The DaS Symposium at COFES 2011

The DaS Symposium at COFES 2011
April 14-17, 2011
Scottsdale, Arizona

The Design and Sustainability (DaS) Symposium is a leadership exploration of the future of design and sustainability software for sustainable products, infrastructure, and environments.

COFES is a unique gathering of leaders representing diverse industry sectors with strategic interest in software. The DaS Symposium exists within that community to focus on sustainability. It reaches across disciplines and industries as it explores solutions to the sustainability challenge.

The goal of the DaS Symposium is to bring sustainability to the forefront of the conversation among software developers and to look for opportunities and issues that may be best served by the industry as a whole, rather than by individual players within the industry. We hope to inspire, raise awareness, build relationships and seek sustainable synergies.

Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, buildingSMART Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.

The bulk of the DaS Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 14, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM PDT, followed by a Roundtable discussion on Saturday as part of the general COFES program.

Thursday, April 14
8:30 AM Introduction
8:45 AM The State of Sustainability in Industry
Activities related to sustainability are underway in every sector. These efforts illuminate a clear need for awareness and education across the whole lifecycle from strategy to end use and beyond. Speakers representing various industry sectors will discuss their progress, lessons learned, and future needs.
11:30 AM DaS 2011 Topic Focus: The Green Keystone Alliance
Conceived during DaS 2010, the Green Keystone Alliance (GKA) is being convened by the National Institute of Building Science and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The GKA is intended to harmonize regulations and standards to help increase efficiency in the design and manufacturing process, develop common metrics for product attributes, and integrate compliance with regulation.
12:00 Lunch Keynote: Sustainability, Complexity, and Systems
1:15 PM Discussion: The Synergies of Cross-Sector Sustainability Efforts
A moderated discussion of the potential benefits and barriers to cross-sector cooperation. The goal is to seek a whole systems view of the challenges and identify key leverage points that will enable industry leaders and the GKA to make progress on systemic change leading to sustainability.
2:45 PM Close and join COFES Special Presentations starting at 3:00pm
Saturday, April 16
10:45 AM
Sustainability Roundtable Discussion
Participants in the DaS Symposium will collaborate to summarize the key points and take away from the DaS Symposium for socializing with the Congress at large.