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Green Champion Summit 2018: Life Cycles in the Built Environment

September 17, 2018

Monday, October 8
AIA Portland
$10 | 5:30-8PM


This premier event is an evening of learning, discussing, and connecting the dots in our journey to reducing the increasing effects of new construction on our global climate. Every material we use has an environmental footprint defined not only by its source, but by its journey through transportation, manufacturing, installation, and end of life handling. Explore with us how material choices relate to a range of measurable environmental impacts from embodied energy to habitat destruction through all stages of the project, and to see exciting examples of how Life Cycle Analysis can be utilized to inform design decisions.

Join us for this prelude to the Portland Sustainable Building Week for presentations and case studies from the beginning of the materials cycle to the end.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify the complex relations among learning new tools and conventional practice with regards to LCA
  2. Explore LCA design strategy success and failures through the use of case studies
  3. Identify the theoretical principles behind the local, state, and national sourcing of materials
  4. Develop effective strategies for integrating life-cycle analysis into the design process
Stacy Smedley, LEED BD+C, Living Future Accredited, Skanska USA Building
Vinh Mason, Bureau for Planning & Sustainability
Terry Campbell, NW Sustainable Wood
Jordan Palmeri, Oregon DEQ
Jacob Dunn, ZGF

Stacy H. Smedley, LEED BD+C, Living Future Accredited
Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building
Stacy’s resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified projectin Washington and first project in the world certified under Living Building Version 2.0, the Bertschi School Living Science Building. At Skanska, Stacy is Director of Sustainability, leading sustainable initiatives and progressing sustainable construction methods. Stacy is committed to engaging her community in sustainable design and has served as advisory board member for the Carbon Leadership Forum, Construction Taskforce Chair for the Embodied Carbon Network, founding member and Chair of Washington Businesses for Climate Action, member of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Working Group, Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council, Regional Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for USGBC, Sustainable Curriculum Consultant, and 2013 Scholar in Residence for the National Association of Independent Schools. Stacy is a 2012 Living Building Hero.



Vinh Mason
Green Building Policy Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Vinh Mason is the green building policy coordinator for the City of Portland’sBureau of Planning and Sustainability where he develops strategies to reduce carbon emissions while advancing equity. His career in sustainable development began in 1992 as an environmental engineering consultant. Prior to joining the City, Vinh was an environmental science professor at two Portland colleges where he taught courses on climate change and sustainable solutions. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California – Santa Barbara and an MS in environmental management from Portland State University.





Jordan Palmeri
Materials Management Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Jordan Palmeri is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Materials Management Programat the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, where he coordinates projects around the built environment, life cycle assessments, and purchasing.  He’s worked on building and zoning codes, rating systems, and served as a technical and policy expert for small housing initiatives.  He recently finished a 2-year term on the US Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and is now leading a program to help Oregon concrete producers develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).  Jordan holds a MS in Environmental Science from Tulane University.   


Jacob Dunn
Sustainability Enabler, ZGF Architects
Jacob Dunn holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Idahoand his professional background has pivoted between research, sustainability consulting, education, and architecture. After spending a year in London with ARUP’s Foresight Innovation and Incubation group, Jacob finished his degree and started working at the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL). At the IDL, he specialized in consulting through architectural simulation, conducted research on energy efficiency, and taught various graduate-level architecture courses. After four years of being a Research Scientist, he was recruited out of Idaho to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) and tasked with enabling evidenced-based design and simulation analysis to their award-winning design firm. Now at the Portland office at ZGF, Jacob splits his time between coordinating sustainability practices at the leadership level while providing technical assistance and training across ZGF’s multiple offices.


Terry Campbell
Sales Director, Sustainable NW Wood
Terry Campbell started his career in the sustainable wood products industry in 2000.  In 2004, he started a sustainable wood products consulting practice focused on training, certification expertise and marketing for wood product companies.  Joining Sustainable Northwest Wood in 2014 he now works at the intersect of using local wood products to protect ecosystem services, provide economic development, and connect people to place.  When he is not talking about sustainable wood he enjoys going on trips with his wife, rock climbing and racing his cyclocross bike for the Beermongers Cycle Club.  Currently, he is also the International Living Future Institute Portland Facilitator and co-creator of Sustainable Building Week.




October 8, 2018 kicks off the first annual Sustainable Building Week (SBW) an event-filled week from a cross section of Portland’s design professional organizations. The week will bring the best and brightest building professional organizations together to educate, connect and foster opportunities for future collaboration to Keep Portland Green. Whether its combating climate change, protecting our natural resources or investigating the increasing number of dangerous chemicals in our indoor spaces, the multitude of issues that need to be addressed require more attention by all of us.