Sustainable Delaware Conference set for Oct. 15-16

The 2009 Sustainable Delaware Conference will be held at Clayton Hall Conference Center in Newark, Del., the weekend of Oct. 15-16, with a free public day and expo on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference and green expo is Thursday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration costs $95, or $25 for students. The high-performance workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and registration for the workshop costs $165 per person.

This year’s conference is the fourth annual one sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Delaware Chapter, in partnership with the University of Delaware and the Sierra Club. In addition to 40 speakers and 50 green-expo exhibitors, more than 500 leaders in sustainability are expected. They will address green homes, green businesses, green communities and green jobs.

Topics include everything from green infrastructure to stormwater management to net-zero affordable houses and plug-in hybrids. Sessions include “Sustainable Urbanism,” “Transportation and Land Use” and “Green Streets.”

The free public day will include talks on “Historic Preservation and Sustainability,” “What Is Sustainability,” “How the Delaware Energy Office Can Help Businesses and Homeowners” and “The Homeowner’s Guide to Sustainability.”

The Friday workshop is “Understanding Buildings After They Leave Home: How to Ensure that the ‘Performance’ is Really in High Performance Buildings,” presented by Bruce Coldham, AIA, principal of Coldham and Hartman Architects and member of the Governor’s Task Force for Net Zero Energy Building Code for Massachusetts.

Distinguished speakers from around the state and nation will be on hand, including Gov. Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and Dr. John M. Byrne, distinguished professional of Energy and Climate Policy, who will receive the 2009 Sustainability Award from Kevin Wilson, president of AIA Delaware.

“Right now, we know how to build net-zero-energy buildings and green communities, and retrofit exiting ones,” said John Mateyko, AIA, of Lewes, the conference chairman. “The focus of this conference is to examine why we’re still building anything that’s non-sustainable and consider the creative options ahead of us in the low-carbon, high-quality lifestyle now unfolding.”

Kevin W. Wilson, AIA Delaware president, added, “For the sake of our children, we want to move from ‘know-how’ to ‘job done.’”

For more information on conference or workshop registration and vendor expo information, contact Nancy Payne, AIA Delaware executive director, at (302) 654-9817 or