Forum #6 Workshop: Remodeling our city to survive and thrive in the era of climate change
Carl Elefante Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evans Architects and Senior Fellow at Architecture 2030. Carl’s career has spanned 47 years, highlighted by numerous national awards and professional leadership roles. He served as the 94th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2017-2018.
EDUCATION Bachelor of Architecture, University of Maryland, 1980
AFFILIATIONS College of Fellows, The Association for Preservation Technology College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
Throughout his luminous career, Carl has championed the concept of sustainable stewardship. As an architect, preservation specialist, and sustainability advocate, he has pioneered design concepts that reflect a breakthrough combination of historic and environmental preservation. His commitment to sustainable practices is evident throughout his portfolio, ranging from iconic buildings to complex Modern-era structures. His work also includes heritage plans for campuses and multi-building sites.
Carl believes that the imperative of sustainable, ethical stewardship applies to all types of historic structures. His leadership and ideas have challenged and advanced the architectural profession and enhanced the experience of all those who visit the buildings that he has helped modernize.
Natasha Juliana is the owner of the coworking space WORK Petaluma and an enthusiastic proponent of a safe and regenerative future, focusing her efforts through Climate Action Petaluma and 350 Petaluma. In a previous lifetime, she used her Bachelor of Architecture to work in residential design in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bill Wolpert has been a licensed architect for over 30 years and is the Principal Architect and Owner of Green Building Architects in Petaluma, CA. He completed his Architecture degree at Cal Poly School of Architecture. Bill has been active in the Petaluma community for many years. He is a former Petaluma Planning Commissioner, a member of the Advisory Committee for the SMART Station Master Plan, and the Advisory Committee for the Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Plan.
Peyton Hall is Principal Architect Emeritus with the Historic Resources Group, and an Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California. Peyton earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia and his Master of Environmental Design from Yale University School of Architecture. Peyton completed a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at the Tokyo National Cultural Properties Institute and earned a Certificate from “Andrea Palladio”, Centro di Storia Dell’Architettura, Vicenza, Italy.
Christina Toms is an ecological engineer and senior scientist with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board with over 18 years of experience in the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, especially tidal wetlands within the San Francisco Estuary and bar-built estuaries along the Pacific Coast. Her work at the Water Board focuses on the planning, permitting, and regional monitoring of estuarine wetland restoration and climate change adaptation projects. In her “free” time, Christina also serves as a director of the California Native Plant Society and the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League. She has a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and lives with her husband Brian and daughter Sierra Grace in Santa Rosa, CA.
Kallie Marie Kull is an Environmental Planner in Water Resources focusing on river restoration to improve habitat for endangered salmon. She works for the County of Marin to implement projects that remove instream barriers to migration and spearheads a Landowner’s Assistance Program helping residents to install river enhancement projects on their properties. She is also a Board member of Friends of the Petaluma River.
Prior to her work in Marin, Kallie served as the executive director of a multi-county effort to restore salmon and rivers on the Central Coast, (Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey). Kallie holds a graduate degree from UC Berkeley in environmental planning and watershed ecology, and spent summers in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska as a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She lives on the Petaluma River in the downtown area and enjoys seeing kayakers and abundant bird life from her deck over-looking the river.
David Keller brings his love for social and environmental justice, public engagement and political activism to his work. He is currently the Bay Area Director for Friends of the Eel River, working on dam removal, salmon fisheries and watershed restoration, resolving inter-basin water transfer conflicts, and helping to transform the defunct North Coast Railroad’s rail line to the Great Redwood Trail. He was a long-time Board member of Sonoma County Conservation Action, a regional environmental advocacy, voter engagement and canvassing organization, and the founder and director of the Petaluma River Council.
David was an elected member of the Petaluma City Council, pioneering the first adoption of form-based building codes (Smart Codes) for downtown redevelopment. He led the defeat of the first full privatization of a municipal wastewater treatment plant in the U.S., resulting in a city-owned, created wetlands treatment facility instead. He's also been battling approval and construction of an asphalt plant in the upper Petaluma River marsh, and has supported creation of river parks, along with preservation, restoration and recovery of important reaches of the Petaluma River. He advocated for ratepayer protections during the formation of an early community choice aggregation (SCP). He’s also been a member of the Bolinas Fire Protection District Board of Directors, a community mediator and trainer for Marin County, and a member of the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee.
Aaron Eckhouse is the Regional Policy Manager for California YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard). His advocacy work covers the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process and pro-housing local policy initiatives across the state, as well as support for local YIMBY teams around the Bay Area. He lives in Oakland in a neighborhood with a diverse mix of housing types.
Alicia Gaylord (co-host) is responsible for the oversight of MidPen Housing Corporation’s North Bay regional real estate development office. With 18 years of experience in Affordable Housing, she has contributed to the development and rehabilitation of over 1,000 affordable homes for families, seniors, and persons with special needs in California. Ali supervises her team in all aspects of real estate development including the entitlement process, financing, deal structuring, design, construction, and closeout. She works closely not only with her team at MidPen but also with stakeholders including financial partners, local jurisdictions and community members. Ali lives on Petaluma’s East Side with her husband and two small dogs.
Duncan Young graduated with a BArch with Distinction from California College of the Arts and holds a current Architecture License in CA. Duncan spent a decade working in Architecture on a wide range of project types throughout the Bay Area. As a Sr. Project Manager Duncan balances the duties of budget and schedule management within the framework of complicated constraints to deliver successful project outcomes on a diverse range of project types both large and small.
Pete Gang has been immersed in the world of sustainable building for over two decades as both an architect and educator. During the last ten years, his interest in climate matters led to immersion in climate-related books, reports, articles, online classes, and webinars. He was trained in 2017 as part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, worked closely with The Climate Center to organize and present their Climate Action Fellowship, and has been working with friends and allies for the last two years to get our local jurisdictions to acknowledge the climate crisis. He hopes one day to be a good ancestor.
Scott Dusterhoff is a geomorphologist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center with a background in fluvial geomorphology, watershed hydrology, and estuarine/tidal wetland dynamics. For over two decades, Scott has been working in coastal and upland watersheds throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as in the Mid-Atlantic, on projects that use in-depth scientific investigations to inform sustainable ecosystem management approaches. He specializes in understanding the impacts of land disturbance and flow regulation on geomorphic processes and aquatic habitat for a variety of endangered species. He has extensive experience using a combination of field-based data, numerical modeling, and geospatial tools to characterize fluvial and coastal sediment transport dynamics and hydrologic/hydraulic processes. Scott currently leads several projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that focus on developing holistic management approaches that support resilient, multi-benefit landscapes.
Eric De Kok is Program Manager for Planning and Community Development in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Erik leads, coordinates, and supports the team’s efforts on policy and developing local and regional planning guidance in furtherance of the State’s planning priorities and climate goals. Key focus areas include sustainable land use, housing, transportation, and infrastructure; infill development and finance; climate action, adaptation and resilience planning; community-based investment; and social equity, public health and environmental justice. Erik has over 20 years of public, private and non-profit sector planning experience. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Calvin University.