TUESDAY, APRIL 13 | 6:30PM - 7:30PM | ZOOM


Set your sights beyond the net-zero goals of today and drive the conversation toward a net-positive, resilient future. Learn how to create developments that enhance their surroundings, improve user’s health and happiness, and regenerate the environment.

Climate change is happening faster than predicted. There’s no time to waste in addressing the urgent challenges facing our communities. How can we quickly move forward and take action to help prevent the worst effects? Transitioning to decarbonization goes hand-in-hand with resilient communities, eco-system restoration, and equal relationships of power. Where do we need to be and how do we get there?

We’ll show you how to incorporate lively, fun, and interactive exercises into your work. Learn new team-building and communication skills through this lively session. We’ll demonstrate how to envision a resilient, sustainable mixed-use eco-village in 3-D that will serve as an inspiration for a new way of living, working, and building. You’ll experience net-positive in action as we go through simple, fast-paced charrette activities you can incorporate into your practice. We will look at how to achieve net-positive across eight fundamental areas:  energy, water, waste, food production, construction practices and materials, economics, site planning, and user health and happiness. We’ll guide you through this innovative process.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand new processes to put integrated design into practice

2. Evaluate a site's net-positive potential using quick rules of thumb 

3. Apply net-positive key areas to enhance your project, no matter the size/scope


Jennifer Phelps, Leed AP (BD+C) + SITES AP

Jennifer champions sustainable design strategies in site planning and landscape architecture. By focusing her practice on environmental stewardship, she is committed to innovative and practical design solutions that emphasize the interconnection between human and natural systems.  She co-developed the Envision a Sustainable Future course and has delivered over 25 presentations on the topic in various forms over the past five years. Jennifer hopes to inspire change through dynamic, hands-on exercises that broaden awareness and explore possibilities for a more resilient and regenerative world.  Jennifer volunteers as SanDiego 350 team leader for the Youth4Climate program, to empower youth climate leaders to work towards an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future.

Joseph Kennedy

Joseph F. Kennedy is an architectural designer, writer, artist and filmmaker who specializes in sustainable building, ecological design, and regenerative community development. He has taught in Africa, Asia, Europe, United States and South America and is currently an instructor with UCSD Extension’s Sally Ride Academy. Kennedy also serves as a research affiliate with the San Diego firm, Davy Architecture, where he heads up research initiatives for the utilization of tire-derived products and other recycled and natural materials. Kennedy is a co-founder of the organization Builders Without Borders, as well as the San Diego chapter of the American Tiny House Association. He is a two-time Graham Award winner for The Art of Natural Building, now in its second edition, and Building Without Borders. His current research includes developing new capacities in online education utilizing virtual reality for immersive content delivery and multi-learner collaboration environments. He loves to paint and cook.

Jeff Bishop

Jeff Bishop, MPIA, LEED Green Associate, is Senior Project Manager at Layfield USA Corp. He was formerly Vice President of APS General Contractor from 2014 to 2019. Jeff has also worked for and on behalf of the San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency of International Development (USAID). Jeff has a Masters in International Management (MBA equivalent) from the University of California San Diego. His goal is to apply ecological design solutions to impact positive change in the built environment, food systems, natural resource management, water/energy use, and human and environmental health. His work includes demonstrating cutting-edge renewable energy, composting, regenerative agriculture, habitat revitalization, and responsible resource management systems to diverse populations.

This event is proudly a part of the inaugural SBW San Diego:


April 13, 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm



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