First Annual Green Conference Hosted by New Jersey Chapter of AIA

The first annual Green Conference was hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) September 16-17 in Atlantic City, N.J.

More than 400 architects attended 40 programs on clean energy and solar and wind energy.

“East Coast Green is a seminal event with regard to highlighting the contribution of buildings to climate change,” said Jason Kliwinksi, AIA, LEED AP, AIA-NJ president and conference organizer. “Because buildings are the major source of greenhouse gas emissions, architects are on the front lines of reversing climate change.”

Reed, who is a principal of the regenerative planning firm, Regenesis, and president of the strategic environmental planning firm, Integrative Design also commented on sustainability.

“‘Sustainable’, means that you can do it forever,” said Reed. “A building cannot be sustainable–the whole system has to be sustainable. We are sustaining life, and buildings are a piece of life–not the whole life. ”