Meeting of the Minds Speaker

John F. Williams, II

Senior Vice President

HDR Engineering Inc.

John Williams is a SVP with HDR Engineering, Inc. based in NYC.

He is also on faculty at Columbia University where he teaches a capstone course on Public-Private-Partnerships in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He serves in leadership roles for a number of environmental, professional and charitable organizations. He is one of the original supporters of The Climate Group in the United States, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, an environmental and energy advisor to the US Conference of Mayors, a Fellow in the Urban Design Institute, and his is a recipient of the ASLA Certificate of Honor as well as 6 national awards for environmental education. He sits on the advisory board for the Partnership for New York City and NY PolyTech High School while serving on the board of trustees as treasurer for the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Over the past 32 years he has provided consulting guidance to communities of all sizes. Four years ago, he set out to help public officials and corporate leaders articulate the value of “green.” Working with a team of HDR economists, his Columbia students, a number of clients, and The Clinton Global Initiative they set out to fulfill a 2008 Commitment to Action entitled, “Creating the Sustainable Return on Investment Public Decision Tool’ or, SROI, a means of assigning monetary value to the Triple Bottom Line.” The Commitment has been fulfilled and is now focused on the creation of a graduate level training, network, and database development program as a collaborative effort between HDR, Inc. and Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation with a current expansion to include Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Mr. Williams is a prolific writer, lecturer and speaker known for his innovative, collaborative and ethical traits.

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