Bill Browning

William D. Browning, of Terrapin Bright Green LLC, received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT.

In 1991, Mr. Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/ Renew America Prize. In 2006 he became a principal in Terrapin Bright Green LLC, which crafts environmental strategies for corporations, government agencies and large-scale developments.

Mr. Browning’s clients include Walmart's Eco-mart, Starwood, Yellowstone National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, Disney, New Songdo City, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Google, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, Green Developments (CD-ROM), A Primer on Sustainable Building, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, The Economics of Biophilia, Midcentury (un)Modern, and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Mr. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine, and an Honorary member of the AIA. He was a founding member of US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America Board of Directors. He served on the DoD Defense Science Board Energy Task Force and the State Department’s Industry Advisory Group.

Terrapin Bright Green is a research and consulting firm working in the green building space. Terrapin has ongoing work on Biomimicry, Biophilia and Net-Zero Systems. Biomimicry is a process of finding innovation inspired by nature. Terrapin has a project to introduce Biomimicry as a problem-solving tool in for industries in New York state. As an example of ecosystem scale Biomimicry, the firm also has been creating metrics based on quantifying the ecosystem services of a place.

Biophilia is the innate need of humans to associate with nature and natural systems. Terrapin has developed a set of Biophilic Design tools to help designers create buildings and spaces that reconnect occupants with nature in a way that reduces stress, improves cognitive function and enhances creativity. The firm has ongoing research monitoring the health and productivity implications of application of Biophilic Design in buildings. Terrapin also provides consulting services for clients that want to produce more than they consume—Net-Zero—energy, water and materials.