Living Building Challenge – Toronto Collaborative Event – June 5

To register: Living Building Challenge June 5 Event

When: Thursday June 5, 2014 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Where: MaRS Discovery District – 101 College Street Toronto, ON

The Living Building Challenge is coming to Toronto for the CaGBC Conference! Please join local sustainability leaders for a special event celebrating the growth of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative in Toronto. The Institute’s Richard Graves and Rochelle Routman of Mohawk Group will be the keynote speakers. Mohawk wholly embraces product transparency, as evidenced by its Declare Labels, HPDs, and EPDs that support the bulk of its commercial product line. Additionally, Mohawk is connecting and educating others about the Living Building Challenge through the Institute’s Ambassador Network and Living Building Challenge workshops throughout North America in 2014.

Richard Graves, ILFIRichard Graves – Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute
As the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, Richard directs the Institute’s signature programs: the Living Building Challenge, Natural Step USA, Ecotone Publishing and the Cascadia Green Building Council. The Institute’s work moves across scales, offering global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, and reaching out to individuals to unleash their imagination and innovation to create a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Before joining the Institute, he was the Senior Vice President for Community and Education with the U.S. Green Building Council from 2010 to 2012 he directed programs for its national and international members. As a volunteer with the USGBC, he served on the National Board from 2006 to 2010.  Richard is a registered architect previously worked for the Minneapolis office of Perkins+Will, working on ecologically sustainable building and planning projects around the world. He lives in Minnesota.

Rochelle Routman, Mohawk GroupRochelle Routman is Mohawk Group’s Director of Sustainability, where she is joyfully leading the commercial business in its sustainability endeavors. Prior to joining Mohawk, she was employed in sustainability leadership positions in the electric utility and aeronautics industries, as well as public service. She holds a B.S. from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered Professional Geologist, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M). Following graduate school, Rochelle led a neighborhood group which successfully acquired the funding which resulted in the preservation of a 30-acre greenspace, the Morningside Nature Preserve. Rochelle is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for both the Green Chamber of the South and Sustainable Atlanta, and also serves on the HPD Collaborative Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP).

Marsha Gentile is the Construction Sustainability Specialist at Ledcor Construction Limited.  She graduated from the National Sustainable Building Advisors program where she now teaches the Sustainability in Construction module. Marsha has over a decade of hands-on experience with LEED projects across the country and was involved in the SFU UniverCity Childcare Facility which is pursuing Living Building Status.  Marsha is an Assistant Instructor at BCIT and guest faculty of the Canadian Green Building Council.   She is very proud to have been the recipient of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Educator of the Year Award in 2011.

Charles Marshall is a sustainable design professional who is at home facilitating the integrated design process.  With a background in mechanical engineering he always has a foot planted in technical detail while striving to help design teams achieve the highest level of sustainability.  A natural collaborator, he has championed sustainability on many deep green projects including renewable energy systems, energy retrofits and new construction.   Charles is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, a member of Toronto’s Living Building Collaborative and a part of the project team for the York Region Forest Stewardship Education Centre, Ontario’s first Living Building.



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