Keynote Speakers & Presentations



Opening Plenary & Keynote Speakers
Monday, September 18, 2017
4:45pm - 6:30pm

Opening Plenary
A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health

This year's conference will commence with A Tribute to Stephen Kellert: The Business Case for Biophilic Design and Human Health on Monday, May 18 at 4:45pm.

Those impacted by his incredible career will discuss how his teachings have influenced their work and the built environment we live in.

Join us to hear from theses outstanding keynote speakers:

  • Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun
  • Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute 
  • Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington

Bill Browning

Principal, Terrapin Bright Green

Bill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP., is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. Early in his career, Bill built Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green LLC an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Bank of America, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning is a founding board member of USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real EstateA Primer on Sustainable BuildingGreening the Building and the Bottom Line; Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia;  Midcentury (un)Modern; and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

Bert Gregory

FAIA, Partner, Mithun

Bert Gregory FAIA, LEED Fellow plays an active design partner role on projects with a focus on work in the urban realm, including transit oriented development, higher education, civic, workplace and urban design. By consistently pushing design to the edges of knowledge, Bert’s projects have become nationwide references for high performance, resilient design. His design leadership has resulted in four AIA COTE Top 10 Green Project awards, the AIA National Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design, two American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Awards, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, and the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence. Under his 15-year leadership as Mithun’s CEO, the interdisciplinary firm was honored with over 165 design awards and was named to the top 15 of all design firms in the United States by Architect Magazine.

Bert has served as Vice Chair of the USGBC LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee, Co-Chair of the ULI's Climate, Land Use and Energy Advisory Committee, on the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Project Review Committee, on the Global EcoDistricts Protocol Advisory Committee, as a National Building Museum’s Intelligent Cities Initiative advisor, and as faculty of the EcoDistrict Institute. He currently serves on the Forterra Board of Directors, the ULI Building Healthy Places Advisory Committee, the AIA Design and Health Leadership Group, and as an inaugural member of the Cascadia Congress of the Living Future Institute.

Amanda Sturgeon

CEO, International Living Future Institute

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute. She joined the Institute in 2010 following a career as a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. She has served on many national boards and committees and has taught at the University of Washington as well as Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council in 2000. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 and a LEED Fellow later the same year in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement. She was named as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.

Kathleen Wolf

Ph. D., Research Social Scientist, University of Washington

Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at University of Washington and a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station focused on Urban Forestry and Stewardship. Since receiving her Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Dr. Wolf’s research has focused on the human dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems.

Morning Plenary & Keynote Speakers
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
8:30am - 9:45am
Round Table of Green Infrastructure Policy Leaders:
Equity & Resilience

Mami Hara

General Manager and CEO, Seattle Public Utilities

Mami Hara is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle Public Utilities, which has three lines of business. They include solid waste and drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses, and drinking water for the 1.3 million regional customers both in Seattle and the 26 municipalities and special water districts also served by SPU.

She is an executive and planner committed to advancing equitable and sustainable cities and regions through collaboration and strategic investment. She has led management and policy coordination of a renowned public utility and the direction of an international design and planning firm.

In her public sector and private practice roles, Mami has guided planning and implementation of award-winning green infrastructure, sustainability, economic development, and waterfront programs across the United States. In those efforts she has advanced sustainable land and water management practices through cultivating leaders, partnerships, participation, planning and knowledge sharing.

Mami has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University and has been an advisor to several environmental, philanthropic, planning and design advocacy organizations. She has taught at PennDesign, Temple School of Architecture and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Formerly a principal with Wallace Roberts + Todd and First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Water, she most currently developed a peer-to-peer network for cities and utilities advancing green infrastructure programs to promote research, innovation and implementation of green infrastructure.

Jeff Joslin

Director of Current Planning, Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco

Jeff Joslin is Director of Current Planning for the City and County of San Francisco. In that role, Jeff has advanced numerous urban design and sustainability initiatives, including a Better Roofs Ordinance: make San Francisco the first of any major city to require solar and/or green roofs to be incorporated into new development.

Prior to his San Francisco appointment in 2012, he’d been an architect, urban designer, planner and developer. His life's work has been consistently driven by a desire to contribute to the advancing of the design, preservation and sustainability of the built and the natural environment.

For 15 years he managed Portland ’s urban design and preservation teams.  During that time, he contributed to a range of planning efforts, including the establishment of numerous green and preservation policies, programs and regulatory frameworks. Previously, Jeff was a practicing architect, leading sustainability expert, researcher, consultant, activist, and educator.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Sustainability Studies from Brown University, a Masters of Architecture from Oregon University, anda Masters of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Morning Plenary & Keynote Speakers
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:45am - 12:45pm
Pushing Social and Ecological Limits: Massive West Coast and Global Living Architecture Projects

Chris Guillard

PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects

Chris is a founding partner of CMG Landscape Architecture and a landscape architect who works across boundaries, be they creative, technical, or management-oriented.  His multidisciplinary approach is at the forefront of landscape architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and ecology.

Chris’ personal focus is on public spaces and campus landscapes that deepen and enhance the relationship between people and place.  His leadership of large scale and often complex public ream and campus projects is exemplified by his work on the redevelopment of Treasure Island and the Facebook Headquarters, in each case he has successfully integrated social spaces and ecological systems to increase community value.  His attention to detail and craft is informed by his passion for design and his belief that the places we inhabit and use every day affect our well-being. He sees design as a way of thinking that is simultaneously creative and solution-oriented, open-ended and critical. He serves on Board of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a San Francisco based non-profit organization that advocates for an equitable and sustainable park and recreation system and as a world traveler and avid reader, backpacker, and volunteer, he is continuously looking for new ways to bring people and the environment together.


Herbert Dreiseitl

Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab

As the Director of the “Liveable Cities Lab”, the new thinktank at the Rambøll/Environ Group International (LCL), and as founder of Atelier Dreiseitl, a globally integrated design studio with more than 35-year history of excellence in urban design, landscape architecture and ecological waterscapes, Herbert integrates the organization´s strategic design and planning efforts by demonstrating a portfolio of site-responsive interventions of urban planning, hydrology and environmental engineering.

Paul Kephart

GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design

Paul has a keen ability to see the geologic, natural and cultural history embodied in a landscape, and simultaneously imagine its most vibrant future. For thirty years, Paul has given himself to observation, scientific understanding and intimate relationship with the great diversity of natural systems here on the Central Coast of California – from coastal terrace prairie to chaparral, serpentine grassland, coastal scrub, oak woodland, redwood forest, wetland, dune, and bluff.  It is Paul’s deepest joy to design landscapes that integrate regionally adapted biodiversity and goal-driven ecological function into both restored wildlands and the built environment.

As Principal Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek, Paul is sought after as a pioneer and innovator of living architectural systems, a thought-leader in ecological design, and a dedicated horticulturalist.  Paul has consulted on many groundbreaking and iconic projects, including large-scale living roofs at the Croton Water Treatment Plant, Vancouver Convention Center, Transbay Terminal, and California Academy of Sciences; impressive living walls at 8800 West Sunset Boulevard and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre; site and master plans for Deacero 3M, AltaSea, JNBY Headquarters, and the island of Lanai; and the cumulative restoration of many thousands of acres of grassland, wetland and coastal landscapes in the Western U.S.

Paul regularly shares his expertise and passion at public lectures and keynotes for USGBC, ASLA, Bioneers, Cities Alive, International Green Roof Conference, Green Build, and various universities.