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

Affordable Housing Five-Part Webinar

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Our future is sustainable only if all people have opportunities to live in healthy and affordable homes. The Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today.

You can sign up for the full series at a discount, or elect to register for just the sessions you're interested in attending:

  • Introduction to Living Affordable Housing: Strategies and Benefits to Applying the Living Building Challenge (Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 9-10am PST)
  • The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing (Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 9-10am PST)
  • Energy Equity and Resiliency in Affordable Housing (Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 9-10am PST)
  • Water Health and Independence in Affordable Housing (Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 9-10am PST)
  • Innovating to the Materials Petal in Affordable Housing (Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 9-10am PST)

BE16 Annual Conference

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (All day)

Please join us at this year's Building Energy Conference in Boston, MA! 

Living Community Challenge 5 Part Webinar Series 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 9:00am

This workshop will look at the similarities and differences between the Living Community and the Living Building Challenges, the built environment's most rigorous performance standards. Attendees will learn what makes a community sustainable and why certain parameters should be considered when building and connecting a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community. Attendees will include anyone interested in making their neighborhood more sustainable, planners committed to creating equitable places and green infrastructure, and community members ready to learn more about the Living Community Challenge program.

You can sign up for the full series at a discount, or elect to register for just the sessions you're interested in attending. If you are a member of the Institute or the Cascadia Green Building Council or the Canada Green Building Council, please email us at to access your membership discount to this webinar series.

  • Introduction to the Living Community Challenge, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
  • Living Community Patterns, Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
  • New Perspectives in Urban Design: Placemaking, Biophilia and Rewilding, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
  • Urban Agriculture and Community Food Systems, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
  • Human Scaled Mobility, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Understanding the Living Building Challenge - Online Workshop

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:00pm

Understanding the Living Building Challenge online workshop provides an in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge ideology and certificate process. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies.

The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:00am

Affordable housing projects are uniquely situated to benefit from the application of the Living Building Challenge. A report by the International Living Future Institute, developed through partnership with leading affordable housing developers and practitioners, explores social, regulatory, and financial barriers to achieving the Challenge in affordable housing with an emphasis on the three most challenging Petals (Net Positive Water, Net Positive Energy and Materials). This event is part of the Affordable Housing 5-part Webinar Series.

Energy Equity and Resiliency in Affordable Housing

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00am

What does a successful Net Positive Energy strategy look like in multi-family affordable housing? How does a rental project prepare for renewable energy infrastructure with an unknown energy load? How can a net zero energy strategy create energy stability and resiliency for affordable housing residents. These questions and more will be answered in this deep dive into the Living Building Challenge’s Energy Petal. This event is part of the Affordable Housing 5-part Webinar Series.