Insights

New Video Podcast: ‘What’s a Sustainability Action Plan?’

At SERA, we published our first Sustainability Action Plan (PDF) in 2011, with multiple updates since then. Earlier this year, we published our most recent—and extensive—version, which includes some new topics and a great deal of information about both the latest thinking in the industry, and some of the recent work we’ve done which explores […]

SERA to Design Mass-Timber Affordable Housing in San Jose

We’re excited to announce that the nonprofit housing group First Community Housing has selected SERA and our partners Lendlease to design and build their most ambitious affordable housing project to date: a 365-unit LEED-Platinum development near the San Jose Diridon Station. Named McEvoy Apartments, the project will be built using an innovative mass timber frame […]

Hospitality Designed for Longevity

A while back, I made a site visit to review two different guestroom prototypes for our client’s consideration. The temporary rooms were constructed with walls, ceilings and floors, and fully furnished. The prototypes were reviewed, one was selected, and just like that — everything in the two rooms became obsolete. Luckily, members of the design […]

Making Our ‘Sustainable Action Celebration’ An Online Success

Every year near Earth Day, SERA hosts a firm-wide celebration in honor of our sustainable workplace culture and project accomplishments. As Chair of the Sustainable Action Committee (SAC), my vision for the celebration this year included a physical timeline of SAC’s 15-year history, an unveiling of our 2020 Sustainability Action Plan, and collaborative break-out sessions to […]

SERA’s 2020 Sustainability Action Plan is Live!

Although nature doesn’t need an action plan to thrive, we’ve found that having a framework to articulate our vision and set a course of action, helps keep us vital. In 2011, SERA created its first Sustainability Action Plan, and we’re excited to announce the launch of our fourth update. Because sustainability plays such a central […]

Meet SERA’s New Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern!

Last fall, the Energy Trust of Oregon awarded six area firms a “Net Zero Emerging Leaders” grant to support in-house energy savings reporting on their projects. SERA was one of those six! And while we’ve been meticulously tracking this data as part of the 2030 Commitment for more than 10 years now, staff saw an […]

Climate Restoration and Our Obligation to Act

Last week I had the pleasure of joining climate researchers and advocates across the country at the UN’s Global Climate Restoration Forum in New York City, where the question was asked, “What is our plan to ensure a vibrant future for future generations?” First, what exactly is “climate restoration?” Climate Restoration means removing a trillion tons […]

Highlights from the 2019 unConference

The Living Future’s unConference was held this year in Seattle, a beautiful, amazing place – thriving and struggling. It is the convergence of a gorgeous natural environment, urban topography, of tech giants and homelessness, food, culture, coffee and so much more. In many ways it was the perfect setting to explore the topics of the […]

Moving Forward with Nature at Living Future

For the past several years, SERA has undertaken a firm-wide initiative exploring what it means to create places that connect people with nature, known in our field as Biophilic Design. This year I had the opportunity to head up to Seattle for the Biophilic Design Summit, held by the International Living Future Institute. It was […]