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ILFI Honors Stephen R. Kellert Legacy with the First Biophilic Design Award

July 24, 2017

Biophilic Design is the Practice Of Connecting People And Nature Within Our Built Environments and Communities

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is honoring the late scholar and Yale University social ecologist Stephen R. Kellert’s legacy with the first ever, biophilic design award. Mr. Kellert was a pioneer in the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. 

The award is stewarded by the ILFI’s Biophilic Design Initiative.  Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
•    INTEGRATION of Biophilic Design
•    EXPRESSION of Biophilic Design
•    EXPERIENCE of Biophilic Design
•    EVALUATION of Biophilic Design

The jury for the Kellert Biophilic Design Award includes:

Priscilla Kellert, Jury Chair Program Director, Yale University Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT)  
Stephen Kieran, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C Founding Partner, KieranTimberlake
Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED Fellow Design Partner, Mithun  
Peter Kahn, PhD Professor, University of Washington
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, LEED Fellow Chief Executive Office, International Living Future Institute

Exemplary projects will be recognized as leaders through the ILFI's global network and will receive recognition from our media partners. One award will be given for a project that demonstrates the Biophilic Design Elements and Attributes that Kellert developed, as well as up to 5 honorable mentions. The award will be given in Boston during a Greenbuild Conference shoulder event in November 2017. 

“Mr. Kellert championed the wide spread adoption of biophilic design encouraging us to harmonize the relationship between people and nature,” said Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, ILFI. “Our hope with this award is that Mr. Kellert’s legacy lives on as we commit to reconnecting people and nature through buildings.”

Award submissions will close on August 31, 2017. For more information on criteria and to submit a project, visit: https://living-future.org/stephen-kellert-biophilic-design-award.

About the International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs. The Institute offers global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, including green building and infrastructure solutions on scales ranging from single room renovations to neighborhoods or whole cities.  The Institute administers the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous and ambitious building performance standard. It is the parent organization for Cascadia Green Building Council. It is also home to Ecotone Publishing, a unique publishing house dedicated to telling the story of the green building movement's pioneering thinkers and practitioners.

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