Last week, three members of The Green Engineer, had the opportunity to attend the AIA NE COTE Leadership Summit at the BSA in Boston. This year’s theme and focus was Integration.
The event started on the evening of June 1st with an inspiring talk from Paul Hawken, an environmentalist, journalist and author of several books about business and sustainability.
The next day, approximately 100 New England area sustainable design leaders including architects, engineers, consultants, builders and owners gathered together to discuss and build further upon some of the thoughts and ideas Paul presented in his talk the evening before.
Building on some of the themes presented in Paul’s talk, sustainable design and energy efficiency leaders from the region shared their experiences and thoughts with the attendees. The topics ranged from the added value of sustainable design to net zero energy design, (and beyond).
The presenters asked thoughtful and provoking questions on how we can work together to continue improving our collective efforts to design, construct and maintain a sustainable built environment. They also challenged the participants to think about and discuss how to effectively communicate the business value of sustainability to owners, developers and other stakeholders.
In the spirit of collaboration and integration, at intervals throughout the day, the attendees broke out into small groups to discuss the questions and ideas presented in greater detail. Everyone benefited from the day-long sharing, listening and learning and were inspired to find ways to better engage our clients and continue our efforts to create a sustainable built environment.