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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Friday, May 19 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Small Things Matter: Inspiring the Next Generation’s Inner-Conservationist
TRACK: Equity and Youth

Inspiration to action takes engagement, education, persuasion, and leadership. The design of the bird-friendly and net-zero energy Education Center at the Oregon Zoo responds to the Zoo’s mission to inspire respect for animals and action on behalf of the natural world. The theme “Small Things Matter” will reach thousands of the community’s youth each year, growing the understanding that small things aggregate to have a big impact, nature is closer than we think, and we accomplish more by working together. The ZooTeens will lead the audience though an exercise to prototype an interactive exhibit based on the eco-services insects provide. 

Speakers
avatar for Heather DeGrella

Heather DeGrella

Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture LLP
Heather leverages a diversity of skills gained over 16 years in architectural project management, construction administration, building science research, and sustainability consulting to enable all Opsis project teams to establish and optimize sustainability goals. As the full-ti... Read More →
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Alec Holser

Partner, Opsis Architecture LLP
Alec Holser brings more than 30 years of experience designing award winning public facilities including education facilities, visitor centers, museums, and zoos. Widely recognized for his collaborative design process, Alec’s projects incorporate interactive, community-based workshops that inform the ultimate design. For the Oregon Zoo Education Center, Alec brought together a diverse zoo staff, partner organizations, and community stakeholders to collaborate, build enthusiasm, and share ideas for the project. His designs embrace regional context, human-scaled details and natural materials. The synergy between place, process, and materials allow... Read More →
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Grant Spickelmier

Education Curator, Oregon Zoo
Grant Spickelmier is the head of the Conservation Education division at the Oregon Zoo. From dressing up in animal costumes to creating animal themed video games and apps, Grant has worked for over 20 years doing what it takes to connect people with wildlife conservation. His particular interests are inspiring individual conservation action, developing future conservation leaders and enhancing equity in the conservation field all of which are highlighted in Oregon... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Elliott Bay (Lobby Level)