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Lawrence Tech hosts Feb. 17 forum on sustainable architecture

Release Date: February 6, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Experts from Lawrence Technological University and the U.S. Green Building Council will discuss "Sustainable Architecture: Building a Greener Michigan" on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the university's UTLC gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

Moderating the free presentation will be Matt Roush, editor of the Great Lakes IT Report and technology editor at WWJ Newsradio 950, which is cosponsoring the event.

The forum is open to the public. To register, go to and look for the link for the GLITR Unwired evening event under WWJ Special Events. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m.

The forum will cover the economic and societal trends driving the shift toward sustainable architecture, the latest in university research, the branding of Michigan as a "green belt" and economic development opportunities.

"There will be practical information about how businesses have started to green up their work places and what they can do to make them even greener. We'll look at designing green features into a building from the beginning - and when it's time to remodel and retrofit," Roush said.

Speakers include:

  • Glen S. LeRoy, an urban planner and dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Tech.
  • Joseph C. Veryser, director of Lawrence Tech's Center for Sustainability and associate dean of its College of Architecture and Design.
  • Dan Jacobs, director of sustainability for A3C Collaborative Architects in Ann Arbor and chair of the Green Schools Advisory Committee for the United States Green Building Council.
  • Ryan LaFontaine, general manager, LaFontaine Automotive Group and green building owner.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.