Design for Freedom: Designing a More Just and Humane Future in the Built Environment

A talk by Kaley Blackstock, Luis C. deBaca and Sharon Prince
Gensler, Grace Farms Foundation and Grace Farms Foundation

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About this talk

Although human rights advocates have begun to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of forced labor in construction projects around the world, the use of raw and composite materials produced by forced labor in the built environment largely continues with impunity. Sharon Prince, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation, Ambassador Luis (ret.) C.deBaca, Senior Justice Initiative Advisor, Grace Farms Foundation, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and Kaley Blackstock, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, CDT, Sustainability Specialist at Gensler, will discuss human rights as a fundamental part of sustainable building and design and why we need to dismantle exploitation in building supply chains. In addition, these experts and leaders will share innovative and new frameworks that are being proposed to bring awareness to and dismantle human and environmental exploitation in building supply chains.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness about the issue of forced labor in the built environment and the impact on human rights and the environment.

  2. Explain how primary roles of those in the ecosystem of the built environment (owners, architects, specifiers, contractors, manufacturers, vendors, etc.) can include ethical and sustainable practices and decisions to move toward slave-free building.

  3. Showcase best practice models for building material selection and procurement.

  4. Offer tools than can not only empower experts and industry leaders across the ecosystem of the built environment, but inform and educate future generations about the human and environmental exploitation in building supply chains.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)