Richard Piacentini

Lecture: Regenerative Thinking in the Age of the Anthropocene: Making the Connection between People, Plants, Health and Planet

October 22, 2019

One hundred years from now people will not look back and marvel at our artistic and scientific achievements, but will instead be appalled by what we did to the planet. It doesn’t have to be that way. Adopting a regenerative way of thinking can reestablish the indelible bonds that connect everyone and everything on the planet. Human and ecological health are inextricably connected, yet too often we talk about them separately. We are also led to believe that to be sustainable means we have to give up a lot and adopt a less satisfying lifestyle. No one aspires to be uncomfortable.

The sustainability efforts initiated at Phipps are holistic, replicable, beautiful and based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. This regenerative-based way of thinking influences the organization’s actions and programs, particularly those focused on awakening children to nature, and promoting human and environmental well-being. We can and must create places and lifestyles that are better for people and the planet, and they will be better than what we settle for now.

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About Richard Piacentini

Since 1994, Richard Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens including construction of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy and water building and the only one in the world to meet: the Living Building Challenge™, LEED® Platinum, WELL™ Platinum, and SITES™ Platinum certifications. The sustainability efforts Piacentini initiated at Phipps are based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. Piacentini serves on the board of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as Past Chair and Secretary and on the Mission and Community Needs Committee for Magee-Womens Hospital and the Pennsylvania One Health Task Force. He is a member of the ILFI Biophilic Design Initiative Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee for the Biophilic Cities Network.  He is a Past President and Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and has received ILFI, USGBC, and APGA leadership awards. Piacentini is a Registered Pharmacist and a WELL® Accredited Professional.

Richard Piacentini

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 
6:00 PM  Doors 
6:30 PM  Program 

Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55113

General Public:  $20
UMAA Discount: $18
UMN Faculty & Staff: $10
Students: $5  (limit 1 per U Card)

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the museum from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:45 p.m. Museum admission is included the price of the lecture ticket.



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