RELi Collaborative


 About the Collaborative and the Development of RELi

The RELi Collaborative is an informal gathering of innovators and pioneers supporting RELi that represent multiple organizations.

RELi was developed over the past 5 years through the generous participation of professionals, experts and graduate students at Perkins + Will, Research Perkins+Will, C3 Living Design ProjectThe Capital Markets Partnership’s National Safety + Resiliency Committee, AIA Minnesota COTE and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. The AIA Architects Foundation National Resilience Initiative Network Upper-Midwest hub became part of the RELi Collaborative in 2016.

The RELi consensus standard development process was administered by The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) in 2014. MTS is an ANSI accredited standards developer following the ANSI approved National Consensus Process. The Action List + Credit Catalog are resources included in the RELi Green + Resilient Property Underwriting and Finance Standard.  The Principle Investigator for the RELi Acton List + Credit Catalog is Douglas Pierce AIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Associate with Perkins+Will and Professor in Practice at the University of Minnesota.  Along with other pioneers such as the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, RELi has helped to inspire the broader building + design industry to actively engage in resilience. We hope you will join us in the on-going and evolving pursuit of a resilient, regenerative + sustainable living world.


RELi Professionals

RELi Resilience Accredited Professionals are on the pioneering edge of design engaging one of the worlds most challenging problems: Climate Change and Social Equity Adaptation.

After 35+ years of creative development focused on climate mitigation, resource conservation, ecological health and human wellness, the sustainable design community is expanding that vision to create a just, vital and adaptable living world.

RELi Accredited Professionals + Applied System Specialist (RELi APS) have completed the comprehensive RELi and Resilience+ Pilot Training Course covering the application of systems thinking and RELi requisites + credits.  Applied systems thinking is used to leverage the individual concepts embodied by RELi into integrated responses that effectively improve the resilience of buildings, neighborhoods and communities. The pilot course uses an interactive, project based learning approach that brings participating professionals first hand experience with real world applications of RELi and resilient design.

The course is in it’s early pilot phase developed in part by C3 Living Design, Perkins+Will and the Institute for Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) who oversees RELi Certifications and Professional Accreditation. Accreditation combines conventional testing with robust interactive online translational learning with instructor oversight. While in it’s early pilot development phase, the RELi and Resilience+ Workshop Training Course is by invitation only.

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