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San Antonio Low-Impact Development Design Competition

Wednesday July 10 th , winners will be announced for the San Antonio Low-Impact Development Design Competition with an awards dinner at the Pearl Stable. This competition, hosted by the San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum, serves to draw attention to low-impact development solutions in our hometown, where the population is expected to double by 2050. Entrants were comprised of professional design teams who were given the option of one of three projects on a site in San Antonio including an urban redevelopment at Hemisfair Park, a green roadway on Evers Road, and a multi-family mixed-...
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Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon

On August 1st AIA San Antonio will be presenting the 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon. Chaired by Lake|Flato's own Tenna Florian at Lake|Flato's own Briscoe Western Art Museum. The subject of the luncheon will be Architecture 2030: The Rise of 2030 Districts . The event's keynote speaker will be Architecture 2030's founder and CEO Ed Mazria . Mazria is an award winning architect who is committed to making the field of architecture more responsible and more sustainable. The building sector is, after all, responsible for nearly half of all U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse...
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What Makes A Winner

In case you haven't heard yet, back in April 2013 our very own Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse was awarded an AIA COTE Top Ten Award. The award is given by the American Institute of Architects to the top ten most sustainable projects across the country. We're certainly very proud to be on the list beside so many names we admire. There was an especially interesting post in Gizmodo about what elements set each winner apart. Some of these elements included Living Machines, 100% on site renewable energy production, energy meters in every classroom, or in our case it was "energy surfing". Yeah...
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LEED Earth Campaign

In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program, announced last week a new campaign offering free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in the 114 countries where LEED has yet to take root. Coined “LEED Earth,” this campaign aims to bring LEED certification and thereby better-performing buildings into new markets. LEED is a global approach to more efficient, environmentally-sound buildings and is universally adaptable to address issues such as energy and potable water use,...
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Center City Infill Development Workshop

Tomorrow the Center City Development Office, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, will be hosting a half-day workshop for developers, design professionals, and real estate attorneys interested in developing and facilitating development in the center city. “This workshop is an opportunity for developers and real estate professionals to meet key city staff, learn more about how the Center City Development Office can assist through the Center City Housing Incentive Policy and Inner City Reinvestment Infill Policy and get answers to commonly asked questions,“ emphasizes Lori Houston, Center...
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Travis Park Redevelopment Survey

The City of San Antonio’s Center City Development Office has engaged Project for Public Spaces Inc. (PPS) to assist the City of San Antonio, the community, and area stakeholders in creating a concept plan for Travis Park. Initial meetings were held in March 2013 and PPS returned in May 2013 to present a proposed concept plan. You can help this important project move forward with your response to a quick survey by June 7th. The PPS concept plan for this underutilized park includes food trucks, a picnic area, lawn game courts, a multipurpose pavilion, public art, improved landscaping, and a...
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2013 Green School Challenge

Are you a green building professional looking for ways to give back to the community? Do you enjoy working with children and want to help them become good stewards of their environments? Then we need YOU! In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program , the USGBC Green Schools Committee is seeking mentors for its 2013-2014 Green Schools Challenge! Schools in Austin and San Antonio are currently being invited to form “Green Teams” of 4th and/or 5th graders to create projects aimed at greening their school environment. Two mentors (trained by USGBC) will then be...
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JUST: The Social Justice Label

Bob, Tenna, and I just returned from Seattle for this year's Living Future unConference . It was a fantastic event and we can't wait to share all the new things we learned there. A new program that was "unveiled" at the event was JUST, a voluntary disclosure program that produces an equity "nutrition label" on organizations that participate. Lake|Flato has already signed up to participate in the initiative and we encourage you to do the same! You can find more information on how to get involved on the International Living Future Institute's website .
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adapting our historic buildings

Join the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) on May 21 from 11:30am-1pm at The Center for Architecture at Pearl Brewery for a presentation about San Antonio’s historic buildings as part of the city’s Historic Preservation Month. This program will first explore the existing inventory of historic buildings and opportunities for restoration or adaptive reuse projects. Then, we will discuss sustainable building strategies and how LEED can apply to historic projects. Finally, we’ll delve into the technical aspects of optimizing building envelope performance without harming the building...
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USGBC Chapter Fundraiser

USGBC, or the United States Green Building Council, of Central Texas is hosting its 2013 chapter fundraiser on May 13th in Austin. Support your local USGBC chapter and enjoy an entertaining and educational evening at the same time! Screen the newly-released documentary Switch , take a building tour of the new ZACH Topfer Theatre (on target for LEED Silver) and share local food and drink with friends and supporters of green building. Group transportation is available from San Antonio to Austin. To reserve your spot in the van, purchase your ticket and send an email to info [at] usgbc-...