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Climate Positive City Design: An Affiliate Event of Global Climate Action Summit 2018

  • CMG Landscape Architecture 444 Bryant Street San Francisco, CA (map)

This is a CMG Landscape Architecture event.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CMG Landscape Architecture
444 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Registration and Networking

Panel Discussion and Q&A


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.

This event 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
Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that assesses, maps, models, and communicates the world’s most substantive solutions to global warming. A coalition-builder and systems strategist, Chad works to reverse global warming and build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being. He 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.

Claire Maxfield, Director, Atelier Ten
Atelier Ten is a global leader in environmental design with a reputation as inventive collaborators in high-performance green building design. As Managing Director of the San Francisco office, Claire 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 at Ithaca College, NY, to designing what will be the largest and most sustainable mass transit development on the west coast.

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. Currently, Lisa is developing sustainability policies and implementation measures 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 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 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.

[MODERATOR] Chris Guillard, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architecture
Chris works across boundaries—be they creative, technical, or management oriented, and 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. 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.

Earlier Event: September 13
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