Principal, Michael Green ArchitectureConsidered the world champion of sustainable tall wood building construction, Michael has challenged the understanding of sustainable architecture by demonstrating that tall wood buildings are significantly more sustainable than concrete and steel buildings, and are safe at heights unimagined before. In the process, he has reshaped the position of wood structures in the global building community, dramatically increasing the use of carbon neutral natural building materials and furthering the conversation about forest management practices and third party certification of wood products. His award-winning WIDC building in BC is the world’s tallest commercial wood building, at six stories and 29.5 meters high, and is made of younger lower grade trees from sustainable forest practices. In addition to environmental advocacy and his award winning practice, Michael founded the not for profit Design Build Research School where students of all ages can participate in the design and construction of community projects.
Giselle Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Strategic Resources , Bentall Kennedy
Dr. James Gray-Donald, VP Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy
Melissa Jacobs, Sustainability Manager, Bentall Kennedy
The Bentall Kennedy Team: Giselle Gagnon, Dr. James Gray-Donald & Melissa Jacobs
Giselle, James and Melissa have led their team to create unique tenant engagement and energy efficiency programs which have helped drive carbon reductions across 130+ million square feet of real estate. Through these programs, Bentall Kennedy managed properties across both Canada and the US continue to improve their energy efficiency, including some gains of 35%+ over the past two years. James has co-authored the most downloaded UNEP FI paper on commercial real estate. They have run interactive ESG workshops with Bentall Kennedy’s top 150 Canadian and American senior managers to facilitate the creation of a common language around sustainability. Beyond this, the team ensures Renewable Energy Certificates are purchased for 100% of electricity use at corporate offices and carbon offsets purchased for 100% of corporate travel and commuting.