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Sustainable Delaware subject of Oct. 15-16 conference, workshop

 “Sustainable Delaware 2009” is the subject of the AIA Delaware conference and workshop, scheduled Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16, in Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware in Newark. Included on Oct. 16 will be several free public programs with topics geared to homeowners, business, students and locale preservationists.

Highlights of the conference on Oct. 15 include a presentation by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, 40 presenters on the design, policy and science of sustainability, 50 Green exhibitors and networking among an expected 500 professional participants and Delaware's political leaders. National speakers will address the architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, policy and underlying science of the new sustainability paradigm.The event is sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in partnership with the University of Delaware and its Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, College of Education and Public Policy, Institute for Public Administration and the Water Resources Agency. Other cosponsors include the Sierra Club, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Cape Gazette and the Wilmington News Journal.

Speakers from UD will include John Byrne, director of UD's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy; Gerald J. Kauffman, director of the Water Resources Agency; Willett Kempton, director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration; and Kathleen Kerr, head of UD's Sustainability Task Force.

According to Kevin Wilson, president of the Delaware Chapter of AIA, "Delaware's top scientists and architects will come together to share what they can do right now -- and say they must do over the next two years -- to avert the worst risks of climate change. Of the 50 states, Delaware may have the highest percentage of urbanism at risk from sea-level rise driven by climate change. The recent American Academy of Sciences study calling for moving major roads and other infrastructre in the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf regions will be discussed at the conference by one of its authors, Dr. Robert Gallamore."

Activities on Friday, Oct. 16, will include a half-day workshop on “Understanding Buildings After They Leave Home: How to Insure that the 'Performance' Is Really in High-Performance Buildings,” led by Bruce Coldham, principal of Coldham & Hartman Architects of Amherst, Mass., and past chair of the board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Also on Oct. 16, the following events are free and open to the public:

  • “Networking for Action in Sustainability,” from 10-11 a.m.;
  • “Historic Preservation and Sustainability: 'Green' Is the Most Efficient Use of What Already Exists,” from 11 a.m.-noon;
  • “How the Delaware Energy Office Can Help Businesses and Homeowners,” from noon-1 p.m.;
  • “What Is Sustainability in Your Neighborhood and City,” from 1-2 p.m.; and

To register for the conference or for more information, visit the AIA Delaware Web site at [http://www.aiadelaware.org/], call Nancy Payne at (302) 654-9817 or e-mail [director@aiadelaware.org].

The American Institute of Architects is the professional organization representing some 90,000 of America's architects and the profession of architecture in the United States for more than 150 years.