April Design Lecture 2021

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“Humanity is faced with a challenge unlike any we have previously encountered: we must take urgent action to reverse the impacts of our greenhouse gas emissions, protect our planet, and preserve life as we know it.” –AIA

What are climate action plans? What do they mean for our communities? How can architects best engage and respond in climate action plans and related climate action initiatives? Hear from a distinguished panel of experts from Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati—about climate action plans/initiatives in their respective cities, an expert at the federal level who is overseeing climate action plans for federal agencies, and a local official involved in implementing Columbus’ climate action plan.

April 20 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Students – Free

Non-member guests – $10

Details will be sent prior to meeting.

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  • Alyssa Lyons is currently the Sustainable Communities Director for the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh. This month, she will become the Director of the Black Environmentalist Collective at the UrbanKind Institute (also in Pittsburgh), whose mission is to empower Black and marginalized populations to better understand an act on environmental threats. She is passionate about working “with underserved people in sustainability through the lens of climate change, health and equity”. She has been active in the Pittsburgh community as local sustainability plans have evolved.
  • Sanyog Rathod is the founder of Sol design + consulting, who is a leader in sustainable design, green affordable housing, and high-performance retrofits. He has been involved in numerous initiatives in Cincinnati’s efforts to become more sustainable and can speak to the intersection of design, sustainability, and policy. Members of his firm have been instrumental in establishing Cincinnati’s 2030 District.
  • Don Horn, FAIA, is the Deputy Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings at GSA in Cleveland. He brings a federal level and institutional building perspective – which will be insightful in this time of national transition. Per new Executive Order 14008 (which requires federal agencies to submit climate action plans by May), his office will be coordinating this plan for GSA. Previously, his office has submitted annual sustainability implementation plans and reported GHG reductions under President Obama.
  • David R. Celebrezze is the city of Columbus GreenSpot Coordinator and manages several programs that inspire, educate, and recognize households, businesses, community groups, and neighborhoods that embrace sustainable practices. He assists in community engagement of the city’s Climate Action Plan. He has nearly twenty years of experience working with the public on environmental issues. David views sustainability as a thread that connects all aspects of our society and for it to succeed we all need to succeed.

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