Climate Change and the Built Environment

Six episode podcast series presented by the Georgia Tech School of Architecture and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. All interviews are Kendeda Building-based with experts participating from around the world.

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In this series of dialogues with leaders from various disciplines, we position design as an essential component of entrepreneurial approaches which explore the sociocultural and eco-political dimensions of climate change. Economist, architects, planners, sociologist, lawyers, policymakers, landscape architects, and MBA’s contribute to a spirited discussion around climate change and design.

Global climate change has already resulted in a wide range of impacts across every region of the country. Many sectors of the economy are expected to grow related to climate and health in the coming decades. The design and retrofit of buildings, infrastructure and cities will be a major part of future efforts.

The Green Hour

Living Buildings: Georgia Tech's Kendeda Building with Brooke Vacovsky, Senior Facilities Manager at the Kendeda Building

Join us on a journey into the world of living buildings with a spotlight on Georgia Tech's Kendeda Building. Uncover the magic where architecture meets sustainability, as we delve into its groundbreaking design, regenerative features, and the passionate visionaries driving its impact. From energy surplus to eco-friendly materials, tune in to explore how this living marvel is reshaping our understanding of buildings and the environment.


SSDN's Green Minds

Kendeda Fund Part 1 on Regenerative Design

This episode of Southeast Sustainability Directors Network podcast is a three-part series focusing on regenerative design as co-host Catherine Mercier-Baggett and Laurel Creech speak to seven organizations across the southeast region, all of whom are supported by the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based foundation that invests in transformative leadership and ideas, and creating a more just and equitable world.

Part One of this three-part series features Dennis Creech, Fund Adviser for Sustainability with the Kendeda Fund, and Shan Arora, J.D., LFA, Director of the Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech.

Shaping Sustainable Places

This episode features Shan Arora, Director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, and Jimmy Mitchell, Senior Director Business Development at Skanska.

Reuse of Materials

A conversation with Jimmy Mitchell, part of The Kendeda Building Design Team, and Jay Bassett, both of whom are members of the advisory board for the Lifecycle Building Center, a non-profit organization that offers a wide variety of reclaimed building materials that would otherwise be headed for the landfill.

Energy Matters Award

In 2022, Energy Matters presented an award to The Kendeda Building. Host PSC Commissioner presents the award to Shan Arora.

Student Wellness, Urban Campuses, & Research

At The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Future U. host Michael Horn and guest host Aimée Eubanks Davis talk with Georgia Tech's President Ángel Cabrera, Emory University's President Greg Fenves, and members of both communities on strengthening student wellbeing, the role of an urban campus, and the impact of research universities.

Energy Matters

Co-hosted by Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, Energy Matters is a show about helping you save money, use technology and be more sustainable in your personal and professional life. The show features helpful information for everyone--whether you just want to reduce utility expenses or consider yourself a green.

Going Beyond Sustainability

MOVE - Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience - is Georgia Tech’s umbrella organization for a variety of community service and volunteer opportunities. Check out the podcast about The Kendeda Building.

Living Buildings and Going Net Positive

The Kendeda Building was featured on the Ripple Effects podcast. To address a rapidly degrading environment, society needs to embrace bold and innovate solutions – the Kendeda Building is just that.

Creating a Living Building - The Kendeda Building

In this episode Manage This podcast, John DuConge and Shan Arora walk the team from Velociteach through this incredible building and highlight some of the Living Building Challenge required performance areas.

A Mindshift is Vital for Growth in the Sustainability Industry

This GBES podcast contains a conversation about mindset strategies that can help aspiring professionals advance in the sustainability industry.