2022 PNNL Series: Taming Sustainable-Design Complexity

Taming Sustainable-Design Complexity

The IES offers Educational Webinars throughout the year, purposefully spanning a broad range of topics and speaker expertise. This was a live webinar hosted in partnership with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) and is now available as an archived webinar and CEU course.

Description: The lighting industry needs practical approaches to enable a transition to a more circular and sustainable lighting system life cycle. This webinar will share perspectives from a manufacturer and an architect on current roadblocks to achieving circular design practices at various stages of the product or project, and will focus on supporting positive environmental impacts extending beyond energy use. The speakers will discuss what is needed to improve the sustainability of lighting installations and practical approaches that lighting specifiers and manufacturers can take to have an impact on the sustainability of products and projects.

Kate Hickcox

Lighting Research Scientist


Kate Hickcox joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a lighting research scientist in 2020. She is a creative thinker in the field of lighting, with over 18 years of experience in both lighting research and lighting design. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goals are simple – to provide equitable and universal lighting solutions that support humans and the environment.

Alexandra Gadawski

Associate and Sustainability Leader

HMFH Architects

Alexandra Gadawski AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LFA, is an Associate and sustainability leader at HMFH Architects, where her knowledge of building performance and healthy material research provides integral support to project teams at all stages of design. Her passion for sustainability and community involvement intersects through her work as the Co-Chair of the Mindful Materials Architecture & Design Engagement Group and as the Co-Chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Sustainable Lighting Committee. With a background in energy consumption and voluntary building standards, Ms. Gadawski holds a Master of Science in Environmental Design of Buildings from Cardiff University in Wales and a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Aaron Smith

VP of Technology and R&D


Aaron Smith is the VP of Technology and R&D at Finelite and an alumnus of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He supports the development of energy efficient, high quality, and sustainable lighting. He also supports Finelite’s new technology integration, new product development, and research efforts.


Taming Sustainable-Design Complexity
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This video is required for course completion.
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available