Ending the Syrup Syndrome: Sustainable Design Types

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When:  Jan 11, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  Minneapolis-St. Paul

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2022

Brookview- Bassett Creek South Room
316 Brookview Parkway S
Golden Valley, MN 55426
  • 11 AM - 1130 AM  -- Registration
  • 1130 AM - 12 PM -- Chapter Meeting and Box Lunch
  • 12 PM - 130 PM -- Presentation

Event Costs:

  • Members:
    • In-Person: $25
    • Virtual: $10
  • Non-Members:
    • In-Person: $50
    • Virtual: $20

There is the opportunity for table-tops, please inquire for more information (there will be a field in the registration to indicate your interest).

Speaker and Event Description:

Patrick Thibaudeau, LEED Fellow, ILFI is Principal Sustainability Officer at JLG Architects.  Patrick is an executive and a nationally recognized thought leader with over 30 years of experience inspiring individuals, groups, and organizations to elevate the impact of architecture beyond the building and achieve outcomes they didn't know was possible.

Thibaudeau has pioneered an approach centered on human experience, positive performance, and financial prosperity – yielding invaluable human benefits and hundreds of millions of dollars in avoided cost and revenue. He is a research partner with UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment and was an original member of the national large firm roundtable group that introduced the AIA commitment for carbon-neutral design by 2030.

He led a working group that produced the "Playbook for Sustainability Action" and is currently working on the re-write of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. His efforts have resulted in hundreds of projects achieving net zero energy, and third-party certifications such as LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge. His influence has transformed the way we live, work, learn, and heal by shifting the focus to individual wellbeing and resilience so people can thrive, and organizations can prosper.

Thibaudeau’s game-changing approach starts sustainable design at zero impact and ends what he refers to as the "Syrup Syndrome." Thibaudeau’s work has subsequently led to firm-wide recognition in acceptance of JLG’s 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award from Construction Specifications Institute, and an invitation to participate as an NGO delegate at COP26 in Scotland, a worldwide gathering of nearly 200 nations. Here, Thibaudeau and representatives of eight billion people achieved a first-of-its-kind agreement by consensus: The Glasgow Climate Pact. This Pact builds on the Paris Climate Accord and accelerates progress with many firsts, including specific targets for emissions reduction, net zero, renewing forest lands, social justice, and significant private sector funding. The Pact also specifically identifies fossil fuels as a key contributor to the climate crisis with commitments to accelerate a transition to green, clean energy, along with other precedent-setting promises. In 2021, he also led the firm’s effort to become a signatory in support of the implementation of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, confirming the firm’s local and global commitment to leverage collaborative efforts advancing their 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Patrick is a LEED Fellow and active member of the International Living Future Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1987 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1989. 1 LU/HSW


Brookview- Bassett Creek South Room
316 Brookview Parkway S
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Member $10.00
Non-member $20.00
Attending in Person? Price
Member $15.00
Non-member $30.00