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Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium! This free two-day conference encourages a comprehensive review of the current state of our watershed while creating learning opportunities for a diverse array of stakeholders. Sessions covered a broad range of topics on water quality and watershed issues with local, regional, and national relevance. Hosted by Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration.

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"The Symposium is tremendously important to the future of all of Utah. You guys are educating stakeholders across Northern Utah in an objective, user-friendly way about issues, problems and concerns that are not being discussed publicly anywhere else."  -Zach Frankel, Utah Rivers Council


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Wednesday, November 15 • 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Using Living Buildings to Achieve A Sustainable Water Future

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Using Living Buildings to Achieve A Sustainable Water Future

Summary:
The world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings, Living Buildings don't just take less from the environment, they are regenerative and give back. This group presentation will discuss how Living Buildings can support local strategies for lasting sustainability, foster partnerships and achieve relevant solutions from a watershed perspective.

Full Abstract:
While much of Utah has recognized the value of green buildings, a cadre of groups seeks to challenge the boundaries of what it means to build green and how green infrastructure can help us achieve a sustainable water future in Salt Lake County. The Living Building Challenge (LBC), administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is the world’s most rigorous standard for green buildings. Rather than striving to take less from the environment, Living Buildings are regenerative and give back to the environment. Being net-positive energy, collecting and treating all water on site, and eliminating toxic chemicals in building materials - providing a healthy environment for its occupants - are highlights within the certification program. As population growth and construction continue to increase in Salt Lake County, it is crucial for new and existing buildings to adopt regenerative building practices to ensure our limited natural resources can meet future needs. Living Buildings are an important step for creating a society that uses our precious energy and water supplies sustainably and the Living Building Challenge helps promote responsible growth in our communities while reducing the impact we have on our amazing rivers and other fresh water resources. This group presentation will discuss how Living Buildings can support local strategies for lasting sustainability, foster partnerships and achieve relevant solutions from a watershed perspective. This session will strive to be dynamic and interactive and will be offered by Utah’s local ILFI chapter, Great Basin Collaborative, comprised of a mix of businesses, non-profit groups and agencies including Architectural Nexus, Utah Clean Energy, and Utah Rivers Council.

Speakers
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Kenner Kingston

President, Architectual Nexus
Kenner was an early adopter of the USGBC’s LEED rating system and served as Nexus’ first Director of Sustainability. In addition to being the only Living Future Accredited Professional in the Great Basin, Kenner volunteers his time as an Ambassador Presenter for the Internati... Read More →
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Nick Schou

Conservation Director, Utah Rivers Council, Great Basin Collaborative
Nick Schou has a M.S. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, a B.A. in History from Westminster College and spent 5 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in remote river canyons to restore endangered native fish species of the Colorado River. Nick... Read More →



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