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Eliot Allen

LEED AP-ND, Principal

Criterion Planners



Eliot Allen, LEED AP-ND, is an urban and regional planner, and a specialist in sustainability rating systems. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1979 to focus on the nexus of urbanism and sustainability, becoming an award-winning leader in helping communities achieve outcomes that are measurably more prosperous and resilient. He is a co-creator of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and since 2007 has directed certification reviews of over two hundred LEED-ND neighborhoods worldwide. Eliot is also a technical advisor to the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems, and the EcoDistricts Protocol; and a curator at TransformativeTools.org. He is a widely published author, including contributions to Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Eliot is a co-recipient of the EPA Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Climate Protection Plan; the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award for the Smart Code; and the American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Award for the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. He is a former chair of Portland’s Energy Commission, and currently serves on the Urban Planning Task Group of the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the International Advisory Group of the Ecourbanism Worldwide project of Simon Fraser University.