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Webinar: The Connected Classroom of the Future
October 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm EDTFree
This webinar provides 1 LU for AIA/HSW.
Today’s higher education campuses are expected to prepare students for success in an increasingly connected world. Students, lecturers, and staff are seeking dynamic classroom experiences and new spaces to create connections to concepts and skills. Innovative colleges and universities seek to infuse new learning spaces and styles that encourage student engagement, critical thinking skills, and hands-on or virtual experiences in unexpected places, using the buildings themselves as teaching tools, while outfitting the classrooms with the latest technologies.
When learning can occur anywhere: online, outdoors, and in living laboratories, campuses must be infused with new technologies to keep pace with a rapidly connected world. This reality presents a unique opportunity for the sustainability teams on campus. Sustainability teams can help faculty and staff develop robust and relevant lessons using the campus features, and campus programs to break the mold of the traditional learning environment. In a pandemic, sustainability investments on campus can guide colleagues and students towards mental well-being, and assist with community connection, and more.
During this moderated webinar, we’ll discuss how the sustainability professional can help support the connected classroom of the future. We’ll discuss how experiential learning is impacting the design of the classroom. We’ll review how a more connected space can enable the goals of students, faculty and staff and how leading universities are investing in resiliency during this time of the pandemic.
Julia Farber, Regional Solutions and Consultants Manager, Northeast, Legrand AV
Julia Farber is the Regional Solutions and Consultants Manager for the Northeast for Legrand AV. In her role, she is responsible for assisting specifiers, end users, and architects with the design and selection of appropriate AV solutions, and consults on products contributing to high performance building certifications like, LEED, WELL and STARS. A WELL-AP, WELL Faculty, and LEED-AP, Julia has been working in the green building and technology sectors for over 14 years, spending the majority of her experience working for Underwriters Laboratories, and as a sustainability advisor and consultant. Last year, she co-developed a podcast called “Imagine If,” a podcast featuring stories of teenagers across the country and their personal experiences with climate change, produced with the help of National Geographic and the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Michelle Johnston, National Sales Director Education, Legrand Building Control Solutions
Michelle Johnston is the Sales Director for Education for Legrand Building Control Systems, in addition to managing the New England region. Her primary responsibilities are promoting and selling lighting controls and shading systems to the higher education market that enable colleges and universities to meet energy code requirements as well as design high performance buildings that achieve LEED, WELL and STARS certifications. She was part of the team that established the business partnership between Legrand and AASHE and participated in the 2019 AASHE Conference.
Anne Spafford, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University
Anne received her Bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Science and her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. She worked for a landscape design/build firm and the Army Corps of Engineers before launching into her teaching career. She taught in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University then made her way to North Carolina State University where she currently teaches six landscape design courses in the Department of Horticultural Science. Her work has centered around people-plant-environments, most notably rain gardens and pollinator habitats. However, her heart has always been anchored in the environment-behavior arena. Anne’s research interests include the efficacy of therapeutic landscapes, and how landscapes can be tailored better for specific population groups. She is also passionate about researching landscapes that improve mental health.
Rich Miller, Director of Sustainability, University of Connecticut
Rich was hired as UConn’s first environmental officer in 2002. He established and oversees the University’s Office of Sustainability (OS), formerly the Office of Environmental Policy (OEP). He also established and, for many years, directed UConn’s Environmental Compliance Office, which has since become a part of EH&S/Public Safety.