Personal Commitments to Action as it Relates to Sustainable Design in 2006

March 17, 2006 · by DesignIntelligence

In addition to the firm commitments developed during the closing plenary session of the 4th Annual Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design, attendees reported on personal initiative recommendations for action in 2005-2010.

In addition to the firm commitments developed during the closing plenary session of the 4th Annual Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design, attendees reported on personal initiative recommendations for action in 2005-2010. The implications and application of sustainable practice on a practical, personal level were discussed. The following are results of the session.

  • Increasingly promote sustainable value within my own firm
  • Further educate myself and others on all aspects of sustainable designs, systems, components, policy, and case studies
  • Increase my leadership role in the process of integration of sustainable design within the Chicago office
  • To significantly push forward sustainability within the health and science practice
  • Advocate for sustainable design on all projects that I have involvement in or responsibility
  • To encourage clients to support green architecture
  • To personally educate clients and colleagues about the merits of sustainability
  • Establish and support firm-wide training for new LEED designers in the firm
  • Publish an article (or a book) that advances the green design initiative
  • Convince at least five new clients to go green
  • Support the firm’s “green team” more actively
  • Get more involved in public leadership issues as they pertain to sustainability and historic preservation
  • Not let the super-neighborhood idea go
  • Learn and focus more on sustainable design
  • Offer staff opportunity to learn and address more on sustainable design
  • Provide strong advocacy for increasing the number of LEED-certified professionals within the firm
  • Strongly encourage LEED certification of all Design Directors
  • Personally research reasons for the lack of strong recycling effort within the airline industry
  • To encourage and enable the members of my firm to pursue their interests and education on sustainable design to whatever level of commitment they wish to reach
  • Continue to explore options for incorporating green design building materials in my designs
  • To improve structural and construction systems to reduce waste and improve performance
  • To educate my clients about sustainable options and their short- and long-term benefits, personally, locally, and globally
  • To drive less than 2,000 miles per year
  • To support sustainable urban agriculture and extreme recycling
  • To be more persistent in promoting sustainable issues on our projects regardless of potential LEED certification
  • Further educate our construction teams as to the importance of reducing our impact on the environment during construction
  • Make our home a more environmentally responsible place to live
  • Through my involvement on the Board of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario have that group promote sustainable design by their members
  • Promote sustainability with Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Society of Professional Engineers, Toronto Board of Trade
  • Meet and advise a local community organization to influence a local city project to be effectively sustainable
  • Use existing resources to estimate my ecological footprint and try to reduce that by 10 percent
  • To become more knowledgeable of issues related to green/sustainability and then be more public about the issues
  • Share sustainability summit notes with my colleagues
  • Develop “my story” and get better at telling it so others will better understand what our industry does
  • Use my work with CSI to help what architects specify and builders are trying to do in their design and construction process without emphasizing the green aspect
  • Change the paradigm that connects costs to square feet/develop a cost-per-occupant database
  • Teach sustainable design at my church. Develop a curriculum to use with church clients
  • To empower and draw on the talents and enthusiasm of the next generation of designers at my place of work
  • To help restore the hopes and lives of the people in TzanChay, Guatemala who lost their village to hurricane Stan and the resulting mud slides
  • To get myself LEED accredited
  • Will design and build a green addition to my home, using alternative energy sources, and non-toxic materials as well as a new healthy office for my firm of four people, with a focus on indoor air quality, day lighting, and gardens
  • To grow in depth of knowledge and understanding of green strategies beyond the prescriptive measures of LEED and similar tools
  • To inspire those I guide in embracing sustainability in everything we do
  • To get AIA to add sustainable research links to their web sites
  • To break down the silos that seem to be in place between DFC, AIA, NAAB, and other knowledge and sustainability focused organizations
  • Continue to expand my knowledge of means, methods, and examples of bringing sustainable thinking into my personal and professional life
  • Accelerate my encouragement of sustainable thinking among my partners and firm employees
  • I will develop a firm-wide recognition of innovation as it relates to our practice in sustainability
  • Volunteer time/financial support for local USGBC group
  • Scrutinize my own lifestyle to reduce waste of energy and resources
  • Read at least six books related to sustainable design
  • To initiate and maintain an integrative design process for each project I begin
  • To ask frequently about the science that underlies everything I do
  • To speak publicly about community sustainability
  • Use natural cleaning products in our home
  • Help local developers understand that there is “another way”
  • Help local community develop a new green planting/landscaping program
  • “Just do it!” Not all buildings will be LEED certified, but that shouldn’t be the impetus for sustainability
  • Sharing my experience at the DFC Summit, with our firm
  • Be more effective communicating the sustainable benefits of designing for comfort, satisfaction, aspiration, productivity, and wellness
  • Dedicate more personal time to research of materials and methods that promote wellness
  • Be more conscious of communicating firm’s values to firm’s employees
  • Set top-down examples for my firm, establishing my (our) committed to sustainable design
  • Select five key individuals in the firm to advance our performance capability in advanced ways towards the agenda of sustainability
  • Recruit other leaders among my colleagues in other firms
  • Increase my reading/study of the scientific data and discussions of the subject
  • Actively advocate and teach the relative economic values of sustainable design
  • Work to help LEED measurement place more weight on the socio-cultural issues
  • Stay true to what I know, what I am committed to – day lighting and indoor environmental quality. Promote these ideals in every project I touch; be tenacious and infectious
  • Learn the facts – deepen my understanding of the issues and who is working on solutions – share that information
  • Start at home – install a green roof on my home; compost. Live a more sustainable life; support local farmers
  • Offsetting my, and my team’s, carbon impact
  • Understanding my consumptive patterns
  • Work towards making next year’s summit a success
  • Increase the number of LEED APs in the firm (personal recruitment goal)
  • To increasingly promote green products on all projects – lead by example
  • Get the thoughts in print – be vocal about sustainability – communicate, articulate, reinforce
  • To share sustainable design principles with local organizations, incorporating applications for easier comprehension and acceptance
  • To increase visibility of sustainability in the building materials, reclamation area with the regional public (waste reduction)
  • To present sustainable concepts and ideas to other allied professionals and organizations

  • Leading my organization’s commitment to the advancement of sustainability, both locally and globally, through demonstration projects
  • Advancing the work of the North/North Network for urban sustainability and leadership
  • Use leadership to influence local decision-leaders and public policy toward sustainability
  • Accelerate research by hiring additional researchers and accessing increased public funding
  • Develop a close, working relationship with a firm of ecologists and/or environmental scientists
  • All Principals and Associates complete LEED AP by the third quarter of 2006
  • Continue education at GreenBuild, and American Solar Energy Society conferences
  • Minimize car-to-office commute by biking
  • Think about new ways and opportunities to shift cultural patterns towards a balanced global footprint
  • Advance my personal education relating to sustainability
  • Look for ways in my community to drive sustainability to the next level
  • Make my home more water and energy efficient
  • Buy a hybrid vehicle and drive less
  • Purchase a solar energy system for my home
  • To commit to make my own lifestyle more physically, financially, socially, and emotionally sustainable
  • Be prepared to report the 2006 DFC Sustainability Summit of my success
  • To promote actionable discussions within my firm and my community and encourage an understanding of sustainability
  • Look beyond the scope of architecture to reach out and learn from other disciplines
  • I will commit to using the most appropriate sustainable design practices for every project for which I am personally in charge of the design or direction
  • I commit to becoming involved in my community in the planning commissions and architectural review boards to promote sustainable design
  • To teach the importance of life-long practices in design and in every day life to all those around; we need to lead by example
  • Talk to my local city management to see what sustainable policies they are implementing
  • To aggressively recycle household waste
  • Make a more conscientious effort to support products, firms, and services who support sustainability
  • To gain a personal broader understanding of issues, and raise my knowledge base for the benefit of myself and others
  • Take the opportunity to leverage the knowledge base and network of individuals within the Design Futures Council
  • Committing an investment of my time to bringing information and consultation to community groups and professional associations
  • Write two articles for circulation in general public media outlets
  • Commit five percent of my time to advance the cause of sustainability
  • Dedicate time on a regular, weekly basis to sty current on sustainability related issues
  • Advocate for increased awareness/education on sustainability as applicable to the individual and community
  • Work to educate my colleagues to continuously implement high-performance as just that – better performance
  • Connect with the network here so formed to develop and fulfill tangible deliverables within our city/community
  • Develop performance based metrics to supplement/complement standards such as LEED, Spirit, etc.
  • Understand my local issues, my place in specific issues
  • Share and exchange with my peers – find resources to support our education and enlightenment
  • Reach out to learn from non-peers, specifically those researching solutions in biomimicry, etc.
  • To advocate, promote, and be a voice for sustainable design within my firm and my community
  • Personally practice and live more sustainably – conserve better, reduce consumption, recycle more
  • Share my knowledge with others within the firm and others within the community
  • Advance volunteer work with non-profits to produce a LEED certified food kitchen in Camden, NJ
  • Promote the education of clients and staff on opportunities in sustainable design
  • Contact the Hong Kong University and exchange information on sustainability in China
  • Prepare case studies of good practice for large scale sustainable master plans
  • Spread the word as a culture within the office
  • To reinvigorate my interest in and study of high volume fly ash concrete (HVFAC)
  • To expand the above interest and study to include rich hull ash technology as Agrosilica
  • To find at least two projects on which we will specify HVFAC
  • Spend time each year for a program relevant to the sustainability issues with or without LEED certification as a personal goal
  • Pursue crafting a leadership infrastructure for political expansion of architects involvement in all levels of government with specific goals and targets
  • Redirect my current home redesign/reconstruction towards LEED certification-related and other sustainability issues
  • Write, lecture, and publish on regional sustainability
  • Raise sustainability on the AIA agenda
  • Assist in a broader presentation on sustainability for the two universities which I serve as an advisor
  • To discuss with my spouse how to make our home sustainable
  • To examine how I can have an impact on my small town, especially with teens and sustainability
  • To research sources for a blueprint for developing a sustainable community
  • Participate in one local development project
  • Identify opportunities for my organization to participate in model projects
  • Develop skills to facilitate constructive dialogue
  • Sustainable design and construction of personal residence
  • Influence family, friends, colleagues to adopt sustainable practices into daily life
  • Support civic campaigns to extend a no smoking ban to public outdoor spaces, restaurant patios, decks, etc., in Vancouver
  • Work to bring local relevance to the national USGBC effort
  • I will continue to reach out to as many non-architectural groups and individuals as possible to share the message of sustainability
  • I will seek to establish an on-going link between the North Texas USGBC and the Dallas AIA to offer greater community support and resources to further sustainability

    These personal sustainability commitments were executed by DFC Fellows and members at the close of the Design Futures Council 4th Annual Summit on Sustainable Design held in San Francisco in November of 2005.

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