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Bringing the UN Sustainable Development Goals Back Home: Where do you fit?

March 16, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Taking a step back to look at the role we play as one set of actors within the larger global ecosystem. What is our responsibility to all of the living systems when our needs require the extraction, processing, and disposal of natural resources? How can we create a living future: one that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative? Enter the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a set of internationally developed goals for how to promote prosperity for all while also protecting the health of the planet.

We have invited two global leaders to tell us how they integrate these global imperatives into their very down-to-earth decisions and actions. Join the discussion and tell everyone how you want to do that, as well.



Shawn Hesse
, NCARB, RA, LFA, LEED AP, EcoDistricts AP
Vice President, ESG Strategy, JLL

Shawn leads the Sustainability and ESG Strategy consulting team for the Mid-Atlantic region of JLL.  This team focuses on helping investors, corporate owners and occupiers, non-profits, and government agencies to develop, define, and implement leading Environmental, Social, and Governance strategies through their real estate practices.  Prior to joining JLL, Shawn led the Special Projects Group at the International Living Future Institute, where he worked with enterprise-level clients, universities, and developers in pilot project applications of ILFI Certifications at the scale of an entire campus or real estate portfolio and for unique applications such as core and shell development.

Roxane Spears

Vice President Sustainability North America, Tarkett

Roxane is the Vice President of Sustainability for Tarkett North America. She leads change for healthy materials, low carbon footprint, and equity in sustainability. Roxane joined Tarkett 17 years ago to be part of an organization that was focused on environmental issues. In her current role, Roxane sets sustainability strategy and policies to move Tarkett to a more circular economy focus and reduce carbon emissions for Scope 1,2, & 3. She sets guidelines for products and facilities that positively impact the health of people and the planet. She is a strong advocate for driving change in the built environment.

Roxane believes that the intersection of health, equity, and climate change is the only way to move forward for positive change. She focuses on improving the deconstruction process, indoor air quality, and transparency.

Bruce Swanton
Director of Electrical Engineering, AHA

Learning Objectives
Remember the seventeen goals identified by the United Nations and recognize how they provide a framework to elevate all living systems.

Understand the intention, organization, and reporting structure for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Apply the goals to our buildings, building products & materials, and on the individual level.

Analyze nested systems and apply ecosystem design strategies to define and build better buildings.

Background photo by Mathias Reding on Unsplash


March 16, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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