Brian White, PE, MSME


Brian is a design engineer in San Diego, CA. He specializes in sustainability, construction administration, building design, manufacturing, and more. Brian earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida and fell in love with renewable energy and architecture. He has a unique background in civil and mechanical engineering which allows him to solve various building design and environmental problems. His qualifications include his engineering licenses in California and Florida, as well as LEED AP BD+C accreditation. He has additional expertise in product design, which includes surface modeling, FEA, DFM, and 3D printing, and has designed sheet metal, wood, and countertop parts and assemblies.

Christine Thuring, PhD

Collaborative Ecologist

Christine has over 20 years of experience in working with green roofs and other forms of ecological green infrastructure. She is a collaborative ecologist and dual citizen (Swiss-Canadian). In 2005, Christine earned one of the first master’s degrees from the Penn State Green Roof Research Centre. As co-founder of Green Roof Safari, she led study tours of green roofs and living walls in Germany and Switzerland. She has designed and built green roofs and habitat gardens in North America, Europe and the UK. More recently, her doctoral research gave unprecedented insights into the ecological development of extensive green roofs more than 20-30 years after installation. Her current research examines the habitat template approach for coastal BC. Christine has been a contributing editor at since 2004 and regularly contributes to The Nature of Cities.

Brendan Shea

Construction Manager

Brendan is an accredited Green Roof Professional with two decades of project management and design-build experience in the construction industry. He is co-founder and former director of field operations at Recover Green Roofs, the largest green roof construction firm in the northeast United States. Brendan has overseen more than 100 green roof and rooftop amenity spaces through design, estimating, construction, and long-term maintenance.