Matthew Barmore

Chair, Corporate Members

Greenrise Technologies

Matthew Barmore serves as Vice President at Greenrise Technologies, LLC a full-service green infrastructure firm out of the Nashville Metropolitan Area.  Matthew's duties primarily include leading technical sales of SkyScape Vegetative Roof Systems, working alongside the sales representatives, installers, and channel partners that together, grow the SkyScape brand.

Matt joined Greenrise after more than 10 years’ service at Firestone Building Products, the world’s largest commercial roofing manufacturer. While at Firestone, he held leadership positions in Technical Solutions, National Sales, Estimating, and Marketing. Matt is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), a member of CSI, a reviewer for ANSI/SPRI, and serves on the Board of Directors of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, where he chairs the Corporate Member Committee.

Prior to joining Firestone, Matt was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in multiple deployments in support of operations combating global terrorism. He has degrees from Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN), Bethel College and Seminary (St. Paul, MN), and a Green MBA from The San Francisco Institute of Architecture (Berkeley, CA).

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Jeffrey Bruce

Chair

Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co, LLC

Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, is Owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) a national landscape architectural firm. Founded in 1986, JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s leading Architectural and Landscape Architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, performance sports turf, and irrigation engineering.

Mr. Bruce’s accomplishments, commitment and vision are well documented. He has received over 60 separate design and leadership awards. Award winning projects of his firm, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, have been published 85 times. He is licensed to practice in 20 states and has served as an invited lecturer, visiting critic, and speaker at numerous conferences and trade shows. In 1996, Mr. Bruce was elected Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is a board member of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Mr. Bruce is a LEED accredited professional and is a certified irrigation designer. He was a founding member of Sports Turf Committee for the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators.

 

Melissa Daniels

Co-Chair Green Walls Committee

Plant Connection

Melissa Daniels, CNLP, has been in the nursery and landscape business for over twenty years and is the owner of Plant Connection, Inc. Mrs. Daniels represents the Long Island horticultural industry on the Long Island Invasive Species Management Association review committee, she is the co-chair of the GRHC Green Walls Committee, and is a Founding Member of Living Architecture New York.

 

Elizabeth Hart

Co-Chair, Green Roof Professional Committee

Tremco Incorporated

Elizabeth Hard, CDT, GRP, is the Executive Director of the Green Roof info Think-tank. Elizabeth is experienced in all phases of commercial, municipal and private vegetated roofing – from the promotion, conceptual design and specification through procurement, installation and maintenance. She works with architects, landscape designers, contractors and building owners to ensure each unique vegetated roofing system functions as intended.

 

Richard Hayden

Director-at-Large

American Hydrotech

Richard C. Hayden, RLA, ASLA, CLARB, is the Garden Roof Department Manager for Chicago-based American Hydrotech Inc. Richard is responsible for the Garden Roof QA/QC program, development of the Garden Roof knowledge base, development of new product lines, and expansion of the use of the Garden Roof Assembly with AHI clients nationwide.

 

Hamid Karimi, PhD

Chair, Policy Committee

Government of the District of Columbia

Dr. Karimi has more than 25 years of experience in environmental management and is currently the Deputy Director of the District Department of Energy and the Environment. In this capacity, he oversees a number of programs: Stormwater Management Division, the Fisheries and Wildlife Division, the Watershed Protection Division, and the Water Quality Division. The programs he manages address very wide-ranging environmental issues, such as: administering the MS4 stormwater Permit; development and implementation of TMDLs; regulation and management of wetlands and groundwater; construction inspection and enforcement (sediment & erosion control); stream as well as Anacostia River restoration; pollution prevention; management of an extensive monitoring network; Chesapeake Bay restoration and the Anacostia River Partnership. He has worked on development of regulatory processes on stormwater utility, and pollution control.

Dr. Karimi has published and made presentations extensively in national scientific and environmental forums. He is a long standing commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. Dr. Karimi is a member and past chair of a number of environmental committees at Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in the Washington, DC area.

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Michael Krause

Co-Chair, Green Infrastructure Foundation

Kandiyohi Development Partners

Michael Krause is the President and Director of Strategy and New Projects at Kandiyohi Development Partners, LLC. Kandiyohi is a development and consulting firm in Minneapolis focused on urban redevelopment, green buildings, renewable energy, and clean technologies. Kandiyohi are members of the US Green Building Council.

Mr. Krause comes from a history in environmental and policy work, including working for nine years as the Executive Director of Minneaopolis’ Green Institute as well as working on the policy staff of local and regional governments in Hennepin County and Minnesota. Previous to that, Mr. Krause was an editor, publisher and award winner columnist with the Weekly News, Inc. – a Minneapolis newspaper chain.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School Mr. Krause has worked with a variety of organizations, including: Minneapolis Planning Commission, Minnesota Environmental Initiative, Eco-Industrial Development Council (formerly Cornell Eco-Industrial Roundtable), International Solar Cities Congress and the U.S. Green Building Council, among others.

 

Peter Lowitt

Immediate Past Chair

Devens Enterprise Commission

Peter C. Lowitt, AICP was excited to be the Chairman of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. For his day job he serves as 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 this 4400-acre former army base. In this capacity he has developed the EcoStar environmental branding and achievement program to promote eco-industrial networking and green building. Prior to coming to Devens, Mr. Lowitt served as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Town of Londonderry, New Hampshire (1993-1999) where he developed the Londonderry Ecological Industrial Park and the award winning Sustainable Londonderry Program.

Mr. Lowitt has been active in the planning and economic development profession, serving as past-Chair of the Economic Development Division of American Planning Association (APA), current President of the Massachusetts Chapter of American Planning Association, and is a former President of the New Hampshire Planners Association. He has published a number of articles and lectured on sustainable economic development in New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Canada. He is fully committed to sustainable economic development practices through good planning. He has received the State of New Hampshire’s 1998 Excellence in Community Development Award and also received the 1998 WasteCap New Hampshire 1998 Environmental Excellence Award.

 

Christian Mahlstedt

Treasurer
Chair, Advanced Maintenance Committee

Ginkgo Sustainability

 

Christian Mahlstedt, BA, MBA, GRP, LEED AP, is the President and Founder of the Toronto-based Ginkgo Sustainability. He is driven by their mission to connect the living and built environments through the installation of living roofs and the installation and manufacture of living walls.

 

Steven Peck

President

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging award competitions; building institutional capacity; lecturing; publishing; and advocating for supportive policies and standards at all levels of government. In 1999 he began editing and publishing a quarterly green roof and wall magazine entitled The Living Architecture Monitor™. Mr. Peck has written and lectured extensively on the interrelationship between public policy, research and the socioeconomic benefits of living architecture, as well as on the topics of urban sustainability and industrial ecology.

In 2007 he co-founded the Green Infrastructure Foundation, the charitable arm of GRHC , dedicated to advancing all forms of green infrastructure. Mr. Peck also co-founded the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition in 2010 to lobby for living green infrastructure protection and investment in Ontario. Author of Award Winning Green Roof Designs (2008), and The Rise of Living Architecture (2012), Mr. Peck has spearheaded the development of the accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) program and has co-written and/or edited the following resource manuals: Green Roof Design 101: Introductory Course (2004); Green Roof Design and Installation 201 (2006); Green Roof Policy Development (2006); Ecological Green Roof Design (2006); Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage 301 (2007); Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design (2007); Green Roof Plants and Growing Media 401 (2008); Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects (2009); Introduction to Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites (2010); Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture (2010); and Advanced Green Roof Maintenance (2011).

In 2007, he co-founded the World Green Infrastructure Network with Dr. Manfred Koehler, an international coalition of green roof and wall associations dedicated to developing the living architecture industry world-wide.  Mr. Peck is optimistic about our collective ability to, within a generation, rapidly evolve the building industry towards producing restorative buildings and communities.

Mr. Peck is available for media interviews by calling speck@greenroofs.org.

 

Virginia Russell

Chair of Research Committee

University of Cincinnati

Virginia L. Russell, FASLA, GRP, is a registered Landscape Architect, an Associate Professor of Architecture, and the Program Director of Horticulture at the University of Cincinnati.

 

Gaelle Wormus

Director-at-Large

Vegetal iD

Gaelle Wormus is the Product and Development Manager for Vegetal i.D. a green roof leader since 1992. After earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering and Horticulture in France and Colorado, she has practiced environmentally performing designs with the European Leaders. Driven by sustainability and performance, she is engaged in developing innovations for stowmater management on the roof. In addition, she participates in the creation of a complete model that predicts runoffs from different green roof systems and wants to make it available to bring the industry to a new level of performance.