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green building conference
Speakers 7th Annual Green Building Conference

Plenary speaker:

Jason McLennanJason F. McLennan, President and CEO

Jason is the founding President and CEO of Ecotone Publishing. He is a national leader in the green architecture movement and is considered a thought leader in sustainability. Jason is also the CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council based in Seattle, Washington. Jason began Ecotone to provide information to the design community and building industry about finding a path to a sustainable future. He is the author of Ecotone’s first two books, The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, and the Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection as well as a co-author of the Ecological Engineer. Jason lives on Bainbridge Island WA with his wife Tracy and three sons, Julian, Declan and Aidan.

Keynote speaker:

Susan SzenasySusan S. Szenasy, Editor In Chief, METROPOLIS Magazine

“In good company: architects work to green the built environment at every scale”

Susan’s presentation will show the many different things that are being done today, some prototypes, some working projects, some emphasize social sustainability even as they push for environmental sustainability. It will be a lively overview of today’s far-reaching green activities.

Susan S. Szenasy is Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture and design. Since 1986 she has lead the magazine through twenty-one years of landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. Believing that design and architecture are humanist activities, Susan is committed to education. As a longtime professor of Design Ethics at New York’s Parsons School of Design she has worked to instill the values of responsible sustainability on the next generation.

Susan has authored several books including The Home and Light, and sits on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER), FIT Interior Design, the Center for Architecture Advisory Board, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She has been honored with two IIDA Presidential Commendations and is an ASID distinguished speaker on the topic of ethics in design, as well as an honorary member of the American Society for Landscape Architects. Along with METROPOLIS Publisher Horace Havemayer III, Susan was a 2007 recipient of the Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. Susan holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from both KendallCollege and the Art Center College of Design. She lives in the East Village in a small loft designed by Harry Allen, where she moved to reduce her ecological footprint.