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Last January we introduced a new EcoHome editorial initiative called Vision 2020 that launched a year of exploration into the future of 10 critical areas of sustainability. We enlisted renowned industry thought leaders with specialties in each of these focus areas as Vision 2020 chairs to share their work and guide our research. Our joint mission has been to create a road map to sustainability for our industry by identifying where we need to be by the year 2020 in order to be on track to reach important environmental targets by 2030 and beyond. Our research chairs defined new goals, identified the hurdles we must negotiate, and laid out a path for us to follow, in many cases setting new metrics and milestones along the way from which we can measure our progress.

Over the past 10 months our Vision 2020 editorial team has published hundreds of exclusive articles, interviews, white papers, and videos exploring every aspect of advanced sustainability that will play into our future from regenerative design and community development to building systems and product transparency to water efficiency and energy performance. We’ve uncovered new research data in a wide range of areas from biophilia and resiliency to indoor environmental quality. And we’ve shared all of this every day through www.ecohomemagazine.com/vision-2020, our weekly e-newsletters, and in each edition of this magazine.

In September we convened the first Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C., where our research chairs presented reports on the future of their focus areas for peer review by the other chairs, and as previews of their reports for Hanley Wood’s chief editors and sustainability teams from our seven corporate sponsors. All of this leads to this special Vision 2020 edition of EcoHome.

We have dedicated this entire issue to share with you those final reports from the Sustainability Summit, authored by each of our research chairs who present their unique perspectives and projections and lay out the path to follow toward a sustainable future.

We are proud to present this special issue and the results of the first year of the Vision 2020 program. With the invaluable help of our section chairs, we’ve laid an incredible foundation for ongoing Vision 2020 research over the coming years as we will continue to grow this program, track our progress, and engage the challenges and opportunities that will face us on the way forward.

New Directions

I’d like to take a moment to let you know that this is my last issue of EcoHome as editor in chief and to introduce you to Katie Weeks, editor in chief of our sister publication Eco-Structure, who will lead the way for both of our green building brands starting in January. She has been fully focused on high-level sustainability and environmental building for years, and you’ll see her expertise, passion, and precision for yourself when she launches an exciting new platform that brings EcoHome and Eco-Structure content to our professional green building audiences every day—fast, fresh, and focused.

My work on EcoHome over these past five years has been incredibly fulfilling, bringing my career full circle from my start in the 1970s as a builder exploring the early practices and principles of green building. EcoHome has allowed me to reconnect with lifelong friends and colleagues—but more important, with my own personal commitment to our planet and concern for its health. And so while this job may be ending, my work will go on. As EcoHome’s editor-at-large I will continue to contribute to its mission and lead Vision 2020 and The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing into the future. Thank you all for your support and engagement over the years. Your work has inspired mine.