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Sustainability for Smart Business


May 22, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY, Room 417

This video presentation explores the current state of sustainability in the business environment including how it relates to policies, building design and operations, marketing and messaging, internal culture, and more. With a specific focus on opportunities for businesses and for individuals in the work force, we discuss best practices, anticipated trends, and critical tools and skills to stay relevant in a changing business climate.

Lecturer: Lauren Yarmuth.

Lauren Yarmuth teaches "Green Building and Sustainability: Tools and Techniques" in the Construction Administration graduate program at Columbia's School of Professional Studies and is co-founder and principal of YR&G. With over ten years of experience spearheading the sustainability industry, she is a recognized leader skilled at helping people, companies, buildings, and communities to implement and benefit from sustainability-focused solutions.

An architect by training, Yarmuth applies her diverse project experience and whole-systems perspective to enable teams of people to develop creative approaches to realize greater success in their work. This process draws upon Yarmuth’s skills in teaching, facilitating an integrative process, and inspiring people to engage with their work and surroundings in more meaningful ways.

Yarmuth is also a celebrated presenter, educator, and facilitator. She is LEED Faculty for USGBC, and she teaches at various colleges and universities including as faculty at Columbia University and New York University.

She has worked with the LEED Rating System since its inception including supporting hundreds of projects nationally and internationally to earn LEED certification, and as a technical consultant to USGBC for project certification reviews, credit interpretation (CIR) responses, reference guide content development, and training curriculum.


Lauren Yarmuth, Faculty, Columbia University Construction Administration Graduate Program and Principal, YR&G