Government Confluence 2013 Program

Keynote Speakers 

Town Hall Charrette

Confluence Agenda

Education Sessions

Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote: David Brewster, Founder of Town Hall
David Brewster has a long record of starting and managing important civic and journalistic enterprises in Seattle. Before acting as founder and longtime editor/publisher of Seattle Weekly, he also was a regular columnist for The Seattle Times from 1997 to 2000.
After leaving Seattle Weekly in 1997, Brewster spearheaded the civic effort to save and purchase the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, on First Hill, converting it into Town Hall Seattle, where he served as executive director from 1998 to 2006. Town Hall Seattle has become one of the most successful multidisciplinary civic and performing arts venues in the country.
In 2007, Brewster and a group of investors conceived and launched, a pioneering effort in high-quality, web-only, nonpartisan local journalism, designed to fill some of the void left by declining mainstream local media. Brewster served as publisher and editor of Crosscut, leading the transition to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2009, and overseeing the hiring of a new publisher in 2012. During all this time, he has written in-depth articles particularly on local politics, education issues, and the arts. He continues as a writer for and member of the board of Crosscut Public Media. 
Additional Presenters:
Todd Scott, King County Historic Preservation
Wier Harman, Executive Director, Town Hall
Ellen Southard, Owner/Principal, Site Story
Lance Hosey, Chief Sustainability Officer, RTKL Associates Inc.


Lunchtime Keynote: Dutch Dialogues
From New Orleans, we welcome the "Dutch Dialogues"; an extension of interactions that followed Hurricane Katrina where Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners and soils/hydrology experts and, primarily, their Louisiana counterparts. David Waggonner, a local New Orleans architect, initiated this dialogue with Dale Morris, of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, and the American Planning Association. Waggonner's and Morris' efforts on behalf of "Dutch Dialogues" derive from their unwavering belief that New Orleans can survive and prosper and grow only when it gets certain fundamentals in order. David and Dale will also be joined by Prisca Weems, Principle at FutureProof: New Orleans leading experts in sustainability master planning and community partners in the Dutch Dialogues. 
Prisca Weems, CEO and Founder, FutureProof
David Waggonner III, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects
Dale Morris, Sr Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy


Lance Hosey: Chief Sustainability Officer, RTKL Associates Inc. 

Architect and author Lance Hosey, AIA, LEED AP, is Chief Sustainability Officer with the global design leader RTKL. He is a former Director with the pioneering design firm William McDonough + Partners and the former President & CEO of the sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue. Lance has been featured in Metropolis magazine’s “Next Generation” program and Architectural Record’s “emerging architect” series, and he has been a Fellow of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design and a Resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), studies the relationships between form and performance, sustainability and beauty. Sustainability leader John Elkington has called Lance “an inspirational guide to a future we can't wait to embrace,” and Builder magazine has said that he “is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable.”

Town Hall Charrette

Seattle's Town Hall is about to embark on a major capital project, to bring a 20th century building into the 21st century and support over 400 events per year. The Confluence embarks on a historic Town Hall charrette (led by Site Story) that will address the cultural and economic value of this arts and community events venue and help prepare key decision makers to consider the building's future. Participants will explore options for revitalizing landmark portions of the building while modernizing other elements to meet the ever changing programmatic needs, technological changes, sustainability mind-set, and the emerging First Hill neighborhood center. 
Ellen Southard, Owner/Principal, Site Story
Teresa Burrelsman-Stern, Owner/Principal, Site Story


Confluence Agenda
Time   Activity   Location
8:00-9:00am   Registration and Breakfast   Great Hall
9:00-9:15am   Welcome from King County Green Tools & Cascadia Green Building Council  

Great Hall

9:15-10:30am   David Brewster - Morning Keynote    
10:30-10:45am   Break   Great Hall



We Build Green Cities

  Great Hall


Snohomish County Agriculture Composting Project   Lobby North

Data Mining for Sustainability

  Downstairs North


Washington DOT: Sustainable Transportation   Downstairs South

Town Hall Charrette

  Lobby South
12:00-1:30pm   Dutch Dialogues - Lunchtime Keynote   Great Hall
    Lunch is provided by FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 20 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 6,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.    



Brewery Blocks to SW Ecodistrict: Regenerating Urban Environments

  Great Hall


Engaging Communities in Residential Energy Efficiency   Downstairs North

Quantifying Resilience: Influences, Impacts, and Improvement

  Downstairs South


  Lobby North

Town Hall Charrette

  Lobby South
3:00-3:15pm   Break    



Inspiring System-Wide Change Across an Organization: Portland Parks

  Great Hall


Regional Code Collaboration   Lobby North

Case Studies of Successful Commercial Rooftop Agriculture

  Downstairs North


Resilience, Hollistic Design, and Green Infrastructure   Downstairs South
    Town Hall Charrette   Lobby South
4:15-5:15pm   Closing Session: Lance Hosey, Chief Sustainability Officer,  RTKL Associates Inc.   Great Hall

Education Sessions

We Build Green Cities: Developing Integrated Solutions for a Resilient and Regenerative Future
Portland is a living laboratory where public and private sectors partner to build a green city and develop expertise in sustainable development. We Build Green Cities (WBGC) is a partnership which seeks to cultivate local experience and expertise of Portland's green development community and export that knowledge as demand for resource efficient development grows. WBGC Founding Members will discuss the intersection of public-private partnerships and district scale development using Portland's Pearl District as a case study. They will detail how their approach coincides with neighborhood resiliency and how those ideas are being regenerated throughout the nation and around the globe.
Nancy Hales, Program Director, First Stop Portland                        Kirk Davis, Managing Principal, Glumac
Vanessa Keitges, President/CEO, Columbia Green Technologies    Renee Loveland, Sustainability Manager, Gerding Edlen
Steve Clem, VP of Preconstruction, Skanska
Snohomish County Agricultural Composting Project: Closing the loop on the food waste cycle

Snohomish County is home to 1,700 farms, most of which produce food. With several composting companies located in the County, there is opportunity to expand the use of compost onto farms. The purpose of this program is to “close the loop” on a portion of waste energy originating in the food system. Through partnerships with 25 farms, this project conducted compost research and demonstration projects, outreach events, and a farmer focus group to identify the benefits of and barriers to using compost in agriculture. Project partners include Snohomish County, WSU Extension, Cedar Grove Compost, and the Snohomish County Conservation District.
Andrew Corbin, Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty, Washington State University Extension Snohomish County
Hallie Harness, Compost Outreach Coordinator, Washington State University Extension, Snohomish County
Lisa Dulude, Energy and Sustainability Development Analyst, Snohomish County Executive’s Office
Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County Solid Waste Division


Data Mining for Sustainability: Physical Building Components and Beyond
Improving the sustainability of a building requires gathering data to understand how it is performing and where the greatest opportunities for improvement exist. This highly‐interactive session will demonstrate the power of effective data mining and its practical application to high‐performing existing buildings.
Bryan Guy, J.D., Product Manager, FrontRunner, LLC
Candice Goldsmith, Associate Green Building Consultant, Paladino and Co.

Priming the Market for Sustainable Transportation

King County Metro has supplemented the systems in place (rail, bus, HOV, non-motorized, etc) to increase the proportion of people who choose to travel differently.  Explore the network of relationships that cities, employers, the state, and other organizations have built with Metro to bring new users to the system.  Consider how just a decade after starting Flexcar, one of the nation's first carsharing organizations, Avis purchased Zipcar for $500 million.  Public consideration of transportation is changing.
Matt Hansen, Supervisor, King County Metro Transit


Brewery Blocks to SW Ecodistrict: Regenerating Urban Environments
Industry leaders discuss how Portland’s Brewery Blocks and the newly-formed SW Ecodistrict in the nation’s capital, an initiative led by the National Capital Planning Commission, demonstrate how to improve livability and resources efficiency. Both districts began with low vitality, lack of community, and high use of energy and water. They initiated a new approach to urban redevelopment through community building and resource sharing. Like the Brewery Blocks, the SW Ecodistrict plans to connect a series of disparate urban areas and regenerate their environments as enduring places. This panel explores the transformative improvements that redefined the Brewery Blocks and inspired the SW Ecodistrict while considering the resiliency of both.
Dennis Wilde, Chief Sustainability Officer, Gerding Edlen      Jill Sherman, Vice President, Gerding Edlen Development
Otto Condon, Principal, Urban Design, ZGF Architects          Fiona Cousins, Principal, ARUP
Charles Kelley, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
Engaging Communities in Residential Energy Efficiency: How Municipal Government Has Partnered with Local Organizations to Achieve Program Delivery
There has been increased emphasis within local governments on creating and achieving goals laid out in Climate Action Plans. Community Energy Efficiency Programs can play a key role in accomplishing the objectives of these plans including carbon reduction, energy conservation and renewable energy production. This panel of speakers will discuss an overview of activities and key lessons learned in three jurisdictions in the state of Washington.
William Ranes, WSU Energy Program Manager
Yvonne Kraus, Program Manager, Conservation Services Group
Kellie Stickney, Director of Marketing and Outreach,  Sustainable Works

Quantifying Resilience: Influences, Impacts, and Improvement

This session will present new and developing trends in data gathering and analysis in two emerging areas of applied research—the impact of green building developments on population health and “design to operations” energy use, including a review of energy disclosure laws and demonstration projects where field-testing is influencing energy quantification and validation. We will show how project teams can leverage a systems approach to energy and health data sets to quantify project objectives, elements influencing achievement of aspirational goals (such as climate change resilience), and indicators of the project’s likely impact on the surrounding environment, economy, and population's health.
Adele Houghton, President, Biositu, LLC           Stephen Selkowitz, Group Leader,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory             Kevin Settlemyre, President, Sustainable IQ


Greening GSA's Portfolio: Aggressive Sustainability Targets Met Through Integrated Systems Performance 
This interactive session will explore how interdisciplinary collaboration is ushering in an era of high-performance buildings — enabling energy efficiency, fostering delivery of an optimized solution, and guaranteeing building performance. Federal Center South Building 1202 is the new ultra‐sustainable workplace for the Seattle District headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Attendees will learn about the design and construction strategies and cutting‐edge technologies utilized to create one of the nation’s most energy efficient buildings. The Design-Build team and GSA will discuss how this project raises the bar for performance, cost and delivery while fusing performance requirements, design impacts and first costs to arrive at the highest value solutions.
Jack Avery, Director of Integrated Project Delivery, Sellen Construction
Todd Stine, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP
Rick Thomas, Project Manager, U.S. General Services Administration


Inspiring System-Wide Change Across an Organization: Portland Parks and the Salmon Safe transformation

A decade of implementing rigorous habitat and stormwater strategies across one of the nation’s gold medal winning park systems has resulted in more than operational and infrastructure changes in 250 parks and natural areas; it has generated cultural change within the organization as operations managers and staff embrace water savings, integrated pest management, and restoration as central to its mission. Portland Parks & Recreation and Salmon-Safe will describe how this transformation was sparked and the lasting impacts.
Dan Kent, Executive Director, Salmon-Safe
Emily Roth, Natural Resource Planner, Portland Parks & Recreation
Deborah Lev, City Nature Manager, Portland Parks & Recreation
Jan Arntz-Richards, Capital Projects, University of Washington


Regional Code Collaboration: Jurisdictions Working Together on Sustainable Code Development

With new green codes and standards available and Climate Action Plans to comply with, what’s a jurisdiction to do! How are other jurisdictions achieving the conservation goals YOUR jurisdiction wants to achieve? Come learn how jurisdictions from around Puget Sound joined together to create the Regional Code Collaboration. Learn how the sharing of resources and expertise among this group has produced a gamut of codes in the areas of water, energy and material conservation as well as sustainable transportation that are available for jurisdictions to adopt and will increase consistency across borders.
Kinley Deller, Waste Reduction Specialist, King County            Ray Allshouse, Building Official, City of Shoreline
Brad Liljequist, Capital Projects Manager, City of Issaquah       Kathleen Petrie, Sustainable Codes Analyst, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle
Case Studies from Container Gardening to Productive Green Roofs and Commercial Rooftop Agriculture
Rooftops in urban centers represent a vast potential of currently unused space. This session studies the environmental, social and economic impact of different types of rooftop farms from container gardening to productive green roofs and commercial rooftop agriculture. Participants will learn to apply the different growing systems and evaluate their environmental impact, productivity, cost and financing options.
Myer Harrel, Project Architect, Weber Thompson
Susan Jones, Associate Professor, University of Washington, Department of Architecture      
Gundulu Proksch, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Department of Architecture
Chris Bajuk, CEO, UrbanHarvest
Resilience, Holistic Design, and Green Infrastructure for Community Health and Well-Being
There is a rapidly emerging demand to make communities more resilient, particularly in the fields of emergency management, design, planning, and policy. This session presents a radically new theoretical framework of community resilience with which to holistically understand and successfully accomplish resilient community design and development. The framework is applicable to a wide range of communities, scales, and threats, such as climate change and natural hazards.
Scott Miles, Director of the Resilience Institute, Western Washington University
Erin Christensen, Associate Principal, Mithun
Chris Webb, Chris Webb & Associates, Inc., PS

Continuing Education Units

Government Confluence education sessions will be submitted to APA for self-reporting AICP, as well as eight (8) GBCI continuing education units.