C10 - Social Equity in Design: seeking SEED and LEED Integration

Wednesday, November 14 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM | 185D « Back

Abstract Text:

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 working session for participants to practice the application of the SEED Evaluator for incorporation into their future projects.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the pilot credit for Social Equity Within the Community (LEED v4 BDC, EBOM, ND), which is set up to help projects address disparities in access and social inequities within a project’s own community.

Know the process steps for the SEED Evaluator and to achieve SEED-certification. The SEED Evaluator is a pathway to achieving the Social Equity Within the Community credit.

Implement a SEED Evaluator to LEED credit workflow example through hands-on practical example guided by the creator of SEED, a Chicago-based architect who has achieved SEED-certification for a local project, and a member of the LEED SE Working Group.

Incorporate a minimum of five strategies for integrating concepts from the SEED Evaluator into their next LEED project development process.

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Education Tracks: Community and Social Equity

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session