“It’s challenging, and I miss the interconnectivity with in-person contact, but this year’s conference is setting a model where people can attend virtually,” said Campbell, director of business development at Sustainable Northwest Wood. “I feel like going forward, and that is something that we’re going to want to talk more about.”
The all-virtual format also allowed the program to extend from one week to two, eliminating overlapping events and provide a broader audience with the chance to hear and participate in conversations around equity and resiliency in sustainable design and construction.
“This is an opportunity to respond to major headlines facing our region right now, whether that’s social justice issues or climate change, and through cross-disciplinary education and connectivity, evolve to build greater equity and resiliency into the work we do as leaders in sustainability,” Campbell said.
Between now and Oct. 23, participants can attend more than 25 educational presentations, panels, open houses and an entirely virtual Zero Energy homes tour. Sustainable Building Week kicked off Monday and earlier this week featured a town hall hosted by Sustainable Building for All (SB4A), an effort to create an incentive policy to accelerate climate action in the building industry while centering on equity and racial justice. During the town hall, SB4A members shared their work on a draft policy to be presented to the city and gathered ideas to integrate into the final policy language.