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An Opportunity for Sustainable Thurston

Is a Wrap!  Thank you to all the presenters and participants that made this Symposium the best one yet!  Read the Symposium Report to the Community

with Vincent Martinez,

Director of Research for Architecture 2030 and Seattle 2030 District Board of Directors

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And a panel of Task Force members from housing, energy, land use and transportation working groups.

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Friday June 7th, 2013 8:30am - 4:00pm

Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey way, Lacey, WA 98503

in the new Cebula Hall Engineering Building - Built to LEED Platinum Standard


What would future development look like if being Carbon Neutral really mattered? Seattle is on its way to becoming "the nation's first carbon-neutral city." Come hear how the Architecture 2030 Challenge transformed the way they think about building in downtown Seattle.

Be part of a bold, strategic conversation with business, government, and community leaders to expand upon Sustainable Thurston's Vision, Goals and implementation plans in light of climate & economic realities. Join a lively, generative conversation on sustainability in the built environment.

TOUR THE Building! This will be a great opportunity to network with other professionals and take a tour or the new Cebula Hall, which will be one of the highest scoring LEED-certified buildings in North America when all the points are counted.  For more info click here.

About the Symposium Topic:


The Architecture 2030 Challenge is a strategy aiming to achieve a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency design, construction and renovation of new and existing buildings.  The building sector consumes nearly half of all energy produced in the United States, and is the largest contributor to climate change.  Since approximately three-quarters of the built environment will be either new or renovated by 2030, there is a huge opportunity to address our climate crisis. To learn more about the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the specific targets identified by the challenge, please visit their website.



Several cities have taken on the Architecture 2030 Challenge and are working toward dramatically reducing environmental impacts of building construction and operations. The Seattle 2030 District is an interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning providing our performance goals, they seek to develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that reduce environmental impacts of facility construction and operations. To learn more about the Seattle 2030 District please visit their website.

Our Symposium Sponsors will be on-hand to discuss the current Sustainability efforts in Thurston County and explore opportunities for carbon neutrality in the built environment:

The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is the council of governments for the Thurston County region. TRPC focuses on collaborative planning and decision-making while fulfilling state and federal requirements. Agency products and resources support a wide variety of decision-making processes across the region, including the Sustainable Thurston initiative; a community conversation that will result in a vision for a vibrant, healthy and resilient future, as well as the actions and responsibilities to achieve it.

Cascadia Green Building Council is a program of the International Living Future Institute, and a proud chapter of the United States Green Building Council and Canada Green Building Council. They help set the global vision for a transformation toward true sustainability, even as they support the place-based solutions that will bring us to the future we hope for, not the tomorrow we fear.  Cascadia has endorsed the Architecture 2030 Challenge and helps pursue its targets by actively promoting and supporting groundbreaking programs such as LEED® and the The Living Building ChallengeSM.  Each year Cascadia hosts a regional green building conference, the Living Future UnConference: Living Future ’13 will be in Seattle May 15-17, and they invite you to attend.

Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor.  The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering has ABET accredited undergraduate and graduate programs including civil and mechanical engineering, and engineering management.  More than 1,300 Saint Martin’s engineering graduates have gone on to work on industrial and civil engineering projects in state and local government agencies, as well as nationally and internationally.  They are hosting the Symposium at their new LEED-Platinum engineering building.

The American Institute of Architects – Washington Council serves its members through influencing state government with regard to issues that impact the practice of architecture.  The AIA|WA lobbies, maintains relations with the Governor's Office, legislators and legislative staff, state agency organizations, consumer groups, and other public bodies; tracks legislation that impacts architects and the practice of architecture, clarifies and informs members about legislative and policy activities, and protects the legal welfare of architects.


Speaker Bio's:

Vincent Martinez - Architecture 2030,

Director of Research; Seattle 2030 District, Board of Directors

Mr. Martinez is the Director of Research for Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization whose mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and economic crises. Mr. Martinez is responsible for in-depth technical information, data analyses, and summary reports on a broad range of topics relevant to 2030’s activities. Additionally, Mr. Martinez is the head of the Architecture 2030 Seattle office where he coordinates the 2030 Districts Network for member cities including Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles. Vincent serves on the Seattle 2030 District Board of Directors and in collaboration with AIA Seattle, oversees the development and implementation of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series. 



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