F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA
Jeff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, left for college and didn’t return to Pittsburgh for 3 decades, having practiced in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington DC. His experience includes design leadership for a wide range of complex building types, including research, academic, government and corporate facilities. His expertise includes the design of laboratories, sustainable building envelopes, and the integration of new construction into existing contexts. As a CH2M Fellow he has led research and training efforts on the use of digital modeling to enhance the collaborative design process. Currently he is engaged in research on the integration of sustainability, smart technology and resilience into advanced facilities. CH2M is actively engaged in smart city and resilient city initiatives with partners like The Nature Conservancy and Cisco. In addition to his design leadership duties, Jeff currently leads CH2M’s global science and technology business.
Laura Nettleton, AIA
Laura has more than 30 years of experience in development, sustainable design, and community engagement. Laura started Thoughtful Balance ten years ago and has been on the cutting edge of sustainable and low-energy design solutions for the past two decades.
Laura finds comfort in the idea that cultures can radically change: she first worked in an architectural office where she was the only non-smoker, and she graduated from Johns Hopkins’ second class to admit women. In the built environment, she initiates drastic transformation. Upon moving to Pittsburgh, Laura became co-owner of a residential real estate investment and management company that purchases distressed structures and rehabilitates them. Through this work as a building owner, she experiences the challenges of creating and maintaining a desirable product that is both on time and on budget. A licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the State of Ohio, Laura is also a LEED accredited professional. Laura is actively involved in spreading the word about Passive House. She founded and developed the PHWPA (Passive House of Western Pennsylvania). She was recently nominated by the Green Building Alliance for their Luminary award, and in 2011 by the Women and Girls Foundation for Women Greening the Pittsburgh Region.
City of Pittsburgh
Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh were he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). Grant brings fifteen years of experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state agencies. Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs including Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.