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Thursday, June 20 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Lifting the Lid: Designing & Delivering an Effective Living Building Tour

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For a Living Building, the project isn’t over once the building is complete. Owners of Living Buildings are uniquely positioned to share their transformative spaces with others, offering a gateway into the LBC community for all. A powerful educational and experiential tool, tour programs can strengthen relationships with local communities, raise awareness of engagement opportunities, and empower building occupants and visitors with a deeper level of living building systems understanding.

In this workshop, three experienced LBC guides will discuss the value, strategy, and impact of building tours, tackling questions such as: How can tours support your institutional or corporate mission? What makes a memorable tour? How do we offer effective tours with sometimes limited knowledge and resources? How can we make our tours accessible to all? What are the goals of a tour program, and how do you know if you’ve been successful? 

We’ll share how Hampshire College and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment leverage tours to strengthen the impact of their Living Building Challenge projects: as part of new building-based research and curriculum, as a component of community outreach and K-12 education, and as a way to involve people in the construction process. Participants will learn how to design tours based on learning theory and proven engagement strategies, including hands-on activities, participatory problem-solving, and digital content. We’ll then invite you to develop a concept plan for your own project tour, offering support and feedback based on our experience. Each participant will leave with a plan to implement a unique, effective, and value-added tour program for their own project or site.

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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
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Jessica Schultz

Communications and Living Building Coordinator, Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Jessica Schultz is Living Building Coordinator for Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She developed and leads the Center’s Living Building tour program and manages building system operations. She is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, is Living Future Accredited, and lead... Read More →
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Josie Eilertsen

Alumni, Hampshire College
Born and raised in Southern California, Josie Eilertsen graduated from Hampshire College inMay 2018 with Five College Architecture Major and Sustainability Certificate. At Hampshireshe studied sustainable buildings and informal education specifically at the R. W. Kern Center,the 17th... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
Room 108 - R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College

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