Since 2009, he has been working with IDM South Tyrol (Italy) as an innovation manager in the Ecosystem Construction. From 2010 to 2011, he worked with the Energy and Environment Cluster of Trentino as manager of the business unit for sustainable products. From 2015 to 2016, he was the co-owner of a startup focused on LEED consulting.
In 2015, he co-founded the Living Future Italy Collaborative.
Since 2017, he’s working with Eurac Research as Chair and Project Manager of the COST Action 16114 RESTORE (REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy). The RESTORE COST Action (2017-2021) will affect a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings and space design across Europe, through the collaboration of 160+ researchers from 40 European countries.
Since 2018 he is European Executive Director for the International Living Future Institute and now President at Living Future Europe. The Institute’s mission will hasten the change and provide needed direction towards a regenerative design transition in Europe. It is actively pursuing European market alignment and adaptations of the Living Building Challenge (LBC).
Building on his 45 years UK and overseas experience in project management, business improvement and sustainability he now supports many leading organisations and practices.
Martin explores our sustainable future, sharing powerful messages and inspiring stories, highlighting the tough choices we face and the opportunities we have to create a better tomorrow.
From understanding climate change, reconnecting with nature, rethinking carbon management and the materials we use in our buildings, he acknowledges we can all imagine better and provokes improvement.
Our built environment is facing an avalanche of disruptive change; methods of design and construction; digital technical and financial; social and climate imperatives; shifts in investment and a new understanding of how we value buildings. Some of these disruptions are from within our sector, far many more are external. Martin alerts us to the next and emerging issues that organisations must address now for a sustainable and future built environment sector.
Author of FutuREstorative, Working Towards a New Sustainability, RIBA 2016. Co-Founder and Vice Chair of RESTORE (Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy), a 4 Year EU Cost Action research network. Founder of the Living Building Challenge UK Collaborative and advisor to the Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Center, the first LBC registered project in UK. Co-Founder of online construction carbon tool, ConstructCO2
K C’s leadership style is driven by active inquiry, learning, and confidence by creatively synthesizing ideas and input from multiple sources. She is comfortable considering disparate points of view, encouraging constructive discussion to determine how issues should be addressed, and integrating them as appropriate to drive innovation and progress. She has been serving Arts, Social Service, Education, Health Care, Animal Welfare and Environmental organizations as an Interim CEO and Organization Development professional since 1994.
She is currently Interim CEO at the International Living Future Institute.
As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institute’s impact and capabilities globally.
As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for ILFI’s corporate and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Hub (a center of innovative manufacturing in southwestern Pennsylvania), Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products) and the Handprint Label (an elegant CSR framework for companies on the pathway to achieving Net Positive impact).
James leads ILFI’s strategic consulting for corporations and conducts technical consulting for high profile Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and internationally.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, James received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research on green building rating systems in China. James is frequent national and international speaker on regenerative design, sustainable business, ecological manufacturing and affordable housing. He is an avid writer and his research and commentary has been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue, Trim Tab, BuildingGreen, GreenBiz and Engineering News Record.