"Jason is the Steve Jobs of the Green Building Industry." - Dr. Bill Wiecking, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Jason F. McLennan is one of the most sought after keynote speakers in the North American Green Building scene – helping inspire and educate several thousand individuals each year at venues and conferences around the continent. He is considered one of the most engaging and thoughtful presenters addressing a wide array of topics and diverse audiences including architects, engineers, developers, builders and other corporate clients. In addition to dozens of presentations, Jason has made numerous radio appearances at stations around North America.


Jasons is available to keynote events around North America and the World. Please email Bonnie Tabb at, bonnie.tab@mclennan-design.com, to inquire about having him headline your event.


Living Buildings for a Living Future | Jason McLennan | TEDxBend

Published on May 26, 2015

The stunning realization that “a building is like a flower” is revolutionizing the green building and sustainability movement world-wide.

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today. McLennan is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, as well as CEO of the International Living Future Institute, a leading NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He is also CEO of Cascadia Green Building Counsel. McLennan is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. His vision and published works have made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Engineering News Record 2016 Award of Excellence Winner Speech

The winner of the 2016 ENR Award of Excellence, Jason McLennan, recognized for launching the Living Building Challenge which drastically raises the bar on building sustainability, accepts his award and provokes the industry to step up.

Jason McLennan "The Living Building Challenge is changing the building industry" • Hampshire College

Published on Sep 21, 2016

Highlights from the keynote panel featuring Jason McLennan, creator of the Living Building Challenge; Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist; and Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org. Panel moderator was Gabriel Arboleda, Five College assistant professor of environmental design. Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center Dedication and Symposium entitled “What Buildings Should Do” was held Friday, September 16, 2016. https://www.hampshire.edu/alumni/what…

Jason McLennan - Living Buildings and a Regenerative World | Bioneers

Published on Nov 4, 2014

The visionary founder of the Living Building Challenge illuminates the game-changing impacts of the world’s most advanced and provocative green building certification program. He chronicles its core principles, its global influence on designers, builders, communities and educational systems, and its manifest progress transforming the interface between human habitats and the natural world into a virtuous cycle.

This speech took place at the 2013 Bioneers Annual Conference and is part of the Ecological Design Collection, Vol. 2.

Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

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