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Sustainability Leadership Workshops (SLW)

The Sustainability Leadership Workshops are streamed live by Central Community College and feature sustainability experts from around the globe. The workshops are free and open to the public, and include Q&A opportunity.
  • The Sustainability Leadership Workshops

    These specialized workshops are designed for professionals in various fields of work. The workshops run as short series or one-time events and take an in-depth look at sustainable practices relevant to sector or industry topics.  Workshops are free and open to students and the public. 

    Have a Sustainability Leadership Workshop request?  Please contact us!  See contact information below.

    • Have a Sustainability Leadership Workshop request?  Please contact us!  See contact information below.

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  • The Sustainability Leadership Workshops: The Building Series

    These specialized workshops are designed for educators within the building, design and construction industries. The series takes an in-depth look at sustainable buildings, their design, construction… from conception to demolition. Topics include, net-zero energy, LEED, the Living Building Challenge (LBC), sustainable materials...


    March 19, 2015 | Live from Australia 

    Lane Wesley Burt - LEED and the Living Building Challenge 101: Understanding the Basics of Green Buildings and Rating Systems

    The workshop will provide a teachable understanding of LEED and the Living Building Challenge rating systems, and introduce concepts, resources, and tools for educators, as well as those interested in learning more about sustainable buildings.

    Watch the March 19 Workshop   View Full Bio


    MFisherApril 10, 2015

    Marshall Fisher - Construction and Demolition Waste Management:Improving Environmental Practices

    This workshop will provide a summary of the 2014 WasteCap Resource Solutions’ Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Training Program.  This summary workshop will discuss today’s drivers of construction and demolition recycling programs and will introduce the training’s best-practices for developing, managing, monitoring, documenting and promoting a successful construction and demolition debris reuse and recycling program.

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    Elizabeth TurnerApril 17, 2015

    Elizabeth Turner - Passive Aggressive: Using Smart Design as the First Step Toward Net Positive Energy

    This workshop will provide an overview of the basic principles of passive design, from insulation and air sealing to orientation on the site and internal layout of the home. Passive design aims to reduce total energy consumption in a home (from HVAC, lighting, plug load, and other demands) so that small renewable energy sources can provide more energy than the house needs to operate. The result is net positive energy production at a lower cost. Elizabeth will introduce nationally and internationally recognized passive design resources relevant to Nebraska and the Heartland. She will also identify historic and local examples of passive design strategies and on their applicability for incorporation into contemporary residential construction.

    Watch the April 17 Workshop   View Full Bio


    SEggerApril 24, 2015

    Stephanie Egger - Achieving Sustainable Buildings: The Basics in Performance-Based Analysis and Design 

    This workshop will cover the importance of performance-based analysis in sustainable design; how performing analyses early and often in the design process can lead to more sustainable buildings; and the basics of energy analysis and daylighting analysis for sustainable buildings.  Stephanie will also discuss free educational offerings from Autodesk that teach students, educators, and professionals how to measure the energy performance of their designs.  

    Watch the April 24 Workshop   View Full Bio


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    Lily Livingston
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    May 7, 2015 | Live from MCC

    Daniel Lawse & Lily Livingston - Learn to Thrive: Lessons from Nature

    What would our world look like if we rediscovered the lessons of nature? What if the places we live and work engaged our senses in a healthy way and celebrated culture with nature, encouraging human delight? How can a leaf inspire a solar cell? Or organizations learn from a tree or a coral reef? Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks new ways of living sustainably—from new products and processes to policies—by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. Janine Benyus, the founder of written works on biomimicry, “introduces an era based not on what we can extract from organisms and their ecosystems, but on what we can learn from them.” Instead of technology working separately from nature, imagine a world where technology is in relationship with nature. Biophilic design articulates the relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment so we experience the natural environment more in our daily world. Academics, researchers and others have codified valuable design research for improving health and well-being in our built environment into patterns of biophilic design, patterns ‘that nurture the innate human attraction to natural systems and processes’ (Janine Benyus). Come learn how to bring nature back into our buildings, neighborhoods and lives.

    Watch the May 7 Presentation


    Kathleen Smith
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    Liljequist B
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    October 1, 2015 | Live from Seattle, Washington

    Kathleen Smith and Brad Liljequist - Living Buildings: Socially Just, Culturally Rich& Ecologically Restorative

    The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including Net Positive Energy, Waste and Water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. In this presentation, participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge - a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development of the built environment at all scales. This presentation is for anyone engaged with the built environment as a designer, builder, owner, developer, manager, or occupant.  So it is for everyone. It will challenge all of us to think deeply about place and how we can work together to create communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

    Watch the Oct. Presentation

  • Contact:

    Benjamin Newton 
    Environmental Sustainability Director