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Designers Accord Town Hall Seattle

Two years ago AIGA and AIA organized this city’s first Designers Accord Town Hall event, where eco-minded professionals from the graphic design, industrial design, architecture and business fields came together to discuss the state of sustainability. Unfortunately, we weren’t there because we moved to Seattle only a year ago this August. So naturally, we were a bit jealous and wanted the city to hold another event. This year we’ve joined forces with AIGA and Carbon Design Group to make that wish come true. Read below for the event details, and if you’re in the area, please join us for a great conversation.

Are we there yet?

// This is a free event but seating is limited //

The journey toward sustainable design can be filled with equal parts inspiration and frustration. As far as we’ve come down the path, sometimes it feels like we’ll never get “there” – to the hallowed land of sustainability. Yet there are some who have made it, and they want to show us the way.

Join us for Seattle’s 2nd Designers Accord Town Hall, presented by Carbon Design GroupModern Species and AIGA Seattle. You’ll learn from fellow designers and business leaders who have bridged the gap between the ideal and real by successfully getting clients and customers to join them on the path to sustainability.

Following light refreshments and networking, you’ll hear four short presentations from speakers across the design and business field. Our speakers will then facilitate discussions in breakout groups that continue the conversation.



Ashley Arhart
Creative Director, Consumer Experience

Hornall Anderson
Ashley understands that a brand comes to life through the consumer experience -– a term that covers a wide world of possibilities, but ultimately, must respond to and connect with the needs of the consumer. She has been leading remarkable and distinct experiences for over 20 years with roles as Creative Director of The Retail Group in Seattle, as well as Director of Creative Design and Visual Merchandising at Eddie Bauer, Inc. Since joining Hornall Anderson, Ashley has inspired memorable connections with such clients as the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Avon, Amazon, Boston Market, Madison Square Garden, Microsoft, Target, and Tishman Speyer.

Kirk Myers
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

As Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for REI, Kirk designs and implements sustainable business strategies that drive efficiency, innovation, and environmental benefit in REI’s operational footprint and enable the co-op to thrive in a resource-constrained world. His main focuses are greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, energy usage, and sustainable forestry.  Kirk has worked with REI since 2002, after working in a variety of fields including social entrepreneurship, outdoor instruction, and environmental work.  He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

George Ostrow, LEED AP

VELOCIPEDE architects inc
George is an architect in Seattle specializing in environmentally responsible design. His firm designs single-family, multifamily, office, and grocery store projects. George commutes daily by bicycle, calculates his annual carbon footprint at 3 tonnes of CO2 equivalent and has accepted the 2030 Challenge. VELOCIPEDE projects include four Built Green® 5-Star houses, a LEED Gold and a LEED Platinum grocery store, a Passivhaus, and two LEED Platinum houses targeting net-zero energy and net-zero water. In 2009, VELOCIPEDE received a Built Green Washington Remodeler Award, a Built Green Hammer Award and the Master Builders Association Green Remodeling Excellence Award. George lectures regularly on green building and is a member of the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, Built Green and Passive House Northwest. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia back in the days before personal computers and the internet had taken over the world.


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Gage Mitchell is the Principal / Creative Director at Modern Species. For more posts from him, click here.

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