Climate Positive City Design is situated at the nexus of policy and design. Environmental designers are experimenting with techniques, technologies, and designs to venture beyond net-zero goals and build climate positive places. Policy can support this quest to build sustainable sites at various scales, and designers can guide policy through boots-on-the-ground knowledge of challenges, opportunities, and built successes.
As an Affiliate Event of Global Climate Action Summit 2018, this evening salon hosts a panel of nationally-recognized leaders in environmental design and policy for an invigorating discussion of lessons learned and ways to fast-track climate positive design solutions at an urban scale. Join us after the lively panel discussion to continue the conversation around the future of our cities.
444 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
CMG Landscape Architecture
September 13th, 2018
6:00 – 6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 Reception
This is a free event. Register Here for Climate Positive City Design.
This evening salon is part of a series of evening salons hosted by CMG. We bring together thinkers, academics, innovators, and practitioners to discuss issues of community building, placemaking, design, and politics in the contemporary city, with an eye toward strategies for change.
Chad Frischmann, VP & Research Director, Project Drawdown
Chad is Vice President and Research Director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that assesses, maps, models, and communicates the world’s most substantive solutions to global warming. A coalition-builder and systems strategist, he works to reverse global warming and build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In collaboration with leading environmentalist Paul Hawken and a global team of researchers and thought leaders, Chad designed sophisticated models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for UNESCO and the International Funk for Agricultural Development.
Claire Maxfield, Director, Atelier Ten
Claire is Managing Director of Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office, a global leader in environmental design with a reputation as inventive collaborators in high-performance green building design. She is a recognized leader in the environmental design and delivery of large, complex, environmentally ambitious master plans, landscapes and buildings. Her breadth of work spans from the first LEED Platinum building to designing what will be the largest and most sustainable mass transit development on the west coast. Claire’s expertise in green buildings marries technical excellence with a strong design and environmental ethos. She has extensive expertise in climate-responsive architecture, design for thermal and visual comfort, high performance façade optimization, advanced energy and HVAC systems, water reuse systems, and carbon management.
Lisa Fisher, Sustainable City Team Lead, San Francisco Planning Department
Lisa leads the Sustainable City Team at the San Francisco Planning Department, whose mission is to foster a vibrant, regenerative, and adaptive urban environment through bold efforts at the building, neighborhood, and citywide scale. Although focused on “environmental” sustainability (climate, ecology, resources, et al), the initiative also seeks to embed a more comprehensive sustainability lens into Department-wide efforts (e.g., neighborhood plans, land use, housing, and transportation policies; public space and urban design; community engagement, et al). Currently, Lisa is developing sustainability policies and implementation for several of the City’s Sustainability Districts, including Central SoMa and three major waterfront developments. She also co-leads the City’s biodiversity work and district-scale utility explorations, and helped author the City’s Sea Level Rise Action Plan.
Pamela Conrad, Senior Associate, CMG Landscape Architecture
Pamela is a Senior Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture where she applies her experience as a landscape architect to transform challenged urban areas into highly valued public realm open spaces. Currently Pamela is managing two of the largest environmentally innovative projects in the Bay Area responding to climate change — the redevelopment of Treasure Island and San Francisco’s seawall resiliency project. She brings a strong ecological background to her work on resiliency and climate change solutions, which is rooted in her passion for the environment developed through her degrees in Plant Science and regenerative-focused landscape architecture, and experience restoring waterways with the US Army Corps of Engineers. She is a recipient of the 2018 Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellowship for development of the Landscape Carbon Calculator – the product of an extensive research initiative on Climate Positive solutions which she is sharing at lectures and events to academics and professionals around the globe.
Chris Guillard, Partner, CMG Landscape Architecture