Seattle to host fourth annual Living Future “Unconference” – bigger, better and even more revolutionary Print
Friday, 05 February 2010 08:31

This spring, the fourth annual Living Future will bring the world’s most forward-thinking green building professionals together in Seattle to explore solutions to today’s most daunting environmental and social justice issues.  With this year’s theme of “Build Hope, Re-valuing Community,” the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Future 2010 is a forum to capture and share the most cutting-edge ideas in green building. The event is May 5-7, 2010 at the Westin Seattle.

This year’s event is particularly noteworthy in light of the fact that the first Living Buildings are expected to be certified this year – which is no small feat as the Challenge is performance-based and a building has to perform as modeled for one full year before receiving certification. Four Living Building Challenge projects have completed construction and entered the verification phase: Tyson Living Learning Center in Eureka, MO; Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY; Eco-Sense, a private residence in Victoria, British Columbia; and Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Center in Kamuela, HI.  There are currently over 70 proposed Living Building Challenge projects already in some stage of design or construction throughout North America and beyond.  Version 2.0 of the Living Building Challenge was launched in November 2009.
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Living Future 2010 will be the biggest yet.  Between 600 and 800 people are expected to attend and the signature Red List Ready Tradeshow will be at least two times bigger than in the past.

“In a very short period of time we have become the go-to conference for those who want to push all the boundaries and understand that the time for baby steps is long past,” says Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.  “These are the boldest and most forward-thinking people involved in building.  Their energy, passion and fearlessness inspires hope and sparks progress.  The educational offerings are top notch ― and it’s also a whole lot of fun.”

Touted as the “unconference” for its out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats, Living Future is widely recognized as the most advanced green building conference in North America.  Attendees benefit from the unique interactive format of group discussions and brainstorm sessions, high-caliber networking opportunities, informative and inspirational speakers, and in-depth educational sessions, which will be announced in February.

The keynote speakers for Living Future 2010 are:
James Howard Kunstler, urban planning expert, social critic, journalist and author of The Long Emergency
Pliny Fisk, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
John Francis, Ph.D., founder and director of PlanetWalk
Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and International Living Building Institute

Cascadia’s signature event focuses on identifying real opportunities to transform the built environment.  With sessions ranging from the technical to the theoretical, this year’s Living Future will feature lessons learned from the earliest Living Building projects and examine multi-scalar solutions related to water, urban agriculture, equity and energy efficiency – all tenets of the newest version of the Living Building Challenge.

For more event information and to register, visit http://www.cascadiagbc.org/living-future/10.

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