Jason F. McLennan

AIA, LEED Fellow
Principal, Chief Sustainability Officer

Born in Sudbury, Ontario—previously one of the most polluted mining cities in the world—at a young age Jason participated in the healing and regeneration of his hometown. Eventually, these efforts won the community a United Nations Commendation, setting Jason on his path to seek regenerative solutions to all human-made environmental and social challenges.

The author and creator of many of the building industry’s most critical standards and tools—such as the Living Building Challenge, the WELL Standard, the Living Product Challenge, JUST, Declare, Pharos, Net Zero Certification and, more recently, GOAL—Jason has played a key role in shaping the green building movement across the globe.

His ideas have earned national and international acclaim, including winning the Buckminster Fuller Prize, the ENR National Award of Excellence, and the Ashoka Fellowship. Jason has designed and consulted on many of the world’s greenest projects and is regularly sought out by leading companies and institutions for sustainability and social justice strategy.  

Jason lives on Bainbridge Island near Seattle with his family, dogs, and chickens in a Living Building home he designed that was named a ”House of the Month” by Architectural Record and “One of the greenest buildings, ever and home” by The Seattle Times.

Fun Fact
Jason is the author of seven books on sustainability and social justice, including the pioneering Philosophy of Sustainable Design that has been used in dozens of architecture schools around the world.
Jason giving a talk on Living Buildings at TEDxBend
The author and creator of many of the building industry’s most critical standards and tools, Jason has played a key role in shaping the green building movement across the globe.

“Every once in a while, someone shows up with a way of seeing and acting in the world that is astonishing. It is not that we do not understand what Jason is up to. What is hard to understand is how one person could know and accomplish so much in such a short time, how one person could dramatically influence the largest industrial sector in the world—the built environment—with such grace, elegance, and clarity.”

– Paul Hawken, The New York Times Bestselling Author