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Eliot Allen

LEED AP-ND, Principal

Criterion Planners


Eliot Allen, AICP, LEED AP-ND, is an urban planner and specialist in sustainability rating systems. He founded Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon in 1980 to focus on the nexus of urbanism and sustainability, becoming an award-winning leader in helping communities achieve outcomes that are measurably more resilient and climate protective. He was a member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development core committee, served as USGBC's primary technical consultant for ND rating system development, and since 2007 has directed certification reviews of hundreds of LEED-ND neighborhoods globally. Eliot is also a technical advisor to the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems, and the EcoDistricts Protocol. 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.