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Our Advisory Panel

To ensure that we continue to live up to the highest standards, we've asked a few of our most respected member-bloggers to serve as an advisory panel for the site. They were selected for the outstanding quality of their work, their expertise across the spectrum of disciplines that make up our community, and most of all for their commitment to the ideals that drive us: inclusiveness, balance, community and civility.

Watch for original, exclusive posts from our advisory panel members. They'll enliven our podcast series, appear in our webinars, and cover events for us as the opportunities arise. And we look to them to be advocates for the community-at-large as well, keeping us focused on our mission as we expand, and making sure we don't forget...

Kaid Benfield Kaid
@Kaid_in_DC on Twitter

Senior counsel for environmental strategies, PlaceMakers LLC; senior adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (2014); one of the "top urban thinkers" on and named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Attorney, recovering litigator, cyclist, blogger, dreamer.

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Jared Green Jared
Jared Green is Web Content and Strategy Manager at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He is editor of The Dirt blog, a Planetizen top 10 Web site, and producer of ASLA's sustainability toolkit, resources guides, and interview series with leading designers and sustainability thought-leaders. Previously, Green worked for the World Bank, Asia Society, and other non-profits to create free web-based resources and toolkits. Green is also active in ideas and design competitions and recently served as a judge for the World Bank's Development Marketplace, Stanford University's Social e-Challenge, and the Intel Challenge.
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Warren Karlenzig Warren
@greenflow on Twitter
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Warren Karlenzig is president of Common Current (, a global consultancy for urban sustainability planning, policy and development.

He has led urban sustainability strategy with clients including the The White House Office of Science and Technology; the United Nations; the nations of South Korea and Japan; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; US Department of State; nation of China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD); US EPA; State of California; Asian Institute of Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Guangzhou, China Planning Agency; the Municipality of Beijing; Ecocity Builders; the Packard and Columbia foundations, and the private sector, including Autodesk; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; NRG and IDEO.

He is co-author of the 2012 United Nations publication, The Shanghai Manual: Guide for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. Warren wrote the original language for one of the nation's first municipal green building ordinances (San Francisco). The former Chief Strategy Officer of SustainLane, Warren is author of How Green is Your City? The SustainLane US City Rankings.

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Warren has a Master’s degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published book and journal chapters with the Wharton School of Business/ University of Pennsylvania, the University of California Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, along with numerous other institutions. He has lectured widely on urban sustainability and resilience for the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business), the Technical University of Vienna, and Seoul National University as well as has addressed the European Union in Brussels and the State Council (in Zhongnanhai, Beijing) of China.

He is a fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute, an international advisor to the Climate Project and an advisory member of the Korea Green Foundation and the Urban Resilience Council of the Sherwood Institute.


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Chuck Wolfe Chuck
@crwolfelaw on Twitter
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Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., J.D. is an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting, including the use of innovative land use regulatory tools and sustainable development techniques on behalf of both the private and public sectors and the successful redevelopment of infill properties under federal, state and local regulatory regimes. He is an accomplished speaker and author on growth management and innovative zoning, “transit-oriented development”, and brownfield/sustainable development topics, regularly participates in regional and national seminars and serves as a reporter for the national publication, Planning & Environmental Law. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law and a range of planning and development courses to planners and future design professionals and is a contributor to major research efforts addressing urban center, transit oriented and brownfield redevelopment. Additionally, Chuck has served as Vice Chair, Fund Development for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Northwest District Council, is a Member of the Boards of Futurewise and Great City, and is a King County Trustee of Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy). He contributes regularly on urban development topics for several publications including The Atlantic Cities, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post,, and He blogs regularly at His book, Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press), was released on May 2, 2013.

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