The U.S. Green Building Council has recently named Mithun Principal, Tom Nelson, AIA, to the 2012 class of LEED Fellows – the green building industry’s most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the industry. Nelson has been an integral part of some Mithun’s most sustainable projects including the LEED Platinum UCI Medical Education Building.
Tom Nelson will be recognized with the rest of the 2012 LEED Fellow class at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November. For more information on the LEED Fellow program, visit www.usgbc.org.
Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has launched Priority Green Expedited, a permitting incentive that puts green projects in the permitting fast-lane. From their November 3, 2010 press release:
Seattle is now providing incentives accessible to any applicant designing a green project. “We are fortunate that the Seattle community has a strong culture of sustainability. Our Priority Green permit incentive program is designed to make green building standard practice and accessible to all our applicants so that we can work together to build a sustainable future.” Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle Department of Planning and Development DPD’s Priority Green program began with a goal of facilitating very innovative projects showcasing emerging sustainable design. The program has evolved with input from stakeholders, most notably the Green Building Task force. The task force recommended an expedited permitting program and technical support for code challenges. These recommendations have been realized with Priority Green Expedited focusing on typical green building projects and the Innovation Advisory Committee focusing on emerging technologies. Priority Green Expedited has been expanded to include multifamily and commercial projects in addition to single family and townhome projects that began in October 2009. DPD will continue to incentivize innovative and Living Building projects meeting Architecture 2030 through Priority Green Facilitation. “Priority Green is a fantastic way to encourage green building in Seattle. The inventive programs meet the city’s environmental goals while leveraging existing city services. Expedited permit review saves time and money while promoting healthier, more sustainable residential and commercial building practices.” Richard Franko, Mithun, Green Building Task Force Member.
This video showcases Hope Meadows, an intergenerational community in which seniors support families as they adopt and raise children from the foster care system.
The scale and complexity of neighborhoods, towns, and cities are unprecedented — and so are our tools for understanding them. Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, and supported by TIME and IBM, the Intelligent Cities Initiative explores the intersection of information technology and urban design to uncover connections between how we shape our urban environment today and the impact of our choices tomorrow.
The initiative will include a series of polls developed to gain a better understanding of the ways in which people select and interact with their homes, neighborhoods, and cities. The first topic, “The Home,” is now available on the Intelligent Cities polling site.Related:
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has launched a new program, the Landscape Performance Series (LPS). Mithun worked with the LAF to format the program and has a strong representation of projects as case study briefs including Taylor 28, High Point, Zoomazium and Epler Hall. Read more about the LPS at ASLA.org:
“Most people now know about “building performance,” but few outside the profession fully appreciate “landscape performance” and the contribution landscape solutions make to sustainability. To help address this gap in the marketplace, the Landscape Architecture Foundation has launched a new program, the Landscape Performance Series. The LPS is an online interactive set of resources to show value and provide tools for designers, agencies, and advocates to document benefits and make the case for sustainable landscapes.”
The National Building Museum recently posted a video series called, “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Green Public Spaces,” on their website and at its conclusion invited the public at large to respond with videos of their own by posting to the Vimeo group “Your Great Green Places.”
What makes great public spaces work? And what makes some public spaces “greener” than others? The National Building Museum’s Great Green Places video series looks at the specific elements that make certain public spaces so successful.
Last Thursday, August 6th, a few Mithunees joined EarthCorps’ efforts to help restore Clarke Beach on Mercer Island. A total of 92 volunteers (15 adults and 77 youth) removed 17,993 sq ft. of invasive species: including blackberry, ivy, holly, and cherry laurel. The groups included Mithun, individuals and three youth organizations—YMCA, Voices, and Footprints. This effort prepared the area for planting of native trees and understory (shrubs and ground cover) in the fall to build a healthy forest that is more resistant to invasives in the future, and to create an overall a healthier habitat. There’s another volunteer opportunity coming up on Saturday, August 22nd if you want to join in!
View the photos on EarthCorp1’s Flickr set: 8/6 Mithun Clarke Beach volunteer event .