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*CANCELLED* Sustainability Education: Navigating UN IPCC Report—Code Red on Humanity-Driven Climate Change & COTE Award 2021

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    Free for BSA members, $10 General admission. Learn more about membership options here.

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    Knowledge Community




    Submitted for AIA continuing education credit.

Join us as we cover the challenges we face in a changing built environment, so that we can adapt to, mitigate, guard, and reverse the impact of Global Warming and Climate Change.

We will present the projection of timelines and the impacts of sea level rising, greenhouse gas emission, extreme weather events: heat wave, cyclone, flood, and heavy precipitation, urban heat island effect, permafrost and glazier decline at North America Region based on the Intergovernmental Panel Report on Climate Change released by United Nation. We will also relate the projections to AIA 2030, Carbon Neutral, and beyond, unwrap how COTE Award evaluates a built project that meets design excellence in Integration, Equitable Communities, Ecosystems, Water, Economy, Energy, Well Being, Resources, Change & Discovery.

Speakers Bio: BSA SEC Co-Chairs Jeff Berg and Esther Huang

Jeffrey T. Berg AIA, LC, LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Lead Consultant in the Transportation Lighting Group of WSP USA. He brings over 40 years of lighting design experience to complement institutional, commercial and residential interiors as well as building facades and landscapes across the United States and abroad. Prior to joining WSP he practiced independently as Berg Lighting Design and Berg/Howland Associates after starting his lighting career with William Lam Associates. Currently he is conducting research on Core Sunlighting for Underground Transit Stations under a WSP Research and Innovation Fellowship.

His lighting design work has received awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the Designers' Lighting Forum, Boston, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the US Department of Energy.

Esther Huang, LEED AP, CS is a Lead Consultant, Architect in Transportation Facility Group of WSP USA. She brings Combined around 20 years of experience, 14 years of domestic and 6 years of regional and international practices with architecture, interior and urban landscaping design from Taiwan to New England region, mostly in New York and Massachusetts. Her diverse portfolio ranges from Transportation, Health care, Commercial, Institutional buildings with Mix, Industrial, and Residential Occupancies. she is experienced with all phases of the project development, from programming to substantial completion, with wide range of project delivery from DBB, DB, and IPD.

She is actively engaged and committed to seek a more sustainable approach to reduce the impact of building footprint to the built environment as our profession embrace the AIA 2030 goals towards Carbon Neutral.

Her portfolio for Green Building Design includes LEED Silver and Gold with varies building types. It ranges from the New Construction of the MBTA Bus Maintenance Facility, (currently in pursue) Core and Shell of an existing building improvement, retrofit with new addition, and Commercial Interiors for interior retrofits.