Alex Wilson is president of the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization working to advance the adoption of resilient design into buildings and communities. He is also founder (in 1985) of the Brattleboro, Vermont company BuildingGreen, which has long been a leader in green building consulting and information delivery. Alex is a widely published writer on green building, energy, and the environment, and he is the author or coauthor of several books, including Your Green Home (New Society Publishing, 2006), The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, now in its 10th edition, 2013), and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate (John Wiley, 1998).
Alex served on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 – 2005, and in 2008 he received the organization’s Leadership Award for Education; in 2010 he received the second annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability.
Alex lives in Dummerston, Vermont in a 200-year-old, zero-energy home that demonstrates sustainability and resilience. He and his wife are also working to bring back into production long-neglected farmland on the property. On the local level, he is chair of the Ecovation Hub, a regional (tri-state) economic development initiative to replace jobs lost through the closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant with jobs in the “green economy.” Alex is also an avid outdoorsman and has coauthored a series of books for the Appalachian Mountain Club on Quiet Water Canoeing and Kayaking.
Development and Deployment of Resilient Homeless Shelters
12:00 Community Vision Stage
In this presentation, Alex will describe an initiative in which the Resilient Design Institute is developing of designs for tiny houses that can serve as homeless shelters. Tiny house villages for the homeless have been successfully pioneered in the Pacific Northwest and Austin, Texas, but these are in mild climates. The current focus is on designs that will work in a cold, northern New England climate. Alex will show examples of tiny house villages for the homeless located around the country and lay out specific design goals for tiny houses that can serve this function in our climate.