Green Architecture Conference Meets the Watershed Center

The American Institute for Architects (AIA) of New Jersey met at the Watershed Center for their East Coast Green conference focused on protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. More than 100 architects registered for the daylong conference that tackled the complex issues of changing climate.

The architects learned about Resilient Design in a changing environment, selecting healthy materials in the age of product transparency and other issues in various break-out sessions.

Attendees heard about the reality of climate change’s effects — with buildings contributing to about 40 percent of  greenhouse gas emissions — and possible solutions in one session. They also learned about new energy codes, considerations in creating good interior environmental design, selecting healthy materials in an era of product transparency, and helping clients access available grants and incentives.

Attendees toured the Watershed’s LEED Platinum building and discussed how the sustainable design relates to water cycle and place of the building. The Watershed’s site and energy strategies were discussed, as well as the nonprofit’s educational mission.  Among speakers for this event, attendees heard from Watershed Board Member Mary Jane Augustine, Esq., Watershed Academy Instructor Jason Kliwinski, and Watershed Center Architect Michael Farewell.