CA04 - Equitable Development Session 1: Social Equity in Design: Seeking SEED and LEED Integration

Tuesday, November 13 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM | 185BC « Back

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This session will provide participants with the capacity to incorporate social equity into their projects through application of the Social Economic and Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator methodology. They will then be able to achieve the LEED Social Equity in the Community Pilot Credit and to create positive economic, social and environmental design outcomes. The SEED Evaluator helps accomplish these triple-bottom line outcomes by providing a standard to guide, measure, evaluate and certify impacts of design projects. It is operationalized through a web-based communication platform for design teams and communities, and provides a means to document decision-making, participatory processes, community-identified goals, and project results for peer review by a SEED Reviewer. This session content will include: the description of the LEED Social Equity Pilot Credits with a focus on Social Equity in the Community, and the values of USGBC that this initiative serves; the background and principles of the SEED Network and the SEED Evaluator tool; a presentation of the SEED Award-winning Chicago-based Marwen School Expansion by Wheeler Kearns Architects as a Case Study of the SEED process; and then provide a structured demonstration and discussion about the use of the SEED Evaluator. Note: This session is part of the Equitable Development track within CAHS. You are encouraged to select the other sessions within this track, though it is not required.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the pilot credit for the LEED Social Equity Within the Community, which helps projects address disparities in access and social inequities within a project’s own community.

Describe the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator design tool for projects. The SEED Evaluator is one of three paths to achieving the Social Equity Within the Community credit.

Complete a SEED Evaluator template using a structured exercise that mimics a SEED Evaluator process.

Incorporate a minimum of five strategies or concepts from the SEED Evaluator into their project development processes, and will receive handouts on integrating community engagement.

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Event Type: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit > Session