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Gary Lawrence
Vice President
Chief Sustainability Officer

Master of Public Administration,
University of Georgia

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics,
Central Washington University

Professional Affiliations
American Planning Association

Design Futures Council,
Senior Fellow

2014 Nexus Conference
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
International Advisory Committee

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats,
Editorial Board

The Green Parking Council,
Advisory Board Member

World Economic Forum,
Global Agenda Council on Climate Change

EastWest Institute,
Senior Fellow

Sustainability Accounting,
Standards Board
Advisory Comittee

Global Adaptation Institute,
Advisory Board

World Business Council on Sustainable
Liaison Committee Member
Urban Infrastructure Initiative Member

“Unified Design”
Published 2008

Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world.

In this role, Mr. Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues.

Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Lawrence served as the urban strategies leader at Arup. Previously, he led Sustainable Strategies and Solutions Inc. and served on the faculty of the University of Washington’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was also planning director for the City of Seattle, where he led development of one of the world’s first comprehensive plan dedicated to sustainability.

His 20 years of global sustainability experience also include serving as advisor to U.S. President Clinton’s Administration Council on Sustainable Development, the U.S. government at the United Nation's Habitat II, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President's Office, the British Prime Minister's Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin and the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris on matters of sustainable development, economics and environmental policy. His writing and lectures have helped shape sustainability theory, policy and practice throughout the world.

During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies.

A Fortune 500 company, AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments. For more information, visit