June 18, 2024 | 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST

Climate, Architecture, and Policy Communications

Online Workshop

June 18, 2024

3:00–4:30pm EST / 12:00-1:30pm PST

Climate, Architecture, and Policy Communications

Policy change is crucial to advancing the green building movement and it requires specific language and tactics on behalf of architects. In this program, participants will learn what works, what doesn’t and what’s next according to key figures who have collaborated in and with local and federal governments to establish pathways forward for notable sustainable projects. Moderated by Allison Agsten, Director, Center for Climate Journalism and Communication at USC.


Allison Agsten

Allison Agsten is the inaugural director of USC Annenberg’s Center for Climate Journalism and Communication. In her role, she develops strategic priorities and conceptualizes initiatives to bolster public understanding of climate change. Current projects include the energy transition podcast series, Electric Futures, of which she serves as executive producer, and a report on the state of climate communications in the U.S., of which she is the primary author. She was recently named one of COP28 UAE’s 50 inaugural global Actionists in recognition of her contributions to the field of climate communication.

In addition to her appointment at the Annenberg School, Agsten serves as the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability’s first curator. In that position, she facilitates expression at the intersection of art and climate, including a series of Getty Pacific Standard Time convenings conceived by artist Carolina Caycedo to bring together Latin American community leaders to exchange organizing principles and practices related to the energy transition.

Previously, Agsten has worked in journalism, communications, and public engagement capacities including as a producer at CNN, Director of Communications at LACMA, and Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum. Agsten holds a BA from UCLA and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Anyeley Hallová  |  Speaker
Anyeley Hallová is an equity & sustainability-focused real estate developer with over 18 years of experience from mixed-use developments to office headquarters for non-profits. Her passion is creating unique developments that reflect the flavor of the local culture, respect the natural environment, and build community.

She started Adre in Portland, Oregon in 2020 to focus on real estate projects that seek to create wealth for the Black community and for other underrepresented groups that traditionally lack access to real estate ownership and investment.

Prior to Adre, she was a partner with project^ for 12 years, with a focus on shepherding development projects through entitlements and construction with a specialization in student housing, market-rate housing, residences, and public-private projects.

Before joining project^, Anyeley served as a Development Manager for Gerding Edlen Development, where she worked on student housing, civic projects, and public-private partnerships. As an Associate Urban Designer at the leading design firm EDAW, now AECOM, she specialized in downtown master plans in the Caribbean, transit-oriented mixed-use developments, and greenway plans.

Her civic work includes a governor appointment to Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) where she serves as Chair and a mayoral appointment to Portland’s Adjustment Committee, Community Involvement Committee for the Portland Plan, and Policy Expert Group for Residential Development and Compatibility for the Comp Plan. She is currently serving as Chair of the U.S Green Building Council.

She has served on the board of 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Housing Center, The SOUL District, and is an expert on ULI Advisory Services Panels. She is also a published researcher and writer on cultural landscapes and public consensus and is listed on a patent for Sustainable Performance Information for a Property.

The Urban Land Institute named her “40 under 40” as one of the best young land-use professionals from around the globe; the Portland Business Journal named her a “Top 40 Under 40” and “Women of Influence”; The Daily Journal of Commerce named her a “Woman of Vision”; and she has been named a Grist 50 Fixer.

David Livingston  |  Speaker
David Livingston currently serves as the inaugural Innovation & Sustainability Practitioner in Residence at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. He also serves in an advisory capacity to several leading organizations, including on the Sustainability Advisory Council of Novo Nordisk, Europe’s largest publicly listed company.

Before coming to USC, Livingston served as senior advisor and managing director for energy in the office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry. During his time in the Biden administration, he was instrumental in the creation of several flagship public-private partnerships focused on cleantech and innovation, including the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) and the First Movers Coalition (FMC).

Prior to joining government, Mr. Livingston previously worked at the Eurasia Group, a consultancy, focusing on energy, climate, trade and technology issues, and as a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council. He has also served as a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss Fellow for Geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative during the Obama administration. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

James Ball  |  Speaker
James Ball is the Director, Buildings at GreenBiz Group. For 15 years James has managed sustainability projects for high-end custom, production, affordable and government projects. As a leader in the building industry James serves as the Chair of the Net-Zero Energy Coalition, on the Advisory Board of DC’s Building Innovation Hub and on Hyattsville, MD (his hometown’s) Environmental Committee. He is personally and professionally committed to creating buildings that have a positive influence on human well-being and the natural environment.