EnviroThursday - "Scaling Up: Data Driven Design at a City Scale"

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Mar 2, 2017
Olin-Rice Science Center 250

Speaker:  Becky Alexander, AIA - Architect, LHB, Inc.

Progressing beyond good intentions, Minnesota cities are getting on track to meet their sustainability goals by leveraging an initiative that tracks annual city-wide performance metrics. United through the Regional Indicators Initiative (RII), 27 Minnesota cities are tracking their annual energy, water, travel, and waste performance, and using these indicators to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions. With seven years of data publicly available, these cities are leveraging lessons they’ve learned from their past – and from their neighbors – to create strategic plans for the future. This ongoing initiative provides the missing link in the State’s sustainability framework, positioning individual cities within the context of the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and quantifying the effects of implementing best practices such as those defined in Minnesota’s GreenStep Cities program.

Becky Alexander is an architect and researcher at LHB, where she provides a combination of architectural design and performance services. Becky plays a key role in several significant state-wide initiatives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, including the Regional Indicators Initiative, Minnesota’s 2025 Energy Action Plan, and Minnesota’s B3 and SB 2030 programs. Becky’s design and research is supported by a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture – Sustainable Design from the University of Minnesota.

Refreshments provided.

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This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty and Public

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies

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