Durham School Lunch-and-Learn


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“Buildings That Regenerate”

Presented by Colin Rohlfing (Director of Sustainable Development)

Friday, September 29, 2023
12:00 PM:  Boxed lunches available
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Presentation
Peter Kiewit Institute Room 160 (Omaha), Nebraska Hall Room 175 (Lincoln), or Zoom

Please use the form below to RSVP for lunch or the Zoom link, preferably by 5 PM on Tues., Sept. 26, 2023.

Regenerative Design breaks existing design paradigms to reconnect humans and nature and nurtures social equity through continuously evolving social and ecological systems. This re-connection requires an immediate reversal of the negative impacts associated with carbon emissions, environmental degradation, and social inequality. A Regenerative building must act as a “carbon bank”, a healing space, and an equitable community resource to achieve net positive impacts over its lifecycle. As climate change nears a tipping point with irreversible consequences, the rise of civil unrest reaches an all-time high due to social injustices in society and the mental health crisis at its peak due to the consequences of COVID-19, high performance buildings are not enough—a harmony in community values is needed. This new design approach changes our fundamental thinking about long-term building operations and their impacts on the local community and ecology. This session will provide insight about putting Regenerative Design into practice with case studies.