Education + Events

The International Living Future Institute’s Education and Events Department focuses on personal and professional development that advances consciousness, connection and community for a Living Future. Through our education and events we strive to meet your needs by inspiring educators and by engaging individuals, professionals and organizations through meaningful content and diversified instruction. Whether you want to attend a lecture or a conference, take a course in-person or online, there is an entry point for every budget, schedule and location.

Contact us for more information about our custom education packages.

Upcoming Events

Seattle | LEED V4 Session II for Engineers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 5:30pm

Cascadia Seattle Collaborative invites you to join us for our next installment in our LEEDv4 User Series. In this session, we will discuss what engineers need to know for the transition to v4 and what changes they can expect. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, 1 hour of CEU's available.

San Francisco | Perennial Restaurant Tour

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 5:00pm

Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz created the Perennial with a single thesis: the current food system is broken and a new brand of "progressive agrarian cuisine" will be what fixes it.

OC Living Building Challenge Collaborative | September: Petal Focus

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Please join us for a second installment of a petal focused presentation on one of the major Living Building Challenge Petals: Materials! Stacey Olsen from Gensler will be building off of our January Materials Petal 101 presentation anod creating dialog and discussion about highlighting advocacy.

Los Angeles | September unMeeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

This month’s UnMeeting will center around available tools to finance energy projects. What’s the scope of PACE funding and how does the process work? What other sources of financing for Energy-Efficiency and Renewables are available? How do financing tools vary between retrofit and new construction?  This month will also feature a recap of August’s Net Zero Energy Conference at the Gas Company, which has grown to the largest event of its kind in the nation.

Seattle | Green the Streets Park(ing) Day

Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day)

September 16 + 17 - 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM

Visit pop-up places to reimagine Seattle streets. Let us know if you will visit or if you would like to volunteer and get involved in Park(ing) Day 2016!


Philadelphia | Living Building Challenge Equity & Beauty Petal

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm
Equity and Beauty requirements are unique to the Living Building Challenge (LBC). The Equity Petal focuses on creating a built environment that upholds the dignity of all members of society, regardless of their physical abilities or economic situations.The Imperatives cover a range of issues, including accessibility, rights to natural systems, social investment, and protecting individuals from the negative impacts caused by adjacent properties.

Seattle | Sept. EP Social: Leading for Positive Change

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 5:30am

Refining our ability to lead effectively is an important aspect of our professional development and important at any time in our career! This September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, please join Kathleen O’Brien, author of EMERGE: A Strategic Leadership Model for the Sustainable Building Community and founder and retired principal of O’Brien & Company, in a conversation about an approach to leadership that works regardless of title and position and is specifically designed to bring about positive change in and through our built environment.

Connecticut | Biomimicry and the LBC: More than a Deeper Shade

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

In this 90-minute presentation, we will discuss biomimicry as a foundation for sustainability and the Living Building and Living Product Challenges as opportunities for widespread and principled application of a nature-centered way of thinking and doing. We will discuss some of the important and ongoing relationships between them as well as some of the ways they are evolving and influencing progress toward a more sustainable world.