Living Future Institute unveiled
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
The International Living Future Institute was announced Thursday at the Living Future conference in Vancouver, B.C.
At its fifth annual Living Future conference Thursday, the International Living Building Institute announced it will take on a new name and consolidate the Cascadia Green Building Council, Natural Step Network USA, Ecotone Publishing and the Living Building Challenge within its operations.
The newly minted International Living Future Institute will become a hub for all of the programs that had been operating under the Cascadia Green Building Council. The institute is based in Seattle with offices in Portland, Vancouver, B.C., and Anchorage.
"In some ways very little has changed," said Sarah Costello, the Portland-based development director of the International Living Future Institute. "What we needed to do was clarify how we will move forward as an applied regional organization (Cascadia is a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council) while still being strong in promoting our international programs."
The institute clarified the roles of each program:
• Cascadia Green Building Council remains a chapter of both the U.S. and Canadian green building councils and will continue to promote LEED and other green building council programs.
• The Living Building Challenge will continue to certify living building projects and update the living building standard.
• Natural Step Network USA will continue its sustainability education and collaboration work and will remain an affiliate of The Natural Step International.
• Ecotone Publishing will be the outreach and communication arm of the institute, publishing books, managing and distributing content, and assembling living building case studies.
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