Committees: Sustainable Development


The SDC's mission is to communicate the business case for sustainability as an essential component of strategic and tactical decision making.  We provide thought leadership on the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable development, construction and operations.  Sustainability is critical and NAIOP DC l MD seeks to advance its place in the market, helping our members deliver long term value to stakeholders.


NAIOP DC | MD working definition of green development:

Structures and their associated landscapes that are located, designed, constructed, operated, and dismantled in an environmentally responsible manner to minimize short- and long-term negative impacts on the environment and building occupants.


How We Do It:

  • Develop educational tools, best practices and resources related to sustainability.
  • Provide leadership and representation in local government affairs related to sustainability
  • Serve as an internal resource to raise awareness of emerging sustainability topics.

Consult the Calendar of Events for upcoming events.




Greg Plavcan, Gensler (co-chair)


Gregory leads the sustainability consulting group at Gensler in their Washington DC office. He has worked as a sustainability specialist since 2006 and consults on a range of project types such as small retail restaurant certifications, law firms, and professional service firms throughout the united states and internationally. He has managed the certification process on many complex government projects as well as one of the first Sustainable SITES projects in the rating system's Pilot Program. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and attended the Catholic University of America for his Masters in Architecture.

Sean Fish, Steven Winter Associates (co-chair)


Sean Fish is a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Steven Winter Associates who specializes in providing comprehensive green building certification support of commercial and residential projects for his clients. His projects range in scale and scope from tenant fit outs through large multi-building campus developments. He has 12 years of experience in the green building industry and delivers certification support from strategic planning through design, construction, and verification. Prior to joining Steven Winter Associates he spent 6 years at the U.S. Green Building Council working on technical development of the LEED rating system. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration.

 Guilherme Almeida, Hickok Cole

Guilherme Almeida, AIA, LEED GA is a Lead Designer and Senior Associate at Hickok Cole, a Washington, DC based architecture firm. Guil has worked with a wide range of clients on a variety of project typologies. Most recently, he worked as design lead for a build-to-suit renovation of the American Geophysical Union’s headquarters in Washington DC, sheparding base buiding and interiors teams through a challenging, one-of-a-kind project. Upon completion, AGU will become the region’s first net zero energy commercial office renovation. He plays an integral role in the firm’s high-performance design practice and constantly seeks innovative ways to apply sustainable practices and design thinking across the firm's portfolio to minimize our collective impact on the environment

 M Kevin Clark, LSY Architects & Lab Planners

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Kevin Clark is an LSY Principal with over 25 years of experience.  He has a thorough understanding of interior design, base building design, building repurposing and renovation.  He has expertise in working with Associations, Non-Profits, Government Agencies and Scientific clients to improve work flow and collaboration as well as façade repair and renovations.


Michael Cropper, Thornton Tomasetti


Michael Cropper, PE, LEED AP,  is a Senior Associate structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in their Washington, DC, office.  He has over thirteen years of experience designing structures for commercial, retail, residential, hospital, government and cultural projects.  He gained an increased awareness of global design and construction practices by working for four years in Thornton Tomasetti’s UAE offices.  He is a leader within the DC office for embodied carbon assessment and reduction.



Moira Dhaliwal, The Bernstein Companies

As an Associate Development Manager at The Bernstein Companies (TBC), Moira works to maximize returns and mitigate risk inherent in TBC’s developments and its ownership strategy. She managed the design, development and construction of a 187 Class A apartment units in Southwest, DC, and is currently working on the 1+ million sf Marriott Headquarters development in Bethesda, MD along with the predevelopment of various properties in the TBC Portfolio. She is active in NAIOP’s REEL Committee, the NAIOP SDC Committee, and holds GBCI accreditations as a LEED AP BD+C and a WELL AP. She contributed to the Curbside Management Practitioner’s Guide as a member of the Complete Streets task force, offering tools to communities to maximize their curbs in the built environment. She is also active in CREW DC, ULI and USGBC. She holds a Bachelor in Arts from the George Washington University, a Marketing Certificate from Georgetown University and her RYT 200 certification.
  Jim Landau, MetLife Investment Management

Jim Landau is the Head of Asset Management for MetLife Investment Management's Washington DC Region.   He has been with MetLife Investment Management since 2014.   Previously he was with Bentall Kennedy for 12 years where he worked on the Multi-Employer Property Trust portfolio.   He has managed assets and portfolios in several markets across the U.S.   Property experience includes several asset classes and extensive work with both existing properties and new development projects.   Prior to Asset Management, Jim was an MAI appraiser with Cushman & Wakefield in New York and then with Colliers Pinkard in Baltimore.   He started his real estate career in property accounting with Cushman & Wakefield in New York.  He received a Bachelors degree from Boston University.

Jim, a LEED AP, chairs MetLife Investment Management’s ESG Advisory Committee.   He is a former USGBC National Capital Region board member and is a member of the ULI Washington Council’s Sustainability Initiative Council.  Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the NAIOP DC|MD Chapter and  was a founding member and former Chairman of the Chapter’s Sustainable Development Committee.



Rodrigo Letonja, Perkins & Will


Rodrigo Letonja, AIA LEED BD+C is a Senior Project Architect who leads the Commercial practice of the Washington, DC office of Perkins and Will.  His work ranges from commercial building development, building repositioning and commercial interiors at all levels and scales. Throughout his career, his work has focused on incorporating sustainable strategies, with a focus on occupant health.  His work has won numerous awards, both locally and nationally, for both design and sustainability.


 Jessica Long, Nuveen
Jessica is responsible for the implementation of Nuveen Real Estate Tomorrow’s World sustainability platform, focusing on incorporating climate risk in the investment process and meeting energy and carbon reduction targets for the firms U.S. real estate portfolio. Prior to joining Nuveen, Jessica led the Sustainability program for JBG SMITH.  Jessica has been an active member of the real estate community, serving as the co-chair of the host committee for USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference in 2015 and in 2018 was named Member of the Year for NAIOP DC-MD chapter. Jessica graduated from McDaniel College with a dual major in Business Administration and Communications and an Economics minor. She holds LEED AP EB:O&M and WELL AP accreditation, and the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting credential.
  Grady O'Rear, Green Advantage, Inc.

Grady O’Rear is founding President/CEO of Green Advantage, Inc., a non-profit organization that credentials US and Canadian construction personnel in state-of-the-art, sustainable and resilient building means, methods, materials and best practices. Launched with US EPA funds, it is the longest standing green building construction personnel credentialing body in the US. Grady does additional work developing and financing select green projects, as well as consulting related to personnel credentialing.

 Matt Praske, WashREIT

Matt Praske joined WashREIT in February 2014 and serves as the Director of Energy and Sustainability. In this role he oversees the company’s energy management programs, sustainability initiatives, and ESG reporting. Prior to joining WashREIT, he worked in high-performance building consulting with The Cadmus Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Energy Manager.

 Elizabeth C. Rogers, Lerch, Early & Brewer

Liz is a land use attorney who helps clients secure zoning approvals in Montgomery County, the City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg, and Washington, DC. She works with developers of large mixed-use buildings/projects, senior housing providers, educational institutions, national retailers, religious organizations, and individual property owners.  Her experiences include, among other things, obtaining Local Map Amendment (rezoning), Sketch Plan, Preliminary Plan of Subdivision, Site Plan, Special Exception/Conditional Use, and Variance approvals. She has also worked on master plans, forest conservation, affordable housing and historic preservation matters, and has drafted a variety deeds, easements and agreements for clients. Liz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University – two areas that have allowed her to understand many of the nuances of the projects she works on. She received her law degree from The George Washington University School of Law.




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