EcoDistricts Community Directory

Michael Adams

Southern Methodist University

Lubbock, Texas, United States

 

Member

Michael Adams

Southern Methodist University

Lubbock, Texas, United States

 

Member

David Adamson

Goose Creek Neighborhoods

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Goose Creek Neighborhoods is new 501 c 3 “enlightened urbanism” advocacy organization, land trust and low cost real estate lender which helps create diversity, sustainability and beauty particularly in the rapidly appreciating Goose Creek watershed.This encompasses a variety of neighborhoods (high end residential, commercial, multi family, trailer parks) within the basin of a partially restored/partially buried waterway in Boulder, Colorado.

Executive Director David Adamson has experience working in development and land protection for the Nature Conservancy, as a residential real estate investor, a green building products entrepreneur and as an environmental educator.

David Adamson

Goose Creek Neighborhoods

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Goose Creek Neighborhoods is new 501 c 3 “enlightened urbanism” advocacy organization, land trust and low cost real estate lender which helps create diversity, sustainability and beauty particularly in the rapidly appreciating Goose Creek watershed.This encompasses a variety of neighborhoods (high end residential, commercial, multi family, trailer parks) within the basin of a partially restored/partially buried waterway in Boulder, Colorado.

Executive Director David Adamson has experience working in development and land protection for the Nature Conservancy, as a residential real estate investor, a green building products entrepreneur and as an environmental educator.

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Antwi Akom

Oakland, California, United States

 

Member

Kareeshma Ali

Farr Associates

Chicago, Illinois, United States

 

Member

Kareeshma Ali is a human-centered designer, researcher, and planner. Kareeshma’s social impact design work is informed by her experience in architecture, urban design, and planning and deep interest in graphic design, communications, art and culture. She is interested in the mind-body-environment connection and understanding how design can positively change behavior to create more sustainable and equitable environments.

Kareeshma Ali

Farr Associates

Chicago, Illinois, United States

 

Member

Kareeshma Ali is a human-centered designer, researcher, and planner. Kareeshma’s social impact design work is informed by her experience in architecture, urban design, and planning and deep interest in graphic design, communications, art and culture. She is interested in the mind-body-environment connection and understanding how design can positively change behavior to create more sustainable and equitable environments.

Eliot Allen

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

AICP, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP. Eliot Allen is an urban planner who has devoted his career to creating vibrant, prosperous, and resilient places. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1979 to focus on the nexus of urban planning and sustainability, and has since become a nationally-recognized leader in helping designers and citizens create outcomes that are measurably more livable and environmentally responsible.

Eliot is a specialist in urban sustainability appraisal tools, currently serving as certification administrator for EcoDistricts, certification reviewer for the LEED-ND program, and technical adviser for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems. He is also the LEED-ND expert at LEEDuser.com, a plan reviewer for the APA Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan recognition program, and a sustainability rating tools education provider for Planetizen.com 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 Imagine Austin 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 SITES Accreditation Task Force.

Eliot Allen

Criterion Planners

Portland, Oregon, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

AICP, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP. Eliot Allen is an urban planner who has devoted his career to creating vibrant, prosperous, and resilient places. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1979 to focus on the nexus of urban planning and sustainability, and has since become a nationally-recognized leader in helping designers and citizens create outcomes that are measurably more livable and environmentally responsible.

Eliot is a specialist in urban sustainability appraisal tools, currently serving as certification administrator for EcoDistricts, certification reviewer for the LEED-ND program, and technical adviser for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems. He is also the LEED-ND expert at LEEDuser.com, a plan reviewer for the APA Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan recognition program, and a sustainability rating tools education provider for Planetizen.com 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 Imagine Austin 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 SITES Accreditation Task Force.

Don Amerson

Corona, California, United States

 

Member

Don Amerson

Corona, California, United States

 

Member

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.

Rob Bennett

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

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

 

Member

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

Rob Best

Arup

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Rob Best

Arup

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Suzanne Burnes

Collective Wisdom Group

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

From her founding of an Atlanta community development corporation nearly 20 years ago to address gentrification, to her leadership in state government creating public-private sustainability partnerships, to serving as executive director of local NGO Sustainable Atlanta, Suzanne’s passions are focused on the pursuit of a sustainable economy and society built on opportunity for all, in balance with our natural systems. She helped Midtown become the first ecodistrict in Atlanta, and was instrumental in elevating the EcoDistrict model as a pathway to green, equitable growth across the region. She also served as an early advisory board member for STAR Communities, advocating for the synergies between STAR and EcoDistricts.

Suzanne continues to support EcoDistrict creation in Atlanta, particularly in its Lakewood Heights community, and to see tremendous opportunity for using this framework to accelerate community economic development across the region. Through her firm, Collective Wisdom Group, she advises her NGO, local government and philanthropic clients in forming broad-based coalitions for community and ecosystem benefit, and integrating an equity lens in creation and delivery of services. She contributes her energy as a board member for a local charter school that prepares children from a largely low-wealth community to become compassionate global citizens.

For Suzanne, her holy grail is the valuation and incorporation of community and ecosystem service benefit into local government and business decision-making, and she is dedicated to facilitating an educated and activated electorate and consumer base to expect and demand this. She is thrilled to connect with anyone in the EcoDistricts community making progress on these concepts!

Suzanne Burnes

Collective Wisdom Group

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

From her founding of an Atlanta community development corporation nearly 20 years ago to address gentrification, to her leadership in state government creating public-private sustainability partnerships, to serving as executive director of local NGO Sustainable Atlanta, Suzanne’s passions are focused on the pursuit of a sustainable economy and society built on opportunity for all, in balance with our natural systems. She helped Midtown become the first ecodistrict in Atlanta, and was instrumental in elevating the EcoDistrict model as a pathway to green, equitable growth across the region. She also served as an early advisory board member for STAR Communities, advocating for the synergies between STAR and EcoDistricts.

Suzanne continues to support EcoDistrict creation in Atlanta, particularly in its Lakewood Heights community, and to see tremendous opportunity for using this framework to accelerate community economic development across the region. Through her firm, Collective Wisdom Group, she advises her NGO, local government and philanthropic clients in forming broad-based coalitions for community and ecosystem benefit, and integrating an equity lens in creation and delivery of services. She contributes her energy as a board member for a local charter school that prepares children from a largely low-wealth community to become compassionate global citizens.

For Suzanne, her holy grail is the valuation and incorporation of community and ecosystem service benefit into local government and business decision-making, and she is dedicated to facilitating an educated and activated electorate and consumer base to expect and demand this. She is thrilled to connect with anyone in the EcoDistricts community making progress on these concepts!

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.

Josiah Cain

Sherwood Design Engineers

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

Principal and Director of Innovation at Sherwood Design Engineers in San Francisco, New York, and Houston. Landscape Architect and Ecological Designer with experience in Performance Ecology, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, Living Roofs/Walls, District Infrastructure, and other Regenerative Urban & Rural Design/Engineering Applications.

Josiah Cain

Sherwood Design Engineers

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

Principal and Director of Innovation at Sherwood Design Engineers in San Francisco, New York, and Houston. Landscape Architect and Ecological Designer with experience in Performance Ecology, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture, Living Roofs/Walls, District Infrastructure, and other Regenerative Urban & Rural Design/Engineering Applications.

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.

City of Austin

Austin, Texas, United States

 

Member

The Seaholm District is an 85-acre redevelopment area on the southwestern edge of downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake. The former industrial area covers 22 city blocks with over nine blocks of City of Austin-owned land, most of which formerly served utility functions and has been remediated. There are currently eight city blocks under redevelopment. This district redevelopment has been led by the City of Austin and started with a Master Plan in 1996.

The Seaholm District includes many sustainable projects and endeavors that needed integration. While much of the overall site has been planned, there is ample opportunity for the EcoDistrict concept to inform many emerging design decisions and plans for how the neighborhood will be managed. The EcoDistrict framework aligns well with the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, which prioritizes goals including compact and connected neighborhoods, sustainably managed water resources, workforce and local business investment, green infrastructure, and household affordability.

City of Austin

Austin, Texas, United States

 

Member

The Seaholm District is an 85-acre redevelopment area on the southwestern edge of downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake. The former industrial area covers 22 city blocks with over nine blocks of City of Austin-owned land, most of which formerly served utility functions and has been remediated. There are currently eight city blocks under redevelopment. This district redevelopment has been led by the City of Austin and started with a Master Plan in 1996.

The Seaholm District includes many sustainable projects and endeavors that needed integration. While much of the overall site has been planned, there is ample opportunity for the EcoDistrict concept to inform many emerging design decisions and plans for how the neighborhood will be managed. The EcoDistrict framework aligns well with the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, which prioritizes goals including compact and connected neighborhoods, sustainably managed water resources, workforce and local business investment, green infrastructure, and household affordability.

City of El Paso

El Paso, Texas, United States

 

Member

The City of El Paso Office of Sustainability was established in 2007 to develop, coordinate, and support city-wide sustainability goals and initiatives.

This office helps foster a culture of sustainability by supporting residents, businesses, and community organizations reduce their waste, decrease their energy usage, and overall lead more sustainable lives.

Ultimately, we are looking to efficiently preserve our resources while saving taxpayer dollars.

In December 2013, El Paso was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network and was given direct funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer. With this new direction and support, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability was formed in December 2014, built on the strong foundation of the Office of Sustainability.

City of El Paso

El Paso, Texas, United States

 

Member

The City of El Paso Office of Sustainability was established in 2007 to develop, coordinate, and support city-wide sustainability goals and initiatives.

This office helps foster a culture of sustainability by supporting residents, businesses, and community organizations reduce their waste, decrease their energy usage, and overall lead more sustainable lives.

Ultimately, we are looking to efficiently preserve our resources while saving taxpayer dollars.

In December 2013, El Paso was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network and was given direct funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer. With this new direction and support, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability was formed in December 2014, built on the strong foundation of the Office of Sustainability.

Haley Cox

Insight Civil Engineering

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Haley Cox

Insight Civil Engineering

New York, New York, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

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.

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.

Meghan Duff

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

Meghan’s passion for doing environmental work to combat climate change began at a young age with her love for the outdoors. Growing up, she spent about half the year (whenever she wasn’t in school) with her family in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, where she would spend much of each day outside. It was there that she found her great interest and hobby of building and her love of being immersed in nature. These two pastimes married while she was at Dartmouth when she discovered her interest in green building and learning how energy efficiency and environmental design could greatly benefit and transform our broken building industry. And from there came her career (and life) challenge, to transform this broken building industry by way of building with nature rather than against it to combat climate change. Thus, she is excited to get involved with EcoDistricts to bring this passion to life and put what she sees as a necessity into action, to contribute to her own neighborhood by delivering a sort of environmental rehabilitation.

Meghan Duff

San Francisco, California, United States

 

Member

Meghan’s passion for doing environmental work to combat climate change began at a young age with her love for the outdoors. Growing up, she spent about half the year (whenever she wasn’t in school) with her family in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, where she would spend much of each day outside. It was there that she found her great interest and hobby of building and her love of being immersed in nature. These two pastimes married while she was at Dartmouth when she discovered her interest in green building and learning how energy efficiency and environmental design could greatly benefit and transform our broken building industry. And from there came her career (and life) challenge, to transform this broken building industry by way of building with nature rather than against it to combat climate change. Thus, she is excited to get involved with EcoDistricts to bring this passion to life and put what she sees as a necessity into action, to contribute to her own neighborhood by delivering a sort of environmental rehabilitation.

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.

Enterprise Community Partners

Columbia, Maryland, United States

 

Premium Member

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 300,000 homes, invested nearly $14 billion and touched millions of lives.

Enterprise Community Partners

Columbia, Maryland, United States

 

Premium Member

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 300,000 homes, invested nearly $14 billion and touched millions of lives.

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.

William Forbes

Stephen F. Austin State University, Center for a Livable World

Nacogdoches, Texas, United States

 

Member

Dr. Forbes is an associate professor of geography and sustainable community development at Stephen F. Austin State University. He directs the schools’ Center for a Livable World, co-editing three anthologies about the “human” side of sustainability and facilitating “livability” studies of small cities where the EcoDistricts approach can be applied.

Bill went to Humboldt State in northwestern California for a B.S. in forestry, B.A. in geography, and minor in environmental ethics, and to the University of North Texas for masters’ degrees in geography and philosophy and a Ph.D. in environmental science. He is particularly interested in learning from the EcoDistricts neighborhood approach to community development.

Dr. Forbes previously included community development in his natural resource work for national forests in southwestern Oregon and in his dissertation work revisiting Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, where Aldo Leopold saw perfect land health in the 1930s. He is also active in professional societies, having co-founded a Philosophy and History Working Group in the Society of American Foresters and a Development Geographies Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers. He is currently on the board of the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration and has served as geography representative for the Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group.

William Forbes

Stephen F. Austin State University, Center for a Livable World

Nacogdoches, Texas, United States

 

Member

Dr. Forbes is an associate professor of geography and sustainable community development at Stephen F. Austin State University. He directs the schools’ Center for a Livable World, co-editing three anthologies about the “human” side of sustainability and facilitating “livability” studies of small cities where the EcoDistricts approach can be applied.

Bill went to Humboldt State in northwestern California for a B.S. in forestry, B.A. in geography, and minor in environmental ethics, and to the University of North Texas for masters’ degrees in geography and philosophy and a Ph.D. in environmental science. He is particularly interested in learning from the EcoDistricts neighborhood approach to community development.

Dr. Forbes previously included community development in his natural resource work for national forests in southwestern Oregon and in his dissertation work revisiting Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, where Aldo Leopold saw perfect land health in the 1930s. He is also active in professional societies, having co-founded a Philosophy and History Working Group in the Society of American Foresters and a Development Geographies Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers. He is currently on the board of the Texas Society for Ecological Restoration and has served as geography representative for the Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group.

Eric Corey Freed

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Eric Corey Freed is Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone. He was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and “Sustainable School Architecture.” His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. 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.” He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Eric Corey Freed

EcoDistricts

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

Eric Corey Freed is Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone. He was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and “Sustainable School Architecture.” His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. 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.” He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Charla Gomez AICP LEED ND

Sustainability Planner

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Over 10 years of experience in urban planning, development, and sustainability consulting, involved in public and private sector projects. My career focus is the intersection between neighborhood or district-scale sustainability planning and development including entitlements. I bring experience in both horizontal and vertical development including LEED certification. I am passionate about strategies that balance innovation with real world implementation in mainstream real estate.

I am currently in transition looking for new opportunities. In the meantime I am creating a prototype framework for implementation of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) district planning., using as a casestudy a 700-acre Specific Plan in the Bay Area pursuing One Planet Living sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality.

Charla Gomez AICP LEED ND

Sustainability Planner

San Francisco, California, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Over 10 years of experience in urban planning, development, and sustainability consulting, involved in public and private sector projects. My career focus is the intersection between neighborhood or district-scale sustainability planning and development including entitlements. I bring experience in both horizontal and vertical development including LEED certification. I am passionate about strategies that balance innovation with real world implementation in mainstream real estate.

I am currently in transition looking for new opportunities. In the meantime I am creating a prototype framework for implementation of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) district planning., using as a casestudy a 700-acre Specific Plan in the Bay Area pursuing One Planet Living sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality.

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.

Group14 Engineering

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Group14 Engineering is an energy efficiency and sustainability consultant committed to personal, societal, and ecological prosperity. Our mission is to inspire better buildings where people thrive. Group14 brings solutions to projects through our expertise in energy modeling, building commissioning, sustainability and green certification, and energy audits and monitoring-based commissioning.

Group14 Engineering

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Group14 Engineering is an energy efficiency and sustainability consultant committed to personal, societal, and ecological prosperity. Our mission is to inspire better buildings where people thrive. Group14 brings solutions to projects through our expertise in energy modeling, building commissioning, sustainability and green certification, and energy audits and monitoring-based commissioning.

Father Abraham Hakobian

Arkiay Construction

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE

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

Father Abraham Hakobian

Arkiay Construction

Grassy Creek, North Carolina, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Father Abraham Hakobian

Member of AEE

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

Jamie Harkins

City of Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Sustainability Coordinator

Jamie Harkins

City of Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Sustainability Coordinator

Garry Harris

Sustainability Solutions Group/Center for Sustainable Communities

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC-ATL) is a non-profit organization that began in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that time, the Center for Sustainable Communities, has initiated and completed several projects designed to make metro Atlanta communities more livable, prosper us , mobile and eco friendly. The mission of CSC-ATL is to provide communities with the resources and education to make their living neighborhoods more environmentally just and friendly, cleaner, healthier, safer and more climate resilient. With over two decades of experience, the CSC-ATL also promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education with both Pre-K and K-12 public schools and agencies. . The CSC works closely with local colleges, universities and agencies and also has developed partnerships to help address health disparities in environmental health for vulnerable communities. The CSC also works with advocacy and policy organizations for the proper development of energy and environmental policy.
In 2014 the Center for Sustainable Communities conducted nearly 30 community based projects reachiing nearly 3 million residents. Some more notable projects included efforts to help establish an EcoDistrict in West Atlanta which provide comprehensive community regeneration for degraded communities. Since 2012, CSC-ATL has partnered with Residents, Resources and Communities to help low income residents live in healthier and more energy efficient homes in Reynoldstown. We also work with the Emory Urban Health Initiative to build and operate urban agriculture and community garden projects on the West Side of Atlanta to help eliminate food deserts, and reduce health disparities. In addition, we are working on issues of climate resiliency, adaptation and mitigation through association with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Weather Ready Nation initiative and FEMA and others by providing training, readiness drills, and instruction on disaster mitigation in vulnerable communities. At B.E.S.T. Academy, CSC-ATL conducts STEM education classes to build a “maker” laboratory and programs in energy, environmental science, and urban gardening to help the school obtain STEM certification.

Garry Harris

Sustainability Solutions Group/Center for Sustainable Communities

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC-ATL) is a non-profit organization that began in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that time, the Center for Sustainable Communities, has initiated and completed several projects designed to make metro Atlanta communities more livable, prosper us , mobile and eco friendly. The mission of CSC-ATL is to provide communities with the resources and education to make their living neighborhoods more environmentally just and friendly, cleaner, healthier, safer and more climate resilient. With over two decades of experience, the CSC-ATL also promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education with both Pre-K and K-12 public schools and agencies. . The CSC works closely with local colleges, universities and agencies and also has developed partnerships to help address health disparities in environmental health for vulnerable communities. The CSC also works with advocacy and policy organizations for the proper development of energy and environmental policy.
In 2014 the Center for Sustainable Communities conducted nearly 30 community based projects reachiing nearly 3 million residents. Some more notable projects included efforts to help establish an EcoDistrict in West Atlanta which provide comprehensive community regeneration for degraded communities. Since 2012, CSC-ATL has partnered with Residents, Resources and Communities to help low income residents live in healthier and more energy efficient homes in Reynoldstown. We also work with the Emory Urban Health Initiative to build and operate urban agriculture and community garden projects on the West Side of Atlanta to help eliminate food deserts, and reduce health disparities. In addition, we are working on issues of climate resiliency, adaptation and mitigation through association with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Weather Ready Nation initiative and FEMA and others by providing training, readiness drills, and instruction on disaster mitigation in vulnerable communities. At B.E.S.T. Academy, CSC-ATL conducts STEM education classes to build a “maker” laboratory and programs in energy, environmental science, and urban gardening to help the school obtain STEM certification.

Cameron Hendrick

Pre-K Student

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Cameron is a green kid living in the nation’s capital.  She was born into a family that values personal sustainability. She attended several green conferences globally.  This is the first time that she has been asked to join an organization; fortunately her mommy agreed.  She is thrilled to be a part of a community of disruptors​. 

Cameron Hendrick

Pre-K Student

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Cameron is a green kid living in the nation’s capital.  She was born into a family that values personal sustainability. She attended several green conferences globally.  This is the first time that she has been asked to join an organization; fortunately her mommy agreed.  She is thrilled to be a part of a community of disruptors​. 

John Hoal

H3 Studio Inc. and Washington University In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 

Member

JOHN HOAL phd, r.arch (sa), aicp_cud, cnu_a is the founding principal of H3 Studio Inc., a planning, design, and research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. He practices architecture, urban design, and community-based planning in the United States, Asia and Africa, and lectures internationally on the design and development of sustainable, livable cities.

Hoal is a highly experienced and effective convener and facilitator of the public participation approach to design and planning projects. He has authored, managed, and facilitated over two hundred public meetings, workshops, and charrettes. His work ranges from large scale ecological restoration proposals for the Mississippi River delta, recovery planning in post Katrina New Orleans, climate change and resiliency planning, to the revitalization and redevelopment of central cities, neighborhoods and urban parks and greenways. He is explicitly committed to strong sustainability and the triple-bottom line approach with particular emphasis on environmental and social sustainability justice.

In addition, Hoal is the Professor and Chair of Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he directs the Doctor of Sustainable Urban Design and the Masters of Urban Design programs. Over the last ten years Hoal has developed and leads the first applied research program on sustainable urbanism in the country. The projects Hoal has led have received over 60 design and planning awards at the local, state and national level, including ten national awards.

John Hoal

H3 Studio Inc. and Washington University In St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 

Member

JOHN HOAL phd, r.arch (sa), aicp_cud, cnu_a is the founding principal of H3 Studio Inc., a planning, design, and research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Johannesburg, South Africa. He practices architecture, urban design, and community-based planning in the United States, Asia and Africa, and lectures internationally on the design and development of sustainable, livable cities.

Hoal is a highly experienced and effective convener and facilitator of the public participation approach to design and planning projects. He has authored, managed, and facilitated over two hundred public meetings, workshops, and charrettes. His work ranges from large scale ecological restoration proposals for the Mississippi River delta, recovery planning in post Katrina New Orleans, climate change and resiliency planning, to the revitalization and redevelopment of central cities, neighborhoods and urban parks and greenways. He is explicitly committed to strong sustainability and the triple-bottom line approach with particular emphasis on environmental and social sustainability justice.

In addition, Hoal is the Professor and Chair of Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he directs the Doctor of Sustainable Urban Design and the Masters of Urban Design programs. Over the last ten years Hoal has developed and leads the first applied research program on sustainable urbanism in the country. The projects Hoal has led have received over 60 design and planning awards at the local, state and national level, including ten national awards.

Tamara Jones

Evident Impact LLC

Decatur, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Tamara Jones brings more than 17 years experience providing strategic leadership, organizational administration, program management, and team development. Her skill at leading organizations through effective planning and implementation resulted in her being honored as a 2011 White House Champion of Change.

Jones specializes in leading organizations through robust and impactful planning, evaluation, and program management in order to help them achieve their strategic goals. She has extensive experience in the government and nonprofit sectors where she served in executive offices overseeing programs in the offices of Houston Mayor Bill White and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She has also held positions as Director of Programs at Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Director of Programs at Southface Energy Institute; Director of Policy & Management Analysis in the City of Atlanta Department of Finance; and Chief of Staff for City of Houston Council Member Ada Edwards.

Tamara has an unrelenting passion to better the world through service to social impact organizations. Her professional life is marked by her leading programs to accomplish more than was expected of them, and she is committed to helping more organizations to do the same.

Her successes as Director, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, and Program Coordinator in Offices of Mayors, Finance Department, City Council, and nonprofits are rooted in an understanding of what it takes to build systems to achieve goals and to realize the impacts embedded in large-scale visions.

Jones has in-depth understanding of management and strategic tools such as Balanced Scorecard, Theory of Change, Logic Models, Performance-Based Budgeting, and Performance Management. She has substantive knowledge in diverse industry sectors including organic food and farm, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, civil rights and social justice movements. She is an experienced facilitator whose clients applaud her ability to drive high energy and focused group discussions.

She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Social Enterprise Alliance Greater Atlanta Chapter, as a Board Director of The Common Market Georgia, and as a member of the Southeast Association of Facilitators.

Ms. Jones holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus.

Tamara Jones

Evident Impact LLC

Decatur, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Tamara Jones brings more than 17 years experience providing strategic leadership, organizational administration, program management, and team development. Her skill at leading organizations through effective planning and implementation resulted in her being honored as a 2011 White House Champion of Change.

Jones specializes in leading organizations through robust and impactful planning, evaluation, and program management in order to help them achieve their strategic goals. She has extensive experience in the government and nonprofit sectors where she served in executive offices overseeing programs in the offices of Houston Mayor Bill White and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She has also held positions as Director of Programs at Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Director of Programs at Southface Energy Institute; Director of Policy & Management Analysis in the City of Atlanta Department of Finance; and Chief of Staff for City of Houston Council Member Ada Edwards.

Tamara has an unrelenting passion to better the world through service to social impact organizations. Her professional life is marked by her leading programs to accomplish more than was expected of them, and she is committed to helping more organizations to do the same.

Her successes as Director, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, and Program Coordinator in Offices of Mayors, Finance Department, City Council, and nonprofits are rooted in an understanding of what it takes to build systems to achieve goals and to realize the impacts embedded in large-scale visions.

Jones has in-depth understanding of management and strategic tools such as Balanced Scorecard, Theory of Change, Logic Models, Performance-Based Budgeting, and Performance Management. She has substantive knowledge in diverse industry sectors including organic food and farm, environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, civil rights and social justice movements. She is an experienced facilitator whose clients applaud her ability to drive high energy and focused group discussions.

She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Social Enterprise Alliance Greater Atlanta Chapter, as a Board Director of The Common Market Georgia, and as a member of the Southeast Association of Facilitators.

Ms. Jones holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus.

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.

Katie Knoll

Denver Water

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Katie Knoll is the stakeholder relations manager at Denver Water.  Prior to accepting that position she served as the public involvement unit manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) for 8 years.  Throughout her career, Katie has been working and communicating with a variety of constituent groups ranging from leaders in education funding to environmentalists, sportsmen landowners and local government officials.  Katie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University in Ohio and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Bard College in New York. In her spare time she enjoys road biking and loves to travel – internationally whenever possible, but if time and money are limited, any beach location will do. 

Katie Knoll

Denver Water

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Katie Knoll is the stakeholder relations manager at Denver Water.  Prior to accepting that position she served as the public involvement unit manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) for 8 years.  Throughout her career, Katie has been working and communicating with a variety of constituent groups ranging from leaders in education funding to environmentalists, sportsmen landowners and local government officials.  Katie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University in Ohio and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Bard College in New York. In her spare time she enjoys road biking and loves to travel – internationally whenever possible, but if time and money are limited, any beach location will do. 

Aphrodite Knoop

A.M. Knoop, Writer

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Washington, DC-based writer focused on the built environment including sustainable development, equity, and resilience. I help clients tell compelling stories that connect, educate, and inspire action.

Aphrodite Knoop

A.M. Knoop, Writer

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 

Member

Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Washington, DC-based writer focused on the built environment including sustainable development, equity, and resilience. I help clients tell compelling stories that connect, educate, and inspire action.

James Lee

iContinuum Group LLC

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

James Lee

iContinuum Group LLC

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Andre Leroux

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

Member

As the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, André has led efforts to reform zoning laws, increase transportation investment, and support vibrant places across the state. He helped found Transportation for Massachusetts, and established the Great Neighborhoods program to help communities transform through better collaboration, placemaking, and district management. Previously, André coordinated a grassroots revitalization initiative in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that won smart growth awards from the Romney and Bush Administrations. Prior to that, he worked for State Senate President Tom Birmingham as a legislative aide and then managed his field campaign for Governor in 2002. Andre studied at Dartmouth College and El Colegio de México in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

Andre Leroux

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

Member

As the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, André has led efforts to reform zoning laws, increase transportation investment, and support vibrant places across the state. He helped found Transportation for Massachusetts, and established the Great Neighborhoods program to help communities transform through better collaboration, placemaking, and district management. Previously, André coordinated a grassroots revitalization initiative in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that won smart growth awards from the Romney and Bush Administrations. Prior to that, he worked for State Senate President Tom Birmingham as a legislative aide and then managed his field campaign for Governor in 2002. Andre studied at Dartmouth College and El Colegio de México in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

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)

Melissa Meagher

CEG Multifamily

San Diego, California, United States

 

Member

Melissa Meagher

CEG Multifamily

San Diego, California, United States

 

Member

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

 

Premium Member

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

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

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

Mithun

Seattle, Washington, United States

 

Premium Member

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

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

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

Ramanuj Mitra

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States

 

Member

Ramanuj Mitra from Kolkata, India, is a first year graduate student pursuing Master of Science in Sustainability. He is employed as a Teaching Associate for the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His research interests are urban sustainability with a focus on water and food systems. He is also interested in environmental conflict resolution. Ramanuj has received his Dual Degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s) in Mineral Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India on 2015. Rehabilitation and societal justice issues arising from the mining and mineral industry piqued his interest in sustainability. His long term goal is to work on equity and urban development in India. Currently he is working on local sustainable food systems and stakeholder mapping in the Tempe campus of ASU using the Transformational Research Framework (TSR). He is a firm advocate for solutions oriented research.

In India, Ramanuj has worked with several NGOs and government schemes during his dual degree years. He is presently involved in the development of a neighborhood in Tempe under the guidance of Dr. Scott Cloutier, combining the principles of sustainability and happiness. The work is based on the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Index (SNHI), which was originally developed for cities and is now being scaled down for neighborhoods. Ramanuj is a student member of EcoDistricts and looks forward to learn more about urban resiliency and sustainable transformation of neighborhoods.

Ramanuj Mitra

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States

 

Member

Ramanuj Mitra from Kolkata, India, is a first year graduate student pursuing Master of Science in Sustainability. He is employed as a Teaching Associate for the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His research interests are urban sustainability with a focus on water and food systems. He is also interested in environmental conflict resolution. Ramanuj has received his Dual Degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s) in Mineral Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India on 2015. Rehabilitation and societal justice issues arising from the mining and mineral industry piqued his interest in sustainability. His long term goal is to work on equity and urban development in India. Currently he is working on local sustainable food systems and stakeholder mapping in the Tempe campus of ASU using the Transformational Research Framework (TSR). He is a firm advocate for solutions oriented research.

In India, Ramanuj has worked with several NGOs and government schemes during his dual degree years. He is presently involved in the development of a neighborhood in Tempe under the guidance of Dr. Scott Cloutier, combining the principles of sustainability and happiness. The work is based on the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Index (SNHI), which was originally developed for cities and is now being scaled down for neighborhoods. Ramanuj is a student member of EcoDistricts and looks forward to learn more about urban resiliency and sustainable transformation of neighborhoods.

Irma Mitton

Telai Regeneration Project

Pescadero, California, United States

 

Member

Our mission is to weave stronger communities through the integration of sustainability, storytelling, and solidarity. We do this by providing a framework for community education, policy advocacy, and transformational programs for regenerating the essential components of human life: food and fiber, shelter and safety, culture and community.

Irma Mitton is an experienced communications director and project facilitator with roots in both urban and rural communities. Her expertise includes community engagement strategy, brand development, social media, digital marketing, outreach program design, and event management. A strong advocate for local, living economies, Irma is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA) and has implemented effective outreach programs for energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental stewardship across California and the nation.

Irma Mitton

Telai Regeneration Project

Pescadero, California, United States

 

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Our mission is to weave stronger communities through the integration of sustainability, storytelling, and solidarity. We do this by providing a framework for community education, policy advocacy, and transformational programs for regenerating the essential components of human life: food and fiber, shelter and safety, culture and community.

Irma Mitton is an experienced communications director and project facilitator with roots in both urban and rural communities. Her expertise includes community engagement strategy, brand development, social media, digital marketing, outreach program design, and event management. A strong advocate for local, living economies, Irma is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA) and has implemented effective outreach programs for energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental stewardship across California and the nation.

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.

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.

Jim Newman

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Jim Newman

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Wayne Olson

ADC A Development Consultancy

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

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Wayne Olson applies 25+ years of architecture, urban design, design-build, development, and project management experience to achieve integrated solutions for challenging city-building initiatives.

His has contributed to the success of several billions dollars of mixed-use, commercial, residential and Industrial projects including greenfields, brownfields, master-planned intensification and adaptive reuse projects with values from $1 million to $400 million. He has been a principal of North American architecture and design firms ranging from 10 to 240 persons; a real estate development advisor and project manager for small developers and large institutional investors,and an advisor to construction companies on the adoption of Integrated Design Process and Integrated Project Delivery methods. Since 2010 he has led ADC A Development Consultancy managing and advising on a range of master-planned development projects incorporating “triple bottom line” goals.

Wayne is a founder of the “TO Eco-Neighbourhoods Initiative” promoting strategies for district-scale sustainability in new and existing neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and is an invited advisor to change-leader EcoDistricts (Portland, Oregon) in the development of their 2016 Global Protocol for district scale sustainable transformation.

Wayne Olson

ADC A Development Consultancy

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Member

Wayne Olson applies 25+ years of architecture, urban design, design-build, development, and project management experience to achieve integrated solutions for challenging city-building initiatives.

His has contributed to the success of several billions dollars of mixed-use, commercial, residential and Industrial projects including greenfields, brownfields, master-planned intensification and adaptive reuse projects with values from $1 million to $400 million. He has been a principal of North American architecture and design firms ranging from 10 to 240 persons; a real estate development advisor and project manager for small developers and large institutional investors,and an advisor to construction companies on the adoption of Integrated Design Process and Integrated Project Delivery methods. Since 2010 he has led ADC A Development Consultancy managing and advising on a range of master-planned development projects incorporating “triple bottom line” goals.

Wayne is a founder of the “TO Eco-Neighbourhoods Initiative” promoting strategies for district-scale sustainability in new and existing neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and is an invited advisor to change-leader EcoDistricts (Portland, Oregon) in the development of their 2016 Global Protocol for district scale sustainable transformation.

Otak

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

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

Otak

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

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

Lore Pekrul

Playa Del Ray, California, United States

 

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Lore Pekrul

Playa Del Ray, California, United States

 

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Michael Peters

Coventry Land Co.

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Working to innovatively finance sustainability – background in commercial real estate investment banking and several sustainability disciplines including EcoDistricts AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED AP (BD&C and EBOM), and Accredited Green Roof Professional. Provide design, consulting, and development of projects for non-profits, businesses, and individuals.

Michael Peters

Coventry Land Co.

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

Working to innovatively finance sustainability – background in commercial real estate investment banking and several sustainability disciplines including EcoDistricts AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED AP (BD&C and EBOM), and Accredited Green Roof Professional. Provide design, consulting, and development of projects for non-profits, businesses, and individuals.

Ann Podeszwa

University of Texas at Arlington

Dallas, Texas, United States

 

Member

Graduate Candidate in Landscape Architecture with an interest social justice/equity in Landscape Architecture.

Ann Podeszwa

University of Texas at Arlington

Dallas, Texas, United States

 

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Graduate Candidate in Landscape Architecture with an interest social justice/equity in Landscape Architecture.

Por Qué No Taqueria

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

¿Por Que No? strives to support our local economy, whether it means using line caught fish and local meats or remodeling with recycled materials.

We have traveled from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca to share the flavors and the essence of what we found.

In the end, it’s all about the food and the community of people who enjoy it!

Por Qué No Taqueria

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

¿Por Que No? strives to support our local economy, whether it means using line caught fish and local meats or remodeling with recycled materials.

We have traveled from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca to share the flavors and the essence of what we found.

In the end, it’s all about the food and the community of people who enjoy it!

Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

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

Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

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

Portland Development Commission

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

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

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

Portland Development Commission

Portland, Oregon, United States

 

Member

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

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

Rockford Housing Authority

Rockford, Illinois, United States

 

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Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) has served the Rockford community for more than 65 years by providing affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income households. The agency, directly houses or administers Housing Choice Voucher assistance to nearly 7,000 Rockford residents. For more than 25 years, RHA’s Resident Services Division has successfully coordinated, developed and delivered a wide range of high-quality resident focused initiatives including Family Self-Sufficiency Programs (which has a case management component). RHA’s mission statement is: “A quality home is the foundation of society & community: quality home life provides hope and the pathway to our goals.”

Rockford Housing Authority

Rockford, Illinois, United States

 

Member

Rockford Housing Authority (RHA) has served the Rockford community for more than 65 years by providing affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income households. The agency, directly houses or administers Housing Choice Voucher assistance to nearly 7,000 Rockford residents. For more than 25 years, RHA’s Resident Services Division has successfully coordinated, developed and delivered a wide range of high-quality resident focused initiatives including Family Self-Sufficiency Programs (which has a case management component). RHA’s mission statement is: “A quality home is the foundation of society & community: quality home life provides hope and the pathway to our goals.”

Clare Rosenberger

District of Colombia, District of Colombia, United States

 

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Clare Rosenberger

District of Colombia, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Anna Rosenblum

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Anna Rosenblum

evolveEA

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

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

Paul Ruppert

Warehouse Industries

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Paul W. Ruppert is an innovative entrepreneur who builds companies centered around community and opportunity.

Paul Ruppert

Warehouse Industries

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

 

Member

Paul W. Ruppert is an innovative entrepreneur who builds companies centered around community and opportunity.

Ryan Salvas

Skanska Commercial Development

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

Member

Ryan Salvas joins the Skanska USA Commercial Development team as the Director of Innovation, which will bring state-of-the-art practices, technologies and methodologies to the group. Salvas brings 10 years of experience as an architect, and is an educator and a building technologist focused on sustainability, fabrication processes, big data and innovative project delivery methods. Prior to joining Skanska, Salvas served as Design Director at CW Keller + Associates. He has worked on projects across the country including the Time Inc. headquarters in New York City, Cleveland Art Museum Addition in Cleveland, OH, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and Cornell Milstein Hall in Ithaca, NY. He holds a Master of Science in Built Ecologies and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Salvas will be based in Skanska’s Boston office, 101 Seaport, which Skanska financed, developed and built as the North American headquarters for PwC.

Ryan Salvas

Skanska Commercial Development

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

Member

Ryan Salvas joins the Skanska USA Commercial Development team as the Director of Innovation, which will bring state-of-the-art practices, technologies and methodologies to the group. Salvas brings 10 years of experience as an architect, and is an educator and a building technologist focused on sustainability, fabrication processes, big data and innovative project delivery methods. Prior to joining Skanska, Salvas served as Design Director at CW Keller + Associates. He has worked on projects across the country including the Time Inc. headquarters in New York City, Cleveland Art Museum Addition in Cleveland, OH, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and Cornell Milstein Hall in Ithaca, NY. He holds a Master of Science in Built Ecologies and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Salvas will be based in Skanska’s Boston office, 101 Seaport, which Skanska financed, developed and built as the North American headquarters for PwC.

Beth Schaefer Caniglia

Regis University

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Dr. Caniglia (PhD University of Notre Dame) is Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Economic & Enterprise Development in the College of Business & Economics at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Caniglia’s research and publications are focused at the intersection of social movements, organizations and policymaking, especially related to the environmental movement. For over a decade, she has collected extensive data on the Multi-stakeholder dialogues at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, where she also served as a consultant to the NGO Steering Committee. Her more recent work has turned toward resilience and environmental justice in urban communities.

Dr. Caniglia is past-Chair of the Environment & Technology Section Council of the American Sociological Association. She currently heads the oral history project to document the evolution of environmental sociology since the first Earth Day. She serves on the editorial boards of Mobilization and The Journal of World-Systems Research. She has received numerous awards. In 2009, she was chosen as a Global Climate Leader by the State of the World Forum in recognition of her commitment to link academic scholarship to global carbon cycle transformation. In 2016, she was recognized by the International Women’s Leadership Association as among Top Women Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs. And, most recently, her book (with Thomas J. Burns) Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity was honored with the Gerold L. Young Outstanding Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology.

Dr. Caniglia’s representative publications and presentations include three books: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Manuel Vallee and Beatrice Frank (eds.). Forthcoming November 2016. Resilience, Environmental Justice & the City. Routledge; Burns, Thomas J. and Beth Schaefer Caniglia. 2016. Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity. Line-In Publishing; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Thomas Burns, Rachel Gurney and Erik Bond. 2014. The Rise of Environmental Consciousness. Cognella Academic Publishing. Representative articles and book chapters include: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Bridget Kerner and Tammy Mix. Forthcoming 2016. “Water policy and governance networks: a pathway to enhance resilience toward climate change.” Sociological Forum (Volume 31); Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Robert Brulle and Andy Szasz. 2015. “Civil Society & Climate Change,” in Sociology of Climate Change, Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle, eds. Oxford University Press and an official publication of the American Sociological Association; Gurney, Rachel, Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Tammy Mix and Kristen Baum. 2015. “Native American Food Security & Traditional Foods: A Review of the Literature.” Sociology Compass: Race & Ethnicity, pp. 681-693; Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Daisha Dalano and Bridget Kerner. 2014. “Enhancing Environmental Justice Research and Praxis: The Inclusion of Human Security, Resilience & Vulnerabilities Literature.” International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer. 2011. “Global Environmental Governance & Pathways for the Achievement of Environmental Justice.” In Julian Agyeman and JoAnn Carmin (eds.) Environmental Injustice Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Inequalities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Beth Schaefer Caniglia

Regis University

Denver, Colorado, United States

 

Member

Dr. Caniglia (PhD University of Notre Dame) is Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Economic & Enterprise Development in the College of Business & Economics at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Caniglia’s research and publications are focused at the intersection of social movements, organizations and policymaking, especially related to the environmental movement. For over a decade, she has collected extensive data on the Multi-stakeholder dialogues at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, where she also served as a consultant to the NGO Steering Committee. Her more recent work has turned toward resilience and environmental justice in urban communities.

Dr. Caniglia is past-Chair of the Environment & Technology Section Council of the American Sociological Association. She currently heads the oral history project to document the evolution of environmental sociology since the first Earth Day. She serves on the editorial boards of Mobilization and The Journal of World-Systems Research. She has received numerous awards. In 2009, she was chosen as a Global Climate Leader by the State of the World Forum in recognition of her commitment to link academic scholarship to global carbon cycle transformation. In 2016, she was recognized by the International Women’s Leadership Association as among Top Women Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs. And, most recently, her book (with Thomas J. Burns) Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity was honored with the Gerold L. Young Outstanding Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology.

Dr. Caniglia’s representative publications and presentations include three books: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Manuel Vallee and Beatrice Frank (eds.). Forthcoming November 2016. Resilience, Environmental Justice & the City. Routledge; Burns, Thomas J. and Beth Schaefer Caniglia. 2016. Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity. Line-In Publishing; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Thomas Burns, Rachel Gurney and Erik Bond. 2014. The Rise of Environmental Consciousness. Cognella Academic Publishing. Representative articles and book chapters include: Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Bridget Kerner and Tammy Mix. Forthcoming 2016. “Water policy and governance networks: a pathway to enhance resilience toward climate change.” Sociological Forum (Volume 31); Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Robert Brulle and Andy Szasz. 2015. “Civil Society & Climate Change,” in Sociology of Climate Change, Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle, eds. Oxford University Press and an official publication of the American Sociological Association; Gurney, Rachel, Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Tammy Mix and Kristen Baum. 2015. “Native American Food Security & Traditional Foods: A Review of the Literature.” Sociology Compass: Race & Ethnicity, pp. 681-693; Caniglia, Beth Schaefer, Beatrice Frank, Daisha Dalano and Bridget Kerner. 2014. “Enhancing Environmental Justice Research and Praxis: The Inclusion of Human Security, Resilience & Vulnerabilities Literature.” International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development; and Caniglia, Beth Schaefer. 2011. “Global Environmental Governance & Pathways for the Achievement of Environmental Justice.” In Julian Agyeman and JoAnn Carmin (eds.) Environmental Injustice Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Inequalities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jim Segedy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Member

Jim Segedy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Member

Lori Singleton

SmithGroupJJR

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 

Member

Lori Singleton

SmithGroupJJR

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 

Member

Farcia Soares

New York Institute of Technology

New York, New York, United States

 

Member

Farcia Celine Soares is an Architect and an emerging professional in the field of urban and regional design. She believes that growing up in a developing country, where equity is prioritized over sustainability and innovation, a holistic global approach to education and practice is a must. She graduated from Goa University, College of Architecture with honors in 2014. Her dissertation brought to light the importance of connectivity and vitality in neighborhoods (case of Goa, India’s capital/heritage city). Since then she has been involved with projects and design ideas for Tech parks, coastal development and neighborhood centers. Striving to understand the diversity and density issues a city copes with she moved to New York in 2015. She is currently a Masters candidate at New York Institute of Technology’s Urban and Regional Design Program. She is with Grimshaw Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. Farcia is constantly seeking innovative and grassroots ways to make a change in advocating policy and practicing design. Her intentions and think-tank attitude has earned her Graduate Scholar Award, Goa Scholar Award, ConEdison Scholar, and NYIT Presidential Global Fellowship. Topics that interest her are coastal resilience, urban infrastructure, and real estate development.

Farcia Soares

New York Institute of Technology

New York, New York, United States

 

Member

Farcia Celine Soares is an Architect and an emerging professional in the field of urban and regional design. She believes that growing up in a developing country, where equity is prioritized over sustainability and innovation, a holistic global approach to education and practice is a must. She graduated from Goa University, College of Architecture with honors in 2014. Her dissertation brought to light the importance of connectivity and vitality in neighborhoods (case of Goa, India’s capital/heritage city). Since then she has been involved with projects and design ideas for Tech parks, coastal development and neighborhood centers. Striving to understand the diversity and density issues a city copes with she moved to New York in 2015. She is currently a Masters candidate at New York Institute of Technology’s Urban and Regional Design Program. She is with Grimshaw Architects as a Junior Architectural Designer. Farcia is constantly seeking innovative and grassroots ways to make a change in advocating policy and practicing design. Her intentions and think-tank attitude has earned her Graduate Scholar Award, Goa Scholar Award, ConEdison Scholar, and NYIT Presidential Global Fellowship. Topics that interest her are coastal resilience, urban infrastructure, and real estate development.

Southface

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Southface

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 

Member

Kristin Taddei

Casey Trees

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

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

Kristin Taddei

Casey Trees

Washington, District of Colombia, United States

EcoDistricts AP Certified

Member

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

Mark Thompson Brandt

MTBA Associates Inc.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

Member

Mark Thompson Brandt, Senior Conservation Architect & Urbanist at MTBA Associates Inc., Architecture, Urbanism, Conservation, has more than 30 years’ experience in, and is recognized as a lead Ontario expert in these fields. MTBA practices at the nexus of natural and cultural conservation, receiving national awards for conservation projects of all types. MTBA’s work includes the National Capital Commission’s Master Plan for The Chaudiere, a 44-acre site on the Ottawa River; the East Block of Parliament Rehabilitation and the $99M Macdonald Building Rehabilitation on Parliament Hill.

Brandt earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design Sciences and Bachelor of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Mark completed a joint Dalhousie/UW research thesis in architecture and urban design at Rome, Italy; postgraduate studies in Architectural Restoration and Conservation with Dalhousie; in Cultural Landscapes at Willowbank Centre and Rutgers University, and in numerous other advanced learning courses and certificates, including Living Building Challenge 2011 and EcoDistricts Practitioner 2012. Brandt is a LEED AP and has taught Architectural Design at Algonquin College and Carleton University School of Architecture. He has delivered numerous published articles and presentations on heritage conservation and sustainability, adaptive reuse, eco-districts and many other related subjects. Mark is principal co-author of a nationally-endorsed design guide called “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada.” Brandt is Co-Chair of the Association for Preservation Technology International’s Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation, a former Director of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, and is a member of the EcoDistricts Protocol International Advisory Committee.

Mark Thompson Brandt

MTBA Associates Inc.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

Member

Mark Thompson Brandt, Senior Conservation Architect & Urbanist at MTBA Associates Inc., Architecture, Urbanism, Conservation, has more than 30 years’ experience in, and is recognized as a lead Ontario expert in these fields. MTBA practices at the nexus of natural and cultural conservation, receiving national awards for conservation projects of all types. MTBA’s work includes the National Capital Commission’s Master Plan for The Chaudiere, a 44-acre site on the Ottawa River; the East Block of Parliament Rehabilitation and the $99M Macdonald Building Rehabilitation on Parliament Hill.

Brandt earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design Sciences and Bachelor of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Mark completed a joint Dalhousie/UW research thesis in architecture and urban design at Rome, Italy; postgraduate studies in Architectural Restoration and Conservation with Dalhousie; in Cultural Landscapes at Willowbank Centre and Rutgers University, and in numerous other advanced learning courses and certificates, including Living Building Challenge 2011 and EcoDistricts Practitioner 2012. Brandt is a LEED AP and has taught Architectural Design at Algonquin College and Carleton University School of Architecture. He has delivered numerous published articles and presentations on heritage conservation and sustainability, adaptive reuse, eco-districts and many other related subjects. Mark is principal co-author of a nationally-endorsed design guide called “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada.” Brandt is Co-Chair of the Association for Preservation Technology International’s Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation, a former Director of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, and is a member of the EcoDistricts Protocol International Advisory Committee.

Jenn Vervier

New Belgium Brewing Company

Ft. Collins, Colorado, United States

 

Member

From bottling line to CFO and COO, Jenn’s roles have evolved since her start at New Belgium in 1993. A collaborator and a connector, she creates opportunities to expand New Belgium’s business role model practices internally and externally.

As a B Corporation, New Belgium makes decisions that incorporate impact on planet and people as well as profit and invests in a sustainability team to drive that effort. As Sustainability Director, Jenn leads the team to develop and implement the sustainability management system, corporate responsibility reporting, greenhouse gas accounting, natural resource management, legislative advocacy, and philanthropy. She has a special interest in the intersect of environment, economics, and policy, such as: ecosystem services, carbon and water credit markets. 
 
Strategic projects Jenn has been honored to lead include site selection for New Belgium’s second brewery in Asheville, NC. 
 
Jenn is on the Board of Directors at Conservation Colorado and the Steering Committees for the Colorado Conservation Exchange and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Washington College in Maryland, holds an MBA in Finance from Regis University and completed the course work for a Masters in Applied Ethics from Colorado State University. 

Jenn Vervier

New Belgium Brewing Company

Ft. Collins, Colorado, United States

 

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From bottling line to CFO and COO, Jenn’s roles have evolved since her start at New Belgium in 1993. A collaborator and a connector, she creates opportunities to expand New Belgium’s business role model practices internally and externally.

As a B Corporation, New Belgium makes decisions that incorporate impact on planet and people as well as profit and invests in a sustainability team to drive that effort. As Sustainability Director, Jenn leads the team to develop and implement the sustainability management system, corporate responsibility reporting, greenhouse gas accounting, natural resource management, legislative advocacy, and philanthropy. She has a special interest in the intersect of environment, economics, and policy, such as: ecosystem services, carbon and water credit markets. 
 
Strategic projects Jenn has been honored to lead include site selection for New Belgium’s second brewery in Asheville, NC. 
 
Jenn is on the Board of Directors at Conservation Colorado and the Steering Committees for the Colorado Conservation Exchange and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Washington College in Maryland, holds an MBA in Finance from Regis University and completed the course work for a Masters in Applied Ethics from Colorado State University. 

Barri Williams

SEED begats the SEED

Mobile, Alabama, United States

 

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SEED begats the SEED is a non profit coalition of non profits whose goal is to bring resources into the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and the South Eastern region of te U. S. A, to the historically underserved community and it’s citizens.

Barri Williams

SEED begats the SEED

Mobile, Alabama, United States

 

Member

SEED begats the SEED is a non profit coalition of non profits whose goal is to bring resources into the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and the South Eastern region of te U. S. A, to the historically underserved community and it’s citizens.