GIF Chair; Partner, Annette Environmental Inc.
Sara is a green building advocate, personally committed to finding ways for stakeholders to realize positive economic benefits through environmentally conscious business practices. She has spent the last several years building environmentally focused companies in the Washington DC area and has overseen thousands of square feet of green infrastructure installations and maintenance, as well as over 100 energy efficiency retrofits for homes. She is currently a Partner at Annette Environmental Inc, where she works on living architecture research and design challenges. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration in Environmental Policy & Management from The George Washington University and is an accredited Green Roof Professional.
Owner, Green Roofs of Colorado
Andy Creath is an entrepreneur in the environmental and sustainability fields. He founded Green Roofs of Colorado, a green roof design, installation, maintenance, and consultation company. Andy is recognized as an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a board member for the Green Infrastructure Foundation, which was founded in 2007 to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote green infrastructure in local communities. He worked for four years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a program analyst within the Office of the Inspector General.
Director, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal
A seasoned entrepreneur and scientist recognized for leadership in sustainable development and climate resilient design. Proven track record helping business and government to identify and operationalize emerging technology related to the built environment and industrial ecology. Experience spans consulting, R&D, and numerous Board roles for NGO and business.
GIF Treasurer; Principal, Kandiyo Consulting
Michael is the co-founder and former board chair of the Green Infrastructure Foundation. He is also the Founder and Principal of Kandiyo Consulting and Kandiyohi Development Partners, a multi-disciplinary development and consulting firm in Minneapolis focused on green buildings, renewable energy, green infrastructure and public policies related to sustainability. Projects include community-scale renewable energy development, grant-writing, LEED certification, green infrastructure planning, energy and development analysis and feasibility studies.
Director, Devens Enterprise Commission
Peter Lowitt is Director/Land Use Administrator for the Devens Enterprise Commission, the agency charged with permitting the redevelopment of the former Fort Devens army base in Massachusetts. At Devens, Mr. Lowitt focuses on the sustainable redevelopment of the 4400-acre former army base. In this capacity he is developing the EcoStar environmental branding and achievement program to promote eco-industrial networking and green building.
Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Mr. Peck is the founder and president of the industry association, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, established in 1999 after completion of the report “Greenbacks from Green Roofs: Forging a New Industry in Canada.” The association organizes research and training to determine the public and private performance of green roof systems in order to support public investment in the development of a multi-million dollar market for green roofing products in North America. Working with NRC’s Institute for Research in Construction, Environment Canada, and the City of Toronto, the consortium helped secure Team Funding for technical research and market development in Toronto. He has traveled all over North America and world wide promoting public policy support and research on green roofs and green walls.
Lois Vitt Sale
Chief Sustainability Officer, Wight & Company
As a practicing architect for more than 25 years, Lois’ career goes well beyond the domain of project design. She has been a national leader in the application of green technologies and sustainable planning to the public and private sectors. She is a public policy advisor to elected officials and has participated in the development of policies to lessen the negative impacts of the built environment on the health of people and on our natural resources. Her specialty is found in the intersection between applied technology and the development of policy provisions for City, State, and Federal entities. Internationally, Lois is a Sustainable Designer for Kuwait Gulf Oil Corporation in Kuwait. In addition, Lois applies these technologies and practices to leading edge sustainable designs and consulting to design teams and clients to maximize the environmental potential for projects.
Senior Building Ecology Specialist, Arup
Kirstin Weeks is a senior Building Ecology Specialist at Arup. She champions the San Francisco office’s Net Positive Design initiative, and specializes in integration of ecological function in the built environment.
Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, Conservation Design Forum
David serves as the Principal Landscape Architect/Planner at Conservation Design Forum (CDF), a multi-disciplinary water-centric planning, design and engineering firm with offices in Elmhurst, IL and Ann Arbor, MI. In his role at CDF, David helps promote and educate about sustainable practices and applied restorative design, and frequently lectures at workshops, conferences, and universities on these topics.