EcoDistricts Community Directory

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Samuel Alatorre

IBI Group

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a professional planner curious about the future of the places where we live, collaborate, learn, laugh, love and heal. I have a results-oriented focus with over two decades of rewarding collaborative experiences. I enjoy contributing to and learning from peers while exploring innovative ways to create meaningful settings that inspire individual growth, collective identity, inclusion and equity, supported by the sustainable integration of technology. In my professional practice I have combined engagements in the public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico. I obtained a B.A. in architecture from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), holds two Master´s degrees in planning (University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania), and earned my doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, a registered planner with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

Samuel Alatorre

IBI Group

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a professional planner curious about the future of the places where we live, collaborate, learn, laugh, love and heal. I have a results-oriented focus with over two decades of rewarding collaborative experiences. I enjoy contributing to and learning from peers while exploring innovative ways to create meaningful settings that inspire individual growth, collective identity, inclusion and equity, supported by the sustainable integration of technology. In my professional practice I have combined engagements in the public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico. I obtained a B.A. in architecture from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), holds two Master´s degrees in planning (University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania), and earned my doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, a registered planner with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

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

Valerie Amor

Drawing Conclusions LLC

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Valerie Amor

Drawing Conclusions LLC

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Avina

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Avina

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Amy Baade

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Amy Baade

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Brendan Bailey

Torti Gallas + Partners

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Brendan Bailey

Torti Gallas + Partners

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Bailey

Urban and Regional Planner (Australia)

Brooklyn Park, Adelaide, Australia, Australia

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David is passionate about creating cohesive communities and great places through evidence-based collaboration. David is an inclusive collaborator, possesses an encylopeadic mind, and is a strategist and plan maker. David is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, occasional lecturer at the University of South Australia, and Presiding Member of the City of Holdfast Bay Council Assessment Panel.

David Bailey

Urban and Regional Planner (Australia)

Brooklyn Park, Adelaide, Australia, Australia

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David is passionate about creating cohesive communities and great places through evidence-based collaboration. David is an inclusive collaborator, possesses an encylopeadic mind, and is a strategist and plan maker. David is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, occasional lecturer at the University of South Australia, and Presiding Member of the City of Holdfast Bay Council Assessment Panel.

Kristin Baja

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kristin Baja (‘Baja’) is USDN’s Program Director for Climate Resilience & Equity and is responsible for helping cities identify strategic ways to advance climate resilience planning and implementation and building their capacity to take proactive action. Baja focuses her time on supporting members and partners in working at the nexus of resilience, mitigation and equity while also helping center equity in their climate and sustainability work. She helps facilitate deeper relationships between local governments and stakeholders while helping to identify and shift focus to more collaborative and transformational action. Prior to USDN, Baja served as the Climate and Resilience Planner with the City of Baltimore's Office of Sustainability where she led the city's climate and equity work. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan. She is also an Aspen Global Change Institute Fellow, is an EPIC-N board member, and serves on several local and international advisory committees. In 2016, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change for her work on climate and equity.

Kristin Baja

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kristin Baja (‘Baja’) is USDN’s Program Director for Climate Resilience & Equity and is responsible for helping cities identify strategic ways to advance climate resilience planning and implementation and building their capacity to take proactive action. Baja focuses her time on supporting members and partners in working at the nexus of resilience, mitigation and equity while also helping center equity in their climate and sustainability work. She helps facilitate deeper relationships between local governments and stakeholders while helping to identify and shift focus to more collaborative and transformational action. Prior to USDN, Baja served as the Climate and Resilience Planner with the City of Baltimore's Office of Sustainability where she led the city's climate and equity work. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan. She is also an Aspen Global Change Institute Fellow, is an EPIC-N board member, and serves on several local and international advisory committees. In 2016, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change for her work on climate and equity.

Sean Baraoidan

REAL Building Consultants

Tampa, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Sean Baraoidan

REAL Building Consultants

Tampa, Florida, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Megan Barnes

Landscape Architecture Foundation

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Megan Barnes is Program Manager for the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Washington, DC. She manages LAF's research programs including Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and the Landscape Performance Series . She has a diverse background in landscape architecture, international development, and nonprofit work. Before joining LAF, she was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Guatemala and Panama in health and community gardening. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Coastal Solutions Fellowship program in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and volunteers with the Neighborhood Design Center and the United States Botanic Garden. Megan has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Megan Barnes

Landscape Architecture Foundation

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Megan Barnes is Program Manager for the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Washington, DC. She manages LAF's research programs including Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and the Landscape Performance Series . She has a diverse background in landscape architecture, international development, and nonprofit work. Before joining LAF, she was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Guatemala and Panama in health and community gardening. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Coastal Solutions Fellowship program in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and volunteers with the Neighborhood Design Center and the United States Botanic Garden. Megan has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Ruth Bell

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ruth Bell

Seattle, Washington, 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.

Antonnio Benton II

Denver, Colorado, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Antonnio is a versatile, personable urban planning professional with over 5 years of comprehensive experience developing exceptional relationships with clients, peers, and public stakeholders to provide sustainable planning and operation solutions. Superb project leadership abilities and program management skills coupled with strong expertise in the urban planning and community development sector. Proven problem solving and public speaking skills and the ability to adapt to evolving industry trends. A dedicated professional with the drive and requisite skills to excel in a fast pace management role enhancing a company's ability to achieve desirable results.

Antonnio Benton II

Denver, Colorado, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Antonnio is a versatile, personable urban planning professional with over 5 years of comprehensive experience developing exceptional relationships with clients, peers, and public stakeholders to provide sustainable planning and operation solutions. Superb project leadership abilities and program management skills coupled with strong expertise in the urban planning and community development sector. Proven problem solving and public speaking skills and the ability to adapt to evolving industry trends. A dedicated professional with the drive and requisite skills to excel in a fast pace management role enhancing a company's ability to achieve desirable results.

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.

David Bigio

Buro Happold

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Bigio

Buro Happold

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

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

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

Francesc Bonvehí

Barcelona, Spain

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Francesc has a vast experience in building physics, building performance modelling and simulation and monitoring.
He is an Independent Expert and Evaluator to the European Commission on Ecobuildings and Sustainable Energy Systems.
Member of the German Sustainable Building Council -DGNB ; the International 2050 Calculator Team for Climate and Energy - UK; and the ASHRAE-CIBSE Group.
Registered Professional Industrial Engineer with AEIC - Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia.

Francesc Bonvehí

Barcelona, Spain

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Francesc has a vast experience in building physics, building performance modelling and simulation and monitoring.
He is an Independent Expert and Evaluator to the European Commission on Ecobuildings and Sustainable Energy Systems.
Member of the German Sustainable Building Council -DGNB ; the International 2050 Calculator Team for Climate and Energy - UK; and the ASHRAE-CIBSE Group.
Registered Professional Industrial Engineer with AEIC - Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia.

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

Diana Chen

Redondo Beach, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Diana Chen

Redondo Beach, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Shaakira Chohan

Johannesburg, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a Professional Architect and Urban Development specialist with an impassioned pursuit to create Places for People.
To me, there is nothing more thrilling and important as creating healthy, effective, thriving cities for and with the people who activate them and I have consciously focused my work on empowering citizens to engage and interact with their urban environments to create equitable, coproduced spatial environments. I am dedicated to using my vision to advocate for social and spatial justice.
Through my work in both the private and public sector, I have developed a unique set of skills combining my human-centred design acumen with project management and local government and policy administration.

Shaakira Chohan

Johannesburg, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a Professional Architect and Urban Development specialist with an impassioned pursuit to create Places for People.
To me, there is nothing more thrilling and important as creating healthy, effective, thriving cities for and with the people who activate them and I have consciously focused my work on empowering citizens to engage and interact with their urban environments to create equitable, coproduced spatial environments. I am dedicated to using my vision to advocate for social and spatial justice.
Through my work in both the private and public sector, I have developed a unique set of skills combining my human-centred design acumen with project management and local government and policy administration.

Naomi Cole

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Naomi has a diverse background in urban sustainability and development in both the non-profit and private sectors. She is a skilled manager and facilitator and brings over 15 years of experience in delivering projects and programs to public, private and community clients. Naomi has a long history with all EcoDistricts programs, as EcoDistricts Program Director for the Portland Sustainability Institute and Vice President of Programs for EcoDistricts. Her professional experience includes roles at ZGF Architects, PECI/CLEAResult, and Konstrukt. She studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University. Naomi is a native Portlander and lives in a net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Naomi Cole

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Naomi has a diverse background in urban sustainability and development in both the non-profit and private sectors. She is a skilled manager and facilitator and brings over 15 years of experience in delivering projects and programs to public, private and community clients. Naomi has a long history with all EcoDistricts programs, as EcoDistricts Program Director for the Portland Sustainability Institute and Vice President of Programs for EcoDistricts. Her professional experience includes roles at ZGF Architects, PECI/CLEAResult, and Konstrukt. She studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University. Naomi is a native Portlander and lives in a net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Penny Cole

DLR Group

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

As a leader in the High Performance Design team with DLR Group I work on innovative design solutions, integrating engineering and architectural solutions into sustainable designs. I challenge teams to consider buildings holistically, analyze new approaches, and advocate for sustainability in all projects, using analysis as a creative design tool, and providing data to assist decision making.
With 16 years experience as a building performance specialist and mechanical engineer, I am experienced in the detailed analysis required to optimize building performance and the collaboration required to convey technical sustainable strategies. We strive for better performance, resilience, and resource stewardship, while also optimizing the user experience. “Saving the world, one building at a time”

LEED BD+C AP, BEMP, LFA, EcoDistricts AP, RESET AP

Penny Cole

DLR Group

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

As a leader in the High Performance Design team with DLR Group I work on innovative design solutions, integrating engineering and architectural solutions into sustainable designs. I challenge teams to consider buildings holistically, analyze new approaches, and advocate for sustainability in all projects, using analysis as a creative design tool, and providing data to assist decision making.
With 16 years experience as a building performance specialist and mechanical engineer, I am experienced in the detailed analysis required to optimize building performance and the collaboration required to convey technical sustainable strategies. We strive for better performance, resilience, and resource stewardship, while also optimizing the user experience. “Saving the world, one building at a time”

LEED BD+C AP, BEMP, LFA, EcoDistricts AP, RESET AP

Dennis Comer

Central Area Collaborative

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Dennis Comer

Central Area Collaborative

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ian Cook

evolve environment::architecture

Conewango Valley, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ian Cook

evolve environment::architecture

Conewango Valley, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Lyndsey Covert

Burns & McDonnell

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Civil/Structural EIT working on Transmission and Distribution. Interested in environmental justice, community activism, hiking, backpacking, and sustainable living.

Lyndsey Covert

Burns & McDonnell

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Civil/Structural EIT working on Transmission and Distribution. Interested in environmental justice, community activism, hiking, backpacking, and sustainable living.

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.

Caleb Crow

EcoForward

Austin, Texas, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Caleb Crow is an educator, scientist, father, engineer, and conservationist specializing in climate science communication. Caleb earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, a Master of Public Administration, LEED AP, and EcoDistricts AP. His career focus has been increasing sustainability and resilience in the built environment by managing energy and sustainability at Texas Tech University and Austin Community College District, reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Department of Energy, protecting birds and their habitats with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and researching climate with UN Champions of the Earth Laureate Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.

Caleb Crow

EcoForward

Austin, Texas, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Caleb Crow is an educator, scientist, father, engineer, and conservationist specializing in climate science communication. Caleb earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, a Master of Public Administration, LEED AP, and EcoDistricts AP. His career focus has been increasing sustainability and resilience in the built environment by managing energy and sustainability at Texas Tech University and Austin Community College District, reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Department of Energy, protecting birds and their habitats with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and researching climate with UN Champions of the Earth Laureate Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.

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.

Bel Day

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Bel Day

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Nicole DeNamur

Sustainable Strategies PLLC

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Prior to launching Sustainable Strategies, Nicole practiced insurance and construction law in the Seattle area for more than ten years. Nicole regularly presents on her holistic and proactive approach to risk management and the issues associated with the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. Her work focuses on creating collaborative spaces and uniting diverse groups to mitigate climate change through the built environment. Nicole’s work also extends to broader sustainability principles, including the intersection of the built environment with human health and wellness.
Nicole spent five years as an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington, Department of Real Estate Studies, where she taught the course she developed, Risk and Reward in Sustainable Development. She also developed and taught the course Policy and Planning, at Boston Architectural College. Among other published work, Nicole authored a chapter of the award-winning book Health and Well-Being for Interior Architecture (IDEC 2018 Book Award), published by Routledge.

Nicole DeNamur

Sustainable Strategies PLLC

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Prior to launching Sustainable Strategies, Nicole practiced insurance and construction law in the Seattle area for more than ten years. Nicole regularly presents on her holistic and proactive approach to risk management and the issues associated with the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. Her work focuses on creating collaborative spaces and uniting diverse groups to mitigate climate change through the built environment. Nicole’s work also extends to broader sustainability principles, including the intersection of the built environment with human health and wellness.
Nicole spent five years as an Affiliate Instructor at the University of Washington, Department of Real Estate Studies, where she taught the course she developed, Risk and Reward in Sustainable Development. She also developed and taught the course Policy and Planning, at Boston Architectural College. Among other published work, Nicole authored a chapter of the award-winning book Health and Well-Being for Interior Architecture (IDEC 2018 Book Award), published by Routledge.

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.

Doug Dietrich

Burns & McDonnell

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Doug Dietrich

Burns & McDonnell

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Daniel Dreher

Sustainable Handprints, LLC

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Daniel Dreher

Sustainable Handprints, LLC

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

 

Joe Duffy

Union Miles Development Corporation

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Joe Duffy is Real Estate Development Director at Union Miles Development Corp., a nonprofit community development corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. Building on over a decade of cross-sector professional experience, Joe works with residents, city officials and local businesses to accomplish socially-oriented land use goals in service to Cleveland's Union Miles neighborhood. Passionate for neighborhood planning, equitable development and sustainability, Joe has overseen procurement or implementation of over $1 million in combined project budgets serving a range of Cleveland neighborhood initiatives.

Native to Savannah, Georgia, he has a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and obtained an [IN]City Program Certificate in Urban Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Joe is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a National Development Council certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Joe Duffy

Union Miles Development Corporation

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Joe Duffy is Real Estate Development Director at Union Miles Development Corp., a nonprofit community development corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. Building on over a decade of cross-sector professional experience, Joe works with residents, city officials and local businesses to accomplish socially-oriented land use goals in service to Cleveland's Union Miles neighborhood. Passionate for neighborhood planning, equitable development and sustainability, Joe has overseen procurement or implementation of over $1 million in combined project budgets serving a range of Cleveland neighborhood initiatives.

Native to Savannah, Georgia, he has a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and obtained an [IN]City Program Certificate in Urban Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Joe is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a National Development Council certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Ingrid Eck

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ingrid Eck

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Bill Eger

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Bill Eger

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kayla Elson

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kayla Elson

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Sarah Emrich

Baltimore , Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Young civil engineering professional (EIT) highly interested in the intersection of nature and the built environment, particularly in the water resources and sustainable design fields.

Sarah Emrich

Baltimore , Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Young civil engineering professional (EIT) highly interested in the intersection of nature and the built environment, particularly in the water resources and sustainable design fields.

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.

Jamee Ernst

City of Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jamee Ernst

City of Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Lisa Ferretto

HORD COPLAN MACHT

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Adrie Fourie

Solid Green

Johannesburg, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a sustainability consultant with 19 years’ experience in development economics, urban management and sustainable design. Passionate about creating liveable and resilient cities through the application of environmentally sustainable design principles on a city, precinct and/or building scale the EcoDistricts protocol fits perfectly with the focus of her work.
Adrie has Masters of Architecture (WITS) with a focus on water conservation in the built environment and a Postgraduate Diploma in Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency from the International Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She formed part of the South African team investigating the most appropriate way in which to adjust the Green Star Australia Communities tool for the local market, ultimately assisting with creating a Local Context Report for the Green Star South Africa Sustainable Precincts rating tool.

Adrie Fourie

Solid Green

Johannesburg, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am a sustainability consultant with 19 years’ experience in development economics, urban management and sustainable design. Passionate about creating liveable and resilient cities through the application of environmentally sustainable design principles on a city, precinct and/or building scale the EcoDistricts protocol fits perfectly with the focus of her work.
Adrie has Masters of Architecture (WITS) with a focus on water conservation in the built environment and a Postgraduate Diploma in Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency from the International Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She formed part of the South African team investigating the most appropriate way in which to adjust the Green Star Australia Communities tool for the local market, ultimately assisting with creating a Local Context Report for the Green Star South Africa Sustainable Precincts rating tool.

Eric Corey Freed

CannonDesign

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, he leads the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings for over 18 million square feet a year. For two decades, 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

CannonDesign

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, he leads the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings for over 18 million square feet a year. For two decades, 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.

Jess Friss

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jess Friss

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Louwie Gan

Far Eastern University

Makati City, Philippines

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Louwie Gan

Far Eastern University

Makati City, Philippines

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Miranda Gardiner

HKS, Inc.

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

With a passion for the environment and bringing people together to improve sustainable practices in our built world, Miranda believes that caring for oneself resonates in one’s ability to care for the greater good (she is also an avid runner and sport participant). As a part of the HKS DesignGreen team, Miranda is the in-house sustainability expert for HKS’ America West Region. She manages multiple LEED projects out of various offices, both nationally and internationally.

As a fellow with Robert Bosch Foundation from 2015-2016, Miranda investigated environmental policies and planning practices, in an effort to influence global change culturally, economically and environmentally. Her transatlantic research topic focused on three major factors of the sustainability movement: government’s role, financial commitments, and historical priorities.
Utilizing case studies of cities, corporations, and government policies, Miranda outlined the shortcomings and strategies of both European and North American sustainability initiatives.

Miranda Gardiner

HKS, Inc.

Los Angeles, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

With a passion for the environment and bringing people together to improve sustainable practices in our built world, Miranda believes that caring for oneself resonates in one’s ability to care for the greater good (she is also an avid runner and sport participant). As a part of the HKS DesignGreen team, Miranda is the in-house sustainability expert for HKS’ America West Region. She manages multiple LEED projects out of various offices, both nationally and internationally.

As a fellow with Robert Bosch Foundation from 2015-2016, Miranda investigated environmental policies and planning practices, in an effort to influence global change culturally, economically and environmentally. Her transatlantic research topic focused on three major factors of the sustainability movement: government’s role, financial commitments, and historical priorities.
Utilizing case studies of cities, corporations, and government policies, Miranda outlined the shortcomings and strategies of both European and North American sustainability initiatives.

Haley Gardner

ILFI

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Haley supports the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certification programs at the International Living Future Institute. She provides technical guidance on how buildings can achieve net-positive carbon on a life cycle scale while maximizing their energy efficiency.

Haley recently completed her master’s thesis wherein she performed a whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) of a Living Building to identify where high environmental impacts occur over the building’s life cycle. She brings this knowledge of both Living Buildings and LCA to ILFI in order to administer the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certifications through a technical lens while considering comprehensive life cycle impacts; this allows her to approach problems with a systems perspective. She has experience working for large energy companies and general contractors, and is elated to finally have made it to her dream career of working on green buildings.

Haley Gardner

ILFI

Seattle, Washington, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Haley supports the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certification programs at the International Living Future Institute. She provides technical guidance on how buildings can achieve net-positive carbon on a life cycle scale while maximizing their energy efficiency.

Haley recently completed her master’s thesis wherein she performed a whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) of a Living Building to identify where high environmental impacts occur over the building’s life cycle. She brings this knowledge of both Living Buildings and LCA to ILFI in order to administer the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certifications through a technical lens while considering comprehensive life cycle impacts; this allows her to approach problems with a systems perspective. She has experience working for large energy companies and general contractors, and is elated to finally have made it to her dream career of working on green buildings.

Derek Gaskill

Ascendant Neighborhood Development

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Derek Gaskill

Ascendant Neighborhood Development

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Anju George

World Architecture Community

Caledon, Ontario, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am Anju George, an architect and urban planner, who spends almost every waking minute thinking of how the onus is on us, planners, to help cities become platforms for just about anyone to thrive.

Ever since the time I can remember, I have wanted to make a change in people’s lives. I became an Architect (Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi) to do just that. After completing my Master of City Planning at Boston University, I knew I wanted to tread on the path of changing lives and giving communities hope. I have also authored scientific papers on the challenges cities face, with the hope of inspiring future city planners to create people-oriented and sustainable cities.

As an Indian having lived most of my life in the UAE, moving to Canada could not have come at a more ideal time. I have lived and worked in many countries across the globe, invoking in me a further appreciation of the way cities offer anonymity and character in perfect harmony, thereby becoming ‘places’ of hope.

Anju George

World Architecture Community

Caledon, Ontario, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I am Anju George, an architect and urban planner, who spends almost every waking minute thinking of how the onus is on us, planners, to help cities become platforms for just about anyone to thrive.

Ever since the time I can remember, I have wanted to make a change in people’s lives. I became an Architect (Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi) to do just that. After completing my Master of City Planning at Boston University, I knew I wanted to tread on the path of changing lives and giving communities hope. I have also authored scientific papers on the challenges cities face, with the hope of inspiring future city planners to create people-oriented and sustainable cities.

As an Indian having lived most of my life in the UAE, moving to Canada could not have come at a more ideal time. I have lived and worked in many countries across the globe, invoking in me a further appreciation of the way cities offer anonymity and character in perfect harmony, thereby becoming ‘places’ of hope.

Tancrède Girard

Paris, France

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Political Science Master's degree graduate from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), I worked with the Deputy-Mayor in charge of green spaces, biodiversity and urban agriculture for the city of Paris. My goal is to help promote and develop a sustainable form of urban development based on the recognition of the potential of green spaces. Nature and cities are not incompatible, and the acknowledgement of this reality is the key that will unlock a more intelligent and harmonious model for urban development.

Tancrède Girard

Paris, France

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Political Science Master's degree graduate from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), I worked with the Deputy-Mayor in charge of green spaces, biodiversity and urban agriculture for the city of Paris. My goal is to help promote and develop a sustainable form of urban development based on the recognition of the potential of green spaces. Nature and cities are not incompatible, and the acknowledgement of this reality is the key that will unlock a more intelligent and harmonious model for urban development.

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.

Matthew Gray

Graybridge Solutions LLC

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

16+ years analyzing, developing, and implementing sustainability and climate action strategies. I bring deep experience across sectors and scale, ranging from hyperlocal, place-based projects to national and international initiatives. I am a coalition builder, knowing that systemic change requires collaboration built on trust, communication, and shared understanding. Most of all, I am driven by action that results in a more resilient economy, healthier environment, and greater equity.

Matthew Gray

Graybridge Solutions LLC

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

16+ years analyzing, developing, and implementing sustainability and climate action strategies. I bring deep experience across sectors and scale, ranging from hyperlocal, place-based projects to national and international initiatives. I am a coalition builder, knowing that systemic change requires collaboration built on trust, communication, and shared understanding. Most of all, I am driven by action that results in a more resilient economy, healthier environment, and greater equity.

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.

Nick Guertin

Coalfield Development Corporation

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Nick Guertin

Coalfield Development Corporation

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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 Development Corporation

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE
EACOE Enterprise Architect Certified
Living Future Accredited - LFA

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 Development Corporation

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE
EACOE Enterprise Architect Certified
Living Future Accredited - LFA

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

May Han

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

May Han

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ann Harrell

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ann Harrell

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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).

Jack Heide

FEMA Region II

Riverside, New Jersey, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jack Heide

FEMA Region II

Riverside, New Jersey, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Bryce Henney

MKThink

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

With a background in business and engineering, I am interested in self-sufficiency and resiliency planning at a district or community scale. I draw from a wide range of experience in master planning, biomass development, microgrid analysis, energy efficiency, data analysis, and international sustainable development and conservation. The two general areas I am passionate about are (1) regenerative design, urban and regional planning, sustainable development and (2) indigenous architecture and planning, indigenous sovereignty and participatory conservation.

My goal is to change our thinking about nature and the use of technology in nature. My experiences living with indigenous groups in the Amazon have led me to embrace the notion that humans can enhance biodiversity and maintain natural resources by proper interactions that more closely mimic natural systems. Through regenerative design, holistic planning and partnerships with indigenous groups, I hope to create projects that foster mutually beneficial human-ecological relationships.

Currently, I work at MKThink, a design, strategy and innovation firm with the ethos ‘build less, solve more.’ As a research associate, I research, analyze and synthesize information to inform strategic decision-making. My projects include developing the sustainability and resiliency framework plan for the SF Zoo and supporting the Hawaii State Department of Education (Hawaii public schools) with (a) emergency and resiliency planning at the state and regional level, (b) facilities improvement planning, (c) sustainable schools guidelines and (d) heat abatement program.

Bryce Henney

MKThink

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

With a background in business and engineering, I am interested in self-sufficiency and resiliency planning at a district or community scale. I draw from a wide range of experience in master planning, biomass development, microgrid analysis, energy efficiency, data analysis, and international sustainable development and conservation. The two general areas I am passionate about are (1) regenerative design, urban and regional planning, sustainable development and (2) indigenous architecture and planning, indigenous sovereignty and participatory conservation.

My goal is to change our thinking about nature and the use of technology in nature. My experiences living with indigenous groups in the Amazon have led me to embrace the notion that humans can enhance biodiversity and maintain natural resources by proper interactions that more closely mimic natural systems. Through regenerative design, holistic planning and partnerships with indigenous groups, I hope to create projects that foster mutually beneficial human-ecological relationships.

Currently, I work at MKThink, a design, strategy and innovation firm with the ethos ‘build less, solve more.’ As a research associate, I research, analyze and synthesize information to inform strategic decision-making. My projects include developing the sustainability and resiliency framework plan for the SF Zoo and supporting the Hawaii State Department of Education (Hawaii public schools) with (a) emergency and resiliency planning at the state and regional level, (b) facilities improvement planning, (c) sustainable schools guidelines and (d) heat abatement program.

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.

A.L. Hu

Ascendant Neighborhood Development

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

A.L. Hu

Ascendant Neighborhood Development

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Elijah Hughes

evolve environment::architecture

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Elijah searches for patterns that tell the story of our past and leverages quantitative data to chart a course for our future. In environments both urban and rural, he identifies key resource flows that come together to create unique places for human occupancy.

Elijah’s focus at evolveEA has been mapping and modeling for urban design and green infrastructure projects, such as a city-wide evaluation of neighborhood storm water runoff for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the impact of improved busway access for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. Elijah’s passion for research is matched with his design skills making a strong addition to any project type. Elijah received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and was previously a researcher at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where he published two papers on Mammalian Evolution.

Elijah Hughes

evolve environment::architecture

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Elijah searches for patterns that tell the story of our past and leverages quantitative data to chart a course for our future. In environments both urban and rural, he identifies key resource flows that come together to create unique places for human occupancy.

Elijah’s focus at evolveEA has been mapping and modeling for urban design and green infrastructure projects, such as a city-wide evaluation of neighborhood storm water runoff for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the impact of improved busway access for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. Elijah’s passion for research is matched with his design skills making a strong addition to any project type. Elijah received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and was previously a researcher at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where he published two papers on Mammalian Evolution.

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.

Darnell Johnson

Urban Efficiency Group LLC

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Darnell is an Ecopreneur and President of Urban Efficiency Group, LLC an energy efficiency consulting and community sustainability design firm. He develops, designs and deploys cutting edge prototypes for disadvantaged communities that advances energy equity and empowers the greatest asset we have, HUMANITY.

Darnell Johnson

Urban Efficiency Group LLC

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Darnell is an Ecopreneur and President of Urban Efficiency Group, LLC an energy efficiency consulting and community sustainability design firm. He develops, designs and deploys cutting edge prototypes for disadvantaged communities that advances energy equity and empowers the greatest asset we have, HUMANITY.

David Jurca

Seventh Hill

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Jurca is Principal at Seventh Hill, an urban design consultancy dedicated to transforming people and places through measurable experiences. David is an urban designer with over 12 years of professional experience guiding real-world projects and academic research. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, and Environmental Design Research Association. Internationally, David's design projects were exhibited by Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Van Alen Institute, Havana's Fabrica de Arte Cubano, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. David is also an invited speaker on a range of design topics, including public placemaking, design for winter cities, urban data, and innovative community engagement methods.

David Jurca

Seventh Hill

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

David Jurca is Principal at Seventh Hill, an urban design consultancy dedicated to transforming people and places through measurable experiences. David is an urban designer with over 12 years of professional experience guiding real-world projects and academic research. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, and Environmental Design Research Association. Internationally, David's design projects were exhibited by Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Van Alen Institute, Havana's Fabrica de Arte Cubano, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. David is also an invited speaker on a range of design topics, including public placemaking, design for winter cities, urban data, and innovative community engagement methods.

Illai Kenney

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Illai Kenney

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Seonhee Kim

Design Collective

Baltimore , Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Seonhee Kim

Design Collective

Baltimore , Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jessica Kirin

Etna Community Organization

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jessica Kirin

Etna Community Organization

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Ann Klavora

akPlans

Chesterland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ann is the Principal and Owner of akPlans, a planning consultancy based in Northeast Ohio. The firm provides public-sector planning, project management, grant writing and related services for communities of all sizes. Ann is an experienced professional urban planner and project manager with a passion for public realm placemaking projects that create more livable, equitable and pleasurable places for all.

Prior to founding akPlans in 2020, Ann worked for 22 years as a planner in both the private and public sectors. From 2005 to 2020, she managed all aspects of multiple public realm planning projects for the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, including bicycle and pedestrian planning, streetscape improvements, transit-oriented development (TOD), multi-modal transportation and public art projects. She previously worked for D.B. Hartt, Inc., Planning and Development Consultants and the Summit County (OH) Planning Commission.

She has been active in the American Planning Association (APA) since 1997, currently serving on the APA Ohio Board of Trustees and on the APA Cleveland Section Executive Committee. She was President of APA Ohio in 2013 and 2014. Ann received a Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development degree from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Miami University (OH) School of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Ann Klavora

akPlans

Chesterland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Ann is the Principal and Owner of akPlans, a planning consultancy based in Northeast Ohio. The firm provides public-sector planning, project management, grant writing and related services for communities of all sizes. Ann is an experienced professional urban planner and project manager with a passion for public realm placemaking projects that create more livable, equitable and pleasurable places for all.

Prior to founding akPlans in 2020, Ann worked for 22 years as a planner in both the private and public sectors. From 2005 to 2020, she managed all aspects of multiple public realm planning projects for the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, including bicycle and pedestrian planning, streetscape improvements, transit-oriented development (TOD), multi-modal transportation and public art projects. She previously worked for D.B. Hartt, Inc., Planning and Development Consultants and the Summit County (OH) Planning Commission.

She has been active in the American Planning Association (APA) since 1997, currently serving on the APA Ohio Board of Trustees and on the APA Cleveland Section Executive Committee. She was President of APA Ohio in 2013 and 2014. Ann received a Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development degree from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Miami University (OH) School of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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.

Michael Kloha

Verdani Partners

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Michael Kloha

Verdani Partners

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Laurel Kruke

Illinois Green Alliance

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Laurel Kruke

Illinois Green Alliance

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

JAMES LEE

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

JAMES LEE

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kevin Le

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kevin Le

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Albert Lee

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

My interest is in developing sustainable communities that are ecologically sensitive, socially equitable, and economically viable. I am motivated by our need to equitably address the crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, while still creating healthy and vibrant places to live. I have diverse knowledge and skills in sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation, land use planning, transportation planning, life-cycle assessment, environmental engineering, and systems thinking that we need to holistically tackle these vital issues.

Albert Lee

Chicago, Illinois, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

My interest is in developing sustainable communities that are ecologically sensitive, socially equitable, and economically viable. I am motivated by our need to equitably address the crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, while still creating healthy and vibrant places to live. I have diverse knowledge and skills in sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation, land use planning, transportation planning, life-cycle assessment, environmental engineering, and systems thinking that we need to holistically tackle these vital issues.

James Lee

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

James Lee

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jayne Lee

Torrance, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jayne Lee

Torrance, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jean-Francois Lefebvre

Imagine East-Lachine and UQAM

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

We are a non profit organisation who work with the borrow of Lachine of the city of Montréal to create an EcoDistric in a new 60 Ha development (10 000 new inhabitants). The city of Montréal have accepted that the master plan will be realized with communities organizations, including our group.

Jean-Francois Lefebvre

Imagine East-Lachine and UQAM

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

We are a non profit organisation who work with the borrow of Lachine of the city of Montréal to create an EcoDistric in a new 60 Ha development (10 000 new inhabitants). The city of Montréal have accepted that the master plan will be realized with communities organizations, including our group.

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)

Giulia Luci

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Giulia Luci

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Brooklyn , New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Michelle Ludwig

Ludwig Design Consulting

Cape Town, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Michelle Ludwig is director and senior green building consultant at Ludwig Design Consulting. Her 20 years of experience in sustainable architecture and green rating systems was acquired with the international firms HOK and William McDonough + Partners, and practiced nationally in South Africa with PJCarew Consulting.
Focused on facilitating green building design in Southern Africa, she consults with multiple green rating tools (Green Star, LEED, WELL, EDGE), has delivered several Green Star certified projects, regularly contributes technical expertise to GBCSA initiatives, is a board member of EcoStandard ecolabel, and teaches green educational seminars at high education institutions and as GreenED.co.za.

Michelle Ludwig

Ludwig Design Consulting

Cape Town, South Africa

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Michelle Ludwig is director and senior green building consultant at Ludwig Design Consulting. Her 20 years of experience in sustainable architecture and green rating systems was acquired with the international firms HOK and William McDonough + Partners, and practiced nationally in South Africa with PJCarew Consulting.
Focused on facilitating green building design in Southern Africa, she consults with multiple green rating tools (Green Star, LEED, WELL, EDGE), has delivered several Green Star certified projects, regularly contributes technical expertise to GBCSA initiatives, is a board member of EcoStandard ecolabel, and teaches green educational seminars at high education institutions and as GreenED.co.za.

Allison Lukacsy-Love

Architect @ City of Euclid

Euclid, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Allison is a licensed architect in Ohio with a professional degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and currently enrolled in the Urban Economic Development graduate program at Cleveland State University. Allison joined the City of Euclid in 2016 as Community Projects Manager in the Department of Planning and Development managing the $30M Waterfront Improvements Plan, a project that has garnered federal grant awards and national praise for its innovation and collaboration between public and private sectors. Allison previously worked as a Project Manager with Geis Companies and StudioTECHNE Architects in Cleveland in addition to architecture firms in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Shanghai. Allison is nationally recognized for her temporary and permanent public art installations that partner with non-profits to advance a social cause including “Bus Stop Moves”, “Give Box-Cleveland”, “Phone Gallery” and “Plastic Perch”. Allison serves on Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Young Professionals Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes Young Professionals Council, Freshwater Cleveland Magazines’ Advisory Committee, and is active in multiple alumni groups and professional organizations. In 2017, Allison was named a “Most Interesting Person” by Cleveland Magazine.

Allison Lukacsy-Love

Architect @ City of Euclid

Euclid, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Allison is a licensed architect in Ohio with a professional degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and currently enrolled in the Urban Economic Development graduate program at Cleveland State University. Allison joined the City of Euclid in 2016 as Community Projects Manager in the Department of Planning and Development managing the $30M Waterfront Improvements Plan, a project that has garnered federal grant awards and national praise for its innovation and collaboration between public and private sectors. Allison previously worked as a Project Manager with Geis Companies and StudioTECHNE Architects in Cleveland in addition to architecture firms in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Shanghai. Allison is nationally recognized for her temporary and permanent public art installations that partner with non-profits to advance a social cause including “Bus Stop Moves”, “Give Box-Cleveland”, “Phone Gallery” and “Plastic Perch”. Allison serves on Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Young Professionals Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes Young Professionals Council, Freshwater Cleveland Magazines’ Advisory Committee, and is active in multiple alumni groups and professional organizations. In 2017, Allison was named a “Most Interesting Person” by Cleveland Magazine.

Joy Lyndes

Coastal Sage Landscape Architecture

Encinitas, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

"I find it inspiring to give back to the community and profession, to bring diverse voices together and to set direction for the design of civic and other public spaces.”

As Principal Landscape Architect, Joy oversees all aspects of the design and production, and maintains quality control on all firm work. Her projects focus sustainability and resilience in the public realm and her work has earned national and regional awards and recognition in national publications.

Joy worked with the Pacific Beach community and the AIA SD Committee on the Environment, Sustainable Design Assistance Team ECODISTRICT in 2013 as the Logistics Steering Committee Chair and Media/Outreach Committee, where she became familiar with EcoDistricts.org. and helped her local community articulate a resilient and sustainable future.

Joy holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Historic Studies Certificate. In 1996, she established SAGE Landscape Architecture & Environmental, which was subsequently sold in 2010 to Kimley Horn & Associates. She collaborated with KHA then relocated to San Diego and founded Coastal Sage Landscape Architecture in 2014 in San Diego.

Residents of San Diego County for over 6 years, Joy and her husband, Rob live in the community of Encinitas. In addition to spending her free time civically engaged, she gardens at their award-winning home water-smart landscape or paddle boards on the beautiful coastal waters and lagoons of southern California.

Joy Lyndes

Coastal Sage Landscape Architecture

Encinitas, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

"I find it inspiring to give back to the community and profession, to bring diverse voices together and to set direction for the design of civic and other public spaces.”

As Principal Landscape Architect, Joy oversees all aspects of the design and production, and maintains quality control on all firm work. Her projects focus sustainability and resilience in the public realm and her work has earned national and regional awards and recognition in national publications.

Joy worked with the Pacific Beach community and the AIA SD Committee on the Environment, Sustainable Design Assistance Team ECODISTRICT in 2013 as the Logistics Steering Committee Chair and Media/Outreach Committee, where she became familiar with EcoDistricts.org. and helped her local community articulate a resilient and sustainable future.

Joy holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and a Historic Studies Certificate. In 1996, she established SAGE Landscape Architecture & Environmental, which was subsequently sold in 2010 to Kimley Horn & Associates. She collaborated with KHA then relocated to San Diego and founded Coastal Sage Landscape Architecture in 2014 in San Diego.

Residents of San Diego County for over 6 years, Joy and her husband, Rob live in the community of Encinitas. In addition to spending her free time civically engaged, she gardens at their award-winning home water-smart landscape or paddle boards on the beautiful coastal waters and lagoons of southern California.

Alyssa Lyon

Sustainable Communties Director, Green Building Alliance

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Alyssa Lyon

Sustainable Communties Director, Green Building Alliance

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Kristie Martin

Viridis Australasia

Canberra, Australia

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Arts/Science (Hons), including studies in archaeology, biology, ecology, conservation biology and biodiversity. I am passionate about ecology, nature and place-making, and have been providing sustainability advice for the built environment across eastern Australia since 2007.
My background in archaeology has evolved into a particular interest in helping existing buildings, including heritage-listed projects, to integrate sustainability into refurbishment and upgrade works. I believe that heritage and sustainability can work together to enhance both.

Kristie Martin

Viridis Australasia

Canberra, Australia

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Arts/Science (Hons), including studies in archaeology, biology, ecology, conservation biology and biodiversity. I am passionate about ecology, nature and place-making, and have been providing sustainability advice for the built environment across eastern Australia since 2007.
My background in archaeology has evolved into a particular interest in helping existing buildings, including heritage-listed projects, to integrate sustainability into refurbishment and upgrade works. I believe that heritage and sustainability can work together to enhance both.

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

Alex Michael

City of Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Alex Michael

City of Takoma Park

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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.

Veni Mittal

Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Veni Mittal

Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Hannah Morrison

Beaverton , Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I recently graduated with a Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning from The George Washington University and am passionate about urban climate mitigation and creating sustainable, equitable transportation systems.

Hannah Morrison

Beaverton , Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

I recently graduated with a Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning from The George Washington University and am passionate about urban climate mitigation and creating sustainable, equitable transportation systems.

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

 

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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

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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.

Kim Nadel

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Kim Nadel

San Diego, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Noriko Nagazumi

Woonerf Inc.

Tokyo, Japan

EcoDistricts AP Certified

LEED Fellow, LEED-AP BD+C (since 2008), LEED-AP ND (since 2013)
Noriko Nagazumi is currently a chief operating officer at Woonerf Inc. leading the most proven LEED consulting team in Japan since 2006. The followings outline her exceptional achievements in key mastery elements related to technical proficiency; a history of exemplary leadership in green building; significant contributions in leading and mentoring with proven outcomes; and a history of impactful commitment and service for green building and sustainability initiatives.
In 2006, she was involved in the establishment of the Woonerf Inc. Since then, she has been taking the leadership as one of three board members and responsible for LEED consulting team in Woonerf Inc., and contributing to develop the green building market by encouraging the engagement of stakeholders in the several different universes like businesses, academia and governmental bodies.
Her continuing effort to have conversations with widely diversified segments, such as developers, general contractors, architectural & landscape design firms, REIT / property investment fund managers, commercial banks as well as Governmental agencies, has made a great progress in spreading LEED concept in Japan.
Founding member and Chief Sustainability Consultant of Woonerf Inc. (since 2006 – Present)
Steering Committee member of Green Building Japan* (since 2013- Present)
*International roundtable member of USGBC
2006-Present Woonerf Inc. (Former name CSR Design & Landscape), Chief Operating Officer
Completed LEED project certification for 38 projects – NC, CS, CI, EBOM, ND and Homes – in a variety roles, mostly as a LEED Project Administrator and sometimes as a LEED Mentor or a supervisor for projects which other team members handle as LEED Project Administrators.
Currently pursuing certification on more than 50 projects including 25 projects registered under LEED v2009 and v4 projects including BD+C, CS, ID+C, O+M, ND and Arc.

Noriko Nagazumi

Woonerf Inc.

Tokyo, Japan

EcoDistricts AP Certified

LEED Fellow, LEED-AP BD+C (since 2008), LEED-AP ND (since 2013)
Noriko Nagazumi is currently a chief operating officer at Woonerf Inc. leading the most proven LEED consulting team in Japan since 2006. The followings outline her exceptional achievements in key mastery elements related to technical proficiency; a history of exemplary leadership in green building; significant contributions in leading and mentoring with proven outcomes; and a history of impactful commitment and service for green building and sustainability initiatives.
In 2006, she was involved in the establishment of the Woonerf Inc