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ILFI Living Product Expo 2016 and Inspire Speakers Series: Opening Night Keynote

September 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

GBA is partnering with the International Living Future Institute to bring you the latest Inspire Speakers Series!



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Join us for the Living Product Expo Opening Night Keynote to hear from thought-leaders in the green building industry and sustainable manufacturing: Amanda Sturgeon (CEO, International Living Future Institute), Jason F. McLennan (CEO of McLennan Design), Leo Gerard (International President of the United Steelworkers Union), Khari Mosley (Pennsylvania Regional Programs Manager, BlueGreen Alliance), and Bart Bleijerveld (Co-Founder, Better Future Factory). They’ll share their experiences, sources of inspiration, connections to social justice and sustainability, and the importance in shifting the paradigm around materials and manufacturing.


We’ll kick off the evening with remarks from Amanda on the Institute’s work in breaking the boundaries on sustainable product development standards. In a panel moderated by Khari Mosley, Jason and Leo will discuss their experiences growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, – witnessing the polluted lakes and barren lands caused by logging and mining industries. This served as a source of inspiration for change, making the connection between social justice and sustainability. Later in the night, Blair will share his story behind the Better Future Factory which finds and develops creative, yet realistic, and sustainable solutions for the most pressing environmental issues. They incorporate the underlying principles of the circular economy to close loops, re-cycle materials, increase value, and develop businesses that contribute to a better future for all. Join us in shifting the paradigm around materials and manufacturing.


ISS Opening Night Keynote vs. Tuesday Opening Night Pass:

Want to hear from Tuesday night’s speakers but also want to join in the fun and networking opportunities available at the Living Product Expo? Dive a little deeper and purchase a $125 “Tuesday Opening Night Pass”! It includes:

* Opening Night Reception (5:30p – 6:30p, Tuesday Sept. 13)

* Opening Night Keynote (6:30 – 8:00p, Tuesday, Sept 13)

* Trade Show Public Hours (2p – 6p, Wednesday Sept. 14)

* After Party at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (6:30p – 9:30p, Wednesday, Sept. 14)


Only want to hear the Tuesday speakers? You can purchase a $20 ISS ticket which includes:

* Opening Night Keynote (6:30 – 8:00p, Tuesday, Sept 13)



Amanda SturgeonAmanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Amanda has been with the International Living Future Institute for over 5 years, initially overseeing the programs, then as Executive Director and now as CEO. She joined the Institute following a career as a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Institute she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative for Perkins + Will across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. She has served on many boards and committees and has taught at the University of Washington as well as Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent board member of AIA Seattle. Amanda was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 and a LEED Fellow later the same year in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement. She was named as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.



Khari MosleyModerator: Khari Mosley, Pennsylvania Regional Programs Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
Khari Mosley is the Pennsylvania Regional Programs Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance. He was the Director of Green Economy Initiatives at GTECH Strategies, a nonprofit social enterprise investing in community revitalization through green economic development initiatives. He was also the former National Political Director for the League of Young Voters & National Policy Director for League of Young Voters Education Fund, respectively. He also served as the elected democratic chairman of Pittsburgh’s 22nd Ward from 2004 until May of 2010. He currently is a member of the 14th Ward Democratic Committee. Khari has received numerous awards for civic work including: Pittsburgh Magazine, League of Women Voters, The A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future and the New Pittsburgh Courier. Khari attended Indiana Univ of PA where he studied political-science. He lives in Pittsburgh, with his wife Chelsa Wagner, the Allegheny County Controller, and their sons Thaddeus & Isaiah.


Leo Gerard FinalPanel Speaker: Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW) union
Leo W. Gerard, is the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) union. He also is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Committee and chairs the labor federation’s Public Policy Committee. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. He serves as co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and on the boards of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute. He helped create the Washington-based public interest group, Alliance for American Manufacturing. He is a member of the IndustriALL Global Labor federation and was instrumental in creating Workers Uniting, the first global union, with leaders of the UK-based manufacturing union Unite. The USW (United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union). is the largest manufacturing union in North America, representing 1.2 million active and retired industrial and service sector workers in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


Jason F McLennanPanel Speaker: Jason F. McLennan, CEO/Partner, McLennan Design
Considered one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and green building movement today, Jason is a highly sought out designer, consultant and thought leader around the planet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design). He has been called a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine and has been selected as the Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record- one of the only architects to have won the award in its 52 year history.
McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as the primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe. He is the author of six books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities and influential development companies –all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice and the Green Warrior Society- an exciting new philanthropic initiative designed to bring good design and environmental performance to those that need it the most. McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines and newspapers around the world.



Bart BleijerveldBart Bleijerveld, Co-Founder, Better Future Factory
Bart Bleijerveld co-founded Better Future Factory, a multi-disciplinary company focused on design, environmental issues, and­­ engineering. Better Future Factory finds and develops creative yet realistic and sustainable solutions for the most pressing issues especially those related to the plastic waste problem. The company incorporates the underlying principles of the circular economy to close loops, re-cycle materials, increase value, and develop businesses that contributes to a better future for all.
Bart also co- founded the following two ventures: Perpetual Plastic and Refil. Perpetual Plastic develops and rents out and interactive recycle installations to inspire, inform and create awareness for plastic waste problems. Refil develops and sells high quality 3D printer filament (the “ink” for 3D printers) made out of car dashboards, PET soda bottles and the inside of refrigerators.
Bart graduated from Delft University of Technology with a Masters Degree in Industrial Design Engineering. During his masters studies he worked on the design of a next generation first-aid stretcher which resulted in a patented technology.



September 13, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jenna Cramer


David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, 15222
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