EcoHome Unveils Vision 2020 Editorial Initiative for 2012

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EcoHome, the leading source of information on certified green building products and projects, announced that it will engage with the best creative minds, explore the most insightful research, and uncover the greatest technological innovations as part of a year-long “Vision 2020” editorial initiative in 2012.

EcoHome, the leading source of information on certified green building products and projects, announced that it will engage with the best creative minds, explore the most insightful research, and uncover the greatest technological innovations as part of a year-long “Vision 2020” editorial initiative in 2012. The mission of the program focuses on mapping a clear path towards sustainability in residential construction between now and 2020.

“Our industry can lead the way towards sustainability if we follow the right path and measure our progress,” said EcoHome editorial director Rick Schwolsky. “And that’s the mission for Vision 2020. We’ve enlisted an unprecedented team of multi-disciplinary leaders from all sectors who will collaborate throughout the year, sharing their research, perspectives, and projections so that we can map our path, set our milestones, and achieve our goals for sustainability together.”

As an integral part of the Vision 2020 initiative, EcoHome has convened an esteemed group of the industry’s foremost experts, innovators and thought leaders to serve as Chairs across ten key topic areas. Their year-long engagement with the program will provide visionary content, recommendations, and conclusions. Vision 2020 section Chairs include:

Regenerative Design
Bob Berkebile, Founding Principal, BNIM

Sustainable Communities
(Land Use, Planning, and Development)
Chris Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institute

Energy and Carbon
Edward Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030
Francesca Desmarais, Principal Researcher,
Architecture 2030

Materials and Resources
Nadav Malin, President, BuildingGreen

Water Efficiency
Carole Baker, Chair, Alliance for Water Efficiency
Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
Indoor Environmental Quality (Healthy Homes)
David Jacobs PhD, Director of Research, National Center for Healthy Housing

Products and Performance
Alex Wilson, Founder/Executive Editor, BuildingGreen
Peter Yost, Residential Program Manager, BuildingGreen

Building Systems Research
Michael Dickens, Co-Founder, IBACOS

Green Building Codes, Standards, and Rating Systems
Sam Rashkin, Founder, EPA’s Energy Star for Homes program and Chief Architect, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Building Technologies Program

Market Penetration
Cliff Majersik, Executive Director,
Institute for Market Transformation

On-going communication between the section Chairs and EcoHome editorial team will propel the Vision 2020 mission, kicking off with a virtual Sustainability Summit to set the Vision 2020 agenda (fall 2011). Throughout the year, targeted discussions and conference calls will hone in on developments, research, projects, and forces shaping each focus area, providing in-depth content for EcoHome magazine and e-Newsletters, as well as a special Vision 2020 microsite (launching January 2012).

In the fall of 2012, EcoHome will host an invitation-only, closed-door Vision 2020 Forum in Washington, D.C. to present and discuss initiative findings and recommendations for each focus area, putting the latest thinking into perspective for participants, and setting the stage for EcoHome's themed issue, Vision 2020 — The Future In Focus Today (November/December 2012). This special issue will present the unique findings in each focus area, and lay out the roadmap and critical milestones for our industry to follow on the path to sustainability.

About EcoHome
Published by Hanley Wood, LLC, EcoHome is a trusted media source for green-focused builders, architects, and other industry professionals in print, online, and in person. Its award-winning coverage of certified green building projects and products cuts through the confusion surrounding green/sustainable product selection, and delivers the highest levels of clarity, accuracy, and credibility to the home building professionals who rely on our content for professional guidance. http://www.EcoHomeMagazine.com

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