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Thursday, September 13 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Healthy Materials in Affordable Housing: Creating Demand + Amplifying Impact
Track: Green Chemistry + Health

For over six years, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has been partnering with leading affordable housing developers and organizations, including Enterprise Green Communities, to promote and explore the implementation of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing. Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) has long been a driving force in the industry for sustainable affordable housing. Their 2015 Criteria has been adopted as QAP criteria in many states, setting stringent guidelines for energy and water efficiency, as well as materials health. For their 2019 update, EGC has partnered with ILFI to align their materials criteria with Declare, the Red List, and other ILFI programs. This panel will explore the intended outcome of the partnership, including how simultaneously raising the floor and the ceiling will lead to industry revolution. The panel will feature affordable housing developers and architects, as well as representatives from EGC and ILFI. It will tell the story of how project teams around the nation have pioneered the implementation of Living Building Challenge-compliant materials through regional materials that are contextually appropriate and promote the economy of the local community. Acknowledging failures and successes, the speakers will extrapolate lessons learned and provide replicable and pragmatic strategies for future projects to realize their goals of creating healthful environments free from harmful toxins.

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Aubrie Christensen

Project Manager, Spokane Public Schools
Aubrie Christensen is a Project Manager for Spokane Public Schools where she manages the design and construction for major capital projects. Prior to working at Spokane Public Schools, Aubrie was the Development Project Manager for Foundation Communities, a Non-Profit Affordable Housing... Read More →
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Krista Egger

Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners
With more than a decade of experience leading energy efficiency initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national Green Initiative. Krista develops programs, tools, and partnerships across the sector which deliver value through innovative and... Read More →
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Sunshine Mathon

Chief Executive Officer, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Sunshine Mathon is the Executive Director of Piedmont Housing Alliancein Charlottesville, VA. Having directed deep green design and constructionof new multifamily properties for over a decade, Sunshine has lead thedevelopment of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia,including... Read More →
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Matthew McGrane

Studio Director, Farr Associates
Matthew McGrane is an Architect and Studio Director at Farr Associates in Chicago.  Matthew is the lead designer and project manager for the Affordable Housing 2.0 pilot project Lawson House, a 400 micro-unit historic rehabilitation in downtown Chicago.  He is also starting the... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 324 David L. Lawrence Convention Center