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Jim Newman | LEED AP O+M

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.


Holly Jacobson | LEED Green Associate 

Holly is a Sustainability Consultant at Linnean where she helps public and private partners develop resilience and sustainability planning strategies. Prior to Linnean, Holly supported resilience-based research and community engagement in ecological design and natural resource management in Salt Lake City, Utah, and managed project and research development for a non-profit, impact-driven architecture firm in Boston, MA. Holly has a Master of Arts in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science from Bowdoin College.


Ellie Hoyt | LEED Green Associate

Ellie is a Sustainability Consultant for Linnean, with experience tackling complex datasets to produce useful information and sustainable solutions. She has conducted building-scale embodied carbon assessments using a life cycle assessment approach and performed GIS-based hazard mapping to support climate resiliency efforts. Ellie has experience designing engaging building monitoring systems and project-specific dashboards. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems from Northeastern University’s College of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology with a minor in mathematics from Colby College.

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Kelsey Powers | LEED Green Associate, Fitwel Ambassador

Kelsey is a Sustainability Consultant at Linnean Solutions where she develops strategies to guide the design process for efficient buildings and systems. Kelsey works to create the healthiest living experiences for occupants using principles from LEED v4, the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Living Building Challenge v3, and WELL v1. She holds a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Union College.

Our Collaborators

Bill Reed Principal / Partner, AIA, LEED | Regenisis
Bill 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. The business benefit of this process is that projects cost less with higher performance and significantly faster approval times. More powerfully, 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. This work is known as Regenerative Development.

Dr. Sarah Slaughter | CEO and Founder | Built Environment Coalition
Founded in 2011, the Built Environment Coalition is led by Dr. Sarah Slaughter, a recognized expert in sustainability and resilience for the built environment. Its 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 is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, an 18-person company that has served the design and construction industry with non-biased information on environmentally responsible design and construction since 1985.