HolzChat Webcast live on August 21, 2020 at 12pm Eastern USA
Young People Get Sustainable Design 
Better than You Do
Sustainable Design Led By 
High School Students
In case you missed it, the Youth Environmental Movement is really a thing. From marches and UN speeches, to community projects and meetup groups: young people are concerned, motivated, and passionate about addressing climate change NOW. We need to empower young people so they can carry sustainable design into the future for everyone. Please join our guests Drew Lavine and Erin Loch as they discuss their Project Based Learning approach for high school students who worked to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Their work is inspiring our youth, and also the sustainable design professionals who volunteered to help.
In this episode:
  • How project based learning and the LBC were a great fit for empowering high school students to embrace sustainable design
  • How students leveraged professional volunteers in their community to learn about a wide variety of sustainability topics
  • How this program is being pivoted towards a model for other schools

Guest Drew Lavine is a Principal at Re:Vision and leads the firm’s Architecture Studio in the design of deep-green projects, including net-zero energy, Living Building Challenge, and Passive House. His childhood in the Appalachian mountains, Bauhaus education at Virginia Tech, early architectural career in San Francisco, and his years working at MGA Partners in Philadelphia have formed the foundation for Drew’s practice of Architecture. Today, he draws inspiration from nature, the craft and science of building, the creation of places for people to thrive, and the power of grassroots community education and organizing to create positive change. A passionate leader in the Philadelphia green building community, Drew is focused on our common future through the lens of holistic design thinking and practice. For his demonstrated experience in green architecture and his commitment to sustainability advocacy, Drew was recognized with AIA Philadelphia's 2019 Young Architect Award and as a 2020 ILFI Living Future Hero.
Host Ilka Cassidy is a Philadelphia area architect, Passive House Consultant, and cofounder of Holzraum System LLC.  She grew up in Germany and received her Diploma of Engineering/ Architecture degree from the RWTH Aachen. In 2005, She co-founded C2 Architecture in Philadelphia.
Host Steve Hessler is a heavy timber structural designer and project manager, a Passive House Consultant, and a cofounder of Holzraum System LLC. Since 2008 Steve has been combining 3D modeling, integrated project delivery and building science principals to design and manage off-the-grid, net-zero, and passive house projects.

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Guest Erin Loch is an environmental science teacher at Upper Dublin High School. She has crafted an initiative to teach students about sustainable design through the lens of the Living Building Challenge in a project based learning model and in collaboration with real-world professionals from the Green Building United community. Together they are creating a replicable learning model that includes students, volunteers, educators, and community members. Through this initiative her students have fallen in love with learning and nature and have been inspired to a call to action for sustainability.