Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on the Importance of Urban and Rural Linkages

sandwichMark Donaldson, Executive Director of the MPC, and Julie Graham, Executive Director of East TN Quality Growth, recently attended a workshop on “Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections,” and they will be sharing what they learned at the Wednesday, June 18th Brown Bag Lunch and Learn, to be held in Room 549 of the City County Building in downtown Knoxville from 12PM to 1PM.

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Join ETN USGBC in Celebrating Bike to Work Day

unnamedThis Friday is National Bike to Work Day, which just happens to align with the ETN USGBC lunch topic on redevelopment and complete streets. This is your chance to walk the walk, or rather, ride the ride.

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Update on the City of Knoxville’s Current Major Redevelopment Initiatives

cumberland ave ViewLookingWestDawn Michelle Foster and Anne Wallace from The City of Knoxville’s Office of Redevelopment will give an update and timelines for the City’s current major redevelopment initiatives, including the Cumberland Avenue, Downtown North, South Waterfront, and Magnolia Avenue projects over lunch at Calhoun’s on the River.

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Join in on the Networking and Fun at PechaKucha Night

pkn_11_posterJoin fellow USGBC members and other creative Knoxvilleans for PechaKucha Night at the Relix Variety Theater on May 1. Be sure to look for special presentations on green school initiatives and advocacy by our very own ET-USGBC Chapter leaders at the event.

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Registration is now open for the Joint April Chapter Meeting of the ETN-USGBC and the AIA Chattanooga

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You can now register for the joint ETN-USGBC and AIA Chattanooga April Chapter Meeting. Attendance is free for all AIA members, while non-members pay a $20 fee that includes lunch. The meeting is good for 1 AIA CE credit, which can be self-reported for USGBC CEUs and PE CEUs.

William Brodnax will present at the meeting on a wide but detailed review of LEED version 4, starting with a broad understanding of how, why, and when changes were made. The presentation will give attendees a general understanding of new risks involved with LEED version 4, and how they should approach their new projects.

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Preparing for a Net-Zero Energy Tomorrow

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Date: April 18, 2014
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Place: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
CEU: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit, eligible for engineer PDH
Cost: includes lunch, $5 members, $20 non-members, $10 students (with ID)
RSVP: Eventbrite or contact etnusgbcrsvp@gmail.com

Join ETN-USGBC for a presentation featuring Pete Choquette, who will discuss the implementation of methodologies for the design and validation of high-performance buildings.

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Our Dense, Low-Energy Urban Future

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Member admission including lunch is only $5.00!

Dense, well-planned urban development has a plethora of benefits which include reducing traffic congestion, reining in suburban sprawl, contributing to livable, walkable communities as well as controlling housing cost, supply and equitability.

By integrating features of sustainable urban design such as low-energy mass transit systems and considering the interaction between the built and natural environments, cities can begin to more effectively foster health, wealth, and happiness- while also mitigating their environmental impacts.

Led by Ted Shelton, FAIA, LEED AP, this presentation will introduce proven sustainable urban design principles and explore the benefits of dense, low-energy development to help plan and build the cities of tomorrow, today.

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COST: w/ Lunch- $5 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted for $10 with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

Knoxville: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 11:30am- 1:00pm
Location: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

 

 

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Highlights from The 3rd Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards

The 3rd Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards Ceremony was held January 30, 2014, from 5:30-8:30pm at The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture. The Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals whose efforts in the past year have advanced sustainability in East Tennessee. The ceremony culminates in the awarding of two very prestigious awards: The Green Leader Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions in extending the benefits of green building to the surrounding community, and The Green Light Award, which is presented to an organization that has been deemed a leader of sustainability in the local community.

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LEED Version 4: The Next Evolution of LEED

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On November 20, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released the latest version of the LEED rating system: LEED v4. Major updates in LEED v4 include updated baselines, minimum air quality requirements and many new credit opportunities.

Get ready for the new LEED! This presentation, led by Will Brodnax (LEED AP) of Energy Ace, will review the new and changing aspects of LEED as it transitions from version 3 to version 4, including a rundown of major credit categories, the evolution of new guidelines and how to improve LEED project performance.

Whether you are thinking about tackling the new standards or continuing with LEED 2009 through June 2015, this presentation will offer important guidance, bring you up to speed on new changes, introduce proven strategies and instructive case studies

COST: w/ Lunch- $5 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted for $10 with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

KNOXVILLE: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
DATE: Friday, February 21, 2014
TIME: 11:30am- 1:00pm
LOCATION: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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Rainwater Harvesting Advantages in Stormwater Management

Pueblo SpoutRainwater harvesting offers significant ecological and economic advantages to owners and operators of residential, commercial, industrial, and utility properties.

Currently, around 99% of daily potable water consumption is used to flush toilets, irrigate landscaping, wash cars and fill swimming pools, and with minimal effort and planning these uses can be offset or eliminated altogether by collecting, storing and using rainfall on site, while at the same time providing significant stormwater management benefits.

Presented by Denis Rochat of Rainwater Resources, this course will review the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting, Investigate design considerations of successful systems, and explore residential and
commercial case studies.

COST: w/ Lunch- $15 Members/$20 Non-Members. Students admitted at the member rate with College Photo ID.

CREDITS: 1 GBCI credit, 1 AIA LU/HSW credit. Eligible for engineer PDH.

KNOXVILLE: RSVP Online @ Eventbrite
DATE: Friday, January 17, 2014
TIME: 11:30am- 1:00pm
LOCATION: The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

FOR MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT: easttnusgbc@gmail.com or 865-208-7887

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