DEC 3, 2019

Building owners and designers have a unique opportunity to help address the significant environmental and development demands placed on the built environment by the twin needs to expand housing and address climate change. At a moment when the built environment is facing dramatic shifts, the need for innovation and sustainable design approaches is more essential than ever.  

Join us for a talk by Frank Lowenstein, Deputy Director and Chief Conservation Officer for the New England Forestry Foundation followed by a group discussion to explore how forests can link to cities through demand, design, technology, supply, and sustainability 

Discussion Topics:

1) What are the barriers to using materials from local and sustainably managed forests in your buildings or projects?


Deputy Director + Chief Conservation Officer

New England Forestry Foundation

Frank currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. He joined New England Forestry Foundation as Deputy Director in December 2013 and has played a critical role in overseeing and advancing NEFF’s climate change mitigation and adaptation work, policy engagement, financial planning, fundraising, strategic planning, and communications and brand. He also leads NEFF’s Exemplary Forestry Center, which seeks to maximize the contributions of New England forests to mitigating damaging climate change. Prior to joining NEFF, Frank worked for more than 20 years for The Nature Conservancy, leaving in 2013 as a Senior Manager. At The Nature Conservancy, he led programs ranging from community-based conservation in the Berkshires to the organization’s global climate adaptation work. He is a Switzer Fellow, a former Senior Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, author of three books including Clothed in Bark, and adjunct faculty in Environmental Studies at both Brandeis University and Harvard Extension School.