Climate Positive City Design

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.


Link to Pamela Conrad, Senior Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture blog post on ASLA | The Field, found here.


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.




Ryan Allard, PhD, Senior Fellow/Senior Data Modeler, Project Drawdown

Ryan is a Senior Fellow and Senior Data Modeler at Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that assesses, maps, models, and communicates the world’s most substantive solutions to reversing global climate change. At Project Drawdown, Ryan leads research on the built environment connecting transportation, buildings, and urban materials use, and therefore many sectors important to urban life. He also guides the underlying modeling work across all of Project Drawdown including the land-based solutions and energy generation to ensure published results are based on sound and consistent scientific analysis. Ryan’s span of experience in the academic, nonprofit, consulting, and finance worlds across two continents and four islands allows a divergence of perspectives on global climate change that enables communication of deep scientific knowledge to a wide range of individuals. Ryan has published in the academic literature on sustainable infrastructure and also regularly presents his work at conferences around the world. He earned PhD and MSc degrees in Transportation Systems at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a BSc in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at MIT.


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

Chris is a founding partner of CMG and works across boundaries – be they creative, technical, or management oriented, and he brings an inventive and rigorous ecological system agenda to each of his projects. His personal focus is on public parks and community spaces as they offer the best opportunity to deepen the relationship between people and place and to create social and ecological value. He views design as a way of thinking and investing that is simultaneously intuitive and rational, creative and solution-oriented, open-ended and critical. Chris has lectured at the University of California Berkeley, Virginia Tech University, Ohio State University, and Colorado State University, and has taught at the University of California, Davis. Recent projects range from community-based work such as Treasure Island, Mint Plaza, and the Panhandle Bandshell to pro-bono work designing Noe Valley Park to his current project designing Facebook’s headquarters campus.