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Jim Newman | Principal


Jim is founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions. He helped found the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC and held the position of Chair of the Board of the Chapter for two years. Jim is a founding Board member of a the Resilient Design Institute. Created by Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen, the organization pursues research and education on resilience in the built environment. Jim is also a Board member of CLEAR, the owner of the LENSES regenerative development framework. Previously, Jim worked as the Director of Strategy at BuildingGreen.


Ellie Hoyt | Sustainability Consultant

LEED Green Associate

Ellie transforms complex data into useful information and sustainable solutions. She has experience conducting building-scale embodied carbon assessments and performing GIS-based hazard mapping to support resilience efforts. Recent projects include interactive building dashboard design for a Living Building Challenge project and outdoor microclimate and thermal comfort modeling for a mixed-use development in Mexico. Ellie has a Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colby College.


Ian Johnson | Senior Director


Ian has 15 years of experience in industries ranging from construction project management to sustainable design and consulting. He has led numerous projects through building certification, including LEED v4 for Homes, Building Design and Construction, Core and Shell, Neighborhood Development, as well as Passive House, and WELL. Prior to joining Linnean Solutions, Ian was the Founder and Principal of Signature Sustainability, based in Portland, Maine. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, as well as being Living Future Accredited. Ian holds a Master of Arts in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.


Kelsey Powers | Project Manager

LEED AP ND, Fitwel Ambassador

Kelsey creates organized processes that promote communication and design integration between project team members. She works to create the healthiest living experiences and environments using principles from LEED v4, the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge v3, Fitwel, and WELL v1. Recent projects include sustainability consulting and process management for a mid-scale retail development and LEED ND certification management for several local projects. Kelsey holds a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Union College.


Holly Jacobson | Resilience Consultant

LEED Green Associate

Holly works with local governments, institutions, developers, and organizations in developing climate mitigation and adaptation plans and strategies. Holly brings experience in citywide and organizational-scale resilience and sustainability programs and investments, stakeholder and community engagement process facilitation, and co-benefits frameworks specifically applied to climate action planning. Prior to Linnean, Holly supported community planning processes to improve resilience and sustainability in Salt Lake City, Utah. Holly has a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our Collaborators

Bill Reed Principal / Partner, AIA, LEED | Regenesis
Bill Reed has consulted on hundreds of building and master planning projects; integrating and harmonizing complex infrastructure, ecological, and community dynamics - demonstrating that is is possible for people and nature to thrive together. Through the regenerative development process, communities and organizations begin a transforming process that results in a new way of being in relationship to each other and cooperating to add value to the health of the places we live.

Dr. Sarah Slaughter | CEO and Founder | Built Environment Coalition
Dr. Sarah Slaughter is the founder of the Built Environment Coalition (BEC) and is a recognized expert in sustainability and resilience for the built environment. BEC's aim is to develop practical knowledge to improve the resilience and sustainability of the built and natural environments. Its focus is innovative analytical approaches, methodologies, and tools, and effective strategies for communities and organizations to develop, assess, and implement sustainability and resiliency improvements. The resulting analytical approaches, methodologies, tools, and learning modules are publicly distributed through the Built Environment Coalition.

Alex Wilson | Founder | Resilient Design Institute
The Resilient Design Institute is a nonprofit committed to advancing resilient buildings and communities in the face of more intense storms, more frequent flooding, drought, extended power outages, and potential shortages of heating and transportation fuels. Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, a 14-person company that has served the design and construction industry with non-biased information on environmentally responsible design and construction since 1985.

Andrea Atkinson | Founder | One Square World
Andrea Atkinson is a Latinx regenerative development professional working at the intersection of sustainability and social justice. She is the Executive Director of One Square World (1SW), a non-profit organization supporting the creation of just and sustainable communities by activating collaborative community conversations and action. 1SW brings together groups of people to strategize with communities of all types to align around values and goals centered in equity and sustainability.