J. Chris Earley, LEED AP+


Chris Earley of Greening UrbanChris Earley combines years of engineering design experience with a deep commitment to sustainable development through project management, community outreach, and a focus on sustainable infrastructure. Prior to founding Greening Urban, Chris spearheaded the sustainable urban development initiative at a 350+/- multi-disciplinary civil engineering firm, bridging the gap between engineering and urban revitalization and bringing environmentally sensitive site design into downtown areas. Chris also managed a variety of civil engineering projects on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, maximizing the use of low-impact development techniques whenever possible.

Chris chaired the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) LEED® for Neighborhood Development (ND) northeast regionalization taskforce. The mission of the taskforce was to determine additional credits you can achieve, based on local issues and criteria, for projects attempting LEED-ND certification. The region stretched from New York to Virginia, and the taskforce successfully came up with a menu of region specific credits for the USGBC. This was a great opportunity for Chris to get into the minutia of the LEED-ND rating system and how it relates to multiple types of projects and locations.

Chris presents frequently on green civil engineering and site design to architects, engineers, and developers, and serves as an advocate for environmentally sensitive engineering and related subjects. He consults on a multitude of innovative green infrastructure and low impact development stormwater management projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he has also consulted on Sustainable Sites criteria for many green building and development projects. Chris has provided expertise to various teams to help several projects achieve LEED-ND certification. He was recently selected by the USGBC as the speaker for the Closing Plenary at the Design and Construction Sustainability Forum for the JRGBC in March 2011. He will present on the subject of Stormwater Management and LEED for Neighborhood Development.

Professional Affiliations

City of Richmond Green City Commission, Current Member
City of Richmond Green Building Advisory Commission, Former Chair
James River Green Building Council, Member & Former Board Member
Virginia Downtown Development Association, Current Board Member
District of Columbia Stormwater Taskforce, Former Member
USGBC LEED ND Pilot Program, Former Northeast Regional Taskforce Chair
American Society of Civil Engineers, Member
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Member
Tricycle Gardens, Board Member

Presentations, Exhibitions

  • “An Introduction to LEED® for Neighborhood Development,” James River Green Building Council, Richmond, VA, March 2011
  • “Retrofitting Stormwater Management in Urban Environments,” Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC, November 2010
  • “Reducing Runoff in DC: New Directions in Stormwater Management,” National Building Museum, Washington, DC, December 2008
  • “Low Impact Development,” University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD, April 2008
  • “Water Budget Amendment and Infrastructure Issues,” District of Columbia Stormwater Task Force, Washington, DC, January 2008
  • “Innovative Stormwater Management into Green Building and LEED,” AIA Design, Washington, DC, July 2007


  • LEED Accredited Professional – 2004
  • Specialization in Building Design and Construction – 2010


  • Architectural & Civil Engineering: J. Sergeant Reynolds College – 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts: Cum Laude – Virginia Commonwealth University – 1997