Newsletter | Jul/Aug 2009

San Francisco Federal Building Entry (all photos: C.E.Orazi)

OWA Panel Discussion: Women in Green, Aug 18th

The OWA will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 18, which will focus on women leading in sustainable design and development. The discussion will be moderated by Kira Gould, co-author (with Lance Hosey) of the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007), and will start by addressing the question: “Why women and green?” with a look at the sensibilities that are leading innovation in the green development world.

Kira will engage the perspectives of a panel of five such leaders. We’ll hear from architects Marsha Maytum and Anni Tilt, who, with their respective firms, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Arkin Tilt Architects, have won national design awards and recognition for sustainability leadership; Gail Brager, PhD, is a Professor (Building Science) and Interim Chair of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and is the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center focused on improving the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings.; Lisa Michelle Galley, cofounder an managing principal of Galley Eco Capital, advises investors and developers on maximizing returns and environmental value from green investment programs; and Laura Rodormer, manages the Green Consulting Services Division of Swinerton Management & Consulting, before which she was Commercial Green Building Coordinator for the City and County of San Francisco.

Please join us for a lively discussion about the sensibilities and ways of working that will be required—and are being tested today by these leaders—to promote needed evolution in the real estate and AEC industries. We have come a long way, and women are better represented in all these fields today than a generation ago, but these fields are still slow to change. Together, we can discuss how to increase the pace of change and make these fields more effective on all fronts—ecological, social/cultural, and economic.

More information on the Event is here.

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