Pirie Associates
Laura Pirie is Principal of Pirie Associates, an award-winning firm known for design that evokes a spiritual-like connection between people, place, and materials. Laura’s work is driven by her passion to empower people to live a full and meaningful life, and she has developed a... Read More →
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Elizabeth Monoian

Founding co-director, Land Art Generator Initiative
Elizabeth Monoian (MFA Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy... Read More →
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Robert Ferry

Co-founder, Land Art Generator Initiative
Robert Ferry is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with two decades of professional practice experience on both consultant and client... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Energy and Conservation
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

10:00am EST

Public health research on the built environment: special topics on creating equitable and healthy places.
What factors contribute to optimizing human health both indoors and outdoors within the built environment? Creating equitable and healthy communities is a product of multi-level interventions in policy, places, and people. This panel discussion will open with researchers from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sharing recent evidence of health status improvements at both building and neighborhood-level project levels. Their current studies focus on the drivers of residential indoor air pollution in urban communities, urban food systems and the health of farmers, and nature-based interventions at residential and workplace projects will highlight opportunities for health equity in the urban built environment. A building expert from Steven Winter Associates, Inc., will then take this research into the project design and building sector by making the business case for broadening the definition of high performance buildings to include human health. Merging her “boots on the ground” experience in the built environment with her expertise in green building certification programs, she will present some key strategies for protecting and promoting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how incorporation of indoor and outdoor nature at the project level imports human health benefits across physical, cognitive, and emotional domains
  2. Identify potential ways to improve health impacts of the built environment through food access, urban agriculture, and the cultivation of green spaces
  3. Describe determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter within the home and disparities in housing conditions
  4. Recognize what resources are available to promote the design of healthier buildings

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Linda Powers Tomasso

PhD student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
As a PhD student of Environmental Health in the Population Health Sciences Program at Harvard Chan, Linda Tomasso is researching positive associations between exposure to nature and various health outcomes— physiological, emotional, and behavioral—as well as differential responses... Read More →
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Lauren Hildebrand

Sustainability Director, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Lauren Hildebrand is a Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., a building science consulting firm made up of engineers and architects that has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings through research, consulting... Read More →
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MyDzung T. Chu

PhD candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MyDzung T. Chu is an environmental and occupational health epidemiologist interested in community-based research on social determinants of health and environmental exposures within the home, workplace, and neighborhood contexts. Her current research focus on drivers of air pollution... Read More →
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Ashley Gripper

PhD student, RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Ashley earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University, after which she worked with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Kohn Pederson Fox Architecture Firm (KPF) to develop ways to improve the food environment through retail near Red Hook’s... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Health, Data
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

10:00am EST

Advancing Justice for All: Expanding our Definition of Healthy Materials
Occupants are typically the most conspicuous beneficiaries of healthier building materials. Widening our perspective exposes “hidden” groups, including installers, factory workers and their communities, often facing the greatest harm with least recourse. For example, PFOA contamination from manufacturing Teflon and similar coatings, used in products from wire insulation to interior paints, raises significant social justice issues. PFOA-manufacturing communities, including Bennington, VT, Hoosick Falls, NY, and various New Hampshire locations, endure poisoned air and water.

We must likewise control greenhouses gases. Between now and 2030, almost 75% of projected building sector carbon release is embodied carbon. Along with avoiding harmful chemicals in building products, informed choices reduce materials’ carbon footprint and identify those serving as carbon sinks that remove atmospheric greenhouse gases.

This presentation identifies specific ubiquitous materials used in New England (e.g., insulation, carpeting) and offers significant, achievable strategies for incorporating healthier, more planet-friendly products. Our basic approach: start small, focus on the big stuff, secure tangible victories and gain experience in the process. We will share strategies and create clear goals for the entire team, from owner to product manufacturers.

This session equips design/construction teams and manufacturers with specific practical methods for choosing products and finding materials with better ingredients and that reduce embodied carbon emissions. Together, we can move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution--instead of simply less of the problem.

Experts in materials research and climate-friendly design, construction and product manufacturing will inform and empower participants, to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a healthier environment for all.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Review traditional healthy materials standards, consider ways that broadening these standards expands benefits to people and planet.
  2. Develop a strategy for incorporating red-list free materials into a robust design and construction process.
  3. Articulate how construction processes can factor into the embodied carbon conversation. Describe one contractor’s journey to “green” the building process, reduce GHG emissions and fight climate change.
  4. Participants will be able to explain how climate change affects human health and strategies for choosing low carbon footprint materials.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Lisa Conway

VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the modular flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. As a member of a global team, she and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re... Read More →
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Kath McCusker

Senior Sustainability Manager, Integrated Eco Strategy (IES)
Kath McCusker, LEED AP (BD+C) is a Senior Sustainability Manager at Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), a consulting and materials tracking software firm that facilitates sustainable and regenerative building design, renovation and construction. Kath is a graduate of the Green Building... Read More →
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Christopher Nielson

Architect, Bruner/Cott Architects
Christopher Nielson is an Architect with Bruner/Cott Architects. He is interested in design that builds community while addressing the impact of climate change. With a high level of expertise in construction technology, community outreach, and high performance design, Christopher... Read More →
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Julia Gisewite

Director of Sustainability, Turner
Julia Gisewite is Turner’s director of sustainability. She is responsible for establishing and implementing sustainable policies, standards and procedures for Turner’s national and international operations. Julia also oversees Turner’s national sustainability network, comprised... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Materials, Health
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

12:00pm EST

Friday March 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Knobloch Environmental Center, 3rd Floor Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511

1:00pm EST

Delivering Dignity Through Affordable Multifamily Development
Affordable multifamily construction poses both unique challenges and opportunities for healthy indoor environments and energy, water, and material efficiency. While scheduling and cost often dictate specifications, many housing authorities and lenders require demonstrated efficiency for funding. Sustainable developments deliver safety, dignity and opportunity.  This presentation demonstrates from design through construction how an affordable developer progressively improved with each consecutive affordable housing development.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the selection process of high performing assemblies and systems.
  2. Learn the correlation between state climate initiatives, affordable housing loans and program requirements
  3. Identify opportunities through savings, decreased resident turnover and increased quality of residents experiences
  4. Recognize lessons learned and best practices toward standardization

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Karla Butterfield

Sustainability Director, Steven Winter Assoociates
Ms. Butterfield is a Sustainability Director at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners... Read More →
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W. Mark Gendron

President, Acorn Consulting Engineers, Inc

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Affordable Housing, Energy and Conservation
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report

1:00pm EST

Opportunity to Impact: Social Innovation as a Tool for Community Engagement
Amid a shifting economic and political climate, the importance of identifying and partnering with community stakeholders to seek transformational engagement has never been greater. These partnerships can be both traditional (e.g., a homeless shelter and social service agency) and non-traditional (e.g., a housing developer and a hospital). This fully interactive workshop is designed to introduce attendees to the value of a collective impact mindset to improve our communities using a social innovation framework. Attendees will come away with a shared language and basic understanding of the fundamental principles behind inclusive, effective, change-making approaches to problem-solving that work across sectors. The workshop will also develop a sense of empathy among the attendees and encourage them to explore what it means to "walk in the shoes" of various community stakeholders, and what goes into participating in, and possibly leading, a community-driven partnership to achieve equitable access to healthcare, housing, education, and employment that will contribute to optimal community health and wellbeing.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Introduce collective impact mindset
  2. Introduce social innovation framework
  3. Develop principles required for cross-sector problem-solving
  4. How empathy can help enrich community-driven partnership building

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Marcus Smith

Senior Manager, Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program
Marcus Smith is senior manager of the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program. Marcus has over 15 years of experience working in mission-driven organizations that focus on the intersection of community development and sustainability. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s... Read More →
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Karraine Moody

Executive Director, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity
As the executive director of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, Karraine Moody oversees Habitat’s construction portfolio, ReStore and family support programs. Throughout the years, Moody has consulted with several Hartford neighborhoods to assist with community and economic development... Read More →
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Jacquelyn Rose, MPH

Program Manager, Advancing Kids Innovation Program
As program manager for the Advancing Kids Innovation Program, Jacquelyn Rose is responsible for building relationships with, and offering assistance to, individuals and organizations that create and implement innovative strategies to foster healthy development and strengthen families... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Health
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

1:00pm EST

Urban Farm Development for Neighborhood Health and Resilience
Creating equitable, healthy, and resilient neighborhoods asks design and development teams to deliberately engage with the physical, social, historic, and environmental contexts of a site. This panel tells the story of the redevelopment of a historically significant site in Mattapan, one of Boston’s majority Black and Brown neighborhoods. Led by the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) and Historic Boston Inc, the design team created the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. This highly productive urban farm is part of a larger effort by UFI to bring new green spaces, opportunities for education, meaningful employment, and increased access to healthy food to the residents of Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester.

Over the last five years, the founders of the UFI have partnered with local organizations to build a vital commercial agriculture sector in the City of Boston. These projects have connected the will, vision, and initiative of Black and Brown residents with the assets and resources of project development teams to build a more equitable community. The recently completed Fowler Clark Epstein Farm--the project's crown jewel--is a historic corner property in Mattapan. This site is one of the oldest farmhouses in Boston (now a Historic Landmark), and it hosts just under a half acre of growing space, newly renovated offices, a Farm Manager’s Residence, and a teaching kitchen for UFI’s green collar jobs training.

How did this happen, what did our team learn, and how can we adapt this model in Boston and beyond? The members of FCE's design and development team, including Perkins+Will, Historic Boston, the Trust for Public Land, and the Regenerative Design Group, discuss how they worked with UFI to bring a form of redevelopment that serves to increase the resilience and health of one neighborhood with many contexts.

01 / Explore the idea of equity, resilience, and regeneration from the perspective of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm partners and design team
02 / Understand the project-specific drivers and stakeholders' positions in creating an urban farm in the City of Boston and how these drivers enacted values of equity in this project
03 / Engage with the regenerative approaches to planning, programming, historic preservation, development, and design
04 / Apply ideas, thinking, and strategies from this case study to other urban landscape projects

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Keith Zaltzberg

Principal, Regenerative Design Group
Keith is an environmental designer and founding principal of the Regenerative Design Group. He works with clients to create resilient and productive landscapes that contribute to human well-being and social justice, regenerate ecological vitality, and create beauty. Keith draws on... Read More →
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Stephen Messinger

Architect, Perkins+Will
From Concepts through Construction I lead the design process to ensure a successful project for the Client. Working with an amazing team of talented and dedicated professionals inside of Perkins+Will, I strive to keep the central mission of thoughtful and sustainable design to make... Read More →
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Barbara Knecht

Urban Farming Institute
I say my work has taken me “from dirt to dirt,” and is tied to an enduring obsession with the intersection of people and designed environments - making physical and social environments that work for people. My professional title is architect. Currently I turn vacant lots into... Read More →
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Lisa Lewis

Senior Project Manager, Historic Boston INC
Lisa is a Senior Project Manager at Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and finds new uses for important at-risk historic buildings that support the vibrancy of Boston’s neighborhoods. Lisa began her work in project management in 1989... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Sage Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Health, Agriculture
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report

1:00pm EST

Combating Disinvestment In North Hartford Through Community Engagement
After 50 years of disinvestment in the the North Hartford Promise Zone, Community Solutions has broken ground on the Swift Factory, a brownfield site in the heart of the neighborhood. The historic factory was once the neighborhood’s largest employer, but has been vacant since 2005.  Soon it will resume its role as the neighborhood’s economic engine becoming a multi-tenant, food business hub.

Having been approached by local leaders in 2010, Community Solutions has been engaging the community, through a social equity lens to understand the needs, wants, and vision for the factory, and the neighborhood. The Swift Factory’s transformation is a key building block in creating greater stability and prosperity for residents of North Hartford. Outside the walls of the factory, community engagement continues in the development of resident leaders, building block clubs; and identifying and impacting systems that created the current landscape of blight, evictions and transiency.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss equitable community development in ethnically and economically diverse communities.
  2. Define processes and procedures that public and private partners can partake in for successful equitable community development.
  3. Advocate for tools and resources that support equitable development in community.
  4. Illustrate community engagement methods that support civic dialogue from a diverse audience.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Patrick McKenna

Senior Project Manager, Community Solutions
As a Senior Project Manager, Patrick is responsible for the day to day management of the real estate development activities from concept to construction completion for the Hartford, CT projects as part of the Inspiring Places team. Prior to Community Solutions, Patrick worked as an... Read More →
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John Thomas

Coordinator, Community Engagement, Community Solutions
As Coordinator for Community Engagement, John engages residents, community organizations and leadership of Hartford's North Neighborhood through Community Solutions' North Hartford Partnership. Through community meeting attendance and networking, John establishes strong community... Read More →
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Amber Elliott

Housing Director, North Hartford Partnership, Community Solutions
Amber Elliott is the Community Based Improvement Advisor for Catalytic Projects, where she works to empower residents and co-create a neighborhood of choice through physical development. Amber is a Detroit native and prior to her arrival to Hartford worked for the Detroit Land Bank... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Social Justice, Community Engagement
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Intermediate

1:00pm EST

Homelessness and Plazas: Creating Inclusive Urban Environmental Design
In recent years, New York City has turned to the creation of plazas in areas understood as underutilized or abandoned. Many of these plazas incorporate regularly-scheduled activities such as farmers' markets and outdoor recreation and fitness classes, while simultaneously introducing green infrastructural elements such as horticultural installations, planters and rainwater recycling systems. On the surface, plazas seem to provide environmental amenities to communities with less access to large park areas while creating pedestrian-friendly public space. But the plaza program and its associated design elements have also displaced homeless people from spaces and areas that were critically important to maintaining some degree of safety and invisibility, and have often continued longstanding design and policing practices that exclude homeless New Yorkers from public space. Both of these tendencies within the plaza program compound an ongoing housing crisis. How can plazas, and other similar spaces featuring environmental design and green infrastructure, become more inclusive of homeless residents and other marginalized populations that are nevertheless crucial to the fabrics of community? This panel will explore this question from a variety of perspectives (critical urban geography, homeless activism, and environmental design) and will include an interactive component, where participants will have the opportunity to create guidelines for inclusive plazas and green infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the history of design and homelessness through a combined presentation by homeless activists and academics who study the history of urban public space. Participants will learn the thorny history of public space and exclusion of homeless people, focusing on how this occurs through processes of design.
  2. Demonstrate ability to apply design principles to housing justice. Participants will be asked to share their own design skills in an exercise that attempts to create a homeless-friendly public plaza.
  3. Incorporate homeless ideas of positive public space into sample plaza design. Participants will learn and apply the perspective of homeless people into the plaza design exercise.  This will require momentarily unlearning many conventional design and architecture principles.
  4. Learn how to discuss homelessness in a productive way with design colleagues. Participants will leave the workshop equipped to break stereotypes of homelessness in conversation with colleagues, and to appropriately push back against anti-homelessness in the design world.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Jarquay Abdullah

Picture the Homeless
“There are so many vacant properties and vacant lots in New York City, that there should not be so many of us sitting in shelters. Instead, money should be put towards permanent housing. And these bills will help hold landlords accountable for letting properties sit vacant. I see... Read More →
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Eric Goldfischer

PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
Eric Goldfischer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota. His research examines his dissertation examines the politics of visuality and homelessness in NYC’s urban ecological projects, such as the High Line and the... Read More →
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Nikita Price

Civil Rights organizer, Picture the Homeless
Nikita Price is the Civil Rights organizer at Picture the Homeless, New York City's only homeless-led social justice organization. While navigating the NYC shelter system, Nikita joined Picture the Homeless in 2006, he (volunteered) as a member for over a year, and was later hired... Read More →
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Gemma Duffee

Masters student of Design and Urban Ecologies, Parsons, The New School
Gemma Duffee is a Masters student of Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons, The New School. With a B.A. in Anthropology, her approach to urban design is human centered, and considers how the convergence of policy, planning and the built environment impact the lived experiences of... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
K321 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Social Justice
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report

2:30pm EST

PM Coffee Break
Friday March 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Knobloch Environmental Center, 3rd Floor Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511

3:00pm EST

Building Common Ground: Case Studies of Engaging Community in Co-Creating Just & Sustainable Learning Environments
Common Ground -- a community organization that operates an environmentally themed charter high school, urban farm, and environmental education center -- is located on 20 acres of park land at the base of West Rock State Park. From our roots and throughout our history, we’ve worked to engage community members as co-creators of just, equitable, sustainable learning environments, both built and cultural. This is a work in progress -- sometimes genuinely engaging people, sometimes replicating systemic patterns of oppression.

This interactive problem-solving workshop will invite participants to grapple with a series of case studies -- exploring the processes we have used to engage community as co-constructors, and seeking ways forward that more fully embody our commitment to justice and sustainability. Case studies include:

The co-creation of Common Ground’s 20-acre site -- including how high school students have stepped up as designers and builders, and the struggles we’ve faced. Partnering with public school communities across New Haven to develop equitable and evolving outdoor learning spaces. How we’ve engaged students and community members as co-creators of Common Ground’s curriculum.

The workshop will start with a gallery walk of artifacts from Common Ground’s design work, followed by presentations by members of the Common Ground community, including students and staff. The workshop will then shift into interactive problem-solving groups. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with two different case studies.

Because we are educators, we are focused as much (and sometimes more) on the cultural aspects of learning environments as on the physical aspects of these environments.

Learning Objectives:
1. Engage students/young people, educators, and community members in the design and construction of learning environments in ways that genuinely build equity and justice, and that reflects a commitment to power-sharing and co-creation. Explore specific ways that these stakeholders can engage in master planning, building design, construction, and adaptive reuse/ongoing modification of these learning environments.
2. Partner with public school communities to design, create, and steward equitable and evolving outdoor learning spaces (school gardens, schoolyard habitats, etc.)
3. Engage students and community members as co-creators of the learning experiences and curricula that define the culture and experience of learning environments.
4. Take part in collaborative analysis and problem-solving focused on how to strengthen opportunities for equitable, co-creative design and construction of learning environments within the context of real design case studies.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS


Inayah Sharif

Senior, Common Ground High School
Inayah Sharif (senior) is a student in Common Ground's Race, Identity, and Intersections course, and was part of the team that helped to design this class. Inayah has also stepped up as a leader in a variety of efforts to promote justice, equity, and anti-oppression work at Common... Read More →

Emersson Gonzalez

Sophomore, Common Ground High School
Emersson Gonzalez is a sophomore at Common Ground. He is a student and co-designer in Common Ground's Race, Identity, and Intersections class.
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Z Bell

Youth Organizer and Educator, Common Ground High School
Z Bell (gender pronouns : they/them/their(s) believes in the power of organizing, political education, poetry and spirit as the roots of growing self-love, community-care and liberation. They graduated from Barnard College in 2015 and currently work at Common Ground High School, Urban... Read More →

Jenisha Khadka

Co-founder, Common Ground SPEAK Club
Jenisha Khadka is a senior at Common Ground high school. She is the co-founder of Common Ground's SPEAK club (focused on welcoming newcomers and English language learners), and is leading efforts to strengthen supports for English Language Learners at Common Ground. She has also worked... Read More →
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Joel Tolman

Director of Impact & Engagement, Common Ground
Joel Tolman is Director of Impact & Engagement at Common Ground. He has helped to facilitate student and community engagement in designing Common Ground’s physical site and our high school curriculum over the past 15 years.
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Suzannah Holsenbeck

Schoolyards Program Manager, Common Ground
Suzannah Holsenbeck is Schoolyards Program Manager at Common Ground. The Schoolyards Program currently partners with 18 New Haven schools to create school gardens, schoolyard habitats, and other kinds of outdoor classrooms, and to meaningfully integrate these new learning resources... Read More →
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Kendra Dawsey

Schoolyards Program Coordinator, Common Ground High School
Kendra Dawsey is Schoolyards Program Coordinator at Common Ground. The Schoolyards Program currently partners with 18 New Haven schools to create school gardens, schoolyard habitats, and other kinds of outdoor classrooms, and to meaningfully integrate these new learning resources... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Agriculture
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

3:00pm EST

Equity on Campus
Issues of equity in the context of a higher education campus can range from physical accessibility, to financial accessibility, to the diversity and inclusion of faculty and students, to town-gown dynamics, and much more. This session brings together three schools, each working on aspects of equity on and off their campus from different lenses, to share their lessons about process, and the impact that an equity focus can have on policies and projects.

Williams College recently hosted an administration-led engagement effort using the International Living Future Institute’s Equity Drafting Table (EDT) as a framework. The EDT is an interactive installation intended to open a dialogue about equity by posing questions like, "How can the planning, design, construction, and inhabiting of our built environment create more equitable spaces?"

The Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies builds positive town-gown relationships in New Haven by responding to environmental priorities identified by the community, such as green job training and community-driven forestry projects, which also create student learning opportunities.

At Hampshire College, students have made it clear that issues of equity must be addressed by both administration-led initiatives and student-led efforts. From peaceful dissent to vocal disruption, students at Hampshire have shed a light on facets of equity common on many campuses, and found ways to effect change from the bottom-up.

Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Shawn Fisher Hesse, NCARB, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

Associate Director, Engagement, International Living Future Institute
Shawn oversees the Ambassador program at ILFI with nearly 1,000 participants worldwide, providing training for project teams to pursue the Living Building Challenge, and delivering education at conferences and public events on all of ILFI’s programs.Prior to joining ILFI, he worked... Read More →
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Colleen Murphy Dunning

Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of both the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Colleen partners with faculty to lead a field based module on urban ecology for all incoming Yale F&ES... Read More →
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Mike Evans

Associate Director, Zilkha Center, Williams College
Mike is the Assistant Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where he delves into issues of sustainable food, waste diversion, the built environment, and equity & justice. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in the non-profit world - in... Read More →
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Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K321 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Social Justice
  • AIA CEU Pending
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

3:00pm EST

Strategies for Engaging Communities for Social and Representative Design
Matt Enstice will discuss social design, a new approach to navigating uncertainty and strengthening collaboration. He shares the principles and process of social design as well as case studies from his colleague, Cheryl Heller's new book, The Intergalactic Design Guide; Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design. Matt Enstice, President and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will discuss how he applies social design in his work toward equity, sustainability and resilience for his city, at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

In the summer of 2018, FMRA worked with BPS and HUBweek to design and launch a series of engagements across the city culminating at Boston’s HUBweek festival on City Hall plaza in October. The goal was to connect our strongest industry partners, Apple, Vertex, Microsoft, Lego Education, and others, to students, faculty, and staff from across the Boston Public School system. Student experiences were designed to generate excitement about opportunities in the tech sector through hands-on workshops, presentations and studio visits. For teachers, accredited professional development workshop sessions with corporate partners exposed them tools and curriculum aids which they can integrate into their existing STEM curricula. The several month engagement was not only intended to connect individual students and teachers, but also to lay the groundwork for long term engagements between schools and industry partners over the coming years.

Learning Objectives:
1. tactical urbanism - set up temporary interventions in public space to help our communities of color feel welcome
2. civic and social engagement - connecting our industry and technology partners to our school communities to build bridges between them
3. behavior change - getting our school communities to feel a sense of ownership towards the city by inviting them participate in activities designed for them in spaces they don't often get to use
4. making experiences sticky - this entire project is a launchpad for deeper engagements and connections between industry and our school communities. This is only the beginning, the goal is for students, teachers and school leaders to own the relationships with industry to be able to advocate for their own needs

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Matt Enstice

President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Matt Enstice is President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., a pioneering organization that has become a powerful engine of revitalization in Buffalo. The BNMC focuses on the intersection of energy, entrepreneurship & technology, and how it will drive the new economy... Read More →
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Jason Lee

Founder, FMRA
Jason is passionate about making urban space equitable for all. He is the founder of FMRA, a consultancy specializing in design at the intersection of strategy and civic space. Previously, Jason was co-founder and executive design director at Agncy, a non-profit strategic design consultancy... Read More →
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Nadia Harden

Corporate & Community Engagement Manager, Office of External Affairs, Boston Public Schools
Nadia Harden serves as the Corporate & Community Engagement Manager for Boston Public Schools, Office of External Affairs. Her work focuses on designing and executing engagement opportunities to increase individual, corporate, and institutional investment in the form of time, treasure... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Health
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

3:00pm EST

Mental and Social Health as Community Resilience: How Architecture Impacts Emotions
To achieve sustainability and social equity, we must acknowledge that buildings impact us inside and out. Populations that are less mobile and have fewer choices for where to live and work are particularly affected mentally and physically by the buildings and spaces they inhabit. Harnessing recent findings, this session outlines the next frontier in green design: the human emotional experience of place, acknowledging we cannot build sustainably unless we take into account how architecture makes us feel, and impacts community social health and welfare.

Participants will leave understanding to what extent the long-term sustainability of a building hinges on its ability to foster emotional connection.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how 'unconscious' and 'preconscious' processing and built-in visual tendencies frame our experience of architecture, determining our behavior and feelings in the built environment.
  2. Review the importance of 'attachment' in our relationship with buildings and list ways it can be assessed in an architectural project to predict pre-attentive approach/avoidance behavior.
  3. Specify how biometric tools and surveys can be used to quantify and predict unconscious and conscious emotional reactions to buildings and how designers can use them to increase 'empathetic' conditions and 'attachment patterns' improving walkability, sense of place, public heath and well-being.
  4. Understand how architecture can promote or erode a sense of community, listing design strategies conducive to social equity and mental health.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Kate Altmann

Masters student, Yale School of Architecture
Kate is a post-professional Masters student at Yale School of Architecture. After graduating from Cambridge, UK, she worked in the London Architecture office, Hall McKnight, then becoming the Bass Fellow in Architecture at Yale. She has a particular interest in the possibility of... Read More →
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Misha Semenov

Co-founder, The Ecoempathy Project
Misha is an architectural designer and co-founder of The Ecoempathy Project, an online platform that explores ways the built environment can help to create connections between humans and nature. Through research at the Yale Schools of Architecture and Forestry & Environmental studies... Read More →
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Ann Sussman, AIA

Director, geneticsofdesign.com
Ann Sussman, AIA, an architect, author and biometric researcher, is passionate about understanding how buildings affect people emotionally. Her book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment, (2015) won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

3:00pm EST

Living Shorelines - Long Wharf and Seaside Village: Public Realm Benefits for All
The Long Wharf Responsible Growth Plan aims to support the social and economic development of the Long Wharf District in New Haven, CT through its strategic focus on coastal resiliency, progressive economic strategies and community engagement. This session will demonstrate how sustainable development plans can offer big picture solutions by starting with incremental steps and incorporating on-the-ground conditions and stakeholder concerns.  How can resilience planning benefit the most vulnerable populations as well as protect regional critical infrastructure? How can resilient and sustainable design maximize public realm benefits for all?

Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Jonathan Wharton

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Jonathan Wharton is a resident of New Haven’s City Point neighborhood (part of the larger Hill neighborhood) and is a member of the Hill neighborhood stakeholder group that has been providing guidance to the City of New Haven throughout the Long Wharf Planning process. He is... Read More →
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Kai Starn

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Steven Winter Assoociates
I am a resident of Historic Seaside Village co-operative, located in a residential section of the South End in Bridgeport, CT. With experience in the field of urban planning, construction management, and sustainable building certifications for over 12 years, I am compelled to share... Read More →
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Aicha Woods

Asst Director of City Plan, City of New Haven
Aicha Woods has worked on major urban regeneration projects around the world, previously with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and M Arch from Yale. Aicha is interested in a design informed approach to climate change adaptation.
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Eric Fang

Principal, Perkins Eastman
New York
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Hande McCaw

Senior Project Manager, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Hande McCaw provides beach and shoreline transformation and restoration, storm surge/wave/sediment transport numerical modeling expertise as well as technical modeling support, staff training and project management for GZA’s coastal hydraulics and extreme flooding practice. Ms... Read More →
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Carlos Eyzaguirre

Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven
Carlos Eyzaguirre, Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven  Carlos Eyzaguirre is an Economic Development Officer for the City of New Haven. He previously worked for the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven and The Workplace in Bridgeport. He attended University of... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Sage Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Resilience, Community Engagement
  • AIA CEU Pending
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

5:00pm EST

Friday March 8, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Knobloch Environmental Center, 3rd Floor Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
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