Claire Bonham-Carter, Director of Sustainable Development – Design Planning, AECOM

Claire Waast Claire has 16 years experience working on climate change planning and sustainability strategy projects for a range of public and private sector clients including local, regional and national government and residential and commercial developers. Her experience spans policy planning for municipalities, as well as sustainability frameworks and feasibility studies for new and existing mixed use communities to minimize impact from an environmental, social and economic perspective. She has worked on climate mitigation and adaptation plans for US cities, and sustainability design guidelines for plans ranging in scale from downtown areas in San Francisco, New Orleans and Sao Paulo, to large new communities in Mexico and China. She has led the development of a number of climate action plan projects in the Bay Area, including the cities of Union City, Albany and Piedmont as well as for Alameda and Yolo County. These projects cover energy efficiency and green buildings, renewable energy as well as land use and transportation. Recently she was the Principal in Charge for the Adapting to Rising Tides project, an assessment of the vulnerability of transportation assets to sea level rise in Alameda County. Claire served as Principal-in-Charge for the Seattle Energy Efficiency Policy Analysis for New Buildings, tasked to advise the city on how to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality for all new construction by 2030. Claire recently served on SPUR’s climate adaptation taskforce and is currently a member of the City of San Francisco’s Renewable Energy Taskforce and the local ULI Sustainability Committee.