Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation
Denis Hayes is president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based philanthropy seeking to transform Cascadia into a global model of sustainable development. Denis was national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970 and is still honorary chair of the International Earth Day Network. At various points in his career, he directed the federal governments’ National Renewable Energy Laboratory, taught engineering at Stanford University, practiced law in Silicon Valley, and founded a number of NGOs seeking to influence government policy, corporate reporting, and consumer behavior. He received the national Jefferson Awards Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, and the Charles Greeley Abbott Award of the American Solar Energy Society. Time Magazine named him as “Hero of the Planet.”
Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin, TX
Lucia Athens ASLA, LEED™ AP is the City of Austin’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Her book Building an Emerald City, released by Island Press, is intended to inspire adoption of green building, and provide practical solutions for local governments towards that end. Much of the book is based on what she learned during the ten years she led the City of Seattle's green building program, from its inception to a fully integrated technical assistance and green code development initiative. Originally from Texas, Lucia served on the team that developed the first Green Building Program in the nation for Austin. She recently returned to her native state to continue advancing governmental sustainability initiatives.
Professor Patrick M. Condon, University of British Columbia, James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments
University of British Columbia Professor Patrick M. Condon has more than 25 years experience in sustainable urban design; first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and researcher. He started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota, moving to the University of British Columbia in 1992, acting first as the Director of the Landscape Architecture program and later as the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments. He is now senior researcher with the Design Centre for Sustainability at UBC, a sustainable urban design think tank that evolved from the original efforts of the Chair. In that capacity he has worked to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdiction, both here in Canada and abroad. His most recent publications include Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for a Post Carbon World and Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities, both from Island Press.
Jason S. Twill, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc.
Currently managing sustainability initiatives at Vulcan Inc., Jason has over a decade of experience in the areas of construction management, architecture, urban planning and real estate development. His work includes research and implementation of portfolio-wide resource conservation measures, creating investment strategies for alternative energy and water systems, and advocacy work for policies that support environmentally conscious design. Jason earned a masters degree in real estate finance and development from New York University and is a trained climate change communicator for both the city of Seattle and The Climate Project. Jason also currently serves on the board of the Cascadia Green Building Council as well as the steering committee for the Climate, Buildings & Behavior Project at the Garrison Institute. Jason is the father of two boys and spends his spare time wandering the Cascade Mountains with his family.