Founded in 1988 with an initial project through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve program in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA+A has since supported a wide variety of clients in meeting their mission and goals related to sustainable development.
Twenty-seven years of experience in project planning, development, and management services for private sector, government, and NGO clients. Experience includes technology innovation, business analysis and strategy, and organizational development in a number of emerging sectors related to sustainable development: land and buildings, product and process innovation, energy, natural resource utilization, regional economics, tourism, and community development.
A results-oriented business focus with proven ability to work creatively across disciplines with clients and project teams to create vision, develop strategy, assemble resources, and achieve objectives.
Trained in International Business at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Chris’ work has been featured in Fast Company, Crain Business Journal, Management Innovation Exchange, McCombs Business School Magazine, and Corporate Knights. As a Certified Biomimicry Professional, he works closely with Biomimicry 3.8 in built environment projects.
ADVISORS and ASSOCIATES
Janine Benyus, Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8 – Advisor
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is Biologist-at-the-Design-Table, introducing innovators to 3.8 billion years of brilliant, time-tested solutions.
Steve Crooks, PhD, Principal at Silvestrum Climate Associates – Advisor
Steve is a wetland scientist / geomorphologist with 25 years of experience in the response of coastal wetland systems to human impacts and climate change. Steve specializes in translating scientific information to formats accessible to policy and decision makers as well as senior-level managers. He also works within organizations, governments, and agencies to develop teams and initiatives that support capacity building. He is often called upon to brief US and Foreign governments, government agencies, and Federal, State, and local leaders. He excels at developing approaches for sustainable coastal management, including: applied approaches for climate change adaptation; mitigation of human impacts; assessment of wetland response to sea level rise; integration of project and landscape-level planning; wetlands restoration; and development of greenhouse gas offset protocols and accounting procedures for wetlands.
Huston Eubank, Director of Consulting for Regenerative Ventures, Inc. – Advisor
Huston Eubank is a registered architect and an independent consultant specializing in sustainability for buildings, communities and businesses. Huston served the World Green Building Council as founding Secretary and Executive Director, and was for 6 years a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services. He currently serves as Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer and Director of Consulting for Regenerative Ventures, Inc., teaches a course on “Integrative Design for Energy Efficiency” for Singapore’s Certified Energy Manager Program, and is an Associate of The Green Asia Group. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist, a former Certified Construction Specifier, and a LEED AP.
Dr. Michael Flaxman, Founder of GeoDesign Technologies, Inc. – Advisor
Dr. Michael Flaxman’s primary research interest is in participatory tools for spatial simulation modeling as applied to the planning and design of cities and regions. He has served on the faculties of MIT, Harvard and the University of Oregon. Dr. Flaxman has practiced GIS-based planning in 17 countries, including one year as a Fulbright fellow in Canada.
Dr. Flaxman previously served as industry manager for Architecture, Engineering and Construction at ESRI, the world’s largest developer of GIS technology. Dr. Flaxman received his doctorate in design from Harvard University in 2001 and holds a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s in biology from Reed College.
Dr. Eric Rolf Hansen, President, ETG – Advisor
Dr. Eric R. Hansen is the President of the Economic Transformations Group. Dr. Hansen’s areas of expertise are sustainable urban and regional economic development, collaborative strategy development, clustering, small business development, investment attraction, and managing broad-based economic change and action implementation for regions and industries. He is a specialist in cluster-based economic development and is innovating procedures for stimulating private-sector development and public-private collaboration and leadership across a variety of socio-economic and cultural contexts. Dr. Hansen directed major sustainable economic strategy and implementation projects in 25 U.S. states and cities, ranging from Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Cleveland to Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and North Dakota, and in more than 30 countries around the world. He is passionate about working with poor rural women and their families and believes that that is the best way to create a safer and more sustainable place. He holds a Ph.D. in regional economics and planning from M.I.T. and a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (after starting out at Williams College). He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and has working knowledge in Portuguese and Farsi (Persian).
Jorge Kanahuati – Associate
Jorge is an experienced sustainability professional specializing in strategic planning for sustainable businesses and facilitation of integrative design processes involving the collaboration of interdisciplinary teams.
Specialties: Known for his enthusiastic and dedicated work with clients including international corporations, academic institutions, government entities, real estate developers, architecture and design firms and non-profit organizations, effectively planning and facilitating the creation of value adding win-win solutions for regenerative projects. LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Biomimicry Professional.
Michael Karp, President of Michael Karp and Associates — Associate
Michael Karp and Associates is a public interest national consulting firm specializing in sustainable energy policy, design, and intervention with a focus of the special needs of the disadvantaged since 1991. Work includes: expert testimony, strategic planning, training and technical assistance, conservation program design/integrated resource planning, and advocacy.
Michael is also Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity, an international NGO with a wide array of sustainability based projects. Projects and board members span six continents and address sustainable agriculture, energy, forestry, water, salmon, and many other issues: training, consulting, technical assistance, strategic planning, and administration.
Thomas Knittel, Design Principal at HDR Inc. — Advisor
Knittel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Design Partner at McClennan Design. He is the firm’s leading expert in biomimicry – drawing inspi
ration from natural systems to solve human problems – and holds a Biomimicry Specialty Certificate from Biomimicry 3.8. The organization also honored him with the 2013 Excellence in Biomimicry Award.
Thomas was the lead designer for Project Haiti, a pro bono partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and his former firm HOK to design a LEED Platinum orphanage and children’s center in Port-au-Prince. He was coauthor for the Genius of Biome report, a biomimicry resource created by HOK and Biomimicry 3.8.
He became licensed as an architect in 1986, and has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Kansas State University, completed graduate studies at SCI-Arc, Vico-Morcote, Switzerland, and holds a Master in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Juan Rovalo, Principal of In Site – Advisor
Juan is the founder and key principal of In Site and a highly skilled biologist whose strength lies in his ability to work with interdisciplinary teams in diverse cultural and ecological contexts. His strong communication skills and deep knowledge of biological strategies and systems enriches the processes of design that are aimed towards innovation and high performance. His growing international activity in biomimicry related projects, including various locations throughout Mexico, the United States, and beyond, has positioned Juan as one of best specialists worldwide. The skills he offers are a key differentiator for the design and planning processes of architects, engineers, landscapers, urban planners, real state developers and industrial and product designers.
Chris Webb, Associate Engineer at Herrera Environmental Consultants – Advisor
Christopher J. Webb is a licensed professional civil engineer in the States of Washington, Oregon and Texas and a LEED™ Fellow and Accredited Professional (ND & BD+C) whose passion and technical expertise is focused on providing civil engineering designs that demonstrate the highest degree of sustainability and are based on ecological principles. Chris is a frequent speaker on the technical aspects of sustainability as it is applied in civil engineering.
Chris’ sustainable development project experience includes working with many local and state governments, private and public entities, utilities, and non-profit groups.He works as part of diverse design teams across the spectrum of project scales from the single lot to large multi-unit developments and from master planning through permitting and construction documents.
Sean M. (Monte) Wilson, Director at Jacobs Engineering — Advisor
Monte Wilson,RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate, is a Director of Jacobs’ Advance Planning Group, a specialized business unit of the firm’s global design practice.
In addition to his leadership role in defining the strategic direction for the practice, Monte serves as a Project Principal and Senior Designer on a range of project types including: new towns, mixed-use, transit oriented development, revitalization studies as well as university, research and corporate campus master plans.
Since 2008 Monte has worked to integrate Biomimicry into the practice of community and city building. Along with a number of current and former colleagues, he has worked with Biomimicry 3.8 to educate clients and inform design work through a bio-inspired planning framework and an approach based on life’s principles.
Prior to joining Jacobs, Monte built and led a global planning and design practice as a Senior Vice President for HOK. He has worked on projects throughout the world, including the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Panama, Israel, North Africa, Canada and Mexico. A registered landscape architect and a LEED Green Associate, Monte graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.