Make Impact


IMPACT 2015 is Minnesota’s most cross-disciplinary sustainability and green building conference.  Education sessions feature leading industry experts on a variety of topics that will inspire ideas in smart and sustainable design, high performance construction, leadership, marketing and company culture.  The Expo will showcase what’s next in green building products and services.

This conference is the place to connect with green building leaders, make new business contacts, be inspired by innovative education sessions and uplifting keynotes and earn CE’s to maintain your professional credentials.

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Visit our MCAD booth at IMPACT 2015 on Wednesday, April 29 to hear Minnesota’s best sustainability stories through engaging keynotes, cutting edge education sessions and networking forums in the greenest conference venue in Minnesota – Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Xcel Center Campus recently received LEED certification and includes the only National Hockey League (NHL) arena in the U.S. that is LEED Certified as an existing building.

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Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana. Please contact her through LinkedIn.