Gary Lawrence
Gary Lawrence
Former Senior Fellow

Gary Lawrence is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), an $8-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. AECOM’s 45,000 employees—including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals—serve clients in more than 140 countries around the world. 

In this role, Lawrence leads AECOM’s sustainability efforts by managing AECOM’s extensive resources and skills in sustainability for projects across the enterprise. He is also an AECOM spokesperson and thought leader on sustainability issues. 

Prior to joining AECOM, Lawrence served as the urban strategies leader at Arup. Previously, he led Sustainable Strategies and Solutions Inc. and served on the faculty of the University of Washington’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was also planning director for the City of Seattle, where he led development of one of the world’s first comprehensive plan dedicated to sustainability. 

His 20 years of global sustainability experience also include serving as advisor to U.S. President Clinton’s Administration Council on Sustainable Development, the U.S. government at the United Nation's Habitat II, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brazilian President's Office, the British Prime Minister's Office, the European Academy for the Urban Environment in Berlin and the Organization for Economic and Community Development in Paris on matters of sustainable development, economics and environmental policy. His writing and lectures have helped shape sustainability theory, policy and practice throughout the world. 

During his 30-year-plus career in public and private policy and management, his leadership skills have contributed to various global initiatives engaging in research and practice to mitigate climate change and adaptation strategies. 

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