Michael Judd, Principal Designer
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 18 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. The founder of both Ecologia, LLC, Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international non-profit supporting agro-ecology research. Michael currently offers design consultation, implementation services and workshops specializing in urban/suburban edible landscapes, rain water harvesting, holistic farm design and anything to do with fungi. In his spare time he is building a circular strawbale home in Frederick, Maryland.
Environmental Site Solutions, LLC
Environmental Site Solutions, LLC specializes in providing comprehensive environmental quality solutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We work with public and private facility owners/operators through every stage of a project including concept, design, construction, implementation, and long-term maintenance.
- Environmental Systems Design, Installation, Maintenance
- Rainwater Harvesting and Reuse
- Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement
- Low Impact Development (LID)
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition
The SUFC is an assembly of national organizations working to advance a unified urban forest agenda for our nation’s communities.
The SUFC is composed of city planners, educators, landscape architects, non-profit leaders, scientists, arborists, foresters, nurserymen and women, and many other professionals who care for, monitor and advocate for trees and our urban forests as a whole.
Down to Earth Design – Sigi Koko, principal
Sigi Koko founded Down to Earth in 1998 to provide sustainable building design and green consulting services in the Mid-Atlantic region. She works exclusively on projects that are ecologically sensible and on the forefront of sustainable design. Sigi Koko holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Texas.
Her primary areas of expertise are in healthy and sustainable building materials, strawbale construction and other natural building techniques, energy and water conservation strategies, and passive solar design.
Sigi has designed many strawbale structures in the mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. All projects have received standard building permits. Her projects have been mentioned in the New York TImes, featured on HGTV, and she has been featured in numerous print articles, including the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and Progressive Engineer.
Land Beyond the Sea (LBS) Ecological Design
Land Beyond the Sea, Ecological Design is a multi-disciplinary Ecological Design firm with practice based in native species restoration, permaculture, urban ecology, organic agriculture & composting, ecological treatment systems for wastewater & stormwater, wetland reclamation, reforestation, public space beautification & environmental youth outreach & education.
We apply core tenants of Ecological Engineering & Permaculture, focusing on design for the mutual benefit of humans & the natural world, envisioning humans as active participants in healing the web of life, employing the self-designing capacity of ecosystems, stressing complex interwoven relationships, involving ancient traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities, embracing integrated, adaptive & collaborative management, eliminating the concept of waste, harvesting renewable energy, utilizing rainwater catchment & reuse, focusing on a localized, community scale, inspiring awareness, stewardship, & action!
Sarah Kelsen, EIT, MS Ecological Engineering
Sarah Kelsen is Principal & Co-founder of Land Beyond the Sea, Ecological Design, a multi-disciplinary design firm with practice based in conservation and regenerative agro-ecological design, ecological water treatment systems and environmental outreach and education.
As a lifelong organic farmer, Sarah’s happiest when she’s outside growing real food and helping people connect with the earth. Her recent endeavors include co-founding Peace Tree, an international non-profit supporting conservation and indigenous agro-ecological design, experimental off-the-grid living, and as part of her graduate research in Ecological Engineering, tracking how land use affects sustainability and community well-being. As a passionate locavore and forager, she sees the possibility of food forests everywhere.
Whole Systems Design, LLC
– Clients in Westminster, Maryland