Fall 2014 Webinar Presenters

Tim Beatley

Tim Beatley
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Biophilic Cities and the New Global Network
September 24, 12:30pm EST

Tim Beatley directs the Biophilic Cities Project, and is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Political Science from UNC, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of City Planning from UVA.

Matt Burlin Portland

Matt Burlin
Environmental Services
Portland, Oregon

Tabor to the River: Innovative Problem-Solving in Portland Oregon
October 1, 12:30pm EST

Matt Burlin is an Environmental Program Coordinator with the City of Portland, Oregon’s Environmental Services. The agency is responsible for operating and maintaining the sewer and stormwater systems to protect Portland watersheds, rivers, and streams. Since 2008 Portland has boosted the implementation of green infrastructure projects as part of the Grey to Green Initiative, a city-wide shift towards more integrated and sustainable strategies that protect natural resources and save money. Matt coordinates community outreach and education in priority watershed and sustainable stormwater program areas to build awareness of this work. Matt holds a B.S. Environmental Resource Management from Virginia Tech (1995) and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University (2004).

Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes
Biomimicry Puget Sound

The Promise of Biomimicry
October 8, 12:30pm EST 

Jennifer Barnes is a deep green architect and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of project experience. She splits her professional life between her own design and consulting company, 55-5 Consulting, and her work on the Urban Greenprint, a project run through Biomimicry Puget Sound. Jennifer has led the design of several public buildings and has helped numerous project teams navigate LEED certification. She is committed to helping regenerative design become the norm and creating opportunities for meaningful connection with our environment. Jennifer is very active in the Northwest green building community, and she is frequently invited to present at regional conferences and workshops. She speaks on various sustainability topics including LEED, biomimicry, and sustainable water treatment. She is also a founding member of Biomimicry Puget Sound, a regional offshoot of the Biomimicry Institute. Jennifer has a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Alexandra Ramsden

Alexandra Ramsden
Biomimicry Puget Sound

Alexandra Ramsden, LEED®AP BD+C, Green Rater; Director, Sustainability – Rushing
Alexandra Ramsden leads Rushing’s sustainability consulting practice and is the cofounder of Biomimicry Puget Sound. At Rushing, she guides teams to identify project appropriate sustainability solutions for both buildings and businesses, and develops green building educational programs. Alexandra’s passion for reconnecting people to nature inspired her to found and develop Biomimicry Puget Sound, a local network of biomimicry enthusiasts gathering to foster change in policy and design through the perspective of nature. Alexandra is also an instructor for the Sustainable Building Advisor Program (SBA), teaches Green Operations & Maintenance, and lectures on Integrated Design, Biomimicry, Living Building Challenge, and LEED.

Jenny Roe United Kingdom

Jenny Roe
Chris Neale

SIE/University of York

What’s Your Brain Doing in a Place Like This?
October 15, 12:30pm EST 

Dr. Jenny Roe is an Environmental Psychologist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) investigating how places impact on our subjective wellbeing – how we feel – and our actual physiological responses to different settings, using biomarkers of wellbeing such as cortisol – the stress hormone.

Dr. Chris Neale is a cognitive neuroscientist (SEI) using EEG and fMRI imaging methods to investigate the neural mechanisms underpinning cognition, with a particular interest in older people. They apply new technologies in an ‘outdoor lab’ context – for example, using GPS integrated EEG mobile headsets, mobile phone devices and human sensors to assess ‘real world’ cognitive and emotional responses to the environment.

 Jane Martin San Francisco, California

Jane Martin
Plant*SF/Shift Design Studio
San Francisco, California

Plant*SF – Abundance During Drought
October 22, 12:30pm EST

Jane Martin AIA/ASLA/LEED AP is a licensed architect and artist whose work embraces all scales from sculpture to urban planning. She has been named by SFMOMA as one of the Bay Area’s leading experimental designers. Ms. Martin is founding director of Plant*SF, a non-profit focused on storm water diversion through public space community-based planting projects. Ms. Martin has held teaching and administration positions in architecture, art and design at the California College of the Arts and the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as a San Francisco Commissioner of the Environment and participates in a number of civic organizations.

Marc Grañén Bescanó, Spain

Marc Grañén
Bescanó, Spain

Designing Nature in Unexpected Places 

October 29, 12:30pm EST

Marc Grañén, from Bescanó, a small town near Girona, Spain loves to join Art and Landscape. Marc thinks we really need to readmit the Green into our lives, and into cities, and that children are the ones to start with. Marc created PhytoKinetic, a pioneering roof garden system for city buses, and also works with green edible walls at schools, and along streets. Marc is always introducing artistic elements and improving new concepts for his current and future projects.

Herbert Dreiseitl

Herbert Dreiseitl
Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab

Blue-Green and Social for Liveable Cities
November 4, 8:00pm EST

Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab is a landscape architect, urban designer, water artist, interdisciplinary planner and Professor in Praxis. He is an expert in creating Liveable Cities around the world and has created outstanding achievements in Landscape architecture. A special hallmark of his work is located in urban regions and international City centres, focusing on the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics, encouraging people to take care and ownership for places.

He has realized groundbreaking contemporary projects in the fields of urban design, public health, urban hydrology, art in public domain, biodiversity, stormwater management, climate-adaptation, planning and landscape architecture. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including four editions of Recent Waterscapes, Planning, Building and Designing with Water.

As the Director of the Liveable Cities Lab, the new thinktank of Rambøll, 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.

Within the new Liveable Cities Lab Herbert is focusing on urban initiative projects, academy activities and research in collaborations with universities around the world. Through a collaborative network and as Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow and Visiting Professor at NUS Singapore, he is currently exploring the potentials and conditions for Liveable Cities in the future, including policymaking and good governance, as how to bring best value to the society, create a culture of inspiration and implementation of better-integrated urban infrastructures and design tools for managing global challenges and environment-related risks.


John Hadidian Washington, DC

John Hadidian
Humane Society of the USA
Washington, D.C.

The Humane Agenda: Animals in Cities
November 12, 12:30pm EST

John Hadidian is Senior Scientist for The Humane Society of the United States’s wildlife program, which addresses a broad range of issues in advocacy for wildlife and the protection of the habitats that sustain wild animals. His specialization is urban wildlife.

Hadidian serves on the technical advisory committee of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust as well as the Harmony Institute’s Community Advisory Board. He is past chair of the urban wildlife working group of The Wildlife Society and a member of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club.

He has served on the USDA-Wildlife Services national advisory committee and on U.S. Department of State Man and the Biosphere Program’s Human-Dominated Systems Directorate. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Urban Ecosystems, chair of the Montgomery County, Md. white-tailed deer task force, and as an adjunct professorial lecturer in Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.

Hadidian received a master’s degree in Anthropology in 1975 and a doctorate in Primatology in 1979, both from Pennsylvania State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with a minor in psychology, from the University of Arizona in 1969.

Dr. Bernard Unti is Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. He works on a wide range of strategic, policy, program, and communications priorities for The HSUS and its affiliated entities, especially Humane Society International and the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy.

He is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004) and a number of essays on animal protection and cruelty to animals as an historical and contemporary concern. His areas of academic expertise include the evolution of human attitudes toward animals, the history and sociology of the animal protection movement, the development of petkeeping, animal sheltering, and the kindness-to-animals ethic, the humane education of children, and the place of animal protection within American philanthropy.

Unti received a Ph.D. in United States History from American University in 2002, a master’s degree in U.S. history from American University in 1994, and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 1982.