PlanGreen Principal, Mary Vogel, has over 20 years experience in bringing sustainability concepts into urban planning and design.
Mary works with the Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association, Oregon Walks and Bike LoudPdx to help make Portland’s downtown more resilient, climate smart and livable. Mary helped found a regional chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA & BC). At the national level, she has been involved in CNU’s Light Imprint New Urbanism Initiative and its Transportation Task Force helping to develop a context sensitive manual for transportation engineers in partnership with the Institute for Transportation Engineers. As a member of the Correspondence Committee for LEED ND (Neighborhood Development), Mary helped to develop that rating system.
PlanGreen’s recent successes include:
- Helping Clark County, WA to take a comprehensive sustainable development approach in its Hwy 99 Sub-Area Plan
- Helping Stormwater Partners and Montgomery County, MD’s Council to craft the first code in the nation to combine a “Complete and Green Streets” approach to future roads and major reconstruction
- Initiating and stewarding passage of the the DC Green Building Act of 2006 that helped Washington, DC become the first major city to mandate green building for the private sector
- Developing high performance infrastructure guidance for the New Urbanist Smart Code
- Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association – Land Use & Transportation Committee
Mary has also been active in Native Plant Societies and Mycological Societies on both the East and West Coasts and has an in-depth knowledge of native plants and their habitats. In addition, she leads field trips to educate participants about the services provided by nature for free.
When appropriate she teams with other firms and organizations to meet the needs of her customers.
Additional Community Involvement:
- Currently (June 2017) working with City Club of Portland and Open: Housing on systemic path to housing affordability
- Write insightful articles, testimonies and opeds on systemic changes re: housing affordability and share them with policymakers
- Work to claim a place for the African American community in Portland through developing relationships with Black developers and entrepreneurs forming The SOUL District
- Administer Portland Urban Planning and Architecture Book Club via two Meetup sites and Facebook page. Requires a good deal of outreach to professional and advocacy groups.
- Co-administer Portland, OR Small Developers Alliance Facebook page–stimulating discussion via posting news articles related to small developers
- Helping to found Missing Middle Real Estate Fund – helped recruit others to Board of Advisors; acted as consultant to the founder
- Follow public policy related to pedestrians, write testimony and sit on advisory committees on behalf of Oregon Walks
- Search out local investment opportunities that most closely fit my beliefs about sustainability/resiliency
Mary lives in downtown Portland where she walks or bikes nearly everywhere she goes. On weekends she carpools to the mountains to hike or cross-country ski.
In working with Mary as an intern during a very difficult period for planning consulting firms, I witnessed her enduring commitment to a sustainable future. Her strategy was to work for the people and the issues that would lead to the policies that would put her skills—and those of her colleagues—in demand for many years ahead. I learned a great deal about how to shape good public policy—and to take a stand for the world I want to live in in the future.
Former Intern from Smith College