SEED Growth

SEED Growth

We reported John Cary’s comments about next steps for the SEED Network in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review, to the effect that SEED should partner with an organization like the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED to leverage USGBC’s vast network and resources (“Fertilize SEED,” August 13). Well, SEED founders decided to do just that in their call for shared governance of the SEED Network and a possible partnership with USGBC.

Over a dozen Loebs attended the recent founders meeting, including Teresa Brice-Heames (LF 2006), Maurice Cox (LF 2005), Kathy Dorgan (LF 2002), Phil Freelon (LF 1990), Randy Gragg (LF 2006), Stephen Goldsmith (LF 2000), Anne-Marie Lubenau (LF 2012), Etty Padmodipoetro (LF 2006) and John Peterson (LF 2006). Also attending were Josephine Ramirez (LF 2003), Lisa Richmond (LF 2006), Kennedy Smith (LF 2006), Bill Traynor (LF 1999) and of course Bryan Bell (LF 2011), whose nonprofit Design Corps has been the home for SEED. The founders elected a 15-person advisory board tasked with steering SEED into an independent organization and exploring collaboration. SEED has much to offer the USGBC as it seeks to add social performance metrics to its widely-adopted Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design credential.

The advisory board will look to increase SEED’s influence beyond the existing community design sector and extend membership to include citizens, policy makers, corporations and other stakeholders. "The next phase of SEED will look to establish community- driven design as the rule, and not the exception in global design practice,” said co-advisory board chair Jess Zimbabwe of the Rose Center for Public Leadership at the Urban Land Institute.

Read Anne-Marie Lubenau's  essay about the founders meeting for Metropolis, "Engaging in Public Interest Design."

Read Cary’s column.

Photo of 2013  SEED Founders Day at the GSD courtesy of Steven Lewis.

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