About the author
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, the work of Jason F. McLennan has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.
McLennan serves as the CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest s leading organization in the field of green building and sustainable development and he is also the CEO of the International Living Future Institute. He is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, an international green building program, and co-creator of Pharos, the most advanced building material rating system in North America.
Jason is known as an international thought leader in the green architecture movement and has lectured on sustainability across the United States and Canada. His work in the sustainable design field has been published or reviewed in dozens of journals, magazines conference proceedings and books including Architecture, Architectural Record, Dwell, Plenty, Metropolis, NY Times, The Globe and Mail, The World and I, Ecostructure, Greensource, Arcade and Environmental Design and Construction Magazine. He is the author of four books; The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect s Guide to Glazing Selection, The Ecological Engineer and Zugunruhe. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design is currently used as a textbook in over sixty universities and colleges and is distributed widely throughout Europe, North America and Asia. His newest book Transformational Thought is due for release in 2012
Jason is a former Principal at BNIM Architects, one of the founders of the green design movement in the United States, where he worked on many of the leading high performance projects in the country including LEED Platinum, Gold and zero-energy projects. At BNIM he created the building science team known as Elements, which set new standards for energy and resource efficiency on many of its projects in various building types. Jason is also the founder and CEO of Ecotone Publishing, the only dedicated green building publisher in North America. Jason has won numerous awards including a national Canadian Green Building Champion award and the recepient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Award.
Jason was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, was educated in Oregon, Kansas and Glasgow, Scotland and now resides on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife Tracy, three sons; Julian, Declan and Aidan, and daughter Rowan.