Living City Blocks board brings diverse backgrounds and great experience to issues of sustainability, design and cities:
Mr. Abdul-Matin is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and contributor to All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim. He is a former Outward Bound instructor and helped to found the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment in 2002. A 2008 National Urban Fellow, Ibrahim is a former sustainability policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg and helped produce the 2011 PlaNYC update. A regular contributor on WNYC radio’s nationally syndicated news show The Takeaway he is now a consultant with The Frontier Project.
Founder of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and full-time volunteer. Mr. Powers is currently a member of the Greenprint Council, a citizens’ advisory committee to the Mayor of Denver’s Sustainable Development Initiative. He has been a board member of Colorado Conservation Voters since 2000, the Colorado Environmental Coalition since 1996, and the Educational Foundation of America since 1986. He was a member of the management committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, 1991-1993; volunteer organizer of annual conferences for the Environmental Grantmakers Association, 1989-1994; Swiss product manager and store manager, Microland S. A., Geneva, Switzerland, 1984-5; real estate salesperson and broker 1974-80; assistant chief steward, Sonesta Hotel, Amsterdam, Holland, 1979; Principal, J.P. Powers & Co., real estate investment and ranching interests since 1974; M.B.A., Finance, University of Colorado, 1983; B.A., History and Psychology, Oberlin College, 1971.
Daniel K. Slone
Mr. Slone is a Partner at Maguire Woods, LLC and represents developers and communities in overcoming the land use and environmental permitting impediments to small and large-scale projects such as new towns, utilities, and industrial facilities. He provides a wide range of services for developers of New Urban and sustainable projects with a related focus on the convergence of communication, power and essential services. He has assisted clients in dealing with wetland permitting and enforcement for more than two decades. Mr. Slone also works with a wide range of green product manufacturers. On the subjects of green community development, he has published 5 books, scores of articles and is a highly sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. Mr. Slone is Outside Council to the US Green Building Council, and is on the Board of Directors of Congress for the New Urbanism, the National Charrette Institute and Greening America, amongst other past board service.
Gregory B. Stark, P.E., LEED AP
Gregory is a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. Greg joined the NREL staff in 2008, and works in the Commercial Buildings Group. He is Team Lead for the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP), a market engagement project that helps building owners design and build facilities that are cost-effective yet use 50% less energy than typical commercial buildings. CBP Partners include Kohl’s, Living City Block, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods Market.
His research interests include multi-building, multi-block approaches to reducing energy use, community-scale modeling and optimization, and optimizing how buildings interact with the electrical grid, with an interest in both the engineering and economic aspects of the challenge.
Before joining NREL, Greg was a principal at Building Synergies, LLC, a firm specializing in high performance building simulation. While there, Greg developed the first CAD-based building energy modeling tool for the Macintosh. Greg’s career has been an eclectic mixture of engineering and management consulting. Shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, he worked in Eastern Europe as part of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program, where he used his engineering and management expertise to help Lithuanian
companies make the transition from a centralized to a free market economy.
He is a registered engineer in Colorado and has been a USGBC member since October 2001, when he helped found the USGBC’s Colorado Chapter.
Llewellyn is the President and Founder of Living City Block. LCB is currently operating its pilot project in the historic Lower Downtown neighborhood of Denver, Colorado while launching its first Sister Cities projects in Washington, DC’s 14th & U District and Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal District. LCB is in early development phase with communities in Indianapolis, Durham, NC, and Boston, as well as in Santa Marta, Colombia. Living City Block will create a replicable, exportable, scalable and financially viable framework for the resource efficient regeneration of existing cities, one block at a time. LCB works in the primarily unattended marketplace of small to medium sized commercial buildings and the communities they comprise.
Prior to founding Living City Block, Llew spent two and a half years as the Vice President of Communications at Rocky Mountain Institute. Living City Block began as an initiative at RMI. Llew also spent twenty four years working as a production manager and then producer in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, working on such highly acclaimed independent films as Bagdad Café, The Grifters, Dogfight and Under Suspicion. Llewellyn won five Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and two Producers Guild awards as one of the original producers of the television series The West Wing.