Ted Bardacke, AICP, LEED AP
Ted Bardacke has forged a unique career focusing on sustainable urbanism and economic development that spans three continents. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Director of Sustainability for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Adjunct Professor of Urban Environmental Design and Planning at UCLA, and Visiting Fellow at Mexico City’s Centro de Transporte Sustentable, an affiliate of the World Resources Institute.
Ted has been deeply involved in both the drafting and implementation of sustainability reference tools and standards, including LEED rating systems for Neighborhood Development and Homes, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the Green Communities Initiative for affordable housing, and Transit Oriented Development standards in use throughout Latin America. Notable completed projects include California’s first 98 units of zero energy affordable housing, sustainable design program management for $14 billion of school construction at the Los Angeles Unified School District, and technical assistance to 16 local governments across the US who are seeking to transform specific neighborhoods into ones that are more economically prosperous, healthy, and environmentally responsible.
From 2003 to 2013, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA. He was founding chair of the USGBCl’s Location and Planning Technical Advisory Group, served for four years on the LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee and in 2005, on behalf of Global Green, he accepted the USGBC’s Leadership Award for Advocacy. During the 1990s he was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok, and in the late 1980s coordinated volunteer construction projects in rural Mexico for the American Friends Service Committee. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, he is co-author, with teaching colleague, Walker Wells of Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing (Island Press, 2007).