Keynote Speakers

Doug Farr, Farr Associates

Doug Farr, AIA, CNU, LEED-AP
Friday October 5, 2012, 1 - 2 pm

Doug Farr is the founding principal of the architecture and urban design firm Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its sixth LEED Platinum building, completing its second net zero energy building.

Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee - the interdisciplinary group of professionals that created this first ever rating system for sustainable land development. Launching in 2009, LEED-ND integrates smart growth, walkability, and green building practices into standards and metrics that scale up sustainability to a neighborhood level.

Based on the firm's pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored the urban planning best-selling book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature in 2008 now being translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Korean. 

Suzanne Lindsay, Kroger Co.

Suzanne Lindsay
The Kern Family Foundation

Saturday October 6, 2012, 1 - 2pm
Sponsored by The Kern Family Foundation  
This lecture is free and open to the public. 


When the Kroger Co. decided to accelerate its sustainability initiatives and improve its environmental stewardship, it turned to Suzanne Lindsay, BSCvE’01.

Lindsay joined the nation’s largest grocery retailer in March as its first Director of Sustainability. In this role, she will direct Kroger’s internal sustainability initiatives and lead the company’s Sustainability Leadership Team.

In making the announcement, the company described Lindsay as “a dynamic leader who brings great passion for sustainability and a business acumen that will help keep our efforts tied strictly to the bottom line.”

Lindsay previously created and led sustainability initiatives at PetSmart, Inc. She also has worked extensively in real estate, development, and civil engineering. 

“My interest in sustainability has evolved over time,” said Lindsay, who grew up with recycling and a love of the outdoors as a way of life.

While working as a civil engineer, designing sites for big box retailers and their developers, she learned that the site design for these large shopping centers often required increased efforts to ensure water quality and preservation and conservation of wetlands, trees, and native species.

“I took what I learned from that experience and moved to the retailer side to work for PetSmart as a new store development manager, where I was responsible for the development of 50 to 60 new store builds a year in the western United States and Canada,” she said. “I started asking questions and trying to integrate green building principles into the prototype, and it has grown from there.”

“Getting my degree from Lawrence Tech was definitely a jumping-off point in my career and laid the foundation for the necessary critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to find creative solutions to today’s challenges,” Lindsay said.

She recalled that when her senior project team designed “Eagle Run International Airport,” she was responsible for the environmental section. With help from Associate Professor  Edmund Yuen, who now chairs the Department of Civil Engineering, she created a plume map to analyze the impact of airport operations on the air quality in surrounding areas.

“I guess I was destined to end up in the environmental arena,” she said.

Suzanne Lindsay