KEYNOTE — Design for Freedom: A Call to Action

Environmental exploitation very often goes hand in hand with human exploitation. How do we harness the collective knowledge we have gained from our work quantifying carbon, improving health impacts, and reducing environmental degradation, and apply it to solving this pressing humanitarian issue?

The Design for Freedom Initiative by Grace Farms is raising awareness about the pervasiveness of forced and child labor in the construction material supply chain. At a time when our industry is facing extraordinary pressure to address climate resiliency and social equity, Design for Freedom is a call to action.

We’ll explore the risks and highlight ways you can shape your work by using industry collaborations to scale solutions. Learn about the tools and resources available to use in advocacy and policy making, internal operations, client and supplier conversations, and pilot projects.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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The Forum

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Approved for one credit hour through AIA (LU|HSW), BOC, GBCI (ID+C, BD+C), NARI, Phius, and RESNET.

Learning Objectives:

  • Engage with a human rights movement that is largely invisible in the AEC Industry.
  • Describe the forced and child labor risks in the building material supply chain.
  • Identify strategies for increasing material transparency in global supply chains.
  • Create an immediate action plan for implementing at least one element of change into your work.

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