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Jason McLennan

Jason McLennanJason F. McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest's leading organization in the field of green building and sustainable development. Under his leadership, the Council created the International Living Building Institute. McLennan's book The Philosophy of Sustainable Design is in use as a textbook in more than 60 universities and colleges and is distributed widely throughout Europe and North America. In addition, he is the author of The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection and the coauthor of The Ecological Engineer.

From 1996 to 2006 McLennan was an associate, then a Director, and then a Principal at BNIM Architects, known internationally for its work in sustainable design. There he established the building science team known as Elements, which set new standards for energy and resource efficiency on projects in various building types.

Moving on to Cascadia, McLennan created a green building rating system called The Living Building Challenge. It crystallized thinking about a new generation of greener-than-green buildings that will have the smallest possible environmental footprint, consuming a minimum of resources and generating little waste. The Challenge lays out sixteen specific performance criteria. Continually updated, it is often cited when architects and planners work to push the limits of green design. McLennan was also the instigator of Pharos, a materials rating system developed at the Healthy Building Network to help builders choose which materials are environmentally preferable.

His work has been published and/or cited in numerous journals including Architecture, Architectural Record, Environmental Design and Construction, The New York Times, and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Jason McLennan was named one of the "Top 40 under 40" individuals in the field by Building Design and Construction magazine. Other honors include 2008 BetterBricks Award Finalist and 2005 Green Designer of the Year designation by Pitch Magazine.

McLennan holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Architectural Management from the University of Kansas, where he has also taught green architecture and sustainable design.

He speaks about green design for all types of buildings, about materials selection, about the design of "living buildings" at the cutting edge of resource efficiency, and about the ethical basis and implications of green building.

Videos of talk excerpts and interviews, speaking testimonials, an audio program, and information about his books are available here. To discuss Jason McLennan as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.

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