Trained as an architect, Marni Jade Evans, LEED AP BD + C, is a sustainability educator, consultant and mentor as partner in the Austin, TX office of Revitaliza International, whose headquarters are based in Mexico City, Mexico.
With eleven years of professional sustainability experience, she is the past Interim Director for the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) – a partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Marni possesses a deep passion for transformation of the development industry, after a spiritual awakening led her to question conventional process and unsustainable patterns in the way we design and build today. Her spark has ignited individuals and organizations to pursue deep green solutions – be it career transitions into sustainability or pursuit of the Living Building Challenge.
With experience on over 20 LEED projects in Canada, the US and Mexico, over 200 LEED projects as a LEED reviewer to the USGBC and CaGBC, and two projects aspiring to Living Building Challenge status, Marni's sustainable development consulting history is diverse. Through her own Revitaliza, and past experience with Paladino & Company, her range of skills covers all aspects of building design development and construction. Marni's love of training, education and writing spans many areas:
Marni's experience as Washington State Director of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council enabled her work in non-profit advocacy, outreach, education and event planning - leading a talent team to create the Living Future Unconference and building capacity in her region.
After completing a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from Montana State University - Bozeman, Marni jumped head first into the Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate Program, awarded by the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute. Marni holds the LEED AP and LEED Canada AP designation.
Her passions in healing and cutting edge transformation of the development industry have led her to study and work with leaders in the world of sustainable development, ecological restoration and regenerative design.
A perpetual student of the regenerative design movement, Marni believes that as we begin to deeply embody the change we seek to create in our lives, we can heal ourselves, our communities and our planet through a place-based, story driven, ‘slow design’ process.
From Marni Evans:
"Professionally, I have been privileged to have worked with thousands of dedicated and thoughtful people, assisting them in attaining the level of green building and sustainable development that best fits their needs, their bio-region, their inclination, and their budget.
As a community activist, my passion for sustainable development doesn't stop with the building or site. I am currently involved with the Sustainable Food Center and derive satisfaction from 'Taste the Place' preparing the market bounty of the day for shoppers to taste before they buy from local farmers.
Past volunteer projects have included working with the NW EcoBuilding Guild, the NW Biodiesel Network, the Pit Bull Project, the Rat City Rollergirls, City Repair, Sustainable Ballard, Green Festival, Seattle Works, Phinney Neighborhood Association and many more.
Thank you to all that you do in the realm of sustainability, and thanks for reading!