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The Power of Transformative Goals: Vanderbilt’s BlueSky Energy Vision Process - Jason McLennan of McLennan Design

Monday, August 27, 2018,

  • Location: Blair School of Music

The FutureVU BlueSky Energy Vision Study lays the foundation for Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint reduction and serves to challenge the university community to generate bold and creative approaches to doing so.  The consulting team for the BlueSky Energy Vision Study includes HDR, McLennan Design and Integral Group.  McLennan Design, founded by Jason McLennan in 2013, is a regenerative architecture, planning, design and product design practice focused on deep green sustainability, community and education and is dedicated to creating Living Buildings, Net-Zero and Regenerative Projects. McLennan Design led the initial BlueSky Visioning session on March 26-27.  Jason McLennan is scheduled to do a lecture, tentatively titled  The Power of Transformative Goals – Vanderbilt’s BlueSky Energy Vision for the university and Nashville communities on Monday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Blair School of Music - Ingram Hall. 

The following lists a few projects led by McLennan Design:

  • Yale Divinity School Regenerative Village: created master plan and framework for first Living Building certified university residences
  • Microsoft Sustainability Strategies:  corporate sustainability strategies for all global facilities
  • Simon Fraser University Masterplan, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada:  ~ 1 million square feet of mixed-use buildings, all of which was planned using Living Building Challenge principles
  • Georgia Tech Living Building:  Living Building Certified coach for this effort

Jason McLennan Bio:

Considered one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and green building movement today, Jason is a highly sought out designer, consultant and thought leader around the planet.  He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design).  He has been called the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the green building industry, a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine and has been selected as the Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record- one of the only individuals in the architecture profession to have won the award in its 52-year history.

McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe.  He is the author of six books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council.  He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities and influential development companies –all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice designing some of the world’s most advanced green buildings.  McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines and newspapers around the world.