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Education Session: Biomimicry & Biophilia

February 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

Where: Wood Technology Center @  2310 S Lane St. (On 23rd Ave, just south of King Street)
*We’ll be upstairs in the lecture hall. Elevators available.

Parking: Parking is FREE (however, please note there are signs saying “Permit Only.” The College has given attendees access to the parking lot. Cars will not be ticketed). There is also neighborhood street parking.

So, What’s the Difference & Why Both Matter

Join us for our monthly speaker session.
Topics Include:

• Integrating nature into the built environment
• Biomimicry: Creating nature-inspired building solutions for a healthy planet
• Biophilia: Humanity’s innate need for nature and natural environments

Learn more & register at
$10 suggested donation – Space is limited

Download the Biomimicry and Biophilia Flyer

Please join us in welcome the following speakers:

Ellen Southard

Ellen Southard founded Site Story, in 2009 a practice dedicated to supporting community-enriching projects that emphasize sustainability, place making and social capital building. She has represented Salmon-Safe for eight years as the Puget Sound Outreach Manager. Salmon-Safe offers a series of peer-reviewed certification and accreditation programs linking site development and land management practices with the protection of rural and urban watersheds. With Salmon-Safe she is managing a pilot program for Vulcan Real Estate creating the first watershed focused developer accreditation in the country; and has worked on two Living Buildings. In 2016 Ellen was named Sustainable Seattle’s Community Hero.

Jennifer Barnes 

Jennifer is a blue-green architect and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her own design and consulting company, 55-5 Consulting, and her work on the Urban Greenprint, a biomimicry-inspired project that asks what Nature can teach us about revitalizing our cities.  She has led the design of numerous buildings, including a fire station, a police station, a church and a community center, and she has helped many project teams navigate LEED certification.  Jennifer works with a vision that successful projects must be inspired by an insightful understanding of place and must renew the human and ecological communities they touch.  She is committed to helping regenerative design become the norm and creating opportunities for meaningful connection with our environment. Jennifer is very active in the Northwest green building community.  She is involved with environmental advocacy efforts, working with Cascadia GBC and local organizations to support green building legislation, and she is frequently invited to present at regional conferences and workshops.  Jennifer speaks on various sustainability topics including LEED, biomimicry, and sustainable water treatment.  She is also a founding member of Biomimicry Puget Sound, a regional offshoot of the Biomimicry Institute.  Jennifer has a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Judith Heerwagen

Judith Heerwagen is an environmental and behavioral psychologist whose research and writing focus on how building and workplace design influence organizational effectiveness as well as occupant behavior, health and work performance. Before joining GSA in 2010, she had her own consulting and research business in Seattle for 10 years. She has also served as a staff scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a research faculty member in the UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2009, she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Portland State University’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. She is a member of the Technical Advisory committee for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory project on Healthy Zero Energy Buildings. She is also a member of the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, an interdisciplinary group of experts in government and academia. Dr. Heerwagen has written and lectured extensively on the links between sustainable building design and occupant experience, including comfort, health, and productivity. In 2005, she was one of 25 people in the US named as Environmental Champions by EnvironDesign magazine. She is co-editor of the award-winning book, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life (Wiley, 2008). She has a BS in Communications from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Washington.


February 26, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wood Technology Center
2310 S. Lane St.
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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