2018 Keynote Speaker


Friday, August 10th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
on the Main Stage | $20
CEU: HSW-SD | GBCI (pending)

High Design, Low impact: Building LivingHomes



► Founder & Managing Director - LivingHomes [nature made; factory built.]
► CEO - Plant Prefab, Inc. [custom homes; sensibly built.]

LivingHomes is a designer and developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.

The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating. Twenty-four LivingHomes have been or will soon be certified LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold, making the company one of the most experienced designers of homes at the highest level of LEED certification.

LivingHomes have garnered significant industry recognition including the AIA’s top sustainable award, Green Builder Magazine’s Home of Year, Business 2.0 “World’s 11 Coolest Products”, Business Week’s “Architectural Wonders of the World”, and the Sustainable Quality Awards Grand Prize. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals.

In addition to design, LivingHomes developed its own project in Atwater Village, Los Angeles (all six single family homes were certified LEED Platinum) and has worked with Make It Right on affordable housing projects in New Orleans and the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.

Plant Prefab is the first prefabricated home factory in the nation dedicated to sustainable construction, materials, processes, and operations. Plant manufactures custom and single/multifamily homes that are high-quality, healthy, and durable. With their patented building system, Plant delivers low cost homes in half the time and with less waste than traditional site-based contractors.

Plant models are fully customizable and available to individuals, developers, and architects. Plant was spun out of LivingHomes and major funding was provided by Obvious Ventures. The company operates out of 62,000 sf facility in Rialto, California.

More About Steve Glenn

Glenn speaks regularly about sustainable design, prefabrication, and social entrepreneurship at conferences and universities including TED, TEDx, Greenbuild, TechHome Summit, Sun Valley Institute, Sustainable Brands, VerdeXchange, UCLA, Brown, Columbia, USC, Pepperdine, and University of Texas (Austin).

Previously, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa.

He is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others.

Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect.

He also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio, and  co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist.

Glenn holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, studied Urban Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a Coro Fellow. Additional achievements include:

Glenn was named...

  • the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week
  • Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green
  • Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post