The following post is by Kathleen O’Brien:
Shifting perspectives and enriching our view of sustainability is the aim of “Finding the Balance: Restorative Development & Regenerative Design” — a panel to be held November 12th at the Bullitt Center. It will feature local thought leaders: Architect Jennifer Barnes of 55-5 Consulting, Engineer Colleen Mitchell of 2020, and Real Estate Developer Eva Otto of Infiniti RED.
Barnes will be speaking about learning from and then emulating nature’s strategies in order to solve our own problems more sustainably, and her own experience applying the biomimetic framework at the urban scale through the project Urban Greenprint. According to Barnes, “When we live with intention and empathy for the planet and for each other, we will feel more connected with life, which in turn will compel us to live with more intention and empathy.”
Mitchell will be discussing her work engineering living systems using regenerative technologies. The venue for the panel is apt, as Mitchell was the “water engineer” for the net zero water project.
Otto will be discussing how traditional feminine values could help us redefine the discussion of sustainable development from a balanced perspective.
The event is sponsored by the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, the Bullitt Foundation, and The EMERGE Leadership Project, and will include a tour of the Bullitt Center, which was designed to the Living Building Standard.
Kathleen O’Brien is a long time advocate for and prolific writer about green building and sustainable development since before it was “cool.” She lives in a green home, and drives a hybrid when she drives at all. Recently retired from O’Brien & Company, the green consulting firm she founded over 22 years ago, she is now the Executive Director of The EMERGE Leadership Project, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate life-sustaining solutions in the built environment through emergent leadership training.