More neat friends of ours are shaking things up. The Sprout Collective is doing that green jobs thing that we’re all trying to put our finger on. This trio is leveraging a big idea—the Living Building Challenge—and exporting our Northwest knowledge to any school district that is ready. They will solve school capacity issues, provide an innovative and tangible curriculum platform, and create lots of jobs. The team has designed the Seed, which is a net-zero modular classroom. Sprout will coordinate the pre-fab units with partner Method Construction. The primary elements—rainwater collection, PV panels, composting toilet—that make the Seed a Living Building will be contained in a central pod, which can then be enlarged with flanking rooms as needed. The Daily Journal of Commerce has some additional info here. And if you still need convincing, the real point of the Seed is to inspire kids towards a more sustainable future. I can’t think of a better time to simultaneously invest in our kids and the green building industry. Help the mission here if you’re so inclined.Photo courtesy of Sprout!
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The Seattle 2030 District was the featured organization at Greendrinks last night and we unveiled this video. Several founding members are featured and tell the story of our unique group. Keep an eye out for Jared and his bike …
More than a year ago, we joined a casual group of colleagues dedicated to aggressive reductions in energy, water and transportation impacts from buildings in downtown Seattle. Together, we’ve been a persistent and collaborative bunch of property owners and managers, utilities, public agencies, non-profits, ESCOs, designers and engineers, and other consultants. In addition to tackling these challenges together, we saw an opportunity to showcase Seattle as a leader and attract the best businesses to our city and high performance district.
Now today things are much more official as the Seattle 2030 District launches with a fresh website and a high-profile announcement at the CGI America conference in Chicago. President Clinton and DOE Secretary Stephen Chu announced Seattle and its 2030 District as one of three place-based allies for President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge as part of CGI America’s closing plenary. Mayor Mike McGinn scored a stage appearance to represent us … did he bike to work today??
So who’s leading the charge? In short, smart, passionate folks. Brian Geller, formerly an architect with ZGF and Weber Thompson, had the original vision and is serving as Executive Director. In addition to several leaders within the City of Seattle (namely Peter Dobrovolny at DPD and Charlie Cunniff at OED), Vincent Martinez of Architecture 2030 is a key part of the leadership. Grants from EPA and the Bullitt Foundation are helping to power this early phase, but the real on-the ground work is being led by private industry, especially property owners and managers that are focused on a more sustainable built environment. Local leaders in this group include Unico, Wright Runstad, Clise, Hines, Kidder Matthews, CBRE, and Vulcan.
The launch fun isn’t done, though. We’ve got a Seattle Greendrinks event on July 12 and a more formal launch event planned for September 8. Stay tuned for more…