Embedding Sustainability in Current Design Practice

Climate Action by Design


November 2023

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS475-23, IDCEC # 119957

About this webinar

Aiming for sustainable design practices is admirable, but sometimes it is difficult to actually embed sustainability into real-life projects. Barriers to incorporating sustainable elements into design practice and individual projects can include push-back from clients and colleagues and the false assumption that sustainability automatically means a price increase. This seminar will be a panel discussion, where you will hear from three practitioners who regularly incorporate sustainability into the base offerings of their respective practices. You will hear how each designer has navigated discussions with unconvinced project stakeholders, incorporated sustainability into project workflows, and the business case for sustainability. You will come away with an understanding of potential challenges and opportunities, as well as resources for transforming your own practice.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Taleen Josefsson

Taleen is a Brooklyn-based architect and Passive House Consultant based in Brooklyn who applies a holistic approach to tackling the complex environmental and social issues relating to the built environment. She is devoted to promoting healthy, low-energy architectural solutions that strengthen local communities, economies, and biodiversity. Taleen's work includes research and analysis on building material reuse as a method for reducing our industry’s negative environmental impact, with a proposed circular working method of “Form Follows Availability." She is also an active volunteer in the Architects Climate Action Network and enjoys sharing the latest in sustainability and architectural research via her Instagram: @the_holistic_architect.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  1. Understand how others have embedded sustainability into design practices
  2. Identify areas of opportunity
  3. Identify current challenges
  4. Investigate solutions for your practice using real-life examples and resources provided

Entire 2023 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2023 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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