Resilient Building Design March 5th 2020 at RMS

Hosted by USGBC Virginia and Resilient Virginia 

Rainwater Management Solutions
2550 Shenandoah Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

This presentation is one of a series on Resiliency done throughout Virginia in partnership with Resilient Virginia.

Resilience is the “ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events”. In this session, explore how more sustainable buildings and community systems are the cornerstones to enhancing resilience.

Hear from experts to learn how resilience-enhancing designs, technologies, materials, and methods are improving the built landscape of Virginia. Topics covered include organizational resilience, business continuity, building durability, and green building.

This event is co-hosted withResilient Virginia as part of an education series exploring the intersection of resiliency and green building.


Steve Sunderman, President, Terrazia PC

Steve is a licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design + Construction Specialty (LEED AP/BD+C), Building Performance Institute (BPI) Analyst and is a certified pervious concrete technician.

He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degrees. His many years of diversified architectural experience include extensive design, project management, energy conservation and environmental equity for a wide variety of stakeholders & building types throughout the United States and the Middle East.

He has promoted alternative energy, environmental conservation, and equitable facilities design since the early 1970s, often focused on utilizing mass construction such as concrete. Most recently he has provided educational seminars on resiliency, high-performance facilities, environmental sustainability & low impact stormwater management.

He is known for creating and promoting affordable high-performance facilities that achieve his clients’ financial goals and minimize risk without compromising their community and environmental responsibilities.

Alysson Blackwelder, Project Manager, Advocacy and Policy, U.S. Green Building Council

Alysson Blackwelder serves on the Advocacy and Policy team of the U.S. Green Building Council. In this role, she advocates for federal, state, and local level policies that are supportive of USGBC’s tools (including, but not limited to, LEED), green building, as well as enhanced resilience, efficiency, and sustainability in buildings and communities in general. Alysson also works to advocate for the increased incorporation of green building strategies in the residential sector as part of her role at USGBC. She has presented on tools for resilience at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Exchange conference and she has supported and contributed to the establishment and continued evolution of USGBC’s Center for Resilience. Alysson serves in a key role in the organization of USGBC’s co-hosting position of the Resilient Cities Summit, an annual convening of mayors and senior officials to share best practices and innovative strategies to enhance the resilience of our nation’s cities.

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