Workshop Makes Case for Meeting Architecture 2030 Challenge Today

COSC hosts “2030 Now: Case Study of MUM’s Sustainable Living Center” on Sept. 28 in Des Moines.

West Des Moines, IA (September 24, 2010) –With buildings consuming more energy than any other sector, Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge to the global architecture and building community, asking them to meet sustainability standards of a zero carbon footprint by year 2030. As of July 2010 40% of all U.S. architecture firms have adopted the Challenge.

Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) hosts a dynamic green building workshop that illustrates how to attain The 2030 Challenge right now, using readily available building technology and products. Fairfield’s Maharishi University of Management (MUM) Sustainable Living Center is the first of its kind and is the subject of “2030 Now: Case Study of MUM’s Sustainable Living Center” happening on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 5:00-7:00pm at the John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center located at 1200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The workshop is free and those interested in attending are asked to register by contacting COSC’s Leslie Berckes at 515-707-2787 or

Presenters of the program include Masaki Furukawa, architect of the Sustainable Living Center, and Dal Loiselle, developer and general contractor. Together, they will review how the Sustainable Living Center surpasses LEED platinum standards, complies with the Living Building Challenge and has already achieved The 2030 Challenge by using methods and materials readily available in Iowa now.

“2030 Now: Case Study of MUM’s Sustainable Living Center” is an extension of COSC’s Re-Building a Sustainable Iowa statewide training program. COSC is able to temporarily offer its Re-Building a Sustainable Iowa sessions for free through funding from the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

About COSC

Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2005 that serves as Iowa’s trusted educational resource for sustainable building. As the recognized leader in providing education and connecting resources, COSC empowers individuals and communities to make everyday decisions that promote sustainability, resulting in a better quality of life for all Iowans. COSC’s schedule of residential, commercial and energy-specific workshops can be found at



Lynnae Hentzen, Co-Founder/Executive Director
COSC – Center on Sustainable Communities

Siobhan Spain, Communications Specialist
COSC – Center on Sustainable Communities

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