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  You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller

Graham Twyford-Miles

Senior Associate

Vancouver, British Columbia

Graham is a Vancouver-based consultant and sustainability champion with 15 years of experience in planning, project management, and green-building consulting. He’s passionate about improving the sustainability of our communities through thoughtful development planning and creative, performance-based design.

Graham specializes in the development and application of sustainability metrics and frameworks for complex planning and development projects and has led the development of sustainability strategies and programs for multiple institutional and commercial developers across North America. His work has included LEED and green-building consulting at both the building and neighborhood scale, sustainability planning for large development sites and rezoning projects, and program development and implementation.

Before joining Stantec, Graham served as a planner with TransLink and UBC Campus & Community Development, where he led the development and implementation of an integrated transportation demand management program for the university. The program has dramatically reduced vehicle traffic and transport related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at UBC.

Graham is currently serving as our sustainability discipline leader and is responsible for growing and developing Stantec’s in-house sustainability and energy practice, which delivers integrated green-building, performance-modeling, and energy-management services to project teams across the globe.

With a master’s degree in urban studies from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of BC, Graham is a keen student of urban issues, and has travelled extensively. He’s lived, worked, and studied in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Sendai, Japan. When he isn’t busy saving the world, Graham can be found plying the choppy waters of Coal Harbour in his rowing shell.

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
I recently moderated the “Vancouver: Young, beautiful… renewable?” panel at Buildex 2017 about the future potential and growth of renewable energy use in Vancouver.

Last year, also at the Buildex conference in Vancouver, I spoke on a panel that discussed different perspectives about LEED and the future of building rating systems.

Using the Kelowna-Vernon Hospital project as a case study, I spoke at the GreenBuild 2015 conference in Washington, DC, about “Achieving building performance and LEED in public private partnership projects.”

The work we’re doing on sustainable design for mixed-use projects is highlighted at the Brentwood Redevelopment in Burnaby, BC.

WHERE I’M PUBLISHED
My Master’s thesis explored the concept of the Conscious City and how social consciousness drives change toward sustainability in urban environments. It’s published in Urban Environment, Volume 3, 2009.

WHAT I’M READING
I’m an avid reader and usually have a few books on the go. I’m currently reading If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional nations, rising cities, by Benjamin R. Barber. It provides an optimistic counterpoint to the hyper-partisan and polarized world of national governments, arguing that local initiatives are changing the world in important ways.

IN THE NEWS
What does LEED need to do to stay relevant? Jean Sorensen at the Journal of Commerce reports on our Buildex Vancouver panel about LEED’s future.

A few years ago my work with NEXT, a forward-looking arm of the Business Council of BC, was highlighted in a feature story about different generational cultures in the workplace in The Vancouver Sun.

What are LEED’s shortcomings, and how can we improve our programs? Cheryl Mah at Design Quarterly explores that idea in her article “Is LEED still relevant?”

Aligning personal stakes with professional expertise, a few of my colleagues and I visited a Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver session, where I was interviewed.

IN MY COMMUNITY
As a member of the LEED Technical Advisory Group for the Canada and US Green Building Councils, I provide guidance regarding the interpretation and application of the LEED rating system in Canada and the US.

Advocating for UBC, I’m a member of the alumni UBC advisory board.

I was the inaugural chair for the Business Council of BC’s NEXT Leaders Initiative, a group that creates a forum for emerging business leaders to get involved in policy issues.

I took up rowing after graduating from UBC as a challenging recreational pursuit. Fifteen years later I’m still an active member of the Vancouver Rowing Club and have competed and medaled in events across Canada and throughout the US and Europe. Consulting takes its toll, and rowing is an excellent stress buster. Our next event is Miami in June, 2017.

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