One of the nation’s preeminent voices in green infrastructure and stormwater management will be speaking at the West Michigan Climate Resiliency Conference this Monday, October 6 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in the Pantlind Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals only interested in this presentation may attend without registering for the full conference, space permitting.
Widely recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the promotion of sustainable land planning and design, Jim applies his training and experience as a landscape architect, environmental planner, hydrologist, and restoration ecologist in the design and development of natural resource-based solutions that integrate state-of-the-art green building and site infrastructure measures to restore historical ecosystem functions in both built and natural environments.
Prior to founding CDF in 1994, Jim served as design lead and project manager on some of the Chicago region’s most noted early examples of sustainable site planning and development including such award winning projects as Sears Prairie Stone, Tellabs Research and Development Facility, and AT&T/ Lucent Technologies. Each of these projects showcased the integration of native landscapes with innovative green infrastructure measures.
Looking to further develop his ecological philosophy and “green” development focus, Jim founded Conservation Design Forum in an effort to establish a visionary collaborative environment that draws on the expertise of a wide range of planning, design, science, and engineering professionals. As President of CDF, Jim oversees and participates in a broad range of CDF’s planning and design projects, with particular emphasis in the areas of sustainable site planning and development, the advancement of innovative water resource management techniques, the integration of native landscape systems, and the promotion of ecological restoration strategies.
“Water is a resource, not a waste product,” said Patchett.
In addition to his duties as Founder and President of Conservation Design Forum, Jim is co-founder and President of the Board of Conservation Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering applied research and educational outreach in the areas of sustainable design, ecological restoration, and systems management for both built and natural environments.
A noted speaker and educator, Jim routinely travels throughout the country to conduct lectures, educational workshops, and design charrettes that promote an increased understanding and awareness of the scientific foundation and practical applications of diverse “green” design and development strategies, while at the same time pointing out with humor and remarkable clarity, the many liabilities associated with conventional land use practices. Jim’s ability to communicate this understanding to a broad variety of practitioners, educators, students, decision makers, and the general public is what sets him apart in the field.