Richard Piacentini

Executive Director | Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Since 1994, Richard Piacentini has led the green transformation of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens including construction of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, the only building in the world to meet: the Living Building Challenge™, LEED® Platinum, WELL™ Platinum, and 4 Stars Sustainable SITES™ certifications. The sustainability efforts Piacentini initiated at Phipps are based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. This systems-based way of thinking influences the organization’s actions and programs, particularly those focused on awakening children to nature, and promoting human and environmental well-being. He serves as past Chair of the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI), is a member of the Biophilic Design Initiative Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Biophilic Cities Network and is a WELL® Accredited Professional. He is a Past President of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and has received ILFI, USGBC, and APGA leadership awards.