Presenter Biographies

 

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Bill Browning
Founder
Terrapin Bright Green, LLC
Washington, D.C.

The Economic Value of Biophilic Design; Understanding the Science and Application
February 4, 12:30pm EST

William D. Browning, Hon AIA, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT.  In 1991, he founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services and in 2006 Terrapin Bright Green LLC. He is a researcher, author and consultant for corporations, government agencies and large-scale developments. His clients include Lucasfilm, Yellowstone National Park, Disney, New Songdo City, Google, Bank of America, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He was a founding member of the USGBC.

 

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Megan Draheim and Stella Tarnay
The Biophilic DC Initiative
Washington, D.C.

Creating a More Biophilic Washington, DC
February 18, 12:30pm EST

Megan Draheim  is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. She has been involved with urban wildlife issues in a variety of capacities, including working with urban wildlife rehabilitators, examining feral cat issues, and researching human-coyote interactions in urban settings. She also teaches urban wildlife and human-wildlife conflict courses at Virginia Tech and previously taught the subjects at George Mason University.

Stella Tarnay is the Chair of Education for Dumbarton Oaks Park, a historic woodland landscape in Washington DC. She serves as advisor to City Wildlife and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. Before working with natural systems, she was the Senior Policy Officer for Green Building in the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. She was a participating member of the Nature and Green Economy working groups for Sustainable DC.

Yvonne Lynch
Leader of the Urban Ecology and Urban Forest Team
City of Melbourne, Australia

Enhancing Urban Ecology for the City of Melbourne
March 4, 6:00pm EST 

 

Yvonne Lynch is an urban climate adaptation policy expert and communications strategist.  She leads the Urban Ecology and Urban Forest Team at the City of Melbourne. The team focus is ecosystem led adaptation for climate resilience and citizen engagement through transparency and participation. She has developed and led some of the most progressive climate change policies and initiatives for the city including the implementation of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the strategic development of the 1200 Buildings Program, securing a legislative amendment to initiate Australia’s first Environmental Upgrade Agreement, developing the Urban Forest Strategy and the Tree Protection Policy. She has commissioned Melbourne’s first research on sea-level rise, white roofs, dendrochronology to assess the effects of climate impacts. These projects have received awards nationally from the United Nations Association of Australia, The Banksia Foundation and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Centre and internationally from the C40 Cities Program.

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Wallace J. Nichols
Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences

The Power of Water: Explaining Our Need to be Near, In, and Around Water
March 18, 12:30pm EST 

J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network, GrupoTortuguero.org, an international sea turtle conservation network, and LiVBLUE.org, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.

He has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers and reports and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Fast Company, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.

Nichols earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University, an Master’s of Environmental Management in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources where he received both a Marshall Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science. In May 2014 he received the University of Arizona’s Global Acheivement Award.

 

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Robin Moore
Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Natural Learning Initiative
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Playful Nature: Creating Outdoor Play and Learning Environments for Children
April 1, 12:30pm EST

Robin Moore holds degrees in architecture (London University) and urban planning (MIT), and for most of his career has worked in the field of landscape architecture as educator, researcher, and consultant. Moore is an international authority on the design of children’s play and learning environments, user needs research, and participatory public open space design. His designs for children’s spaces in the USA include the well-known Environmental Yard, in Berkeley, California (recipient in 1988 of the Outstanding Contribution to the Practice of Design Research by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

As a design consultant, Moore has been involved in the design of the Kids Together Park, Cary; Blanchie Carter Discovery Park, at Southern Pines Primary School (featured in the New York Times, October 1999); the Playspace Family Play Center in Raleigh; and Playport in the Raleigh-Durham Airport. Design projects in Argentina include the Lekotek Play Library; Vilas Racket Club child and family center; Friends Club Adventure Playpark, and the Ecological Village. Currently, he is a public participation consultant to an interdisciplinary team working with the City of Lisbon, Portugal. He was design consultant to the Chicago Zoological Society for the programming and design and of Explore!, the new children’s facility at Brookfield Zoo, Illinois; and for the City of Durham for the programming and design of renovations to Duke Park as well as the development of the Durham Parks and Recreation Master Plan. As director of the NC State University Natural Learning Initiative, Moore is currently involved in the design and/or renovation of dozens of outdoor spaces for preschools, special education facilities, and schoolgrounds in North Carolina.

 

Marcia Caton Campbell
Executive Director
The Center for Resilient Cities
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resiliency and Equitable Access to Urban Nature: A Look at Milwaukee and Madison, WI
April 29, 12:30pm EST

Marcia Caton Campbell, MCRP, PhD is Executive Director of the Center for Resilient Cities (CRC). A 501c3 not-for-profit organization, CRC’s work pulls together many “systems” of a neighborhood: how we build community, how we feed ourselves, how we educate our children, how we produce energy and manage natural resources, how we create jobs, and how we design buildings and reclaim our neighborhood spaces. Marcia serves on the Mayor’s Green Team responsible for implementing the city’s sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee. She co-chaired the Food Systems Committee of the Green Team during the sustainability planning process in 2012-2013 and co-authored the plan’s food systems chapter. Before joining the Center for Resilient Cities, Marcia was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. There, her research and teaching focused on consensus building and community-based planning with diverse publics and on increasing access to healthy, nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food through community food systems planning. She has published a variety of articles on community food systems planning.

Luis Alberto Suarez Correa
Director of Helecho and Ecotelhado Colombia
The Development of Green Infrastructure in Latin America: Case Study of Colombia 
April 15th, 12:30 EST

Luis Alberto Suarez Correa is the Commercial and Innovation Director of Helecho® and Ecotelhado Colombia, a leading company that offers solutions on green infrastrucure in South America. Professional on Design Construction & Planning from the University of Florida, Msc in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture in UCL and Bioclimatic Architecture from the Colegio de Arquitectura y Diseño de Latino América y el Caribe Isthmus, Panama. Experienced on designing and building diverse projects that seek to mitigate the urban impact on the environment by reducing heat island effect, controlling rainwater and preventing flooding in urban and rural areas. Advisor at Patrimonio Urbano studying projects that protect the urban and environmental heritage of Colombian cities.

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Sue Thomas
Visiting Fellow in The Media School at Bournemouth University

Technobiophilia: soothing our connected minds and easing our wired lives 
May 6th, 12:30pm EST

Sue Thomas has been writing about digital life since 1992. She is fascinated by the points of connection between wired culture and the natural world and committed to finding positive ways to further integrate them. Her books include ‘Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace’ (2013), a study of the impact of the natural world on digital life, and ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality’ (2004), a travelogue/memoir of life online. From 2005-2013 she was Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She now lives in the seaside town of Bournemouth where she writes about nature, technology and well-being. She is a Visiting Fellow in The Media School at Bournemouth University and a member of CyberParks, the EU-funded network of 26 countries examining the future of urban parks. Most recently, her writing has appeared at Orion, Aeon, Slate, Mashable, The Guardian, and the National Trust, and she is regularly invited to talk about her research at public events,
broadcasts, and online. Her column, Wired Well-Being, is hosted by The Conversation. You can connect with her at www.suethomas.net, https://www.facebook.com/Technobiophilia, and @suethomas.