Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference and expo, was in Washington, D.C., this past month, and Sarah Stevens was thrilled to attend on behalf of the JJCA team.
“I’ve been interested in sustainability and green design since I first began dreaming of being an architect,” says Sarah. Throughout the conference, she sought answers to her question, “What power do I hold as a designer to create healthier buildings?”
“Given we act as craftsmen of the built healthcare environment, I feel we are responsible for not only creating healing spaces for those within but also building solutions that do not harm the broader context,” she says. With this charge in mind, she carefully selected breakout sessions to help her build her knowledge of the latest sustainability strategies and design ideas.
“Ultimately, I left with new ideas of implementing biophilic design, a greater understanding of the spending power designers hold through specifications, and a better perception of how to make informed decisions regarding specifying green materials.
“I am eager to research more and dive deeper into the world of sustainability, using the connections and knowledge gained from my time in D.C.”