Living City Block Staff
Llewellyn Wells, President & Founder
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 project in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal District. LCB is in early development phases with the community of Santa Marta, Colombia. Living City Block will create and implement 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.
Chad Riley, Director of Finance & Strategy
Chad Riley, LEED AP, is the Director of Finance and Strategy for Living City Block. and is responsible for assessing the feasibility of Living City Block’s Denver project, securing financing for implementation, as well as developing the framework to determine the feasibility of future Living City Block projects. Chad has a diversity of experiences ranging from assessing the financial and sustainable feasibility of real estate developments to consulting on LEED projects. Chad was instrumental in helping to conceive of Living City Block while at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and ultimately rolling it out as an independent 501c(3) organization.
During his tenure at RMI, Chad was a consultant for the Built Environment Team and worked on numerous projects ranging from: sustainable design recommendations for new cities; developing sustainability guidelines for large scale, mixed-used developments; citywide energy efficiency plans; policy recommendations for a State government; a sustainability assessment of a large, multi-national corporate client; and research focused on integrating sustainable design solutions into the affordable housing industry. While at RMI, Chad drove the creation of the “Framework for a Sustainable City Block” which became the referenced document at the RMI led charrette for Urban ReVision in San Francisco. This Framework and charrette looked at the city block as an integrated system, where the buildings, the natural environment, and renewable energy are integrated and share resources. This block approach was identified as a potential catalyst for addressing greater city-wide sustainability. Chad was also a member of RMI’s LEED project certification review team for the USGBC.
Prior to working at RMI, Chad worked at Zimmerman/Volk Associates, where he conducted feasibility and market analysis studies for a variety of real estate developments across the country, ranging from one- to over 4,000-acres in size. Chad has been a quest lecturer at a number of universities and colleges and co-authored internationally published articles. Chad has an Integrated Studies Degree, with a Concentration in Sustainable Community Development, from Warren Wilson College.
Alex Lowenstein, Resource Manager, Living City Brooklyn Gowanus
Alex brings to Living City Block Gowanus a dedication to bringing communities together around their own development through projects that tackle energy, waste, and water issues. Before moving to New York City, Alex worked on several projects in St. Louis, Missouri that were designed to engage local residents in the revitalization of their own neighborhoods, including the design and implementation of a hyper-efficient produce market and education center in the midst of an urban food desert and creation of a storm water mitigation plan for a neighborhood’s central corridor that reconnected inhabitants on either side of the divide by involving them in the design process. In New York, Alex worked at the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), where as an energy analyst he surveyed multi-family buildings in all five boroughs as part of the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program, analyzed their energy consumption, and designed retrofit packages to optimize energy efficiency. As Director of Technical Services at AEA, he oversaw implementation of the Con Edison Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Program, which resulted in the installation of energy efficiency measures in over 1,000 large residential buildings in the greater metropolitan area over the past two years. Alex received a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Design from Washington University in St. Louis.