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It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

  • 08 Oct 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Alberici Headquarters 8800 Page Ave. St. Louis, MO 63114


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October 8 Program

It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

Architects, engineers and builders have become increasingly effective at designing and delivering high performance buildings. Now if only we had people who were ready to live and work appropriately in these great buildings! It’s not impossible! Leveraging insights from social science you can influence human behaviors and ultimately you can facilitate a culture where saving energy and reducing waste is “just what people like us do.” Join us for a lively discussion and lots of practical examples of how you can inspire changes that ultimately create a new normal.


  •  Articulate at least three benefits of inspiring building occupants to adopt sustainable practices.
  • Describe at least three strategies for engaging people and be familiar with examples of each strategy in action. 
  •   Examine the efficacy of positive reinforcement as an engagement strategy.
  • Identify at least one way to increase engagement in attendees’ own work.

Kathy Kuntz, Kanndo Consulting LLC
Kathy Kuntz has almost 30 years of experience influencing consumers, businesses and whole communities to adopt sustainable practices and technologies. Her work spans energy and water efficiency, transportation, waste reduction, beneficial electrification, and renewable energy. Kathy’s expertise, regardless of the resource or technology, is to make change happen. From 2010 to 2019 Kathy Kuntz was the executive director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities, and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under Kathy’s leadership, Cool Choices collaborated with hundreds of private businesses and public entities across the globe to engage thousands of people in sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun online platform. Prior to Cool Choices Kathy led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Under Kathy’s leadership the program expanded its activities and strengthened its partnerships with utilities and trade allies. The author of numerous presentations and papers on behavior change and energy efficiency, Kathy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


USGBC-MGC’s Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committees invites students and recent graduates to attend a special networking session!

Join us from 5:00-5:30 pm before the October Program to connect with professionals active in green building and sustainability. Participants will rotate in groups between the sustainability professionals to discuss their career path and involvement in sustainability. Students and Emerging Professionals can attend networking session free of charge. Register using the registration button on the left side of this screen.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

Click on the registration button on the left side of this screen.


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Flance Learning Center opened to students in June 2014, and aims to be an exemplary early
learning center, serving children of all incomes and backgrounds, six-weeks to six-years of age in a new, $11.5 million facility. The center’s design team placed heavy emphasis on ensuring that indoor and outdoor spaces were resource-efficient, free of toxins, healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.  In recognition of this emphasis on health and environmental
sustainability, Flance Center is registered to become only the 4th LEED for Schools Certified
Preschool in the world.   Universal Design features are also incorporated to create a convenient
experience for staff and students, regardless of physical ability, thereby creating an environment in which special-needs and typical-needs children can thrive side-by-side in the same classrooms.


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