2017 Environment

Venue: Perkins Eastman Architects
Date: April 19

1.5 CEUs for AIA and ASLA

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Jennifer Bolstad, Principal – Local Office Landscape and Urban Design

Jennifer Bolstad is a landscape architect, an educator and a community organizer for social and environmental justice. Together with Walter Meyer, she is co-founder of Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, based in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches at Parsons/The New School for Design and holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and practice concentration is coastal landscapes at all scales, operating between infrastructure, urbanism and ecology.


Annisia Cialone, Director of Planning for the City of Jersey City

Annisia Cialone has expertise in the design and management of large-scale urban design and strategic master planning projects for both public and private clients.  Her experience includes large-scale mixed-use projects, transit oriented development, waterfront developments, higher education and cultural institutions. As program manager for Together North Jersey’s Local Demonstration Project Program she oversaw and managed a program of 18 Strategic Planning Projects that included strategies to make the region more resilient including a Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan for Hoboken, NJ and resiliency strategies for The City of Passaic’s Eastside.


Victoria Chanse, Associate Professor – Landscape Architecture University of Maryland

Victoria Chanse is a community designer and planner at the University of Maryland, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture. Dr. Chanse focuses her research, teaching, and community engagement on solving problems associated with sea level rise, flooding, and stormwater. Her work focuses on participatory, community-based approaches to develop local responsive designs that consider community needs and landscape changes under different scenarios of sea level rise and stormwater management. Past and current projects have faced critical environmental concerns: design and planning adaptations to sea level change, the use of green infrastructure in addressing stormwater issues, and engaging communities in addressing both equity and environmental problems. To date, Dr. Chanse and her students have worked on over 30 projects in 20+ communities, and assisted communities in Maryland in acquiring $2.3M in grant funding. Dr. Chanse has graduate degrees in City and Regional Planning (masters) and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (doctorate) from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Alexis Goggans, Program Analyst in the DOEE Urban Sustainability Administration

Alexis Goggans currently serves as a Program Analyst in the Department of Energy and the Environment’s (DOEE) Urban Sustainability Administration. As a program analyst, Ms. Goggans coordinates public, private and non-profit stakeholders to advance green building and climate change programs and policies in the District.

Prior to DOEE, Alexis was a Neighborhood Planner with the DC Office of Planning, where she served as the East of River Planner/Ward 4 Planner and managed the Sustainable Congress Heights EcoDistrict Initiative. Before working at OP, Alexis was the Civic Engagement Manager for Justice & Sustainability Associates where she worked on the 11th Street Bridge Replacement Project and the H-Benning Streetcar Line. She also worked as the National River Cleanup manager with American Rivers.

Alexis holds a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Alexis has lived in Washington, D.C. for 4 years and enjoys traveling, the great outdoors and mind-body wellness.


Moderator: Tanya Mejia, Perkins Eastman Sustainability Specialist

Tanya T. Mejia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is a Sustainability Specialist at Perkins Eastman, where she develops firmwide sustainability programs, manages all third-party green market standards, and works with project teams to maximize the social, economic, and environmental value of designs. Her previous experience includes several years at GBCI as part of the LEED Certification department.