This session will explore methods in mindfulness. Three leading female designers will share case studies, exploring empathetic modalities for creating varied experiences and environments that allow for personal choice.


Program Details

Day 1: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PT on Friday, August 21st

Sarah Barnard is speaking from 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM PT


Event Description

Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo has become the longest-running and most significant gathering of advocates for leading sustainability and green building, both within the public and private sectors of Southern California, since its establishment in 2001.

For this year’s MGBCE event, they have worked hard to adapt this annual gathering to be as engaging as possible, given the current circumstances. Although it is no longer feasible to host the conference in person, the event will continue by featuring live streaming, interactive exhibitor and community partner booths, virtual tours, digital networking, recorded content, and much more.

EQUITY is the theme for this year’s MGBCE. The USGBC has committed themselves to this theme by programming toward Healthy Buildings and Workforce Development, and by attempting to expand who is actively participating in and benefiting from the sustainable built environment. An issue that is ever more important during these unprecedented times.


Featured Speaker Bios

Sarah Barnard, WELL AP + LEED AP, is hosting a panel discussion with Adaeze Cadet and Julie Smith-Clementi on Friday, August 21st from 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM. Each panelist will be presenting individually, then conclude with a collective conversation centered around empathy. Their topic, Communities Session – Building a Compassionate Community: Empathy As A Core Principle of Design Practice, tackles how designers can combine elements of known design strategies to create an expanded practice of universal design to include mental, physical, and emotional well being. By considering the intersections of need, we can work together to design with empathy, making all built environments inclusive, restorative spaces.

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How to Register

Register here for the 19th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo. The event is $75 to register, but if you are a government, non-profit employee, or student, you receive a discounted rate of $25. Additionally, all USGBC-LA members have free admission.