Discussing future trends in sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies.

“Every living person

depends on the environment”

For 30 years, Joanne Rodriguez has worked to advocate for healthy, affordable, durable building environments. Working across the many influencers of design and development: architects, engineers, building owners and contractors, her experience is helping to influence an ever-expanding market on topics related to sustainability impacts through water, waste, energy and air as it applies to the built environment.

Through principles of regenerative design, giving back more than we take, Rodriguez is also working with communities to address climate change; teaching how to advocate and implement healthy building strategies which will have a profound impact on the health and wellness of those occupants and the communities they serve.

A frequent National speaker, she recognizes that theory and practice must work together. She speaks on issues related to the technical aspects of roofing and building envelopes; matters related to green infrastructure and ecosystems management in the built environment; as well as conducting design charette and strategic messaging programs for corporate and community entities seeking to promote improved environmental outcomes.

As a former member of the Construction Specifications Institute Strategic Planning Task Team, Joanne contributed to the development of the national organizations new 5-year plan. She also served in various leadership roles over a 15-year span, including that of President, for the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Rodriguez is active in USGBC National through participation on the Waterbuild Advisory Board, and is co-Chair for the Local Partners Regional Outreach committee for the Chicago Host Chapter of Greenbuild 2018 through the Illinois Green Alliance. Participating in various organizations like AIA, NRCA, ULI, UN Chicago, ecoAmerica, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, CDRA, Climate Leadership Corps and CRP Chicago Chapter–Rodriguez is able to stay at the forefront of emerging trends and innovations in the sustainability world.

Currently, Joanne is leading a faith-based, transitional housing initiative in conjunction with the Third New Hope Baptist Church Community Care Network and Transition to Success. She is laying out the strategic vision for a sustainable, resilient community development project intended to support participants of Transition to Success move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Mentoring community leaders is a critical part of developing an intergenerational model of training support for scaling and repeating the initiative from block to block. Applying technical knowledge with climate knowledge has provided a solid background to advocate on issues of environmental justice.

Her vast experience working across the many private and public stakeholders has proven to be beneficial in addressing complex issues related to full-spectrum sustainability. Joanne believes that sustainability is reciprocal and renewable, which leads her to ask with every project: “does our change lead to replenishing the resources we’ve used?”

  • Active Events

    October 2, 2018, AASHE Conference & Expo, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Biophilic Design Principles: Green Infrastructure, Nature, Harmony and Resilience”, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    September 20, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia – Building Envelope Performance Seminar, HalfMoon Education Series
    June 5-6, 2018 – “Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals“, United Nations Headquarters, New York
    June 4, 2018 – Global Solutions Summit, “From the Lab to the Last Mile: Technology Deployment Models for the SDG’s”, United Nations Headquarters, New York
    2018 WaterBuild Advisory Board for USGBC Greenbuild 2018

  • Prior Events

    AASHE Conference & Expo, October 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Biophilic Design Principles: Green Infrastructure, Nature, Harmony and Resilience”, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    September 20, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia – Building Envelope Performance Seminar, HalfMoon Education Series
    June 5-6, 2018 – “Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals”, United Nations Headquarters, New York
    June 4, 2018 – Global Solutions Summit, “From the Lab to the Last Mile: Technology Deployment Models for the SDG’s”, United Nations Headquarters, New York
    2018 WaterBuild Advisory Board for USGBC Greenbuild 2018
    2017 Illinois Green Alliance, Local Partners Regional Outreach Co-Chair/Chicago Chapter Host Committee, Greenbuild 2018, Chicago, IL
    2017 ecoAmerica, Climate Leadership Summit, Washington, DC
    2017 Climate Reality Project, Mentor, Pittsburgh, PA
    2017 WaterBuild Advisory Board for USGBC Greenbuild 2017
    2017 Key-note Speaker for Greenroofs.com “Virtual Green Roof and Wall Summit”

    2017 National Speaker at NRCA’s IRE: Las Vegas, NV
    2016 FitWell Ambassador, Center For Active Design
    2016 Participant, Global Solutions Summit/P80 Group: Little Rock, Arkansas
    2016 Presenter, Global Solutions Summit “University Summit” hosted by Clinton School of Public Policy: Little Rock, Arkansas
    2016 2nd Resilient Cities Summit: Santa Fe, NM
    2016 NRCA Webinar’s, 3-part series on Sustainable Roofing
    2016 NCRM Stormwater Summit: Medina, OH
    2015 A member of the EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) Pilot for Paints & Coatings
    2015 CGI America Sustainable Building Working Group, Denver
    2015: Resilient Cities Summit, Subject Matter Expert, Aspen Institute
    2015 CGI Winter Meetings: Resilient Building Strategy, New York
    2014 MAP for HPD version 2.0 Beta Group
    June 2014: CGI America, Speaker “Girls and Women in America: What’s Working”; Sustainable Buildings Working Group

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