Online registration for this seminar is now closed.

Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen.

This workshop is made possible with climate change adaptation funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and co-sponsored by USGBC Minnesota.

Impacts from extreme precipitation, the urban heat island effect, extended heat waves, stronger wind storms, and more frequent ice storms and freeze/thaw cycles are beginning to affect buildings, their occupants, the surrounding landscape, and related public infrastructure. How do we adapt? How do we thrive in a rapidly changing and more challenging world?

Douglas Pierce of AREA Research will explore building-specific strategies in the newly developed Resiliency Action List (RELi – pronounced rely), a balloted, pilot phase consensus standard designed to complement existing leadership programs such as LEED and Sustainable Building (SB) 2030.

Learn about aspects of safer, healthier and more productive buildings and communities that are better adapted to handle weather extremes, economic turbulence, and crisis conditions.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the need and rationale for Resilient Design.
2. Explain the boundaries and focus of the emerging area of resilient design.
3. Describe the newly developed RELi Resiliency Action List for Communities, Neighborhoods + Buildings.
4. Explain the economic rational and incentives for applying resilient design to projects.

Continuing education

2.0 HSW LU Hours and 2.0 GBCI Credit Hours

Date, Time, Location

Thursday, June 11, 2015
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
International Market Square, Suite 185
275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405


$40, includes handout and lunch


Douglas Pierce, AIA, is a Senior Associate with Perkins+Will in Minneapolis and a member of the AREA Research Board Steering Committee. He is a LEED Fellow and has over 25 years of experience in sustainable design and planning. His work includes The Wilder Center (LEED Gold) and Great River Energy Headquarters (LEED Platinum). He is now pioneering the next phase of sustainability working with Perkins+Will’s Washington D.C. office to develop a climate adaptation plan for the nation’s capital. Doug chairs the National Resiliency Initiative at MTS, The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability were he leads development of RELi – The Resiliency Action List and consensus standard. He is also a member of the UMN College of Architecture’s sustainability faculty.

Register to attend

 Online registration for this seminar is now closed. 


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director