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Building Our Sustainable Future: What Boston can learn from Sweden's cities

Lecture by Stephen Messinger, John Worthington Ames Scholar 2012

Lecture by Stephen Messinger, John Worthington Ames Scholar 2012

Lecture by Stephen Messinger, John Worthington Ames Scholar 2012

Courtesy of Stephen Messinger; Stephen Messinger

  • 02/27/2013

  • 7 PM  - 8 PM

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

  • kara.peet@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public.

Sweden's leaders and municipalities invest time, money, energy, thinking, and political capital into sustainable initiatives from the smallest bike pump to the largest infrastructure projects. Cities such as Malmo and Stockholm leverage local and international expertise from a wide variety of fields including design, construction, planning, politics, education, development, property management, systems, and science and technology. Together they build and rebuild cities of the past into cities of the future.

With support from the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship, Stephen Messinger traveled through Sweden and lived in a passiv haus in Vastra Hamnen, a Swedish neighborhood that targets energy neutrality. While abroad, he met with community leaders/officials, and explored the successes and failures of a country striving to make itself an energy independent leader in sustainable design, thinking, and practice.

This presentation will showcase some of the work currently underway or recently completed in Sweden in the realm of building and developing sustainable cities. From these experiences and through his investigations, Stephen continues to ask the question "What can Boston learn from this?" as he continues to search for ways to apply this new knowledge here at home.

Stephen Messinger '11 pursues his passion of sustainable design and thinking vigorously in all aspects of his life from academic to professional to personal. While a student at the BAC, Stephen served as a Project Director for the BAC/ Tufts 2009 Solar Decathlon, playing a vital role in bringing the project from idea to reality in Washington, DC on the National Mall. Due to his strength in working with others, his passion for sustainable thinking and projects, and his leadership skills, Stephen served as Atelier President, VP, and Treasurer, won two President's Awards, the Dean's Award, the Alpha Rho Chi medal, as well as a Commends Nomination for this Thesis. After graduating, Stephen won the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship which allowed him to live in Sweden for two months, studying all facets of sustainable cities.

Stephen works for KlingStubbins in Cambridge in all phases of design from concept to construction. As a leader in sustainable thinking and practice, he has co-organized, developed, and taught a LEED and sustainability training course for co-workers, clients, and Harvard students aiming for both a deeper understanding of sustainable issues and LEED Accreditation.

Bringing sustainable practice home, Stephen completed Boston's Green Triple Decker pilot project with a deep energy retrofit of his house in Jamaica Plain, which includes super insulation, energy efficient windows, a heat pump heating and cooling system, tankless on-demand hot water, low flow/ dual flush fixtures, and an energy recovery ventilator. Stephen can be found traveling by bicycle on most days, rain or shine.

Event hosted by AIASBAC with refreshments provided by BAC Institutional Advancement.