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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Feb 10, 2022

As Principal and Director of Sustainability at Perkins&Will Vancouver, Kathy directs the office’s research and sustainable design advisory team. Kathy joined the firm in 2002 with a strong commitment to sustainable design and construction, and has considerable experience working on LEED and Living Building Challenge projects. On a firm wide level, Kathy helped author, implement and direct Perkins&Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative. She regularly speaks and writes about sustainable design and healthy materials, and has authored several articles on healthy building materials and transparency. Kathy is a past-chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council.


Show Highlights


  • Degrees that support reducing impact on the built environment
  • How do we work with industry to think about different green business practices?
  • Market barriers to reusing materials in new construction. 
  • Unique opportunity to empower a sustainable sustainability corporate strategy to connect essential knowledge with the entire organization.
  • Perkins&Will’s Living Design Initiative addresses issues with clients, staff and what the world is facing. 
  • Perkins&Will will future proof their company by identifying strategic opportunities.
  • Elevate up and look at bigger strategy issues affecting our industry and the impact we have on climate climate change.
  • Help clients navigate the best tool to select for a project, occupants, and stakeholders to justify third party validation value.


“It pays to persevere and to stick to your values and what you're passionate about. When times are tough, we're in tough times right now during a pandemic, but stick to your values and things will work out”

-Kathy Wardle

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