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Applied Locally: SDG for Design Projects

Wed, 6/8/2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Regardless of design discipline, any project has the potential to be better than the last, and leave a lasting, beneficial handprint.

Understanding what sustainable strategies align with a project’s goals and where teams should focus their time for successful outcomes is a challenge presented to each design team and client.

With many organizations and companies having adopted, or are using, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide for their business and building sustainability efforts, understanding which strategies support project/organizational goals has become easier. The 17 UN SDGs are a set of goals meant to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” at a global scale. To be successful, each community, organization, and individual needs to understand how to take action and support the implementation of the goals. With 2030 approaching, our community is thinking about how the UN SDGs apply to our region and how we might scale up current sustainable strategies in the region.

With this in mind, we’ve invited experts from the building, water resources, and waste management industries to help educate our community. We are very excited to have the following organizations and speakers joining us.



  • International Living Future Institute, Ren DeCherney, Declare and Living Product Challenge Head
  • Echo Systems, Alisa Shargorodsky, Founder & CEO
  • Kimley-Horn, Justin Lyon, Decentralized Reuse Program Leader

This event will focus on these broad-reaching themes that can be applied locally, and discuss how our work can help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We hope you will take away some interesting concepts to contemplate, and possibly implement, in your future work.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the intent, organization, and targets/indicators of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Illustrate how the strategies and metric found in the Living Building Challenge are directly related to Indicators associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Describe the goals of a circular materials economy and the barriers its implementation, and review some practical examples of circular economy strategies.
  • Identify water reuse opportunities and discuss implementation approaches to improve water conservation and reuse at a building, community, neighborhood, or campus scale.


Event Fee:

FREE for members
$10 for non-members

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