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Eliot Allen is an urban planner who has devoted his career to creating
vibrant, prosperous, and resilient places. He founded Criterion Planners of
Portland Oregon in 1979 to focus on the nexus of urban planning and
sustainability, and has since become a nationally-recognized leader in using
information technology and collaborative decision-making to help designers
and citizens create plans that are measurably more livable and
environmentally responsible. Eliot is a specialist in urban sustainability
rating tools, having served on the original LEED-ND core committee, and since
2007 serving as a technical advisor to the Sustainable SITES Initiative,
EcoDistricts, and USGBC; as well as supervising over two hundred LEED-ND
certification reviews worldwide for the Green Building Certification
Institute, and serving as's ND expert. Eliot is a co-recipient
of EPA’s Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Climate
Protection Plan; the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Charter Award for the
Smart Code; and the APA SustainableCommunities Division Award for the Imagine
Austin Comprehensive Plan. He is a former chair of Portland’s Energy
Commission, and currently serves on the Urban Planning Task Group of the
American Society for Testing & Materials, and the USGBC Board of Directors
Nominating Work Group.