Harnessing ideas from nature and human well-being to create efficient, innovative, and sustainable solutions to business challenges. Our speakers are Vince Siciliano, President and CEO of New Resource Bank, and Chris Garvin from the company Terrapin Bright Green.

Vince Siciliano is president and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. His talk is titled The Economy of Being Well and Doing Good.

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VINCE SICILIANO

Vince Siciliano is President and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. The bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability with everything it does—lending, operations, and putting deposits to work for good. He is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

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We’re very excited to welcome Chris Garvin, a leader in the sustainable design community, as a speaker and session leader for this year’s conference.   

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CHRIS GARVIN

Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community. Since moving to New York in 1998, he has specialized in environmental architecture and materials research, while serving on numerous advisory boards and in organizations that advocate for sustainability in design.

An integral contributor to Terrapin’s development, Chris was named a Partner in 2008. He serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin’s consulting engagements while also actively involved at COOKFOX Architects, where he is a Senior Associate. His interests include high-performance design at both the building and community scale, zero energy communities, biomimicry, biophilia, and data analytics.

Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the US Green Building Council, and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

Chris received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with noted professor Vivian Loftness and spent a year at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and his husband, Todd Sears, live in Manhattan.