Exploring the Sustainable Built Environment

Posted January 7th, 2013 ·









2013 brings a renewed sense of purpose and energy at BGI. As the year begins we’re excited to share more of the deep thinking and innovative work happening in our community, now with monthly themes! This month, January 2013, is focused on the Sustainable Built Environment.

The Built Environment is defined as consisting of buildings and all other things that have been constructed by human being. The Sustainable Built Environment is designing and constructing with the goal of minimizing negative impact on the environment, or even building to live in harmony with nature.

Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing ideas and starting conversations on the Sustainable Built Environment. Below you’ll find more information on the events happening this month and you can stay engaged in the conversation here at bgi.edu or through our social media:

January Change Agents in Residence (CAIR)

As part of the integrated MBA curriculum, CAIR gives current students and the BGI community the opportunity to talk to industry leaders. These pioneers advance sustainable business practices, research social and ecological sustainability, and lead organizations for social and economic advocacy.

This January, BGI is honored to host the following Change Agents:

Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Chairman and CEO of Mithun

During his tenure, Bert has led Mithun to national recognition for concept-based, environmentally intelligent design. Under his leadership, the firm has been honored with four Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 Green Projects, two American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) National Awards, a Sustainable Design Leadership Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an AIA National Honor Award for Urban Design, two ULI Awards of Excellence, and a Local and Regional Leadership Award from the United States Green Building Council.

Bert serves as an international leader, speaker and advocate for sustainable building and urbanism, with recent lectures in Beijing, Jerusalem and Sarajevo. He served as Vice Chair of the USGBC LEED® for Neighborhood Development Core Committee, is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s national Climate, Land Use and Energy Advisory Committee, and was an advisor to the National Building Museum’s Intelligent Cities Initiative. He currently serves on the Forterra Board of Directors, the ULI TOD Council, the Technical Resource Group of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program and the faculty of The Portland Institute of Sustainability’s EcoDistrict Institute.

Darcy Winslow, Founder of Designs for a Sustainable World Collective, LLC

Darcy Winslow has been a pioneer and active practitioner of sustainability frameworks and principles, exploring and experimenting with the application of these to all aspects of business. Darcy worked at Nike, Inc. for over 20 years and held several senior management positions within the business.

In 1999, Darcy Winslow spearheaded a major sustainability initiative at Nike to ensure that the creation of the world’s most recognizable brand of athletic-wear was also the most socially responsible and environmentally friendly. Darcy Winslow is one of the foremost hands-on experts on the process of steering a large and successful company toward more environmental and financial sustainability.

Winslow is an Executive-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Program Director for Willamette University’s Sustainable Enterprise Program, and the founder of Designs for a Sustainable World Collective, LLC, a firm that focuses on the development of practical yet aggressive strategies for organizations to create and adopt more sustainable and ultimately regenerative business practices. In addition, she has recently accepted an Adjunct Faculty position with the Center for Creative Leadership.

Winslow participated in the 2009 Inspire Antarctic Expedition, hosted by British Petroleum and led by polar explorer, Robert Swan, and will be returned in the spring of 2010 as part of 2041’s Leadership On The Edge program. She played a vital role in helping shape the program activities and bringing depth and experience to the Climate Change dialogue and vulnerability of natural resources and ecosystems. The expedition engaged climate scientists, business leaders, youth leaders, and polar experts to collaborate in unprecedented ways to understand the roles we play as citizens, members of corporations or universities, and community leaders.

Winslow received her BS in exercise science and MS in exercise physiology and biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for NorthWest Earth Institute; and the Board of Directors for Portland Sustainability Institute, Greenopolis, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Council for Responsible Sport. She serves on the Board of Directors for Ziba Design, Inc., is an active member of the Society for Organizational Learning and Sustainability Consortium.

January Events on the Sustainable Built Environment

January 16: Net Impact BGI: Built Environment | BGI Seattle Office

Net Impact BGI hosts another community social, this time focusing on the Built Environment. The focus for the evening will on the Seattle 2030 District and how one company in particular, Sellen Sustainability, has been at the forefront of sustainable design and construction. Our guest Dave Walsh, who consults with Sellen Sustainability, will discuss the cutting edge work that Sellen Sustainability is doing, why the company separated from Sellen Construction, and how Sellen Sustainability serves as one of the building industry leaders in the Pacific Northwest for the Seattle 2030 District.

January 17-19: Change Agents in Residence (CAIR) | Islandwood, Bainbridge Island

Current Metro and Hybid MBA Students, along with Alumni, are invited to join the CAIRs Fireside Chat at 8:00 PM on Thursday night, January 17, in the Great Hall at Islandwood. Watch the schedule for other lectures and private events throughout the MBA Intensive weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with Bert Gregory and Darcy Winslow in person!

We’ll also be live tweeting the Fireside Chat as well as other events throughout the MBA Intensive weekend so the public can join in the conversation. Follow @BGIedu to join the Change Agent conversation on the Sustainable Built Environment.

January 18: Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE): Sustainable Building Lecture | Bainbridge Island Library, Bainbridge Island

Join us for a Bainbridge discussion on sustainable building with our guest Bert Gregory. Explore how to take an active design leadership role the urban realm including mixed use housing, workplace, transit oriented development and urban design.


  1. Hannah Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:03 am · Reply

    A survey is being distributed later this year regarding the Presidents’ Climate Challenge and I would like to know who to contact for this.

    Thank you.

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