Portland, Oregon, United States
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.