Interface, Pulse, Fluid Interiors, MSR, and CBRE invite you to join them for an evening at the historic Pantages Theater with leading voices in the environmental movement. Experts Bill Browning and Paul Hawken will speak about impacting human health and well-being in work environments, the carbon equation and environmental restoration for our future.

Event Synopsis

In our ever-changing world, we seek a better understanding of our environment and the role of industry to chart our future. The past few years have focused on developing systems to ensure better-designed buildings and responsible use of materials. The industry is

now transitioning toward a focus on the health and well-being of its occupants. Leading researcher and author, Bill Browning, has been exploring the economics of biophilic design and will provide us with valuable insight into how our design practices can affect staff retention, job performance, productivity, creativity and the general well-being of individuals.

Next we will expand our scope and explore the impact of our decisions on the planet.
World renowned environmentalist, author, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His original book, Ecology of Commerce written nearly 25 years ago, caused many organizations to evaluate their impact on the environment and adopt common sense solutions. In his new book Drawdown (April 2017), Paul describes when and how humanity can reach climate drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Bill Browning

Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society.

Bill was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and served as Chair of USGBC’s Governance Committee. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-pro t organizations, the U.S. military and foreign governments. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design, biophilia and green building practices.

In 2006, Bill founded Terrapin with several partners to craft high-performance environmental strategies for corporations, governments, and large-scale real estate developments.

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and best-selling author. He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is one of the pioneering proponents of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices, one of the themes on which he often focuses in his writing. In 2014, he was named one of the three Pioneers of Sustainability along with Professors Peter Senge and Michael Porter.

Most recently, Paul is the Executive Director for Project Drawdown—a broad coalition of disciplines tasked with assembling and presenting the best available information on the full breadth of signi cant climate solutions. Project Drawdown de nes and describes 100+ social and technological solutions that reduce and sequester carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere to reverse climate change.

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