Regenerating Communities Through Life Science and ESG

Friday, October 27 

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The Research and Development District (RaDD) is poised to serve as a new model for a carbon-neutral lab district in an urban setting. Guiding principles include a comprehensive approach to ESG, and the pursuit of LEED BD+C C&S Gold Certification for each of the 5 buildings, as well as Fitwel Commercial Site Certification. The project prioritizes health and wellness, water efficiency and carbon emissions reductions. Diverse perspectives by owner/developer, designer/architect, and engineer will be discussed.


Kristen Salinas

Manger, Sustainability Services, Noresco

Kristen Salinas has 15 years of experience providing guidance and recommendations on how to integrate sustainable design into new buildings. Using green and healthy building rating systems, Kristen seeks high levels of certification for complex buildings, campuses, and civil projects. Her background in civil engineering provides a comprehensive understanding of site planning, energy/water systems, and optimizing embodied carbon in structural materials. Additionally, Kristen has worked extensively with utilities in Southern California supporting Title 24, Part 6 (energy code) compliance improvement programs. She is also involved in providing education and outreach support for locally adopted reach codes, with the goal to further reduce energy use in buildings across California. 


Jenny Whitson

Director, Sustainability & ESG, IQHQ

Jenny Whitson is Director of Sustainability & ESG for IQHQ, a premier life sciences real estate investment trust based on San Diego. She has over 17+ years of sustainability experience working as a consultant within architecture, engineering, and program management companies before transitioning to her current role.  At IQHQ, she is responsible for overseeing the corporate ESG and sustainable development initiatives across IQHQ’s portfolio in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, and the U.K.


Stacey Olson

Sr. Associate, Director of Sustainable Design and Global Wellness Leader, Gensler 

As a Global Wellness Practice Area leader and Design Resilience Leader, Stacey provides a hands-on approach to delivering holistically integrated design with a focus on sustainability, health and wellbeing, and resilience. She works closely with clients, consultants, and her project teams to simultaneously educate and enhance performance at all scales of design.  Stacey works in nearly every practice area within Gensler, bringing a sustainable perspective to a variety of project typologies, including workplace, aviation, education, sports, government, retail, and hospitality, to name a few. Through her integrated workstyle, Stacey approaches each challenge as an opportunity to quantify performance, while supporting continuous improvement.


Brianna Lynch

Associate, HVAC, BR+A

Brianna is an Associate HVAC Engineer at BR+A with a deep focus on net zero strategies for both the academic and life science sector. Her diverse project portfolio includes the tallest, all-electric net zero building in New England, the Center for Computing and Data Sciences at Boston University. Brianna has been at the forefront of sustainable design for the City of Boston and has helped to significantly transform the industry’s carbon neutral approach to high intensity urban projects in cold climates. Brianna is an Engineer in Training, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Passive House Consultant holding a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.


October 27, 2023 at 11:15am - 12:15pm

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