Ryan Wilson Joins CNT’s Water Team

CNT welcomes our newest staff member in our Water program, Ryan Wilson.  As stormwater program manager, Ryan will promote the value of using green infrastructure—trees, rain gardens, and native plants—to soak up raindrops where they fall and alleviate pressure on traditional grey infrastructure systems that lead to flooding. Ryan will also lead CNT’s effort to establish a one-stop Wetrofit service that will provide advocacy tools, technical assistance, and education to property owners looking to install and upgrade systems that reduce on-site flooding and improve property values.

“CNT’s Water program is embarking on very exciting and very important work over the next two years, and we’re extremely pleased to have Ryan on board to shape and implement our initiatives,” said Harriet Festing, CNT Water program director.

Ryan joins CNT from Conservation Design Forum, a sustainable site design and engineering consultancy, where he lead planning and design for demonstrations of urban green infrastructure. Among his most successful projects are the first phase re-development of the Woodlawn Center South neighborhood and the Industrial Corridors Stormwater Basin Planning, one aspect of the Chicago Sustainable Strategies Initiative. Ryan is actively involved in the research and design of innovative green infrastructure practices as landscape architect for The Plant, Chicago’s vertical farm and food business incubator. He is also a design educator with Archeworks, a non-profit design and build school that utilizes collaboration, prototyping, and community engagement to apply design thinking to issues of social and environmental justice.  Ryan is a registered landscape architect and LEED accredited professional. He received a BLA from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design.