Jason F. McLennan 

President / Headmaster

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after designer, presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world. McLennan serves as the CEO of McLennan Design and is the Founder and Chairman of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

An Ashoka Fellow, Jason is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. He is the author of five books; The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection, The Ecological Engineer, Zugunruhe and Transformational Thought.

Selected Press

NJ.com – The Messenger-Gazette:Willow School to build one of ‘greenest’ buildings in the world” April 18, 2013
OPB:Seattle’s Bullitt Center: Ready To Debut As World’s Greenest Office Building” April 18, 2013
NorthWest Public Radio:Seattle’s Bullitt Center: Ready To Debut As World’s Greenest Office Building” April 18, 2013
Green Building News:Bullitt Center Meets Living Building Challenge” April 17, 2013
NBC News Blog:Earth Day founder’s ‘living’ building signals new era of sleek sustainability” April 22, 2013
NPR:This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied?” April 22, 2013
Gizmodo:One of the World’s Greenest Commercial Buildings Opens Today” April 22, 2013
Design Build:Seattle Elementary School Meets the Living Building Challenge” April 23, 2013
Smart Planet: “‘World’s greenest office building’ now open” April 24, 2013
Business Week:Google’s New Campus Has Light, Fresh Air, Low Power Use” April 23, 2013
National Catholic Reporter:Seattle University to monitor ‘world’s greenest commercial building’” April 23, 2013
Climate Solutions Blog:Guest blog: How a living building helped our business grow” April 22, 2013
Epoch Times: “World’s Greenest Office Building Unveiled” April 24, 2013
YouTube – Monarch School:Tend Building | Living Building Challenge 2013″ April 21, 2013
Mother Nature Network:This year’s Earth Day leftovers” April 26, 2013
ComputerWorld:Climate change pushes some companies to go green” April 29, 2013
The New York Times:A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining” April 2, 2013
Sustainable Business Oregon:Google exec named to Living Building group’s board” April 23, 2013
CBS News: “Green building takes hold, but wasted energy abounds” April 18, 2013
Huffington Post:Phipps New Center For Sustainable Landscapes Is One Of World’s Greenest Buildings (VIDEO)” April 8, 2013
Popular Mechanics:How to Build a Greener Office Building” April 10, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind” May 24, 2012
Vegetarian Times Blog:Greenest Office Building in the World Opens for Earth Day” April 22, 2013
National Geographic:Earth Day Pictures: Extreme Green Buildings” April 21, 2013
Daily Journal of Commerce – Oregon: “Q&A: Cascadia CEO on green building” May 10, 2010
Arcade Magazine: “Water 2.0 Aquatic Dysfunctions” Winter 2009
Seattle Magazine: “Most Influential: Jason McLennan” November, 2009
Metropolis: “Radical Green” October, 2009
The Seattle Times: “Jason McLennan is setting the pace to create the greenest building ever” May 31, 2009
The Living Shelter Cafe: “Building a Living Future with Jason McLennan” March 31, 2009
Dwell Magazine: “Throne Off Course” July/August, 2008