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The Living Building Challenge:
The Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability


Monday, March 3, 2014
7:00-8:00 PM
Upper School Wood Room



Park Tudor School and Smith College, with support from the Bennett Family Endowment Fund at Park Tudor, proudly present:
The Living Building Challenge Environmental Lecture with Reid Bertone-Johnson, Landscape Studies Studio Instructor at Smith College.

The Living Building Challenge is a certification program that provides a detailed set of design and construction standards for environmentally friendly buildings. It is the most comprehensive such certification and goes above and beyond the requirement for LEED Platinum. To date, only five buildings in the world have been fully certified under the Living Building Challenge. The Bechtel Environmental classroom at Smith College was the fifth.
The Living Building Challenge comprises seven different "petals" that encompass issues of sustainability, aesthetics and social justice. The challenge consists of being certified with respect to each petal: Equity, Beauty, Health, Site, Water, Energy and Materials.

Reid Bertone-Johnson will speak about how the building project raised the level of environmental awareness at Smith, how the building now advances the mission of Smith's Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, and what lessons it might hold for Park Tudor School.



Landscape Studies at Smith College

Tenure-track job description

Assistant Professor of Landscape Studies

The Program in Landscape Studies at Smith College seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor, to begin July 2014. The ideal candidate should hold an MLA, PhD, or related degree. Significant teaching experience, ideally in a liberal arts setting, and professional experience are both highly desirable; scholarly publications are expected. Our ideal candidate will have broad interests in landscape and architectural design, design history, planning, public policy, cultural geography, visual arts, and botany, with a background in the humanities and social sciences. Teaching will include four undergraduate courses a year, both introductory and advanced.

The interdisciplinary Landscape Studies Program, devoted to making the study of the natural and the built environment central to the liberal arts, is supported by Smith College’s considerable resources, including a nationally recognized Botanic Garden, Art Museum, Field Station, Engineering Program, and Center for Ecological, Environmental Design and Sustainability (CEEDS). Smith is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, offering further resources. Our campus in Northampton, MA, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is itself an arboretum.

Submit applications at http://apply.interfolio.com/22162 with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013.

Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.


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