My interest in sustainability comes from past work with federal agencies, foundations, major cities, and some of the world’s largest corporations developing policy, strategy and critical operational capacities for more than 15 years. I currently am a private sustainability consutlant to cities and states.
From 2004 to Oct. 2007 I was Chief Strategy Officer at SustainLane and Director of the SustainLane US City Rankings.
Previous stints included roles in the corporate, publishing and information technology worlds. As Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Management magazine I helped define some of the leading approaches to leveraging intellectual assets with information technology. Wearing the hat of Lead Strategist for Dimension Data / Proxicom, I led strategy engagements for clients including General Electric, Cisco and Chevron. I've complemented sustainability's system approaches with expertise in planning portals, complex knowledgebase and data systems, and communications. In sustainability policy, my consulting clients have included the White House Office of Science and Technology, the US EPA Futures Group, and the US Department of Energy.
A book I wrote, “A Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing” was the first substantial work on the subject (Global Green USA, 1999), and I co-authored part of San Francisco’s Sustainability Plan, which was adopted by the city in 1997. The section I co-authored (“Economy and Economic Development”) was directly cited in San Francisco’s 1999 and 2003 green building ordinances. I've also worked with former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s office on one of the largest federal housing redevelopment programs of the past decade.
Currently I live with my wife and two boys in Marin County, California, where we languidly dream of turning our patch of semi-productive organic land into a working cherry orchard and Jerusalem artichoke farm.