AIA SpeakUp 2017

Last month I attended the AIA SpeakUp 2017, an advocacy leadership workshop. This workshop was a great opportunity to learn key skills necessary in advocacy as well as day-to-day work in architecture, such as effective communication, public speaking, and strategic planning and organization. The conference was sprinkled with informative sessions with Colorado state legislators, Sen. Holbert and Rep. Garnett, media…

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Earth Month at Arrowstreet

Each April is Earth Month at Arrowstreet. This year we ran a series of educational and collaborative environmental events throughout the month including a conversation about the role of bees in the ecosystem and how hives can be incorporated into architecture. Other events included a pecha-kucha, presentations on resiliency and advocacy, documentary screenings, green building tours, and green trivia. As…

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USGBC Legislative Celebration BBQ

On Thursday the USGBC Massachusetts chapter, along with Climate Action Business Association (CABA), hosted a legislative celebration BBQ. CABA graciously hosted the event at their new headquarters at Old West Church in Boston. There was grilling, cold drinks, yard games, and a great group of people; it doesn’t get much better than that. Attendees, including state legislators, city officials, advocates,…

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The Self-Driving Car Could Eliminate the Parking Garage

Amy Korte was interviewed by the Boston Globe about how autonomous cars and ride sharing will impact facilities in the future.  Her recent research focuses on the future design of parking structures; as the automated technology becomes more of a reality for travelers, it’s critical to design parking facilities that can transform over time.  In early years, parking layouts can…

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Sustainable Design Leaders Winter Summit

Last week I attended the Sustainable Design Leaders Winter Summit. This event, facilitated by BuildingGreen, is an opportunity for sustainable design leaders from architecture firms across the country to discuss sustainability within practice and across the industry. Unlike a typical conference, the summit is a completely interactive and content is derived from what the participants want to discuss and learn….

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Cambridge Net Zero Breakfast

Join me as the USGBC MA’s Advocacy Committee welcomes Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Transportation and Environmental Planning for the City of Cambridge. Susanne will be speaking about Cambridge’s Net Zero Plan. Cambridge is leading the way for a net zero future in Massachusetts, and their policy can provide ideas for other municipalities to create successful plans for their communities. Listen as we discuss…

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Greenbuild 2015

Greenbuild 2015 in Washington DC was as busy as ever this year. From a conversation with James Cameron to educational sessions to checking out new products on the expo floor and school building tours, I was able to make great connections with all that is happening in the world of green building. As the COP21 climate talks begin today in…

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ABX 2015: Infill Density: Case of Alewife Cambridge

Last week, Arrowstreet’s Jim Batchelor and Claes Andreasen were part of the ABX 2015 panel Infill Density: Case of Alewife Cambridge. The development around Alewife has taken care to prepare for future climate change while protecting nearby wetlands and greenspace. Arrowstreet has been involved in several projects in this neighborhood, which is one of the fastest evolving multi-family locations in…

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Great Marsh Resiliency Planning

The North Shore’s Great Marsh Coalition kicked-off its Living Shoreline Project by hosting the first in a six part workshop series at the Salisbury Public Library last Friday. Through an interactive community workshop, the Coalition and several partnering organizations built upon the Great Marsh Symposium which took place earlier in the month. As a guest speaker, I worked with residents…

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