Greening Design and Construction Practices: Current Events Urban Resilience

A Ticco Virtual Conference Event

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 12:00pm EDT

In the US alone, more than one billion square feet of building materials are deposited into landfills each year as a result of the construction industry. As we approach a new era of environmental regulations and climate change impacts, those performing new construction, adaptive reuse, and restoration must consider the byproduct of their work and how to minimize their footprint. In this webinar, we heard from a series of practitioners who are taking steps to reduce the output of their practice.

Moderator: Walker Wells, Raimi + Associates
Over the past two decades, Walker Wells has worked with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and development of innovative polices and programs. He is the author of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition, and his work work has helped shape green affordable housing policy, educated hundreds of practitioners, and overseen the certifications of over 2,000 units of green affordable housing. He is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Green Rater and a lecturer in Green Urbanism at the Claremont Colleges and the UCLA Urban Planning Program. Wells holds Bachelors degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.

Panelist: Lindsay Jones, Blind Eye Restoration
Lindsay’s background in construction and historic preservation has blended over more than a decade of experience into a dedication to the specific repair and restoration of historic buildings and public artwork. For her undergraduate degrees, she studied both architectural history and construction management at The Ohio State University, and she later earned her MS in historic preservation from the University of Oregon. Professionally, she has been lucky enough to be able to work all across the country. Her background includes both construction management and hands-on historic conservation roles, with a special focus on introducing subcontractors to historic preservation practices. Restoration projects Lindsay has participated in include the Salmagundi Club in New York City, Stanford University’s Cantor Art Museum in Palo Alto, the U.S. Courthouse in Ft. Wayne, IN, and Greenlawn Abbey in Columbus, Ohio.

Panelist: Stephanie Phillips, City of San Antonio
Stephanie Phillips currently leads the City of San Antonio's deconstruction & salvage policy initiative, which aims to maximize material salvage and reuse opportunities from older structures, all while achieving key sustainability goals. She also manages the Rehabber Club initiative. Stephanie is committed to serving organizations at the local, state, and national level, including the fundraising event committee of the Power of Preservation Foundation (POP); the Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR); the national board of Build Reuse; and the Executive Committee of Preservation Action, the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. She serves on an international workgroup of the Climate Heritage Network focused on calculating and communicating the carbon benefits of building restoration and reuse. Her professional and extracurricular work aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship between preservation and sustainability professionals, particularly those focused on circular economy policy, climate resiliency and equity, and embodied carbon in the built environment.

This webinar was recorded on September 30, 2020 during Current Events - Urban Resilience, a virtual conference hosted by Ticco with support from Island Press. To learn more about this event visit For additional information about Ticco and events like this one visit