Integrating Sustainability into Practice

The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a decade until major carbon emission goals, and the first year of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. There is no better time to take stock of your firm's sustainable design practice, whether you have been doing this for decades or just starting out. The design community is truly in this together and sharing is critical. This session will provide lessons learned from small, medium, and large size Boston firms on how to integrate sustainable design holistically and successfully into practice. Topics to be explored are firm leadership, firm organization, project implementation. An interactive audience exercise will also provide attendees with a bonus collaboration tool which can be used in any group meeting or workshop.

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Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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Mass. CSL 1.5 hour Business Practice
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the value and purpose for integrating sustainability holistically into practice and understand the AIA Framework for Design Excellence
  • Demonstrate different types of staff and team organization to implement sustainable design
  • Create an action plan to improve their firm's sustainable design practice and process
  • Conduct a collaborative group exercise

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