“Shaping a Sustainable Built Environment in OC” Symposium
“Shaping a Sustainable Built Environment in Orange County — A dialogue for all of us” was a full-day symposium which brought together architects & engineers and other building industry leaders, civic leaders, business leaders, policy developers, academic researchers, and non-profit organizations to develop cross-connection industry relationships and participate in interactive discussions regarding the social, economic, and ecological impacts of smart growth, toward a more sustainable future for the Orange County region.
This inaugural symposium was co-hosted by Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI), a UC Irvine School of Social Ecology initiative, & AIA Orange County (AIAOC), a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. The event was held on April 12, 2017, at the University of California, Irvine Campus. Approximately 80 professionals participated in the event, joining in conversations about Energy, Water, and Waste, as well as learning about trends in Orange County for Housing, Business, Transportation, and more. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!
So – Planning for a 2018 Symposium is now underway! Participant response to this symposium was overwhelmingly positive. From building new relationships to being inspired by new learning, attendees were excited and many said “This is awesome! Let’s do this again!”. (check out the videos and downloads below and see for yourself!)
Diane E. McLean, FAIA, LEED AP (BD+C)
Director of COTE
Sustainable Development Consulting
We have now posted videos of the speakers:
- Here is the Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Here is luncheon keynote lecture on “Urban Change in Orange County: New Relationships between Housing, Business, and Open Space” by Kevin Kane and John Hipp
- Here are the Presentations by Jeanalee Obergfell and Michael Affeldt on “The pLAn” and “The Revitalization of the LA River”
- Here is Panel Discussion 1, discussing “Orange County Cities: Goals and Achievements for Sustainability”
- Here is Panel Discussion 2, with “Developers Highlighting Sustainable Projects and Discussing Future Trends and Goals”