Bill Reed to Speak on Sustainable Building

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 31, 2011 – Bill Reed, an international expert and leader in the field of sustainable building and integrative design, will deliver a public lecture titled “Regeneration: An Approach to Sustainable Building” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Griffin Hall, room 3, on the Williams College campus.

A consultant, design process facilitator, and lecturer, Reed is president of the Integrative Design Collaborative, a consulting group working to evolve green-building design practice into an approach that is fully integrated with living systems. He is a principal of the planning firm Regenesis and the strategic environmental planning firm Integrative Design.

Reed was a founding board member of the U.S. Green Building Council, which developed the LEED rating and certification system, and he served as one of the council’s first LEED system trainers. He was co-chair of the LEED technical committee from its inception in 1994 through 2003 and served on the American Institute of Architects’ committee on the environment.

Reed’s public lecture coincides with his participation in the planning process for the upcoming Kellogg House relocation and renovation. Kellogg House, formerly home to the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), will be moved later this year in preparation for the construction of the new Sawyer library. Once relocated to an adjacent area on campus, the historic house will be renovated and an addition constructed to make the facility a suitable home for both CES and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives.

Sponsored by CES and the Zilkha Center, Reed’s public lecture is intended to help introduce the Williams community to principles of sustainable building that will be put into practice in the Kellogg House project. The college’s newest academic buildings, Schapiro and Hollander halls, have received LEED Gold certification.

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Published March 31, 2011