EcoDistricts Community Directory

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Chris Allen

Allen & Associates Properties

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Chris Allen is the Managing Broker and Owner of Allen & Associates Properties and has an extensive background in real estate and construction.

A second generation realtor and builder, Chris grew up around both building and real estate.  Helping his mother prepare listings and market property, Chris got first hand real estate experience before developing a building company in the early 2000’s and later locating in Denver.

After years at RE/MAX in Denver as a Broker/Owner, Chris decided to pursue developing a world class brokerage of his own and Allen & Associates Properties was created in late 2016.  Located in RiNo, just a block off the 38th/Blake A-Line stop, Chris continues to also pursue development projects both personally and for clients.

As a Transit Alliance graduate, Chris appreciates and understands the importance of a multi-modal city and continues to support and participate where he can. He purposely located the AAP office near transit and considers it in every transaction.

Chris has developed a wide spectrum view of Denver real estate and the growth it is experiencing.  With his combined knowledge of building, investing and the Denver metro areas, Chris delivers a high level of service to his clients whether it’s a first home, a fix and flip, a new construction project to a multi million dollar tract development.

Chris supports and visions sustainability incorporated into more projects and communities in Denver and promotes smart design into the future.

Tap into his knowledge today and experience  the difference he brings to the project and the difference it can make to your bottom line.

Chris Allen

Allen & Associates Properties

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Chris Allen is the Managing Broker and Owner of Allen & Associates Properties and has an extensive background in real estate and construction.

A second generation realtor and builder, Chris grew up around both building and real estate.  Helping his mother prepare listings and market property, Chris got first hand real estate experience before developing a building company in the early 2000’s and later locating in Denver.

After years at RE/MAX in Denver as a Broker/Owner, Chris decided to pursue developing a world class brokerage of his own and Allen & Associates Properties was created in late 2016.  Located in RiNo, just a block off the 38th/Blake A-Line stop, Chris continues to also pursue development projects both personally and for clients.

As a Transit Alliance graduate, Chris appreciates and understands the importance of a multi-modal city and continues to support and participate where he can. He purposely located the AAP office near transit and considers it in every transaction.

Chris has developed a wide spectrum view of Denver real estate and the growth it is experiencing.  With his combined knowledge of building, investing and the Denver metro areas, Chris delivers a high level of service to his clients whether it’s a first home, a fix and flip, a new construction project to a multi million dollar tract development.

Chris supports and visions sustainability incorporated into more projects and communities in Denver and promotes smart design into the future.

Tap into his knowledge today and experience  the difference he brings to the project and the difference it can make to your bottom line.

Eliot Allen

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eliot Allen, AICP, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP, is an urban planner who has devoted his career to creating vibrant and prosperous places. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1980 to focus on the nexus of urban planning and sustainability, and has since become a nationally-recognized leader in helping designers and citizens create plans that are measurably more livable and regenerative.

Eliot is a specialist in sustainability rating and assessment systems at Criterion, where he provides technical support and certification verification for EcoDistricts, certification reviews for the USGBC LEED-ND program, and technical support for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems. He is also the LEED-ND expert at LEEDuser, a plan reviewer for the APA Sustaining Places program, and an education provider for USGBC, EcoDistricts, Planetizen, and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Eliot is a co-recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Climate Protection Plan, the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award for the Smart Code, and the APA Sustainable Communities Award for the Austin Texas Comprehensive Plan. He is a former chair of Portland’s Energy Commission, and currently serves on the Urban Planning Task Group of the American Society for Testing & Materials, and the national awards jury of the APA Sustainable Communities Division.

Eliot Allen

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eliot Allen, AICP, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP, is an urban planner who has devoted his career to creating vibrant and prosperous places. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1980 to focus on the nexus of urban planning and sustainability, and has since become a nationally-recognized leader in helping designers and citizens create plans that are measurably more livable and regenerative.

Eliot is a specialist in sustainability rating and assessment systems at Criterion, where he provides technical support and certification verification for EcoDistricts, certification reviews for the USGBC LEED-ND program, and technical support for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems. He is also the LEED-ND expert at LEEDuser, a plan reviewer for the APA Sustaining Places program, and an education provider for USGBC, EcoDistricts, Planetizen, and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Eliot is a co-recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Climate Protection Plan, the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award for the Smart Code, and the APA Sustainable Communities Award for the Austin Texas Comprehensive Plan. He is a former chair of Portland’s Energy Commission, and currently serves on the Urban Planning Task Group of the American Society for Testing & Materials, and the national awards jury of the APA Sustainable Communities Division.

Don Amerson

Corona, California, United States

 

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Don Amerson

Corona, California, United States

 

Member

Walid Azar

PMCS Group, Inc.

Long Beach, California, United States

 

Member

Walid Azar is Vice President of PMCS Group, Inc. and has more than 27 years of experience in managing high profile projects in the Los Angeles area.  He was instrumental in delivering one of the first LEED Platinum rated facility in the world, and has delivered iconic and sustainable public works projects such as the Echo Park Lake, and Machado Lake/Harbor Regional Park.

PMCS Group was formed in 2005 and has grown to 40 employees with experience in project types ranging from public works, k-12 and higher education, transportation, and specialized building projects.  PMCS employs a wide range of employees from licensed architects and engineers, construction managers, schedulers and estimators, safety officers, inspectors, and site office engineers.

Mr. Azar holds a MS Degree in Structural Engineering and a MBA; he is a registered PE (Civil) and is certified as a LEEDAP and ENV SP.

Walid Azar

PMCS Group, Inc.

Long Beach, California, United States

 

Member

Walid Azar is Vice President of PMCS Group, Inc. and has more than 27 years of experience in managing high profile projects in the Los Angeles area.  He was instrumental in delivering one of the first LEED Platinum rated facility in the world, and has delivered iconic and sustainable public works projects such as the Echo Park Lake, and Machado Lake/Harbor Regional Park.

PMCS Group was formed in 2005 and has grown to 40 employees with experience in project types ranging from public works, k-12 and higher education, transportation, and specialized building projects.  PMCS employs a wide range of employees from licensed architects and engineers, construction managers, schedulers and estimators, safety officers, inspectors, and site office engineers.

Mr. Azar holds a MS Degree in Structural Engineering and a MBA; he is a registered PE (Civil) and is certified as a LEEDAP and ENV SP.

Fariborz Azarian

METCO Engineering

Dallas, Texas, United States

 

Member

Director of Sustainable Infrastructure at METCO Engineering. Serve as an ambassador to the EarthX non-profit as well as a member of the Texas Energy Managers Association of Texas.

Fariborz Azarian

METCO Engineering

Dallas, Texas, United States

 

Member

Director of Sustainable Infrastructure at METCO Engineering. Serve as an ambassador to the EarthX non-profit as well as a member of the Texas Energy Managers Association of Texas.

Matthew Baer

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

As Membership + Database Specialist, Matt works with EcoDistricts’ members and sponsors to ensure mutual benefits and promote new partnerships. He also manages the organization’s database and relationship histories. Matt came to Portland in 2016 from Charlottesville, Virginia where he developed a deep understanding and passion for the sustainable food movement and equitable access to healthy food. After time spent working on farms, at farmers markets and at local food-oriented businesses, Matt worked for Local Food Hub, a nonprofit tasked with bridging the gap between local food producers, buyers and customers. This work reignited his passion for urban design as he learned that many of the barriers to healthy and local food could be overcome with well-designed infrastructure and social programs. He now brings that passion and expertise to EcoDistricts to build the organizations network of partners and expand the reach of its programs. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from The University of Virginia.

Matthew Baer

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

As Membership + Database Specialist, Matt works with EcoDistricts’ members and sponsors to ensure mutual benefits and promote new partnerships. He also manages the organization’s database and relationship histories. Matt came to Portland in 2016 from Charlottesville, Virginia where he developed a deep understanding and passion for the sustainable food movement and equitable access to healthy food. After time spent working on farms, at farmers markets and at local food-oriented businesses, Matt worked for Local Food Hub, a nonprofit tasked with bridging the gap between local food producers, buyers and customers. This work reignited his passion for urban design as he learned that many of the barriers to healthy and local food could be overcome with well-designed infrastructure and social programs. He now brings that passion and expertise to EcoDistricts to build the organizations network of partners and expand the reach of its programs. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from The University of Virginia.

Sean Baraoidan

REAL Building Consultants

Tampa, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Sean Baraoidan

REAL Building Consultants

Tampa, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Rob Bennett

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Rob is the founding CEO of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with nearly 20 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy.

Rob Bennett

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Rob is the founding CEO of EcoDistricts. He is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with nearly 20 years of experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy.

Rob Best

Arup

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Rob is an Engineer in the Energy and Sustainability Team in Arup’s San Francisco office. With an interdisciplinary background in energy policy, renewable energy modeling, urban planning, environmental policy, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable design and construction, and environmental engineering, Rob has a breadth of experience providing energy, sustainability, and policy solutions and guidance for commercial, residential, institutional, municipal, and industrial clients. His skills include energy masterplanning, benchmarking analysis, energy policy analysis and decision support, district energy design and analysis, building energy simulation, integrated infrastructure planning and evaluation, data visualization, planning for resilience, and climate adaptation planning.

Rob Best

Arup

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Rob is an Engineer in the Energy and Sustainability Team in Arup’s San Francisco office. With an interdisciplinary background in energy policy, renewable energy modeling, urban planning, environmental policy, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable design and construction, and environmental engineering, Rob has a breadth of experience providing energy, sustainability, and policy solutions and guidance for commercial, residential, institutional, municipal, and industrial clients. His skills include energy masterplanning, benchmarking analysis, energy policy analysis and decision support, district energy design and analysis, building energy simulation, integrated infrastructure planning and evaluation, data visualization, planning for resilience, and climate adaptation planning.

Biohabitats

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Our mission is to: Restore the Earth and Inspire Ecological Stewardship.

Inspire communities to rediscover a sense of place through preserving indigenous ecosystems, restoring biological diversity, and inspiring ecological stewardship.

A bold mission, but is it possible in today’s ever changing world? You bet it is. Since pioneering the practice of ecological restoration in the 1980s, Biohabitats continues to remove the boundaries between conservation biology, restoration ecology and landscape ecology with landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning. Our work strives to be more than “sustainable;” it strives to be regenerative. Behind all of our work is an intention to respect Earth’s ecological limit, heal damaged ecological processes, and catalyze mutually beneficial relationships among the land and all forms of life.

Biohabitats

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Our mission is to: Restore the Earth and Inspire Ecological Stewardship.

Inspire communities to rediscover a sense of place through preserving indigenous ecosystems, restoring biological diversity, and inspiring ecological stewardship.

A bold mission, but is it possible in today’s ever changing world? You bet it is. Since pioneering the practice of ecological restoration in the 1980s, Biohabitats continues to remove the boundaries between conservation biology, restoration ecology and landscape ecology with landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning. Our work strives to be more than “sustainable;” it strives to be regenerative. Behind all of our work is an intention to respect Earth’s ecological limit, heal damaged ecological processes, and catalyze mutually beneficial relationships among the land and all forms of life.

Black & Veatch

Overland Park, Kansas, United States

 

Member

Black & Veatch (B&V) is a leading engineering, consulting and construction company. We are employee-owned and have more than 10,000 professionals in over 100 offices worldwide.  B&V provides cost-effective solutions for sustainable commercial, institutional, residential and mixed-use developments.  Solutions include integrated energy, water, transportation and communication infrastructure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcsdG13v9Fw

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Black & Veatch

Overland Park, Kansas, United States

 

Member

Black & Veatch (B&V) is a leading engineering, consulting and construction company. We are employee-owned and have more than 10,000 professionals in over 100 offices worldwide.  B&V provides cost-effective solutions for sustainable commercial, institutional, residential and mixed-use developments.  Solutions include integrated energy, water, transportation and communication infrastructure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcsdG13v9Fw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwoQpR1zkhc

Rebecca Book

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Rebecca Book believes in using the power of good design to solve ecological and social problems. As an urban designer at Mithun, she applies her design expertise and research and analytical skills to projects promoting coastal resiliency and equitable access to the city. Previous related experience includes working on the 'BIG U' project, redesigning Manhattan's coastline to protect the city against sea level rise and future storms, while at one architecture, working as an associate at Abraxas Architecture, Inc. and as Project Administrator at Brookwood Group.
While completing her Master of Architecture and MS Urban Planning at Columbia University GSAPP, she assisted in the production of a number of international exhibits, including assisting in the Istanbul Design Biennial as a member of the curatorial team, fabricating the a video installation for the Bjork retrospective at New York City MoMA with The Living, and managing the fabrication and installation of GSAPP exhibits shown at the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Graham foundation.
In her free time, she enjoys bike touring, track cycling, cyclocross, and occasionally even road cycling. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Seattle.

Rebecca Book

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Rebecca Book believes in using the power of good design to solve ecological and social problems. As an urban designer at Mithun, she applies her design expertise and research and analytical skills to projects promoting coastal resiliency and equitable access to the city. Previous related experience includes working on the 'BIG U' project, redesigning Manhattan's coastline to protect the city against sea level rise and future storms, while at one architecture, working as an associate at Abraxas Architecture, Inc. and as Project Administrator at Brookwood Group.
While completing her Master of Architecture and MS Urban Planning at Columbia University GSAPP, she assisted in the production of a number of international exhibits, including assisting in the Istanbul Design Biennial as a member of the curatorial team, fabricating the a video installation for the Bjork retrospective at New York City MoMA with The Living, and managing the fabrication and installation of GSAPP exhibits shown at the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Graham foundation.
In her free time, she enjoys bike touring, track cycling, cyclocross, and occasionally even road cycling. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Seattle.

Ryan Bouma

AECOM

Arlington , Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Ryan Bouma

AECOM

Arlington , Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Kysha Brown Robinson

Compositions Consulting

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

If you need a skilled facilitator to guide a group through meaningful interactions that position you to achieve new results, schedule a consult through the Compositions site. If you’re developing a project and want a leader who can bring diverse groups to focused action – go to the site and scroll down for the consult links.

Kysha Brown Robinson is a synergizer and principal of Compositions Consulting. A dynamic strategic planner, a powerful coach, and an asset on complex projects, she has contributed to local, national and international initiatives. Kysha is sought after for coalition support and coordination because of her distinct abilities to listen to even diverging ideas and find the common commitment. She is known for her unique quality to bring humanity into challenging, competitive spaces. She honors the expertise and wisdom within groups, but she also brings clarity, structure and effectiveness to galvanizing, organizing and producing project results.

An EcoDistricts Accredited Professional with more than 15 years experience, Robinson is also certified in Community Development Finance. She brings her success as an executive coach and licensed accountability coach and trainer, as she facilitates the work of planning and collaborative development, then guides leaders through the process of working with partners and teams to put plans into action.

Kysha Brown Robinson

Compositions Consulting

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

If you need a skilled facilitator to guide a group through meaningful interactions that position you to achieve new results, schedule a consult through the Compositions site. If you’re developing a project and want a leader who can bring diverse groups to focused action – go to the site and scroll down for the consult links.

Kysha Brown Robinson is a synergizer and principal of Compositions Consulting. A dynamic strategic planner, a powerful coach, and an asset on complex projects, she has contributed to local, national and international initiatives. Kysha is sought after for coalition support and coordination because of her distinct abilities to listen to even diverging ideas and find the common commitment. She is known for her unique quality to bring humanity into challenging, competitive spaces. She honors the expertise and wisdom within groups, but she also brings clarity, structure and effectiveness to galvanizing, organizing and producing project results.

An EcoDistricts Accredited Professional with more than 15 years experience, Robinson is also certified in Community Development Finance. She brings her success as an executive coach and licensed accountability coach and trainer, as she facilitates the work of planning and collaborative development, then guides leaders through the process of working with partners and teams to put plans into action.

April Brown

Green Bridge Consulting

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

 

Member

April is the founder, sustainable design strategist and principal consultant of Green Bridge, with her primary strengths being in project management, facilitation, public speaking, and systems thinking. April has 10 years of experience helping commercial building owners and design teams navigate the built environment sustainability process with a focus on all aspects of sustainable design and construction, building operations, and third party certification planning and documentation. After she and her family moved to Asheville, NC, she started her own business to continue working with her passion in integrative design and high performance buildings. April has assisted clients and development projects through third party certification for over 30 projects with a wide range of building types. April is a skilled facilitator and works with the team early in design to develop a project vision. As the keeper of the vision, April holds the project team accountable to the shared vision and carries the momentum and enthusiasm forward through implementation and occupancy for long-term projects.

April Brown

Green Bridge Consulting

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

 

Member

April is the founder, sustainable design strategist and principal consultant of Green Bridge, with her primary strengths being in project management, facilitation, public speaking, and systems thinking. April has 10 years of experience helping commercial building owners and design teams navigate the built environment sustainability process with a focus on all aspects of sustainable design and construction, building operations, and third party certification planning and documentation. After she and her family moved to Asheville, NC, she started her own business to continue working with her passion in integrative design and high performance buildings. April has assisted clients and development projects through third party certification for over 30 projects with a wide range of building types. April is a skilled facilitator and works with the team early in design to develop a project vision. As the keeper of the vision, April holds the project team accountable to the shared vision and carries the momentum and enthusiasm forward through implementation and occupancy for long-term projects.

Gina Burk

Akron, Ohio, United States

 

Member

Gina Burk

Akron, Ohio, United States

 

Member

Kurt Buxton

Irvine, California, United States

 

Member

Kurt Buxton

Irvine, California, United States

 

Member

CH2M

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Premium Member

At CH2M, we love to take on our clients’ most complex infrastructure and natural resource problems, creating new pathways for human progress. Partnering with governments, cities and businesses in more than 50 countries, we tap deeply integrated capabilities across our organization – in transportation, water, environment, nuclear, oil & gas, industry, and urban environments – to meet their biggest engineering challenges. And we draw on the exceptional skills and creativity of 25,000 teammates with an outstanding track record of expertly executing projects both big and small. We love what we do, but we care just as much about how we work.

CH2M

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Premium Member

At CH2M, we love to take on our clients’ most complex infrastructure and natural resource problems, creating new pathways for human progress. Partnering with governments, cities and businesses in more than 50 countries, we tap deeply integrated capabilities across our organization – in transportation, water, environment, nuclear, oil & gas, industry, and urban environments – to meet their biggest engineering challenges. And we draw on the exceptional skills and creativity of 25,000 teammates with an outstanding track record of expertly executing projects both big and small. We love what we do, but we care just as much about how we work.

William Carson

US Bancorp Community Development Corporation

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 

Member

VP & Director, infUSe™ CDFI Business Development – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

Bill Carson leads USBCDC’s infUSe™ CDFI Business Development effort, where he focuses on investments and partnerships with Community Development Financing Institutions, a diverse segment of mission-driven organizations that provide capital to create and retain jobs, finance commercial and residential real estate, and improve quality of life in disinvested communities.

In his prior role, he was corporate sustainability leader of the McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) Companies and President of Sunwheel Energy, an MBS Company providing renewable energy and sustainability services. In these roles, he led MBS to become one of the top developers and managers of green, economically integrated, urban communities and helped the company to win numerous awards for excellence in sustainable urban redevelopment and corporate practices. He began his career in engineering and product management with the multi-national industrial and environmental company Air Products.

Bill is a USGBC LEED-Accredited Professional and Cornell Engineering grad and holds master’s degrees in Engineering & Policy and Engineering Management from Washington University. He is an active civic participant in the City of St. Louis and is passionate about using integrated sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact, improve resident well-being and advance economic outcomes in distressed, urban communities.

William Carson

US Bancorp Community Development Corporation

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 

Member

VP & Director, infUSe™ CDFI Business Development – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

Bill Carson leads USBCDC’s infUSe™ CDFI Business Development effort, where he focuses on investments and partnerships with Community Development Financing Institutions, a diverse segment of mission-driven organizations that provide capital to create and retain jobs, finance commercial and residential real estate, and improve quality of life in disinvested communities.

In his prior role, he was corporate sustainability leader of the McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) Companies and President of Sunwheel Energy, an MBS Company providing renewable energy and sustainability services. In these roles, he led MBS to become one of the top developers and managers of green, economically integrated, urban communities and helped the company to win numerous awards for excellence in sustainable urban redevelopment and corporate practices. He began his career in engineering and product management with the multi-national industrial and environmental company Air Products.

Bill is a USGBC LEED-Accredited Professional and Cornell Engineering grad and holds master’s degrees in Engineering & Policy and Engineering Management from Washington University. He is an active civic participant in the City of St. Louis and is passionate about using integrated sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact, improve resident well-being and advance economic outcomes in distressed, urban communities.

Julie Castro

The Energy Coalition

Irvine, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Julie Castro

The Energy Coalition

Irvine, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kevin Chavouis

Montgomery County Planning Commission

Abington, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Member

Kevin Chavouis

Montgomery County Planning Commission

Abington, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Member

Naomi Cole

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Naomi leads EcoDistricts programs that advance the market for exemplary sustainable neighborhood projects and practitioners. She helped launch the precursor to the EcoDistricts Protocol, at the Portland Sustainability Institute, where she developed and piloted an EcoDistricts approach in Portland and began to expand it to other cities.

She brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability including roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.

As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Naomi Cole

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Naomi leads EcoDistricts programs that advance the market for exemplary sustainable neighborhood projects and practitioners. She helped launch the precursor to the EcoDistricts Protocol, at the Portland Sustainability Institute, where she developed and piloted an EcoDistricts approach in Portland and began to expand it to other cities.

She brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability including roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.

As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Stephanie Cornejo

Miami, Florida, United States

 

Member

I spend my time working on impactful projects. Currently, I work on park planning initiatives and special projects as it relates to the Miami-Dade County Open Space Master Plan. Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department is home to over 270 parks and it is the third largest parks system in the United States of America.

Previously, I worked in the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata where I was the de facto deputy chief of staff and led in the implementation of various projects. Prior to that I worked in the non-profit sector with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Volunteer Department where we ensured the recruitment and quality of volunteers needed to support Fairchild programs. Over 750 volunteers supported educational programming, events, and enhanced experiences for visitors and gave over 80,000 hours to the Garden.

I have a passion for green spaces, the arts, and improving the built environment. When I’m not on the job, I love bicycling, making pottery, baking my way through every dessert recipe known to man, and collaborating on community improvement projects.

Stephanie Cornejo

Miami, Florida, United States

 

Member

I spend my time working on impactful projects. Currently, I work on park planning initiatives and special projects as it relates to the Miami-Dade County Open Space Master Plan. Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department is home to over 270 parks and it is the third largest parks system in the United States of America.

Previously, I worked in the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata where I was the de facto deputy chief of staff and led in the implementation of various projects. Prior to that I worked in the non-profit sector with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Volunteer Department where we ensured the recruitment and quality of volunteers needed to support Fairchild programs. Over 750 volunteers supported educational programming, events, and enhanced experiences for visitors and gave over 80,000 hours to the Garden.

I have a passion for green spaces, the arts, and improving the built environment. When I’m not on the job, I love bicycling, making pottery, baking my way through every dessert recipe known to man, and collaborating on community improvement projects.

Haley Cox

Oakland, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Haley Cox

Oakland, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Tom Cozens

Encinitas, California, United States

 

Member

Tom Cozens

Encinitas, California, United States

 

Member

Mindy Craig

BluePoint Planning

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Mindy Craig offers over 25 years of experience in policy and strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder engagement services to organizations throughout California and the country with a focus on energy efficiency, zero net energy, and sustainability. Mindy was the lead author on California’s New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan for the CPUC and Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the CEC. She is currently working on developing the New Commercial Buildings ZNE Action Plan and is leading the implementation of the ZNE Residential Plan. In addition, Mindy is the lead facilitator for the Statewide Residential Energy Efficiency Home Upgrade Working Group and a consultant on various local and regional government and utility efforts related to energy efficiency programs and policies. Citi2Zero_BPP

Mindy Craig

BluePoint Planning

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Mindy Craig offers over 25 years of experience in policy and strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder engagement services to organizations throughout California and the country with a focus on energy efficiency, zero net energy, and sustainability. Mindy was the lead author on California’s New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan for the CPUC and Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the CEC. She is currently working on developing the New Commercial Buildings ZNE Action Plan and is leading the implementation of the ZNE Residential Plan. In addition, Mindy is the lead facilitator for the Statewide Residential Energy Efficiency Home Upgrade Working Group and a consultant on various local and regional government and utility efforts related to energy efficiency programs and policies. Citi2Zero_BPP

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Criterion Planners is a Portland Oregon urban planning consultancy founded in 1980 with a focus on sustainable community development. The firm has become a nationally-recognized leader in planning techniques and tools that help stakeholders create places that are measurably more equitable, resilient, and prosperous. This place-making ranges from neighborhoods up to regions, with an approach that integrates land-use and transportation planning, urban design, and environmental stewardship.

Criterion professionals combine sound technical analysis with creative thinking to assemble plans that produce results: in the past decade alone, Criterion-planned and implemented projects have saved over four billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. This experience and track record supports clients throughout the U.S. and internationally that seek innovative and resilient solutions to community development challenges.

Criterion specializes in sustainability appraisal as a LEED ND certification reviewer, APA Sustaining Places comprehensive plan reviewer, STAR Community affiliate, EcoDistricts Protocol certification adviser, Sustainable SITES accreditation adviser, and sponsor of the non-profit global registry TransformativeTools.org. The firm is also an education provider for the American Institute of Certified Planners and Planetizen.com.

Criterion’s leadership and innovation have been recognized as a team member and individual recipient of the US EPA Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Global Warming Reduction Plan, the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award for the SmartCode, and the APA Sustainable Communities Planning Award for the Imagine Austin Texas Comprehensive Plan.

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Criterion Planners is a Portland Oregon urban planning consultancy founded in 1980 with a focus on sustainable community development. The firm has become a nationally-recognized leader in planning techniques and tools that help stakeholders create places that are measurably more equitable, resilient, and prosperous. This place-making ranges from neighborhoods up to regions, with an approach that integrates land-use and transportation planning, urban design, and environmental stewardship.

Criterion professionals combine sound technical analysis with creative thinking to assemble plans that produce results: in the past decade alone, Criterion-planned and implemented projects have saved over four billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. This experience and track record supports clients throughout the U.S. and internationally that seek innovative and resilient solutions to community development challenges.

Criterion specializes in sustainability appraisal as a LEED ND certification reviewer, APA Sustaining Places comprehensive plan reviewer, STAR Community affiliate, EcoDistricts Protocol certification adviser, Sustainable SITES accreditation adviser, and sponsor of the non-profit global registry TransformativeTools.org. The firm is also an education provider for the American Institute of Certified Planners and Planetizen.com.

Criterion’s leadership and innovation have been recognized as a team member and individual recipient of the US EPA Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Global Warming Reduction Plan, the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award for the SmartCode, and the APA Sustainable Communities Planning Award for the Imagine Austin Texas Comprehensive Plan.

Justin Dandoy

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Justin Dandoy

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Alan Davis

WSP

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

A vice president and leader of WSP's in-house high-performance group, Built Ecology, Alan is an engineer by training, a consultant and project manager by profession, and an urban ecologist at heart.

He avidly works to deliver sustainable design and advisory services in the building, precinct and infrastructure space. Alan has an in-depth understanding of the drivers for the integrative design of urban spaces and communities: creative expression, cultural inclusion, functional ecology and sustainable infrastructure.

He effectively manages the holistic delivery of highly complex urban system strategies and solutions; creating real, sustainable and viable outcomes for communities and their citizens.

At his fingertips is a global enterprise; an organization with expertise across all facets of alternative infrastructure delivery, community engagement and economic empowerment. He brings the capability and competency to weave these elements into a citizen response.

Alan Davis

WSP

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

A vice president and leader of WSP's in-house high-performance group, Built Ecology, Alan is an engineer by training, a consultant and project manager by profession, and an urban ecologist at heart.

He avidly works to deliver sustainable design and advisory services in the building, precinct and infrastructure space. Alan has an in-depth understanding of the drivers for the integrative design of urban spaces and communities: creative expression, cultural inclusion, functional ecology and sustainable infrastructure.

He effectively manages the holistic delivery of highly complex urban system strategies and solutions; creating real, sustainable and viable outcomes for communities and their citizens.

At his fingertips is a global enterprise; an organization with expertise across all facets of alternative infrastructure delivery, community engagement and economic empowerment. He brings the capability and competency to weave these elements into a citizen response.

Denver Housing Authority

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

The Denver Housing Authority is a quasi-municipal corporation with a portfolio of over 11,000 units and housing choice vouchers, providing affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low and middle income individuals representing over 10,000 families. DHA has transformed public housing in Denver creating vibrant, revitalized, sustainable, transit oriented, and mixed-income community of choice.

Today, DHA’s vision has been honed to reflect the goal that every individual or family shall have quality and affordable housing, in communities offering empowerment, economic opportunity, and a vibrant living environment. .

Denver Housing Authority’s mission is to serve the residents of Denver by developing, owning, and operating safe, decent and affordable housing in a manner that promotes thriving communities.

DHA is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Denver and approved by the City Council.

Denver Housing Authority

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

The Denver Housing Authority is a quasi-municipal corporation with a portfolio of over 11,000 units and housing choice vouchers, providing affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low and middle income individuals representing over 10,000 families. DHA has transformed public housing in Denver creating vibrant, revitalized, sustainable, transit oriented, and mixed-income community of choice.

Today, DHA’s vision has been honed to reflect the goal that every individual or family shall have quality and affordable housing, in communities offering empowerment, economic opportunity, and a vibrant living environment. .

Denver Housing Authority’s mission is to serve the residents of Denver by developing, owning, and operating safe, decent and affordable housing in a manner that promotes thriving communities.

DHA is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Denver and approved by the City Council.

Tina Dudley

Enterprise Community Partners

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Tina Dudley was raised in Section 8 housing outside of Boston and has since dedicated her life to extend to others the opportunities that she benefitted from. Tina was the first in her family to go to college, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa in 2010. After graduation, Tina served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, establishing a new financial literacy program in Baltimore City. She then spent 3 years in fundraising, marketing and event-planning for The Family Tree, a child-abuse prevention organization. While in Baltimore City, Tina started a young professional’s neighborhood organization called the Mount Vernon Urbanites, which grew to 400+ members within it’s first year. A member of Tina’s neighborhood association recruited her to join Enterprise Community Partners in Washington, D.C. in 2014. With no prior housing experience but with the benefit of lived experience and a passion for social enterprise, Tina joined Enterprise Advisors – a team of national housing experts that provide public sector consulting on affordable housing, resiliency and sustainability, equitable neighborhood development, inclusive economic development and related topics. This Spring Tina developed ‘Everett for Everyone,’ a five year affordable housing plan for Everett, MA. In September 2018, Tina was promoted to Program Officer within the Innovation, Incubation and Integration business line. Deeply concerned about the impact of climate change on our planet and human communities, Tina is excited to join the EcoDistricts community of professionals. She hopes to make an impact by encouraging all of her clients to participate in the program, and advise cities on the EcoDistricts Protocols.

 

Tina Dudley

Enterprise Community Partners

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Tina Dudley was raised in Section 8 housing outside of Boston and has since dedicated her life to extend to others the opportunities that she benefitted from. Tina was the first in her family to go to college, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa in 2010. After graduation, Tina served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, establishing a new financial literacy program in Baltimore City. She then spent 3 years in fundraising, marketing and event-planning for The Family Tree, a child-abuse prevention organization. While in Baltimore City, Tina started a young professional’s neighborhood organization called the Mount Vernon Urbanites, which grew to 400+ members within it’s first year. A member of Tina’s neighborhood association recruited her to join Enterprise Community Partners in Washington, D.C. in 2014. With no prior housing experience but with the benefit of lived experience and a passion for social enterprise, Tina joined Enterprise Advisors – a team of national housing experts that provide public sector consulting on affordable housing, resiliency and sustainability, equitable neighborhood development, inclusive economic development and related topics. This Spring Tina developed ‘Everett for Everyone,’ a five year affordable housing plan for Everett, MA. In September 2018, Tina was promoted to Program Officer within the Innovation, Incubation and Integration business line. Deeply concerned about the impact of climate change on our planet and human communities, Tina is excited to join the EcoDistricts community of professionals. She hopes to make an impact by encouraging all of her clients to participate in the program, and advise cities on the EcoDistricts Protocols.

 

Julie Edwards

OZ Architecture

Denver, Colorado, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Julie has over fifteen years of experience in the sustainable design field
and is familiar with ENERGY STAR, Green Communities, Green Star, Envision,
and many of the LEED rating systems, including LEED for Neighborhood
Development. Several of her projects are currently pursuing a LEED Platinum
rating, the highest achievable rating. Her project experience includes
leading charrettes, providing sustainable design strategies, reviewing
drawings/specifications, writing green marketing pieces, product submittal
review, documentation, and coordinating the design team throughout the
certification process. Julie has experience in compliance with federal, state
and local sustainability mandates and proficiency in writing sustainability
guidelines and policy. Julie is involved in a variety of project types
including multi-family housing, office buildings, municipal, and educational
facilities. She is a LEED AP with BD+C specialty, and while her background is
architectural, her experience goes beyond the typical design and construction
projects to include services such as city planning, design guidelines,
educational materials, case studies, facility staff training and coordination
of sustainable facility management programs.

A self-starter, Julie co-founded the Sustainable Design Committee at OZ
Architecture. As Director of Sustainability, she leads the Sustainable Design
Committee and internal Sustainability Department. Julie provides green
educational programs for staff, project support and tools, authors green
programs/ policies for the office and provides research/outreach to clients
and the community.

Julie is a strong supporter of local sustainability organizations and a
leader in the industry. She regularly serves on local ULI Healthly Places
Technical Assistance Panels which provide free planning assistance to local
cities and organizations. She is a current Board Member for USGBC Colorado
where she also participates in the Colorado Education Committee. Past roles
with the USGBC have included the Regional Task Force for proposing new
regional LEED credits and the Chapter Events Committee. Julie was on the
planning committee for Greenbuild 2006 in Denver, heading up the Local Focus
Committee and the Greening Colorado Challenge. She is also a co-author of
several chapters of the Sustainable Design Resource Guide with AIA Denver
COTE. She has authored articles for local publications, led project tours and
been a speaker for regional conferences.

Julie Edwards

OZ Architecture

Denver, Colorado, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Julie has over fifteen years of experience in the sustainable design field
and is familiar with ENERGY STAR, Green Communities, Green Star, Envision,
and many of the LEED rating systems, including LEED for Neighborhood
Development. Several of her projects are currently pursuing a LEED Platinum
rating, the highest achievable rating. Her project experience includes
leading charrettes, providing sustainable design strategies, reviewing
drawings/specifications, writing green marketing pieces, product submittal
review, documentation, and coordinating the design team throughout the
certification process. Julie has experience in compliance with federal, state
and local sustainability mandates and proficiency in writing sustainability
guidelines and policy. Julie is involved in a variety of project types
including multi-family housing, office buildings, municipal, and educational
facilities. She is a LEED AP with BD+C specialty, and while her background is
architectural, her experience goes beyond the typical design and construction
projects to include services such as city planning, design guidelines,
educational materials, case studies, facility staff training and coordination
of sustainable facility management programs.

A self-starter, Julie co-founded the Sustainable Design Committee at OZ
Architecture. As Director of Sustainability, she leads the Sustainable Design
Committee and internal Sustainability Department. Julie provides green
educational programs for staff, project support and tools, authors green
programs/ policies for the office and provides research/outreach to clients
and the community.

Julie is a strong supporter of local sustainability organizations and a
leader in the industry. She regularly serves on local ULI Healthly Places
Technical Assistance Panels which provide free planning assistance to local
cities and organizations. She is a current Board Member for USGBC Colorado
where she also participates in the Colorado Education Committee. Past roles
with the USGBC have included the Regional Task Force for proposing new
regional LEED credits and the Chapter Events Committee. Julie was on the
planning committee for Greenbuild 2006 in Denver, heading up the Local Focus
Committee and the Greening Colorado Challenge. She is also a co-author of
several chapters of the Sustainable Design Resource Guide with AIA Denver
COTE. She has authored articles for local publications, led project tours and
been a speaker for regional conferences.

Craig Emmanuel

Commercial, Residential, Acreage, Industrial & Government Real Estate Development

Miami, Florida, United States

 

Member

Developer / Investor PhilanthropistAuthor / Speaker

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Craig Emmanuel has been a prominent real estate professional in Florida markets since 1997. Throughout his career, he has immersed himself in all areas of commercial and residential real estate, by gaining experience as a real estate and mortgage broker, an appraiser, an inspector, and a guarantor of title. Craig apprenticed under Herman Rackley, a prominent realtor of thirty plus years in his hometown of Richmond Heights, FL. He gained his sales experience from Coconut Grove Realty and International Business Brokerage & Realty Inc., in Miami, and his finance experience from Wall Street Capital Funding in Atlanta. As an instructor for XINNIX and The Florida Mortgage Broker School, teaching courses to mortgage brokers and bankers, he mastered the art and science of training individuals in the field. Mr. Emmanuel gained his property management and marketing skills during his time with General Growth Properties and The Simon Group.

Now as the founder of his own real estate investment brokerage company, Commercial Realty Advisors & Investment Group, Inc., he and his team are committed to providing excellence to members of the real estate investment market through competence, relationship building, accountability, integrity and a genuine group effort. This philosophy, coupled with the company’s mission of assisting clients in hedging inflation, building equity, and sheltering income and establishing estates, has guided people in becoming happily involved in owning property by satisfying their real estate needs. As an expansion of these services, Mr. Emmanuel has established Commercial, Residential, Acreage, Industrial & Government Real Estate Development, a real estate development and construction management company.

Civic engagement is not foreign to Mr. Emmanuel as evidenced by his long record of service to his community which includes his internships with Senator Bob Graham, campaigning for Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and advocating for Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida. Today, Craig is a MDEAT Board Trustee, where he chairs the Affordable Housing Committee. He is a graduate of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and was in the second cohort of the Community Scholars in Affordable Housing at the University of Miami. Craig is also a past graduate and facilitator of Catalyst’s Step Up Miami program. Most recently, he and has company have been accepted into the SBA’s 2016 Emerging Leaders program as he is also participating in the current cohort of CRED

Craig Emmanuel

Commercial, Residential, Acreage, Industrial & Government Real Estate Development

Miami, Florida, United States

 

Member

Developer / Investor PhilanthropistAuthor / Speaker

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Craig Emmanuel has been a prominent real estate professional in Florida markets since 1997. Throughout his career, he has immersed himself in all areas of commercial and residential real estate, by gaining experience as a real estate and mortgage broker, an appraiser, an inspector, and a guarantor of title. Craig apprenticed under Herman Rackley, a prominent realtor of thirty plus years in his hometown of Richmond Heights, FL. He gained his sales experience from Coconut Grove Realty and International Business Brokerage & Realty Inc., in Miami, and his finance experience from Wall Street Capital Funding in Atlanta. As an instructor for XINNIX and The Florida Mortgage Broker School, teaching courses to mortgage brokers and bankers, he mastered the art and science of training individuals in the field. Mr. Emmanuel gained his property management and marketing skills during his time with General Growth Properties and The Simon Group.

Now as the founder of his own real estate investment brokerage company, Commercial Realty Advisors & Investment Group, Inc., he and his team are committed to providing excellence to members of the real estate investment market through competence, relationship building, accountability, integrity and a genuine group effort. This philosophy, coupled with the company’s mission of assisting clients in hedging inflation, building equity, and sheltering income and establishing estates, has guided people in becoming happily involved in owning property by satisfying their real estate needs. As an expansion of these services, Mr. Emmanuel has established Commercial, Residential, Acreage, Industrial & Government Real Estate Development, a real estate development and construction management company.

Civic engagement is not foreign to Mr. Emmanuel as evidenced by his long record of service to his community which includes his internships with Senator Bob Graham, campaigning for Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and advocating for Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida. Today, Craig is a MDEAT Board Trustee, where he chairs the Affordable Housing Committee. He is a graduate of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program and was in the second cohort of the Community Scholars in Affordable Housing at the University of Miami. Craig is also a past graduate and facilitator of Catalyst’s Step Up Miami program. Most recently, he and has company have been accepted into the SBA’s 2016 Emerging Leaders program as he is also participating in the current cohort of CRED

Kristi Ennis

Boulder Associates

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Boulder Associates is an architecture firm that has specialized exclusively in healthcare and senior living design since our founding in 1983. We understand the core issues that concern our clients, from broad economic and regulatory pressures to day-to-day operational challenges. We take these challenges on as our own, and we meet them by combining beautiful, innovative design with high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective solutions.

Our clients include some of the most progressive healthcare and senior living organizations in the United States. We help them set new standards for healing environments by aligning their facility investments with business strategies and goals. We achieve this by emphasizing innovation, design and technical excellence, and a collaborative process that forms lasting partnerships. Our hands-on approach focuses on one goal: to become a leader in design for health and aging by establishing ourselves as trusted advisors to our clients.

With offices in Colorado, California, and Texas, Boulder Associates maintains a staff of architects, interior designers, and graphic designers who all share a belief in the power of design to enrich lives. We believe that good design directly serves the needs of our clients, their patients and residents, and the surrounding communities.

Kristi Ennis

Boulder Associates

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Boulder Associates is an architecture firm that has specialized exclusively in healthcare and senior living design since our founding in 1983. We understand the core issues that concern our clients, from broad economic and regulatory pressures to day-to-day operational challenges. We take these challenges on as our own, and we meet them by combining beautiful, innovative design with high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective solutions.

Our clients include some of the most progressive healthcare and senior living organizations in the United States. We help them set new standards for healing environments by aligning their facility investments with business strategies and goals. We achieve this by emphasizing innovation, design and technical excellence, and a collaborative process that forms lasting partnerships. Our hands-on approach focuses on one goal: to become a leader in design for health and aging by establishing ourselves as trusted advisors to our clients.

With offices in Colorado, California, and Texas, Boulder Associates maintains a staff of architects, interior designers, and graphic designers who all share a belief in the power of design to enrich lives. We believe that good design directly serves the needs of our clients, their patients and residents, and the surrounding communities.

Dara Epstein

Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Dara Epstein, EcoDistricts AP™, earned her Master in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has cultivated five years of work experience in the environment and natural resources field. She worked with Atlanta-based Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in their Neighborhood Water Watch™ program and then as their PSCIP Fellow (Protecting Streams and Communities from Industrial Pollution). She currently interns with the Atlanta Regional Commission as project manager for their FHWA Invest grant, coordinating research and development of technical guidance and tool development for transportation regulations.

Dara Epstein

Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Dara Epstein, EcoDistricts AP™, earned her Master in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has cultivated five years of work experience in the environment and natural resources field. She worked with Atlanta-based Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in their Neighborhood Water Watch™ program and then as their PSCIP Fellow (Protecting Streams and Communities from Industrial Pollution). She currently interns with the Atlanta Regional Commission as project manager for their FHWA Invest grant, coordinating research and development of technical guidance and tool development for transportation regulations.

Dagmar Epsten, EcoDistricts AP + EcoDistricts Ambassador

PlanAPlanet LLC

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Why PlanAPlanet?
While many approaches to a sustainable built environment are being discussed, confident actions require cooperative investigations and an experimental design mindset. To that aim, PlanAPlanet LLC serves cooperatively with others throughout the world, as educational charrette leaders or participants, jurors, speakers, instructors, and writers, to help come up with practical plans that serve all species and alleviate climate change. We feel that we cannot settle for Plan B and need to have a Plan A for our Planet by cooperative planning for our future – hence PlanAPlanet.

What we provide:
Educational charrette participants, jurors, speakers, instructors, writers for a sustainable built environment, including with the following qualifications:
– FAIA
– LEED Fellow (AP BD+C, O+M, ID+C, ND, Homes)
– EcoDistricts AP + EcoDistricts Ambassador
– Living Future Accredited (LFA) Professional
– WELL AP
– CCS
Also, architecture with emphasis on cutting-edge regenerative custom homes.

Dagmar Epsten, EcoDistricts AP + EcoDistricts Ambassador

PlanAPlanet LLC

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Why PlanAPlanet?
While many approaches to a sustainable built environment are being discussed, confident actions require cooperative investigations and an experimental design mindset. To that aim, PlanAPlanet LLC serves cooperatively with others throughout the world, as educational charrette leaders or participants, jurors, speakers, instructors, and writers, to help come up with practical plans that serve all species and alleviate climate change. We feel that we cannot settle for Plan B and need to have a Plan A for our Planet by cooperative planning for our future – hence PlanAPlanet.

What we provide:
Educational charrette participants, jurors, speakers, instructors, writers for a sustainable built environment, including with the following qualifications:
– FAIA
– LEED Fellow (AP BD+C, O+M, ID+C, ND, Homes)
– EcoDistricts AP + EcoDistricts Ambassador
– Living Future Accredited (LFA) Professional
– WELL AP
– CCS
Also, architecture with emphasis on cutting-edge regenerative custom homes.

Alyson Fearon

Allegheny Land Trust

Sewickely, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Alyson Fearon

Allegheny Land Trust

Sewickely, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Lisa Ferretto

HORD COPLAN MACHT

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Lisa Ferretto

HORD COPLAN MACHT

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Walter Fieuw

Making of Cities

Cape Town, Alabama, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Making of Cities was founded in 2015 as a niche urban and regional development consultancy pushing boundaries towards new approaches to sustainability and resilience.

From conception to creation, we work with local and international government agencies, NGOs, policy networks, community interest groups, property associations and land developers to deliver programmes and projects.

We work towards localised solutions at a range of scales; from streets and squares, to neighbourhoods, cities and regions. As the project needs arise, we source talent from our network of associates as lead or support consultants.

We offer a range of customised services ranging from innovative research and policy development, spatial planning, sustainability and resilience, informal settlement upgrading, inner-city regeneration and institutional design.

The environments we work in are diverse and includes informal settlements, urban centres in decline, degraded environmental areas and target investment zones.

Walter Fieuw

Making of Cities

Cape Town, Alabama, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Making of Cities was founded in 2015 as a niche urban and regional development consultancy pushing boundaries towards new approaches to sustainability and resilience.

From conception to creation, we work with local and international government agencies, NGOs, policy networks, community interest groups, property associations and land developers to deliver programmes and projects.

We work towards localised solutions at a range of scales; from streets and squares, to neighbourhoods, cities and regions. As the project needs arise, we source talent from our network of associates as lead or support consultants.

We offer a range of customised services ranging from innovative research and policy development, spatial planning, sustainability and resilience, informal settlement upgrading, inner-city regeneration and institutional design.

The environments we work in are diverse and includes informal settlements, urban centres in decline, degraded environmental areas and target investment zones.

Veronica Flores

RBB Architects Inc

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Over 23 years of experience in Sustainability & Project Management at RBB Architects. As Senior Associate & Director of Sustainability, I provide director oversight, project management & CA for a large range of hospital & university projects, while serving as liaison to Clients, CM/PM’s, DB partners, Building Department Officials & Agencies Having Jurisdiction review process for both new construction & renovation projects of all sizes. I play an integral part in the development & implementation of internal policy & develop QA/QC processes in company policy & sustainability devising roadmaps and comprehensive frameworks with clear objectives and a series of lean strategies to achieve them. I lead the company's education program training new hires and host in-depth workshops training staff, colleagues & clients in 3rd party certification credentials from LEED, WELL, GBI, ISI, etc.
•Strong leadership skills mentoring, teaching, coaching, facilitating & motivating people at all levels
•Extensive project management & development experience with keen ability to lead & manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
•Experience cultivating strategic internal/external partnerships to implement & sustain collaboration, growth & diversity
•Keen sense of scheduling and communications acumen. Experience multi-tasking, recognizing & coordinating available resources to set work priorities through lean, cost-effective measures
•Demonstrated experience gaining the respect, confidence, cooperation, & understanding of a wide range of constituencies to enhance cohesive group collaboration
•Agile situational leader that embraces change & new trends, passionate about sustainability increasing margins, and adding value while reducing carbon footprints
•Big proponent of standardizing workflows to lean operations and maximize efficiencies; Develop comprehensive QA/QC checklists
•Strategize, structure, & implement lean operation policies, processes, procedures & programs

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Veronica Flores

RBB Architects Inc

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Over 23 years of experience in Sustainability & Project Management at RBB Architects. As Senior Associate & Director of Sustainability, I provide director oversight, project management & CA for a large range of hospital & university projects, while serving as liaison to Clients, CM/PM’s, DB partners, Building Department Officials & Agencies Having Jurisdiction review process for both new construction & renovation projects of all sizes. I play an integral part in the development & implementation of internal policy & develop QA/QC processes in company policy & sustainability devising roadmaps and comprehensive frameworks with clear objectives and a series of lean strategies to achieve them. I lead the company's education program training new hires and host in-depth workshops training staff, colleagues & clients in 3rd party certification credentials from LEED, WELL, GBI, ISI, etc.
•Strong leadership skills mentoring, teaching, coaching, facilitating & motivating people at all levels
•Extensive project management & development experience with keen ability to lead & manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
•Experience cultivating strategic internal/external partnerships to implement & sustain collaboration, growth & diversity
•Keen sense of scheduling and communications acumen. Experience multi-tasking, recognizing & coordinating available resources to set work priorities through lean, cost-effective measures
•Demonstrated experience gaining the respect, confidence, cooperation, & understanding of a wide range of constituencies to enhance cohesive group collaboration
•Agile situational leader that embraces change & new trends, passionate about sustainability increasing margins, and adding value while reducing carbon footprints
•Big proponent of standardizing workflows to lean operations and maximize efficiencies; Develop comprehensive QA/QC checklists
•Strategize, structure, & implement lean operation policies, processes, procedures & programs

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Michael Fodor

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Miami University, graduating with University Honors. After spending nine years working at a global financial services firm in Chicago, Michael left in 2015 to pursue an M.A. in Sustainable Urban Development at DePaul University. Having graduated from the program with Distinction, Michael has returned to Cleveland with his wife and son, and is currently searching for an opportunity that will allow him to promote urban development strategies that strive for a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable city.

Michael Fodor

Lakewood, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Miami University, graduating with University Honors. After spending nine years working at a global financial services firm in Chicago, Michael left in 2015 to pursue an M.A. in Sustainable Urban Development at DePaul University. Having graduated from the program with Distinction, Michael has returned to Cleveland with his wife and son, and is currently searching for an opportunity that will allow him to promote urban development strategies that strive for a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable city.

Eric Corey Freed

Morrison Hershfield

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker.  As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back.  He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.”  In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.”  In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25.  He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Eric Corey Freed

Morrison Hershfield

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker.  As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back.  He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.”  In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.”  In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25.  He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Louwie Gan

Far Eastern University

Makati City, Philippines

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Louwie Gan

Far Eastern University

Makati City, Philippines

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Charla Gomez

Pristis Sustainability Advisors

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Charla Gomez, AICP LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP brings over 15+ years of experience in urban planning, real estate development, and sustainability advisory consulting. Career focus is to grow an expertise in implementing district-scale sustainable real estate projects. Proven leader with ability to steer project teams and projects from vision to implementation, managing projects on time and on budget through design, planning, and pre-development phases. Capable relationships manager, keen negotiator, and communicator who strives to successfully develop productive, strategic and mutually beneficial relationships with consultants, elected officials, decision-makers, agencies, colleagues and the community at large.

Charla is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Neighborhood Developments (LEED ND) from the US Green Building Council—and became one of the first professionals in the US to receive such credential back in 2010. She is also a certified urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and one of the first EcoDistricts Accredited Professionals in the US with expertise in district-scale sustainable development.

Charla has master’s degrees both in sustainable design and urban planning from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received the 2000 Fellowship from the Inter‐American Foundation in Washington D.C. for her research on sustainable development. Her Master’s Thesis in Architecture—a cost-benefit analysis on energy‐efficient design for the master-planned community Civano in Tucson—was one of the earliest assessment of sustainable development for New Urbanist communities, a project headed by the Trust for Sustainable Development based on Vancouver British Columbia.

Charla Gomez

Pristis Sustainability Advisors

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Charla Gomez, AICP LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP brings over 15+ years of experience in urban planning, real estate development, and sustainability advisory consulting. Career focus is to grow an expertise in implementing district-scale sustainable real estate projects. Proven leader with ability to steer project teams and projects from vision to implementation, managing projects on time and on budget through design, planning, and pre-development phases. Capable relationships manager, keen negotiator, and communicator who strives to successfully develop productive, strategic and mutually beneficial relationships with consultants, elected officials, decision-makers, agencies, colleagues and the community at large.

Charla is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Neighborhood Developments (LEED ND) from the US Green Building Council—and became one of the first professionals in the US to receive such credential back in 2010. She is also a certified urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and one of the first EcoDistricts Accredited Professionals in the US with expertise in district-scale sustainable development.

Charla has master’s degrees both in sustainable design and urban planning from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received the 2000 Fellowship from the Inter‐American Foundation in Washington D.C. for her research on sustainable development. Her Master’s Thesis in Architecture—a cost-benefit analysis on energy‐efficient design for the master-planned community Civano in Tucson—was one of the earliest assessment of sustainable development for New Urbanist communities, a project headed by the Trust for Sustainable Development based on Vancouver British Columbia.

Sonya Gray

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Sonya Gray

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ann Griffin

Griffin Planning & Development

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Ann Griffin is a neighborhood planner and economic development professional with 15 plus years of experience. Her professional strengths include strategic planning for sustainable initiatives, partnership development, and community outreach.

In 2012, Ann founded Griffin Planning & Development to focus her work on neighborhood or district- scale development and revitalization. She provides direction and vision in creating sustainable master plans and identifying specific, strategic investments in on-the-ground resource conservation. Griffin Planning & Development is recognized as a woman-owned and emerging small business in the state of Oregon.

Ann Griffin

Griffin Planning & Development

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Ann Griffin is a neighborhood planner and economic development professional with 15 plus years of experience. Her professional strengths include strategic planning for sustainable initiatives, partnership development, and community outreach.

In 2012, Ann founded Griffin Planning & Development to focus her work on neighborhood or district- scale development and revitalization. She provides direction and vision in creating sustainable master plans and identifying specific, strategic investments in on-the-ground resource conservation. Griffin Planning & Development is recognized as a woman-owned and emerging small business in the state of Oregon.

Ali Haddad

MAHD Design & Planning

Pasadena, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Haddad has a lineage in architecture and construction built on a diverse range of experiences; he has been involved in the design and construction of 1,000,000+ sq. ft. of residential, hospitality, retail, and creative-office space throughout Southern California and abroad. His prior experience is complemented by an in-depth comprehension of urban housing and retail markets.
Prior work experience with developers led to a fluid understanding and applicability of design based on the code, permitting, and constructability.
Haddad’s specialized, local knowledge and relationships are integral to project strategy and expedite the planning process. He performs feasibility and concept analysis, due diligence, design and project coordination and management, and permit processing. With an increasing client log of developers, business owners, and investors, Haddad has a comprehensive, team-based approach to whole project management and construction execution.

Ali Haddad

MAHD Design & Planning

Pasadena, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Haddad has a lineage in architecture and construction built on a diverse range of experiences; he has been involved in the design and construction of 1,000,000+ sq. ft. of residential, hospitality, retail, and creative-office space throughout Southern California and abroad. His prior experience is complemented by an in-depth comprehension of urban housing and retail markets.
Prior work experience with developers led to a fluid understanding and applicability of design based on the code, permitting, and constructability.
Haddad’s specialized, local knowledge and relationships are integral to project strategy and expedite the planning process. He performs feasibility and concept analysis, due diligence, design and project coordination and management, and permit processing. With an increasing client log of developers, business owners, and investors, Haddad has a comprehensive, team-based approach to whole project management and construction execution.

Father Abraham Hakobian

Arkiay Construction

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE

NC Commercial Unlimited Licensed General Contracting Qualifier
TN Commercial Unlimited Licensed General Contracting Qualifier
NASCLA Accredited
RSMeans Certified
C-MESH: Construction Manager of Environmental Safety and Health Certified
OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer
GHS Hazard Communication Certified
First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
Lift Truck Operator Instructor Certified
NC Lead Renovator (RRP) Certified # 175350
NC Lead Renovation Firm RRP # 2406
AVC Armenian Instructor
LEED AP BD+C
WELL AP TM
EcoDistricts AP

Father Abraham Hakobian

Arkiay Construction

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE

NC Commercial Unlimited Licensed General Contracting Qualifier
TN Commercial Unlimited Licensed General Contracting Qualifier
NASCLA Accredited
RSMeans Certified
C-MESH: Construction Manager of Environmental Safety and Health Certified
OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer
GHS Hazard Communication Certified
First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
Lift Truck Operator Instructor Certified
NC Lead Renovator (RRP) Certified # 175350
NC Lead Renovation Firm RRP # 2406
AVC Armenian Instructor
LEED AP BD+C
WELL AP TM
EcoDistricts AP

Garry Harris

Sustainability Solutions Group

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Garry A. Harris is the president of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering and power generation technical services, sustainable communities planning and implementation, workforce force development, clean energy solutions, industrial and reliability engineering including research, policy and education services.

The Sustainability Solutions Group consists of two primary business divisions; HTS Enterprise and the Center for Sustainable Communities.

As a thirty-year veteran of the energy and environmental industry, Mr. Harris has performed extensive project management, design, construction, quality assurance, and procurement including energy efficiency, renewable energy and power generation, research, education, policy for a number of projects and programs nationally. In addition he has performed licensing, quality control and assurance, operations, engineering, plant support; nuclear waste transportation and storage, and plant maintenance activities at large number of nuclear and energy generating plant sites ( including over eighty power generation units) in the United States and internationally.

His corporate energy professional experience spans various senior positions at the Westinghouse Electric Nuclear Service Division including, nuclear quality assurance, reactor service engineer ( project engineer on large scale, first of a kind engineering projects) and supervisor and senior nuclear operations instructor where he was responsible for operator licensing and reactor engineering training.

In addition, Mr. Harris was a senior plant nuclear maintenance evaluator at the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and spent nine years at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where he certified and held various positions that included Reactor Projects (BWR/PWR), Operator License Examiner (BWR/PWR), Resident Inspector (BWR/PWR), and Senior Resident Inspector (Fermi Nuclear Station). He was certified as (BWR/PWR) inspector and NQA-1 nuclear quality system auditor.

Mr. Harris was a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certified instructor by both the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
His energy related professional awards and recognition includes the Westinghouse Engineering Achievement Award, NRC High Quality and Special Act Awards, Westinghouse Award of Excellence, Westinghouse Engineering Achievement Award. He has also earned a Presidential Citation for Leadership and the Landis Award for Public Education from the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Mr. Harris was past chairman of the American Nuclear Society section in Atlanta where he helped form the Georgia Section of the society. He was a nominee for the American Nuclear Society's National Board of Directors.

In addition, Mr. Harris was a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and has held numerous technical certifications in the field of quality assurance, systems and technology including Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, Mechanical Inspector, Software Quality Engineer, Quality Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt and certified as an Oglethorpe Award Examiner (Organizational Performance -Malcolm Baldrige Award). He was also past Chairperson for the American Society for Quality Construction and Design Division and a member of the society's energy and environmental division.

Mr. Harris has worked to establish the following energy and sustainability initiatives and organizations including the Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium, Emerald Cities Collaborative Atlanta, Atlanta Better Building Challenge, City of Atlanta Energy Plan, Climate and Resiliency Action Plan, ECO Districts Target Cities and Georgia Energy Services Coalition. He currently serves on the local energy utilities Demand Side Management Working Group, Integrated Response Plan, and Clean Power Plan Working Group.

He has worked successfully to established significant energy policy in the state of Georgia including the EPA's and State of Georgia Clean Power Plan, State of Georgia Energy Performance Contracting Implementing Policy ( energy efficiency). He has been recognized nationally by NOAA, FEMA and the National Weather Service on severe weather preparedness and climate adaptation and mitigation by establishing and advancing the Weather Ready Nation initiative.

In addition to his professional credentials, Mr. Harris currently serves on several boards including Boys and Girls Club Metro Atlanta and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he has been nominated and awarded with the Omega Man of the Year and Superior Service awards. He was also recognized by a member of Congress for STEM Education work. He has been recognized by a member of Congress and nominated as a White House Champion of Charge for his work in STEM Education and recently a nomination for Climate Resilience and Equity. He was also recently nomination as Clinton Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Mr Harris has also served on boards at several colleges and universities including Technical Advisory Boards for the Electrical Engineering Departments of Tuskegee University, and South Carolina State University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College, Emory University, University of Georgia, Atlanta Technical College, and Morehouse College. He also serves at Emory University as part of its HERCULES ( Rollins School of Public Health Research), CREATE (Chandler School of Theology) and Urban Health Initiative Outreach Advisory Board ( Urban Agriculture) He received the Dean’s Award from the School of Engineering at South Carolina State University. He served as a consultant for Southern Polytechnic State University (Nuclear Construction Certification Program). He is fellow of the Urban Health Initiative at Emory University.

Mr Harris has served been appointed to numerous civic and municipal boards including the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Beltline project( $3 billion dollar, 25 year project) and the Atlanta Beltline Community Health Initiative Advisory Board. He was recently recognized as a signiifcant contributor to the City of Atlanta being named as a “100 Resilient City” by the Rockerfeller Foundation.

He is the creator and co-founder of the Advance Atmospheric Research and Monitoring Station (ARMS); atmospheric, climate and weather monitoring; earth science laboratory; STEM education, community air quality monitoring, and urban outreach initiative.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership Atlanta; 2013 Class of Regional Leadership Institute; 2013 Class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership; Community Leadership Institute (Neighborworks); and graduate of the United Way Non-Profit Leadership institute (VIP)

Mr Harris is the Past National President of the National Technical Association (NTA) of engineers and scientists and has been a recipient of the organizations’ Jones C Jones Humanitarian and Samuel R Chevers Distinguished Service Awards.

Mr. Harris was a member of the Board of the Directors of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light which received the EPA’s first Faith Based Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.

Mr. Harris has received numerous awards and recognition was the recipient of the 2012 Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Award in the field of STEM education. He is currently a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta where he helps to lead the organizations efforts in environmental education, robotics and STEM education . He received the Atlanta Chapters Trail Blazer Award. He founded the SMART Academy Center of Excellence where the program was recently selected as Finalist for the Georgia STEM Award -Informal Educator (2014) by the Technology Association of Georgia. He works with other youth development programs and schools including Best Academy, Easter Seals of North Georgia Pre-K STEM Education Initiative, Youth Build, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Project Success, Atlanta Regional Commission -Educate Subcommittee, Tuskegee Airman, Atlanta Dogwood Chapter of the Links, Project ENGAGES, GEEARS and Achieve Atlanta. He also worked to start and implement the Atlanta Dogwood Chapter of the Links which received an A-Plus Education/Business Partner Award ( highest award)

He is founder, provides leadership and participates in several civic and advocacy organizations including Atlanta Regional Commission Education Committee; Just Energy Circle ( community based energy equity), Georgia Environmental Justice Alliance, Sierra Club SMART Energy ( solar, wind, energy efficiency) and Transportation Committees; and the Advancing Equities and Opportunities Initiative in the Southeast Collaborative (energy and environmental equity). He is a graduate of the Inaugural Class of the EPA's National Environmental Justice Leadership Academy.

Mr. Harris is the Creation Care Ministry Leader: Environmental at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Under his leadership the church was awarded “Ministry of the Year” by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and recognized on Nation Public Radio (NPR) and other media nationally. He was recently selected to the Advisory Board for the Emory University Chandler School of Theology CREATE program (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment). He was recently selected out a national pool of applicants for a Green Faith Fellowship (Creation Care). He was also selected to Green the Church National Council.

Mr. Harris is an frequent speaker, advocate and provides leadership and public testimony for issues locally and regionally concerning clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, policy, environmental justice, healthy homes, recycling, affordable housing, building climate resilient (Weather Ready Nation) and sustainable communities , local and regional food systems, workforce development, efficient transportation systems, and STEM education.

Mr. Harris holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, a MS in Technology Management and a MS in Quality Engineering and is seeking a PHD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr Harris holds an Engineer in Training Certification and is seeking Professional Engineer Licensing.

Mr. Harris is also actively seeking several energy related certifications including LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Building Performance Institute Certification and Project Manager Certification.

He has completed course work at Dartmont College, Tuck School of Business Executive Education program and is completing course work in sustainability at Columbia University.

He is the father of two sons, Garry Allan ( graduate -Morehouse) and William Avery ( graduate -Georgia Southern).

Garry Harris

Sustainability Solutions Group

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Garry A. Harris is the president of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering and power generation technical services, sustainable communities planning and implementation, workforce force development, clean energy solutions, industrial and reliability engineering including research, policy and education services.

The Sustainability Solutions Group consists of two primary business divisions; HTS Enterprise and the Center for Sustainable Communities.

As a thirty-year veteran of the energy and environmental industry, Mr. Harris has performed extensive project management, design, construction, quality assurance, and procurement including energy efficiency, renewable energy and power generation, research, education, policy for a number of projects and programs nationally. In addition he has performed licensing, quality control and assurance, operations, engineering, plant support; nuclear waste transportation and storage, and plant maintenance activities at large number of nuclear and energy generating plant sites ( including over eighty power generation units) in the United States and internationally.

His corporate energy professional experience spans various senior positions at the Westinghouse Electric Nuclear Service Division including, nuclear quality assurance, reactor service engineer ( project engineer on large scale, first of a kind engineering projects) and supervisor and senior nuclear operations instructor where he was responsible for operator licensing and reactor engineering training.

In addition, Mr. Harris was a senior plant nuclear maintenance evaluator at the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and spent nine years at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where he certified and held various positions that included Reactor Projects (BWR/PWR), Operator License Examiner (BWR/PWR), Resident Inspector (BWR/PWR), and Senior Resident Inspector (Fermi Nuclear Station). He was certified as (BWR/PWR) inspector and NQA-1 nuclear quality system auditor.

Mr. Harris was a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certified instructor by both the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
His energy related professional awards and recognition includes the Westinghouse Engineering Achievement Award, NRC High Quality and Special Act Awards, Westinghouse Award of Excellence, Westinghouse Engineering Achievement Award. He has also earned a Presidential Citation for Leadership and the Landis Award for Public Education from the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Mr. Harris was past chairman of the American Nuclear Society section in Atlanta where he helped form the Georgia Section of the society. He was a nominee for the American Nuclear Society's National Board of Directors.

In addition, Mr. Harris was a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and has held numerous technical certifications in the field of quality assurance, systems and technology including Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, Mechanical Inspector, Software Quality Engineer, Quality Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt and certified as an Oglethorpe Award Examiner (Organizational Performance -Malcolm Baldrige Award). He was also past Chairperson for the American Society for Quality Construction and Design Division and a member of the society's energy and environmental division.

Mr. Harris has worked to establish the following energy and sustainability initiatives and organizations including the Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium, Emerald Cities Collaborative Atlanta, Atlanta Better Building Challenge, City of Atlanta Energy Plan, Climate and Resiliency Action Plan, ECO Districts Target Cities and Georgia Energy Services Coalition. He currently serves on the local energy utilities Demand Side Management Working Group, Integrated Response Plan, and Clean Power Plan Working Group.

He has worked successfully to established significant energy policy in the state of Georgia including the EPA's and State of Georgia Clean Power Plan, State of Georgia Energy Performance Contracting Implementing Policy ( energy efficiency). He has been recognized nationally by NOAA, FEMA and the National Weather Service on severe weather preparedness and climate adaptation and mitigation by establishing and advancing the Weather Ready Nation initiative.

In addition to his professional credentials, Mr. Harris currently serves on several boards including Boys and Girls Club Metro Atlanta and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity where he has been nominated and awarded with the Omega Man of the Year and Superior Service awards. He was also recognized by a member of Congress for STEM Education work. He has been recognized by a member of Congress and nominated as a White House Champion of Charge for his work in STEM Education and recently a nomination for Climate Resilience and Equity. He was also recently nomination as Clinton Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Mr Harris has also served on boards at several colleges and universities including Technical Advisory Boards for the Electrical Engineering Departments of Tuskegee University, and South Carolina State University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College, Emory University, University of Georgia, Atlanta Technical College, and Morehouse College. He also serves at Emory University as part of its HERCULES ( Rollins School of Public Health Research), CREATE (Chandler School of Theology) and Urban Health Initiative Outreach Advisory Board ( Urban Agriculture) He received the Dean’s Award from the School of Engineering at South Carolina State University. He served as a consultant for Southern Polytechnic State University (Nuclear Construction Certification Program). He is fellow of the Urban Health Initiative at Emory University.

Mr Harris has served been appointed to numerous civic and municipal boards including the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Beltline project( $3 billion dollar, 25 year project) and the Atlanta Beltline Community Health Initiative Advisory Board. He was recently recognized as a signiifcant contributor to the City of Atlanta being named as a “100 Resilient City” by the Rockerfeller Foundation.

He is the creator and co-founder of the Advance Atmospheric Research and Monitoring Station (ARMS); atmospheric, climate and weather monitoring; earth science laboratory; STEM education, community air quality monitoring, and urban outreach initiative.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership Atlanta; 2013 Class of Regional Leadership Institute; 2013 Class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership; Community Leadership Institute (Neighborworks); and graduate of the United Way Non-Profit Leadership institute (VIP)

Mr Harris is the Past National President of the National Technical Association (NTA) of engineers and scientists and has been a recipient of the organizations’ Jones C Jones Humanitarian and Samuel R Chevers Distinguished Service Awards.

Mr. Harris was a member of the Board of the Directors of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light which received the EPA’s first Faith Based Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.

Mr. Harris has received numerous awards and recognition was the recipient of the 2012 Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Award in the field of STEM education. He is currently a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta where he helps to lead the organizations efforts in environmental education, robotics and STEM education . He received the Atlanta Chapters Trail Blazer Award. He founded the SMART Academy Center of Excellence where the program was recently selected as Finalist for the Georgia STEM Award -Informal Educator (2014) by the Technology Association of Georgia. He works with other youth development programs and schools including Best Academy, Easter Seals of North Georgia Pre-K STEM Education Initiative, Youth Build, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Project Success, Atlanta Regional Commission -Educate Subcommittee, Tuskegee Airman, Atlanta Dogwood Chapter of the Links, Project ENGAGES, GEEARS and Achieve Atlanta. He also worked to start and implement the Atlanta Dogwood Chapter of the Links which received an A-Plus Education/Business Partner Award ( highest award)

He is founder, provides leadership and participates in several civic and advocacy organizations including Atlanta Regional Commission Education Committee; Just Energy Circle ( community based energy equity), Georgia Environmental Justice Alliance, Sierra Club SMART Energy ( solar, wind, energy efficiency) and Transportation Committees; and the Advancing Equities and Opportunities Initiative in the Southeast Collaborative (energy and environmental equity). He is a graduate of the Inaugural Class of the EPA's National Environmental Justice Leadership Academy.

Mr. Harris is the Creation Care Ministry Leader: Environmental at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Under his leadership the church was awarded “Ministry of the Year” by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and recognized on Nation Public Radio (NPR) and other media nationally. He was recently selected to the Advisory Board for the Emory University Chandler School of Theology CREATE program (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment). He was recently selected out a national pool of applicants for a Green Faith Fellowship (Creation Care). He was also selected to Green the Church National Council.

Mr. Harris is an frequent speaker, advocate and provides leadership and public testimony for issues locally and regionally concerning clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, policy, environmental justice, healthy homes, recycling, affordable housing, building climate resilient (Weather Ready Nation) and sustainable communities , local and regional food systems, workforce development, efficient transportation systems, and STEM education.

Mr. Harris holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, a MS in Technology Management and a MS in Quality Engineering and is seeking a PHD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr Harris holds an Engineer in Training Certification and is seeking Professional Engineer Licensing.

Mr. Harris is also actively seeking several energy related certifications including LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Building Performance Institute Certification and Project Manager Certification.

He has completed course work at Dartmont College, Tuck School of Business Executive Education program and is completing course work in sustainability at Columbia University.

He is the father of two sons, Garry Allan ( graduate -Morehouse) and William Avery ( graduate -Georgia Southern).

Kareem Heshmat

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a Houston, Texas based urban planner passionate about equitable climate resilient infrastructure, renewable energy, alternative transportation and civic engagement. I love communicating the imperative for green infrastructure to public citizens, government representatives and private businesses.

Feel free to ask me anything related to urban planning or sustainability, including: LEED, EcoDistricts or TRUE Zero Waste.

Kareem Heshmat

Texas Southern University

Houston, Texas, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a Houston, Texas based urban planner passionate about equitable climate resilient infrastructure, renewable energy, alternative transportation and civic engagement. I love communicating the imperative for green infrastructure to public citizens, government representatives and private businesses.

Feel free to ask me anything related to urban planning or sustainability, including: LEED, EcoDistricts or TRUE Zero Waste.

Donna Hope

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Donna Hope is a freelance consultant in NYC, working for energy efficiency, sustainability, and diversity/ equity/ inclusion. Donna earned dual undergraduate engineering degrees from Spelman College and Renssealer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a MS in Environmental Engineering from RPI. Donna is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a LEED Green Associate.

Previously, Donna was a “dual-agent” policy advisor working in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Washington, D.C. policy advocacy non-profit Institute for Market Transformation, managing NYC’s green building and energy efficiency initiative the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. The previous 15 years of employment have spanned the multi-varied universe of environmental careers, including ecological scientific research, computer modeling, sustainability advocacy, civil and environmental engineering consulting, and public policy. She has worked at local, state and federal government agencies around the NY tri-state area and Washington D.C as well as in private firms and non-profits. Her focus has included air quality assessment, water quality and infrastructure monitoring, GIS topographical and hydraulic modeling, soil and groundwater remediation, food equity and urban farming, and energy efficiency policy.

Donna Hope

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Donna Hope is a freelance consultant in NYC, working for energy efficiency, sustainability, and diversity/ equity/ inclusion. Donna earned dual undergraduate engineering degrees from Spelman College and Renssealer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a MS in Environmental Engineering from RPI. Donna is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and a LEED Green Associate.

Previously, Donna was a “dual-agent” policy advisor working in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Washington, D.C. policy advocacy non-profit Institute for Market Transformation, managing NYC’s green building and energy efficiency initiative the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. The previous 15 years of employment have spanned the multi-varied universe of environmental careers, including ecological scientific research, computer modeling, sustainability advocacy, civil and environmental engineering consulting, and public policy. She has worked at local, state and federal government agencies around the NY tri-state area and Washington D.C as well as in private firms and non-profits. Her focus has included air quality assessment, water quality and infrastructure monitoring, GIS topographical and hydraulic modeling, soil and groundwater remediation, food equity and urban farming, and energy efficiency policy.

Blake Jackson

Stantec

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Blake Jackson is a licensed architect, Associate, and the Sustainable Design Leader for Stantec, working out of Boston, MA. He serves as a company-wide resource for projects where sustainability, wellness, and resiliency are a primary focus. Blake obtained his B.Arch. from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA and his M.Arch. in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Associate Graduate School in London, UK. He is a prolific author and speaker, serves as the VP of Advocacy to the Boston Society of Architects, and is an adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College and Mount Ida College. He was named a BD+C Magazine 40 Under 40 in 2015.

Blake Jackson

Stantec

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Blake Jackson is a licensed architect, Associate, and the Sustainable Design Leader for Stantec, working out of Boston, MA. He serves as a company-wide resource for projects where sustainability, wellness, and resiliency are a primary focus. Blake obtained his B.Arch. from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA and his M.Arch. in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Associate Graduate School in London, UK. He is a prolific author and speaker, serves as the VP of Advocacy to the Boston Society of Architects, and is an adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College and Mount Ida College. He was named a BD+C Magazine 40 Under 40 in 2015.

Nanci Kerr

Sky to Ground

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

BUILDING FROM EXPERIENCE.

Sky to Ground specializes in entitlements and project management and brings 10-years of expertise in both the private and public sectors to your development. We provide a wider view to the project enabling the entire team of consultants (planners, engineers, architects, and attorneys) to focus on their core strengths while we focus on the entire process.

THE FOUNDATION OF SKY TO GROUND.

Nanci Kerr founded Sky to Ground out of a desire to improve the entitlement process. During her decade of experience in land development entitlements and project management in the residential and mixed-use markets, she has discovered ways to expedite the approval timeline. Nanci began her career in the public sector as a town manager in northern Colorado and knows what it takes to work with governing agencies and meet the needs of developers and builders. Nanci has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and Bachelor in Political Science from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins.

Nanci Kerr

Sky to Ground

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

BUILDING FROM EXPERIENCE.

Sky to Ground specializes in entitlements and project management and brings 10-years of expertise in both the private and public sectors to your development. We provide a wider view to the project enabling the entire team of consultants (planners, engineers, architects, and attorneys) to focus on their core strengths while we focus on the entire process.

THE FOUNDATION OF SKY TO GROUND.

Nanci Kerr founded Sky to Ground out of a desire to improve the entitlement process. During her decade of experience in land development entitlements and project management in the residential and mixed-use markets, she has discovered ways to expedite the approval timeline. Nanci began her career in the public sector as a town manager in northern Colorado and knows what it takes to work with governing agencies and meet the needs of developers and builders. Nanci has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and Bachelor in Political Science from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins.

Kathleen Kirkpatrick

Tuskegee University

Wetumpka, Alabama, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Sustainability consultant and educator with a particular interest in facilitating development of sustainable communities in the rural South.

Kathleen grew up mostly in Alabama, where she returned in 2012 after her home town of Tuscaloosa was devastated by a tornado. Formerly USGBC Community Director for Alabama and Mississippi, where she managed the organization’s development, programming, and strategic direction to advance sustainable development practices and the green building marketplace. Prior to her work with USGBC, Kathleen consulted on a variety of sustainability related activities, worked in design sales, and managed National Environmental Policy Act compliance for both public and private sector concerns.

A dedicated advocate for environmental and social justice and historic preservation, Kathleen is Vice President of Coosa Riverkeeper and volunteers with a number of other sustainability and environmental organizations. In 2016 she joined the Architecture Advisory Board for the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University where she is now also Adjunct Lecturer.

Kathleen has held a LEED Accredited Professional credential since 2009, adding the BD+C specialty in 2013. She is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and a member of the first cohort of Sustainable SITES Accredited Professionals.

Kathleen Kirkpatrick

Tuskegee University

Wetumpka, Alabama, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Sustainability consultant and educator with a particular interest in facilitating development of sustainable communities in the rural South.

Kathleen grew up mostly in Alabama, where she returned in 2012 after her home town of Tuscaloosa was devastated by a tornado. Formerly USGBC Community Director for Alabama and Mississippi, where she managed the organization’s development, programming, and strategic direction to advance sustainable development practices and the green building marketplace. Prior to her work with USGBC, Kathleen consulted on a variety of sustainability related activities, worked in design sales, and managed National Environmental Policy Act compliance for both public and private sector concerns.

A dedicated advocate for environmental and social justice and historic preservation, Kathleen is Vice President of Coosa Riverkeeper and volunteers with a number of other sustainability and environmental organizations. In 2016 she joined the Architecture Advisory Board for the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University where she is now also Adjunct Lecturer.

Kathleen has held a LEED Accredited Professional credential since 2009, adding the BD+C specialty in 2013. She is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and a member of the first cohort of Sustainable SITES Accredited Professionals.

John Klai

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 

Member

John Klai

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 

Member

Daniel Klein

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Daniel is a believer in the power of visual communication as a force for social impact and informed change making. As evolveEA’s communication designer he contributes conceptual direction, visualization, and content development to a broad array of project types.

Since joining the team in 2011, Daniel has designed neighborhood campaigns and district brand identity systems, such as the C-Town Arts & Culture District for Charles Town, WV, and media for the Living Waters of Larimer community-led project to promote green infrastructure and urban placemaking. He also designed sustainability education materials for Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center and helped facilitate an organizational strategy process for the Lawrenceville Community Development Corporation using data visualizations.

Daniel focuses on media, brands and graphic systems that engage, inform, and inspire. He directs the firm’s branding, marketing, and blogging, and manages evolveEA’s B-Corp certification and workplace frameworks. His background includes leading the in-house design studio for a DC-based business strategy firm, and designing exhibition graphics and publications for art museums and galleries in the US and abroad.

A resident of Uptown, he sits on the steering committee for the Uptown and West Oakland EcoInnovation District and is also part of a cohort of Greater Hill District residents participating in a NeighborWorks certificate program designed to build urban leadership with a focus on community organizing and neighborhood revitalization. Daniel is committed to sustainable living, and his love of city life is equally matched by his appreciation and respect for nature. Daniel holds a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University and is an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

Daniel Klein

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Daniel is a believer in the power of visual communication as a force for social impact and informed change making. As evolveEA’s communication designer he contributes conceptual direction, visualization, and content development to a broad array of project types.

Since joining the team in 2011, Daniel has designed neighborhood campaigns and district brand identity systems, such as the C-Town Arts & Culture District for Charles Town, WV, and media for the Living Waters of Larimer community-led project to promote green infrastructure and urban placemaking. He also designed sustainability education materials for Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center and helped facilitate an organizational strategy process for the Lawrenceville Community Development Corporation using data visualizations.

Daniel focuses on media, brands and graphic systems that engage, inform, and inspire. He directs the firm’s branding, marketing, and blogging, and manages evolveEA’s B-Corp certification and workplace frameworks. His background includes leading the in-house design studio for a DC-based business strategy firm, and designing exhibition graphics and publications for art museums and galleries in the US and abroad.

A resident of Uptown, he sits on the steering committee for the Uptown and West Oakland EcoInnovation District and is also part of a cohort of Greater Hill District residents participating in a NeighborWorks certificate program designed to build urban leadership with a focus on community organizing and neighborhood revitalization. Daniel is committed to sustainable living, and his love of city life is equally matched by his appreciation and respect for nature. Daniel holds a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University and is an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

Aphrodite Knoop

A.M. Knoop, Writer

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Washington, DC-based writer/researcher focused on sustainable development, equity, and resilience.

Aphrodite Knoop

A.M. Knoop, Writer

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Washington, DC-based writer/researcher focused on sustainable development, equity, and resilience.

Kevin Le

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kevin Le

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

James Lee

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

James Lee

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Drew Lowell-Britt

EcoMotion

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

My professional mission is to cost-effectively implement sustainability solutions for homeowners, businesses, multi-family properties, cities, and campuses. I’m a Certified Energy Manager and specialist in utility rate analysis, solar feasibility studies, solar implementation strategies, EV charging, energy storage, and energy troubleshooting.

Drew Lowell-Britt

EcoMotion

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

My professional mission is to cost-effectively implement sustainability solutions for homeowners, businesses, multi-family properties, cities, and campuses. I’m a Certified Energy Manager and specialist in utility rate analysis, solar feasibility studies, solar implementation strategies, EV charging, energy storage, and energy troubleshooting.

Irwin Lowenstein

ReThink Advisors, Inc.

Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

President, ReThink Advisors, Inc. | Cleveland, Ohio (Private management, design, and strategy consulting firm serving non-profit clients.)
Advising University Architect, Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland, Ohio (Private research university ranked 37th nationally by US News)

Irwin Lowenstein

ReThink Advisors, Inc.

Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

President, ReThink Advisors, Inc. | Cleveland, Ohio (Private management, design, and strategy consulting firm serving non-profit clients.)
Advising University Architect, Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland, Ohio (Private research university ranked 37th nationally by US News)

Liesl Malan

LMLA

Harcourt, Australia

 

Member

We are regional landscape architects – multi-skilled, expert collaborators and experienced practitioners.

We use the analysis and design skills of landscape architecture to create great places for people. We help communities to tell their stories and to draw on existing social and environmental qualities to build stronger local economies. Our clients include small towns, regional centres and state government departments.

The scale of our work ranges from the design of a custom seat to a strategy for the future of a whole town. We’ve designed town squares, CBD streets, river foreshores, playgrounds, parks, wetlands and even a bus interchange. All of our designs are tailor made for the site, appropriate to the resources available and achievable within the budget. Our strategies and masterplans help to get funding for councils, communities and organisations.

Liesl Malan

LMLA

Harcourt, Australia

 

Member

We are regional landscape architects – multi-skilled, expert collaborators and experienced practitioners.

We use the analysis and design skills of landscape architecture to create great places for people. We help communities to tell their stories and to draw on existing social and environmental qualities to build stronger local economies. Our clients include small towns, regional centres and state government departments.

The scale of our work ranges from the design of a custom seat to a strategy for the future of a whole town. We’ve designed town squares, CBD streets, river foreshores, playgrounds, parks, wetlands and even a bus interchange. All of our designs are tailor made for the site, appropriate to the resources available and achievable within the budget. Our strategies and masterplans help to get funding for councils, communities and organisations.

Neil Matouka

Sacramento, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Neil Matouka is an energy professional working with communities across California to develop and deploy advanced energy technologies and make the jump to an equitable, low-carbon future.

Previously, Neil worked and lived in North Carolina, co-founding an environmental business consulting firm. There, he specialized in helping small businesses and startups refine their business models, launch novel products, and streamline operations to minimize environmental impacts. While in Durham, NC, Neil was a member of the Duke University Campus Sustainability Committee and served as the law representative on the Durham Environmental Affairs Board.

Neil holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy and focusing on technology evaluation and marketization. In addition to his work, Neil is a member of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council, the Development Chair of the Michigan Rugby Foundation, and an at-large board member of the Environmental Council of Sacramento.

Neil Matouka

Sacramento, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Neil Matouka is an energy professional working with communities across California to develop and deploy advanced energy technologies and make the jump to an equitable, low-carbon future.

Previously, Neil worked and lived in North Carolina, co-founding an environmental business consulting firm. There, he specialized in helping small businesses and startups refine their business models, launch novel products, and streamline operations to minimize environmental impacts. While in Durham, NC, Neil was a member of the Duke University Campus Sustainability Committee and served as the law representative on the Durham Environmental Affairs Board.

Neil holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy and focusing on technology evaluation and marketization. In addition to his work, Neil is a member of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council, the Development Chair of the Michigan Rugby Foundation, and an at-large board member of the Environmental Council of Sacramento.

Carla Mays

Mays Civic Innovation

San Francisco, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Smart Cities & Innovation Economy Development ~ Advisor, Researcher & Techie, Next City Vanguard Fellow 2017, Singularity University Impact Fellow.

Mays is the CEO and Founder of Mays Civic Innovation, LLC, San Francisco based Smart Cities firm focused on equitable and fiscally viable solutions building in finance, economic development, housing, and transportation as we evolve smart cities across the globe. Always people first, tech second.

Carla Mays

Mays Civic Innovation

San Francisco, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Smart Cities & Innovation Economy Development ~ Advisor, Researcher & Techie, Next City Vanguard Fellow 2017, Singularity University Impact Fellow.

Mays is the CEO and Founder of Mays Civic Innovation, LLC, San Francisco based Smart Cities firm focused on equitable and fiscally viable solutions building in finance, economic development, housing, and transportation as we evolve smart cities across the globe. Always people first, tech second.

Henry McKay

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am dedicated to advancing inclusive, equitable, and effective climate action at the local and regional levels.

Henry McKay

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am dedicated to advancing inclusive, equitable, and effective climate action at the local and regional levels.

Melissa Meagher

CEG Multifamily

San Diego, California, United States

 

Member

Melissa Meagher

CEG Multifamily

San Diego, California, United States

 

Member

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

 

Premium Member

Mithun’s architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners are working to inspire a sustainable world through leadership, innovation and integrated design.

A national leader in sustainable design and urbanism since 1949, we look for and find connections — the universal in the specific, and ways to balance the human and natural worlds. Our work is an innovative blend of design, technology and nature to create places that excel in beauty, spirit and performance.

Our integrated teams understand global issues and help to drive the best return on investments — economically, socially, environmentally and artistically. Making these connections, we deliver enduring value that raises the quality of life for individuals and entire communities.

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

 

Premium Member

Mithun’s architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners are working to inspire a sustainable world through leadership, innovation and integrated design.

A national leader in sustainable design and urbanism since 1949, we look for and find connections — the universal in the specific, and ways to balance the human and natural worlds. Our work is an innovative blend of design, technology and nature to create places that excel in beauty, spirit and performance.

Our integrated teams understand global issues and help to drive the best return on investments — economically, socially, environmentally and artistically. Making these connections, we deliver enduring value that raises the quality of life for individuals and entire communities.

Akito Murayama

Dept. of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

 

Member

Akito Murayama is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo.  After graduating from Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 2004, he has worked as Project Researcher at Center for Sustainable Urban Regeneration, The University of Tokyo for two and a half years.  From October 2006 to March 2014, he has worked as Associate Professor at Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University.  From April 2014, he is working at the University of Tokyo.

He received City Planning Institute of Japan Paper Encouragement Award in 2004 (City Planning Institute of Japan) and Landscape Installation Award in 2013 (Nihon Mokuzai Seisounen Dantai Rengokai 16th Wood Utilization Contest).  Co-authored English publications include “Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ Movements, Machizukuri and Local Environments” (Routledge, 2007), “Innovations in Collaborative Urban Regeneration” (Springer, 2009) and “Basic and Clinical Environmental Approaches in Landscape Planning” (Springer, 2014).

He also participates in planning and community development practices including Nagoya City Master Plan (2011), Low Carbon City Nagoya Strategy Action Plan (2011), Nagakute City Kouennishi Station Area Low Impact Development Master Plan (2013), Shizuoka City Master Plan (2016), Yokosuka City Master Plan (2016) as well as community-driven initiatives in Nishiki 2 District and Fujimakicho in Nagoya City.  In Nishiki 2 District, he has taken a lead in developing Nishiki 2 District Vision (2011), applying to Nagoya City Low Carbon Model District (2015) and managing community-led low carbon projects.

Akito Murayama

Dept. of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

 

Member

Akito Murayama is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo.  After graduating from Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 2004, he has worked as Project Researcher at Center for Sustainable Urban Regeneration, The University of Tokyo for two and a half years.  From October 2006 to March 2014, he has worked as Associate Professor at Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University.  From April 2014, he is working at the University of Tokyo.

He received City Planning Institute of Japan Paper Encouragement Award in 2004 (City Planning Institute of Japan) and Landscape Installation Award in 2013 (Nihon Mokuzai Seisounen Dantai Rengokai 16th Wood Utilization Contest).  Co-authored English publications include “Living Cities in Japan: Citizens’ Movements, Machizukuri and Local Environments” (Routledge, 2007), “Innovations in Collaborative Urban Regeneration” (Springer, 2009) and “Basic and Clinical Environmental Approaches in Landscape Planning” (Springer, 2014).

He also participates in planning and community development practices including Nagoya City Master Plan (2011), Low Carbon City Nagoya Strategy Action Plan (2011), Nagakute City Kouennishi Station Area Low Impact Development Master Plan (2013), Shizuoka City Master Plan (2016), Yokosuka City Master Plan (2016) as well as community-driven initiatives in Nishiki 2 District and Fujimakicho in Nagoya City.  In Nishiki 2 District, he has taken a lead in developing Nishiki 2 District Vision (2011), applying to Nagoya City Low Carbon Model District (2015) and managing community-led low carbon projects.

Mark Mykleby

Full Circle Strategies, LLC

Beaufort, South Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Mark “Puck” Mykleby is currently the president of the consulting firm Full Circle Strategies, LLC and the Co-Founder of Long Haul Capital Group, LLC; a company dedicated to creating sustainable, walkable, and healthy communities.

Mark was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.  He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990.  From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Commanding Officer.  He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP).  Mark’s operational and combat experience includes numerous deployments (land-based and ship-borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters.

His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003.  In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation.

Mark retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of colonel in August 2011 and subsequently joined New America Foundation, serving as a senior fellow from August 2011 to August 2014.  From September 2014 to January 2017, Mark was the co-founder and Co-Director of Case Western Reserve University’s Strategic Innovation Lab where he continued his work on grand strategy and sustainability. While at Case Western, he co-authored, along with Patrick Doherty and Joel Makower, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century (St. Martin’s Press, June 2016) which lays out a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative.

Mark graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987.  He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies. He earned his EcoDistricts Accredited Professional certification in December 2016.

Mark Mykleby

Full Circle Strategies, LLC

Beaufort, South Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Mark “Puck” Mykleby is currently the president of the consulting firm Full Circle Strategies, LLC and the Co-Founder of Long Haul Capital Group, LLC; a company dedicated to creating sustainable, walkable, and healthy communities.

Mark was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.  He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990.  From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Commanding Officer.  He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP).  Mark’s operational and combat experience includes numerous deployments (land-based and ship-borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters.

His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003.  In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation.

Mark retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of colonel in August 2011 and subsequently joined New America Foundation, serving as a senior fellow from August 2011 to August 2014.  From September 2014 to January 2017, Mark was the co-founder and Co-Director of Case Western Reserve University’s Strategic Innovation Lab where he continued his work on grand strategy and sustainability. While at Case Western, he co-authored, along with Patrick Doherty and Joel Makower, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century (St. Martin’s Press, June 2016) which lays out a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative.

Mark graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987.  He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies. He earned his EcoDistricts Accredited Professional certification in December 2016.

Jim Newman

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jim Newman

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Emmanuel Chibuike Nwodo

CONUEL

Abuja, Nigeria

 

Member

Emmanuel Chibuike Nwodo, is a Developer, and a Researcher on Affordable Energy Efficiency Buildings and Green Housing Development.

Emmanuel Chibuike Nwodo

CONUEL

Abuja, Nigeria

 

Member

Emmanuel Chibuike Nwodo, is a Developer, and a Researcher on Affordable Energy Efficiency Buildings and Green Housing Development.

Thomas Osdoba

Tao Strategies

Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, United States

 

Premium Member

Proven leader who brings strategic insight, programmatic innovation, and a deep commitment to an inclusive and sustainable future. Builds strategies using systems thinking and intensive collaboration. Relentless innovator, seeking opportunities to advance transformative actions to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes. Advanced skills in program design & development, collaborative networks, impact investing, and policy design. Substantive expertise in district-scale sustainability, corporate social responsibility, sustainable food systems, climate change, energy and water systems, urban development, civic engagement and capacity building, capital platform development.

Thomas Osdoba

Tao Strategies

Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, United States

 

Premium Member

Proven leader who brings strategic insight, programmatic innovation, and a deep commitment to an inclusive and sustainable future. Builds strategies using systems thinking and intensive collaboration. Relentless innovator, seeking opportunities to advance transformative actions to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes. Advanced skills in program design & development, collaborative networks, impact investing, and policy design. Substantive expertise in district-scale sustainability, corporate social responsibility, sustainable food systems, climate change, energy and water systems, urban development, civic engagement and capacity building, capital platform development.

Otak

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Otak is an international multidisciplinary design firm. We have earned a reputation for the diverse skills of our engineers, architects, urban designers, and planners and for building teams that cross traditional barriers to create innovative solutions. Otak’s integrated design approach helps clients address each project’s economic potential, while fostering environmental stewardship and social responsibility to create sustainable solutions for the built environment. Our strategic partnership with HanmiGlobal provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to build on our international achievements and help build livable, sustainable communities around the world.

Otak

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Otak is an international multidisciplinary design firm. We have earned a reputation for the diverse skills of our engineers, architects, urban designers, and planners and for building teams that cross traditional barriers to create innovative solutions. Otak’s integrated design approach helps clients address each project’s economic potential, while fostering environmental stewardship and social responsibility to create sustainable solutions for the built environment. Our strategic partnership with HanmiGlobal provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to build on our international achievements and help build livable, sustainable communities around the world.

Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.
BPS collaborates with community partners to provide:
• Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
• Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
• Policy and actions to address climate change.

Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.
BPS collaborates with community partners to provide:
• Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
• Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
• Policy and actions to address climate change.

Portland Development Commission

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Created by Portland voters in 1958, the Portland Development Commission has been a driving force in Portland’s reputation for vibrancy and livability. As Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency, PDC focuses on investing in the job creation, innovation and economic opportunity that will transform Portland into one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities.

The PDC is headed by an executive director, who reports to a five-member board of commissioners, local citizens appointed by the mayor and approved by Portland City Council. The structure allows PDC to exercise independence in program implementation and resource allocation.

Portland Development Commission

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Created by Portland voters in 1958, the Portland Development Commission has been a driving force in Portland’s reputation for vibrancy and livability. As Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency, PDC focuses on investing in the job creation, innovation and economic opportunity that will transform Portland into one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities.

The PDC is headed by an executive director, who reports to a five-member board of commissioners, local citizens appointed by the mayor and approved by Portland City Council. The structure allows PDC to exercise independence in program implementation and resource allocation.

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

A thriving campus in the heart of Portland. As Oregon’s most affordable public research university, we offer tremendous opportunity to 27,000 students from all backgrounds. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems.

Our location in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. We are the only Oregon university to offer a four-year degree guarantee.

Our graduates go on to invent for Intel, design for Nike, catch touchdowns in the NFL, run international corporations and make hit Hollywood movies.

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

A thriving campus in the heart of Portland. As Oregon’s most affordable public research university, we offer tremendous opportunity to 27,000 students from all backgrounds. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems.

Our location in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. We are the only Oregon university to offer a four-year degree guarantee.

Our graduates go on to invent for Intel, design for Nike, catch touchdowns in the NFL, run international corporations and make hit Hollywood movies.

James Price

Sustainable Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jim Price is the Sustainable Community Manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh and he works with municipalities to assist them in measuring and enhancing their performance in the policies and practices of sustainability. He manages the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program in Southwestern Pennsylvania, organizes and facilitates the Sustainable Community Development Network and works to ensure that developments of regional importance are actively addressing issues of sustainability.

Before coming to Sustainable Pittsburgh he worked on municipal issues of economic development, transportation, intergovernmental cooperation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, among others. He has acted as the Economic Development Director for a small borough, the policy manager for an innovative urban policy organization and as a coordinator on a Department of Energy solar development project.

Jim holds both a Bachelor of History and of Political Science from Cleveland State University and a Master of International Development with a focus on development planning and environmental sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh.

James Price

Sustainable Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jim Price is the Sustainable Community Manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh and he works with municipalities to assist them in measuring and enhancing their performance in the policies and practices of sustainability. He manages the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program in Southwestern Pennsylvania, organizes and facilitates the Sustainable Community Development Network and works to ensure that developments of regional importance are actively addressing issues of sustainability.

Before coming to Sustainable Pittsburgh he worked on municipal issues of economic development, transportation, intergovernmental cooperation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, among others. He has acted as the Economic Development Director for a small borough, the policy manager for an innovative urban policy organization and as a coordinator on a Department of Energy solar development project.

Jim holds both a Bachelor of History and of Political Science from Cleveland State University and a Master of International Development with a focus on development planning and environmental sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Quarrie

Jurnid

Miami, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Andrew Quarrie is the Founder of Jurnid, a web platform where digital marketers and creative agencies source freelance content writing. Over a decade as a multifaceted creative, Andrew now focuses on user-centric B2B and B2C branded offline and online content. His freelance/consulting career involved projects spanning both regional companies throughout South Florida and multi-national brands. Andrew has worked in myriad professional creative roles, which includes chief audio engineer, multimedia producer, web UI/UX design, and digital marketing. He now pours his experience into Jurnid as CEO/Chief Content Strategist. Andrew is also the host of Jurnid Sessions, a tech and content strategy meet-up. He recently launched Urbanism Summit, a full day event for multi-disciplinary discussions and activations by expert practitioners of new urbanism. Andrew is also a board member of The Fairchild Palms, supporting the environmental conservation initiatives of The Fairchild Challenge of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He is also a member of the Vizcaya Museum’s Technology Advisory Committee.

Andrew Quarrie

Jurnid

Miami, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Andrew Quarrie is the Founder of Jurnid, a web platform where digital marketers and creative agencies source freelance content writing. Over a decade as a multifaceted creative, Andrew now focuses on user-centric B2B and B2C branded offline and online content. His freelance/consulting career involved projects spanning both regional companies throughout South Florida and multi-national brands. Andrew has worked in myriad professional creative roles, which includes chief audio engineer, multimedia producer, web UI/UX design, and digital marketing. He now pours his experience into Jurnid as CEO/Chief Content Strategist. Andrew is also the host of Jurnid Sessions, a tech and content strategy meet-up. He recently launched Urbanism Summit, a full day event for multi-disciplinary discussions and activations by expert practitioners of new urbanism. Andrew is also a board member of The Fairchild Palms, supporting the environmental conservation initiatives of The Fairchild Challenge of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He is also a member of the Vizcaya Museum’s Technology Advisory Committee.

Christopher Rhie

BuroHappold Engineering

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Christopher Rhie is an urban planner and sustainability strategist at BuroHappold Engineering. With a background in public policy, urban design, and environmental management, Christopher has extensive experience with the development of sustainability and climate action plans for local governments, as well as colleges and universities across the United States.

His recent projects include the comprehensive land use and climate action plans for the City of Cambridge (MA), New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50, the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan, and Design Sprints on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Boston and Los Angeles.

Prior to joining BuroHappold, Christopher worked on climate action initiatives as an energy analyst at the City of New York and the City of Oakland.

Originally from Hartford, CT, Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and master’s degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT.

Christopher Rhie

BuroHappold Engineering

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Christopher Rhie is an urban planner and sustainability strategist at BuroHappold Engineering. With a background in public policy, urban design, and environmental management, Christopher has extensive experience with the development of sustainability and climate action plans for local governments, as well as colleges and universities across the United States.

His recent projects include the comprehensive land use and climate action plans for the City of Cambridge (MA), New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50, the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan, and Design Sprints on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Boston and Los Angeles.

Prior to joining BuroHappold, Christopher worked on climate action initiatives as an energy analyst at the City of New York and the City of Oakland.

Originally from Hartford, CT, Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and master’s degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT.

Anna Rosenblum

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Anna thrives in the space where creativity in design, stakeholder engagement, and technical precision converge. As an architectural designer and sustainability consultant, Anna’s work is grounded in the practical application of sustainability principles and best practices, and employs a creative approach to imagining a variety of possible futures for built environments. Anna brings a holistic perspective to LEED and LBC consulting, as well as technical knowledge of sustainable operating systems. Anna specializes in sustainability consulting for existing buildings, stakeholder engagement design and urban design, including high-performing communities such as Ecodistricts.

Anna Rosenblum

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Anna thrives in the space where creativity in design, stakeholder engagement, and technical precision converge. As an architectural designer and sustainability consultant, Anna’s work is grounded in the practical application of sustainability principles and best practices, and employs a creative approach to imagining a variety of possible futures for built environments. Anna brings a holistic perspective to LEED and LBC consulting, as well as technical knowledge of sustainable operating systems. Anna specializes in sustainability consulting for existing buildings, stakeholder engagement design and urban design, including high-performing communities such as Ecodistricts.

Polly Sattler

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Polly Sattler has a Master’s in Environmental and Resource Policy from George Washington University in DC. She is a Senior Sustainability Planner for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Her work includes managing the airport’s Employee Commuter program, AERO, implementing Green Infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, developing a Green Purchasing Plan and identifying opportunities for alternative fuel use at the airport. Polly recently initiated the launch of the Change the Course program for the airport which will restore thousands of gallons of water to the Flint River and other watersheds around the country.
She is chair of the EcoDistrict Mobility Committee and is serving on the City of Atlanta's Resilience Transportation Discovery Committee. She is also part of the City of Atlanta's Green Infrastructure Task Force and a board member of the Flint Riverkeeper and Earth Share of GA.

Polly Sattler

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Polly Sattler has a Master’s in Environmental and Resource Policy from George Washington University in DC. She is a Senior Sustainability Planner for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Her work includes managing the airport’s Employee Commuter program, AERO, implementing Green Infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, developing a Green Purchasing Plan and identifying opportunities for alternative fuel use at the airport. Polly recently initiated the launch of the Change the Course program for the airport which will restore thousands of gallons of water to the Flint River and other watersheds around the country.
She is chair of the EcoDistrict Mobility Committee and is serving on the City of Atlanta's Resilience Transportation Discovery Committee. She is also part of the City of Atlanta's Green Infrastructure Task Force and a board member of the Flint Riverkeeper and Earth Share of GA.

Lori Singleton

SmithGroupJJR

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 

Member

Lori Singleton

SmithGroupJJR

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 

Member

Southface

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Southface

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Marilyn Specht

Integral Group

Oakland, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Marilyn Specht is an Associate and Senior Sustainability Consultant at Integral Group, a deep green engineering firm specializing in creating the world's most high performing buildings and communities that respect and enrich the earth. In this capacity, Marilyn brings her years of experience working on a variety of green building projects to guide project teams through LEED, LBC, NZE, WELL, and Fitwel Certifications. She is a LEED AP (ND and O+M), Fitwel Ambassador, LFA, WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP, and serves on the USGBC LEED Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group.

Marilyn Specht

Integral Group

Oakland, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Marilyn Specht is an Associate and Senior Sustainability Consultant at Integral Group, a deep green engineering firm specializing in creating the world's most high performing buildings and communities that respect and enrich the earth. In this capacity, Marilyn brings her years of experience working on a variety of green building projects to guide project teams through LEED, LBC, NZE, WELL, and Fitwel Certifications. She is a LEED AP (ND and O+M), Fitwel Ambassador, LFA, WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP, and serves on the USGBC LEED Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group.

Michelle Stadelman

Delta Design-Build Workshop & Hope Enterprise Corporation

Greenwood, Mississippi, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Michelle Stadelman

Delta Design-Build Workshop & Hope Enterprise Corporation

Greenwood, Mississippi, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

ambra Sutherlin

Colorado Green Building Guild

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Ambra Sutherlin has 15 years of experience in Commercial Architecture/Design and Green Building. She is a LEED AP BD+C and has managed Commercial LEED projects. Ambra Sutherlin has worked for the Boulder County (PACE) Partners for a Clean Environment program for 6 years as a business sustainability specialist. Ambra is dedicated to helping local businesses, and property owners/managers in energy, solar, water, waste and transportation to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and create better working environments, while also educating businesses on the larger sustainability goals and incentives for Boulder County.

Specialties: LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Management, Sustainability Advising in : Energy,Water, Transportation and Waste, Community Engagement, Green Building, Solar, Commercial Buildings, Sustainable Design, Spaceplanning, and Autocad.

ambra Sutherlin

Colorado Green Building Guild

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Ambra Sutherlin has 15 years of experience in Commercial Architecture/Design and Green Building. She is a LEED AP BD+C and has managed Commercial LEED projects. Ambra Sutherlin has worked for the Boulder County (PACE) Partners for a Clean Environment program for 6 years as a business sustainability specialist. Ambra is dedicated to helping local businesses, and property owners/managers in energy, solar, water, waste and transportation to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and create better working environments, while also educating businesses on the larger sustainability goals and incentives for Boulder County.

Specialties: LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Management, Sustainability Advising in : Energy,Water, Transportation and Waste, Community Engagement, Green Building, Solar, Commercial Buildings, Sustainable Design, Spaceplanning, and Autocad.

TODCO Group

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

South of Market Neighborhood Builders

TODCO Group

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

South of Market Neighborhood Builders

Kristin Taddei

Casey Trees

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Kristin Taddei is the Planning Advocate with Casey Trees, where she uses GIS to analyze the potential tree canopy of DC developments and city plans, writes comments and testifies to request better designs for trees in the urban environment, and works with Casey Trees volunteers to strategically advocate for trees in DC. Before Casey Trees, Kristin was employed with The Cadmus Group, where she worked with the U.S. EPA, USAID, and a variety of non-profits to implement environmental regulations and best practices in the U.S. and abroad. She has an undergraduate degree in geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland. In her free time, Kristin enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and reading with her book club.

Kristin Taddei

Casey Trees

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Kristin Taddei is the Planning Advocate with Casey Trees, where she uses GIS to analyze the potential tree canopy of DC developments and city plans, writes comments and testifies to request better designs for trees in the urban environment, and works with Casey Trees volunteers to strategically advocate for trees in DC. Before Casey Trees, Kristin was employed with The Cadmus Group, where she worked with the U.S. EPA, USAID, and a variety of non-profits to implement environmental regulations and best practices in the U.S. and abroad. She has an undergraduate degree in geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland. In her free time, Kristin enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and reading with her book club.

Wayne Tomac

Longmont, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Wayne Tomac

Longmont, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Vertical Vision

Richmond, Virginia, United States

 

Premium Member

One of the highest compliments we receive is that our clients look forward to their meetings with us. That’s because we are natural collaborators, and we truly work with our clients, as part of their team, to look over the horizon and help them choose their best path forward.

We opened Vertical Vision because we wanted to provide our clients with a better experience – from the way we strategize together, to simplified budgeting and billing, to streamlined technology for better communication.

Vertical Vision

Richmond, Virginia, United States

 

Premium Member

One of the highest compliments we receive is that our clients look forward to their meetings with us. That’s because we are natural collaborators, and we truly work with our clients, as part of their team, to look over the horizon and help them choose their best path forward.

We opened Vertical Vision because we wanted to provide our clients with a better experience – from the way we strategize together, to simplified budgeting and billing, to streamlined technology for better communication.

Ari Weil

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ari Weil

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Walker Wells

Global Green

Santa Monica, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Walker Wells, AICP LEED AP EcoDistricts AP

Mr. Wells is Executive Director of Global Green USA, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica. He works with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and development of innovative polices and programs.

Walker is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Green Rater. He served as an appointed member of the State of California Green Building Code Advisory Committee from 2010-2014, is and a lecturer in Green Urbanism at the Claremont Colleges and the UCLA Urban Planning Program.

Mr. Wells is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow with the Royal Institute of Technology Urban Planning Program in Stockholm, a 2012 Pritzker Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and co-author of the 2007 book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing.

Mr. Wells holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s of City and Regional from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. He studied at Lund University and the Lund PolyTechnic Institute School of Architecture in Sweden. Prior to joining Global Green Mr. Wells was a Senior Urban Designer with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, a Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.

Walker Wells

Global Green

Santa Monica, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Walker Wells, AICP LEED AP EcoDistricts AP

Mr. Wells is Executive Director of Global Green USA, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica. He works with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and development of innovative polices and programs.

Walker is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Green Rater. He served as an appointed member of the State of California Green Building Code Advisory Committee from 2010-2014, is and a lecturer in Green Urbanism at the Claremont Colleges and the UCLA Urban Planning Program.

Mr. Wells is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow with the Royal Institute of Technology Urban Planning Program in Stockholm, a 2012 Pritzker Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and co-author of the 2007 book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing.

Mr. Wells holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s of City and Regional from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. He studied at Lund University and the Lund PolyTechnic Institute School of Architecture in Sweden. Prior to joining Global Green Mr. Wells was a Senior Urban Designer with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, a Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.

KENYON ZIMMERMAN

AECOM Hunt

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

As an architect with over 17 years of experience in building design and construction, I have particular expertise in concept design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and energy efficient building envelopes. I have been key in the design and delivery of a wide variety of award winning and LEED-certified buildings whose typologies include aviation, mixed use, museum, higher education, lab science, and medical. Most recently, I have used my experience as a designer to coordinate and manage the construction of a new 35 gate, $1B airport.

KENYON ZIMMERMAN

AECOM Hunt

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

As an architect with over 17 years of experience in building design and construction, I have particular expertise in concept design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and energy efficient building envelopes. I have been key in the design and delivery of a wide variety of award winning and LEED-certified buildings whose typologies include aviation, mixed use, museum, higher education, lab science, and medical. Most recently, I have used my experience as a designer to coordinate and manage the construction of a new 35 gate, $1B airport.

Jingfang Zhao

Gensler

Los Angeles, California, United States

 

Member

Jingfang Zhao

Gensler

Los Angeles, California, United States

 

Member

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

evolve environment :: architecture (evolveEA) is a nimble multidisciplinary practice situated at the intersection of sustainability and the built environment. The team of designers, architects, environmental scientists and sustainable business experts look through three lenses of sustainability: People, Process, and Place.

People’s knowledge, beliefs, and actions must be understood to determine achievable goals and implementation strategies. Process defines what we do, how we accomplish it and the material and energy flows that are needed. Places influence our experience and understanding of sustainability, and can demonstrate environmental principles.

Since its inception in 2004, evolveEA has been working with communities to implement these ideas through our impact areas:

 

PLACEMAKING

PLACEMAKING
design for smarter living. we create compelling and thought provoking buildings and landscapes, experiences, and objects that contribute to more livable places, systems and economies.
urban strategies. we enable communities to create more livable places, systems and economies by addressing ecological, social and economic issues.
Services:

  • Commercial & residential architecture
  • Urban design & placemaking guidelines
  • Ecodistrict planning/Living City/LEED ND management
  • Human factors concept & design
  • Community/user engagement

 

BUILDINGS+SYSTEMS

BUILDINGS+SYSTEMS
buildings in delivery. we help teams add value to their building projects by identifying and implementing smart environmental strategies.
buildings in operation. we help building owners and operators optimize performance with attention to user needs and experience.
Services:

  • New construction LEED & Living Building management
  • Existing buildings LEED O&M & EnergyStar management
  • Project goal setting, team selection & benchmarking
  • Strategic energy auditing & 2030 District planning
  • Modeling & commissioning management
  • Financing & incentives identification & management

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
organizational strategy. we build capacity for organizations to analyze, plan and execute short- and long-term sustainability efforts.
social engagement. we engage organizations and individuals in the design of sustainable systems and processes.
Services:

  • Strategic planning & stakeholder engagement
  • Customized business case development
  • Greenhouse gas evaluation
  • Corporate sustainability reporting
  • Supply chain & product life cycle analysis
  • Custom education & training
  • Graphic design, data visualization, social media strategy

 

 

The Change We Seek

evolveEA’s mission is to advance environmentally sustainable systems and solutions through design and thought leadership. We envision a future in which communities are empowered to shape their own environments while striving for economic and social justice. Where companies do well by doing good in their communities, and where design is equally accessible to all.

evolveEA stewards its principles through its design and consulting project work, while also leading through demonstration. The firm maintains an award-winning green workplace with a focus on continuous improvement—introducing new benefits and green policies as opportunities arise. By maintaining B Corp Certification since 2013, evolveEA has measured our impact and helped other organizations understand how to quantify their triple bottom line value.

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

evolve environment :: architecture (evolveEA) is a nimble multidisciplinary practice situated at the intersection of sustainability and the built environment. The team of designers, architects, environmental scientists and sustainable business experts look through three lenses of sustainability: People, Process, and Place.

People’s knowledge, beliefs, and actions must be understood to determine achievable goals and implementation strategies. Process defines what we do, how we accomplish it and the material and energy flows that are needed. Places influence our experience and understanding of sustainability, and can demonstrate environmental principles.

Since its inception in 2004, evolveEA has been working with communities to implement these ideas through our impact areas:

 

PLACEMAKING

PLACEMAKING
design for smarter living. we create compelling and thought provoking buildings and landscapes, experiences, and objects that contribute to more livable places, systems and economies.
urban strategies. we enable communities to create more livable places, systems and economies by addressing ecological, social and economic issues.
Services:

  • Commercial & residential architecture
  • Urban design & placemaking guidelines
  • Ecodistrict planning/Living City/LEED ND management
  • Human factors concept & design
  • Community/user engagement

 

BUILDINGS+SYSTEMS

BUILDINGS+SYSTEMS
buildings in delivery. we help teams add value to their building projects by identifying and implementing smart environmental strategies.
buildings in operation. we help building owners and operators optimize performance with attention to user needs and experience.
Services:

  • New construction LEED & Living Building management
  • Existing buildings LEED O&M & EnergyStar management
  • Project goal setting, team selection & benchmarking
  • Strategic energy auditing & 2030 District planning
  • Modeling & commissioning management
  • Financing & incentives identification & management

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
organizational strategy. we build capacity for organizations to analyze, plan and execute short- and long-term sustainability efforts.
social engagement. we engage organizations and individuals in the design of sustainable systems and processes.
Services:

  • Strategic planning & stakeholder engagement
  • Customized business case development
  • Greenhouse gas evaluation
  • Corporate sustainability reporting
  • Supply chain & product life cycle analysis
  • Custom education & training
  • Graphic design, data visualization, social media strategy

 

 

The Change We Seek

evolveEA’s mission is to advance environmentally sustainable systems and solutions through design and thought leadership. We envision a future in which communities are empowered to shape their own environments while striving for economic and social justice. Where companies do well by doing good in their communities, and where design is equally accessible to all.

evolveEA stewards its principles through its design and consulting project work, while also leading through demonstration. The firm maintains an award-winning green workplace with a focus on continuous improvement—introducing new benefits and green policies as opportunities arise. By maintaining B Corp Certification since 2013, evolveEA has measured our impact and helped other organizations understand how to quantify their triple bottom line value.