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Bill Reed is a planning consultant, design process facilitator, lecturer and author. He is the President of Integrative Design Collaborative and a principal of the planning firms, Regenesis and Integrative Design. He has served as co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee; he is a member of the LEED Advanced faculty and one of the first USGBC trainers of the LEED Rating System. He is a founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council and he has served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee on the Environment. Currently he serves on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the Board of CitiLog, and as an advisor to Environmental Building News.

Bill has participated in over 300 presentations and workshops relating to sustainable, regenerative and whole system design, and he has consulted on over 200 green design commissions and dozens of LEED projects. He has also guest lectured at Harvard, MIT and the University of British Columbia. His clients include the New York City Department of Design and Construction, the U.S. General Services Administration, Loreto Bay, Sidwell Friends School, the US Green Building Council, Genzyme Coporation, Teknion, the Willow Schoool, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and many more.

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    An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill is president of the Integrative Design Collaborative – a consulting organization working to evolve green building design practice into an approach that is fully integrated with living systems. He is a principal of the regenerative planning firm Regenesis and the strategic environmental planning firm Integrative Design.

    His work centers on managing and creating frameworks for integrative, whole-systems design processes. His larger vocation is to grow new capability in the design and construction industries to engage regeneratively with our environment. Ultimately, his objective is to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places.

    Bill served as co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee from its inception in 1994 through 2003; is a member of the LEED Advanced faculty and one of the first of twelve USGBC trainers of the LEED Rating System; a founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council; and served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee On The Environment. He currently serves on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, as an advisor to Environmental Building News, and on the board of CitiLog.

    Bill is a planning consultant, design process facilitator, lecturer, and author. He has participated in over 300 presentations and workshops relating to Sustainable, Regenerative and Whole System Design. He has consulted on over two hundred green design commissions and dozens of LEED projects – achieving many certifications – the majority Gold and Platinum. He is a guest lecturer at Universities from Harvard and MIT to the University of British Columbia. His clients range from New York City Department of Design and Construction, U.S. General Services Administration, Loreto Bay, Baja, Mexico, Sidwell Friends School, US Green Building Council, Genzyme Corporation, Teknion, LLC, the Willow School, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, various city planning agencies on the East and West coast, and many private development companies in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

    Relevant background:

    • Founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council
    • Co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee from its inception in 1994 through 2003
    • Co-author with the Seven Group: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: redefining the practice of sustainability
    • Served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee On The Environment
    • Former Chair of the ANSI Committee on Whole System Integration
    • Served as a NESEA Board member
    • Former and original LEED Faculty
    • Advisory Board – Environmental Building News
    • Board Member of A.W.E, Inc. San Francisco and Ecological, Inc. NYC


Bill Reed Speaker Videos Back to top

Bill Reed Full Speech


In his keynote speech at the Regenerative Design Conference in the New Jersey Highlands in 2010, Bill discusses his background in architecture, planning and green building design. “We are now focusing on regeneration,” he says, “because we know that sustainability, as we are practicing it today, is only half the story.” He goes on to discuss his work with Regenesis and Integrative Design. “You can’t do green buildings without integrating systems,” he says.

Bill continues by explaining the meaning of sustainability. “If sustainability is about sustaining life, what is life about?” he asks the audience. “How do we practically work with life?” He says that “religions” and “spiritual traditions” address the “purpose of life,” but “those are the questions that we need to be addressing when we talk about sustainability,” he says. “PV panels, and green technologies, and constructed wetlands, and restored ecosystems are all part of a whole system of life.”

Bill Reed: The Practice of Living System Design


Bill Reed on Nature, Development, and getting beyond LEED



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As an internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill has worked to manage and create frameworks for integrative, whole-systems design processes. His presentations discuss his objective of improving the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living spaces. He covers topics like the current and future state of environment, the importance of sustainability, green buildings and green business.


Bill Reed Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your lecture at Yestermorrow on July 19th. I had wanted to be stimulated but had no idea how exciting and far reaching your talk would be. Not only did I find out there were people thinking beyond sustainability, but I also found out how important the word "systems" is. I realized today when I turned on my computer how that word is basic to everything connected to computers. I don′t know much about that huge field because I haven′t found it compatible with who I seem to be, but I guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and try to catch up with the rest of the world in more ways than one. I think I dropped out of the mainstream and am finally ready to jump back in. You pushed me over the brink!"
    Weybridge, VT

    "I want to thank you the absolutely compelling presentation you gave at our program Wednesday evening. The feedback has been incredible. You presented a new framework for understanding sustainability, at the same time demystifying the whole subject. Last night the School Board directed their architects to begin planning for a kick-off charrette to initiate the LEED planning process! I am convinced that if you had not come down here and presented such a powerful case, that would never have happened."
    Alexandrians for a Green TC

    "Bill Reed is one of the most experienced and visionary professionals in the field. He has an ability to see and communicate the links in the divide between the complex, progressive goals that we need to target and the practical realities of running a day-to-day business. I have seen no equal to him in being able to skillfully facilitate a very diverse (and often contentious) project team through a set of complex project goals."
    Green Building Consultant




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    "I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your lecture at Yestermorrow on July 19th. I had wanted to be stimulated but had no idea how exciting and far reaching your talk would be. Not only did I find out there were people thinking beyond sustainability, but I also found out how important the word "systems" is. I realized today when I turned on my computer how that word is basic to everything connected to computers. I don′t know much about that huge field because I haven′t found it compatible with who I seem to be, but I guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and try to catch up with the rest of the world in more ways than one. I think I dropped out of the mainstream and am finally ready to jump back in. You pushed me over the brink!"
    Weybridge, VT

    "I want to thank you the absolutely compelling presentation you gave at our program Wednesday evening. The feedback has been incredible. You presented a new framework for understanding sustainability, at the same time demystifying the whole subject. Last night the School Board directed their architects to begin planning for a kick-off charrette to initiate the LEED planning process! I am convinced that if you had not come down here and presented such a powerful case, that would never have happened."
    Alexandrians for a Green TC

    "Bill Reed is one of the most experienced and visionary professionals in the field. He has an ability to see and communicate the links in the divide between the complex, progressive goals that we need to target and the practical realities of running a day-to-day business. I have seen no equal to him in being able to skillfully facilitate a very diverse (and often contentious) project team through a set of complex project goals."
    Green Building Consultant



Bill Reed Full Speech


In his keynote speech at the Regenerative Design Conference in the New Jersey Highlands in 2010, Bill discusses his background in architecture, planning and green building design. “We are now focusing on regeneration,” he says, “because we know that sustainability, as we are practicing it today, is only half the story.” He goes on to discuss his work with Regenesis and Integrative Design. “You can’t do green buildings without integrating systems,” he says.

Bill continues by explaining the meaning of sustainability. “If sustainability is about sustaining life, what is life about?” he asks the audience. “How do we practically work with life?” He says that “religions” and “spiritual traditions” address the “purpose of life,” but “those are the questions that we need to be addressing when we talk about sustainability,” he says. “PV panels, and green technologies, and constructed wetlands, and restored ecosystems are all part of a whole system of life.”

Bill Reed: The Practice of Living System Design


Bill Reed on Nature, Development, and getting beyond LEED