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GCI offers a range of consulting services to private and commercial developers, civic entities, companies and NGOs. Our team and partners provide strategic planning, project management, technology support, tools and resources, design programs, media and publishing development, marketing and public relations, event production, business development, and partnership resources.

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Projects

Friends of the Gateway (FOG)
San Francisco Bay Area, (2011, on-going, Marc Kasky)

Member of FOG's Advisory Board, working with public and private institutions, non-profit organizations and individual on the creation of a uniquely Bay Area cultural/commercial park (modeled after Chicago's Millennium Park) at the location where the new span of the Oakland/SF Bay Bridge will set down in Oakland in 2013. The park will focus on the forces which shaped this part of the Bay Area, and how they have influenced commerce, culture and the arts. It will be a local and visitor attraction, and use sustainable practices in its development.

Equilibrium Institute
Presidio of SF, CA (2010, on-going, Marc Kasky)

Member of the founding team of this initiative to create a public benefit corporation designed to research, rate and promote sustainable technologies, products and services, and develop laboratories where these are demonstrated. Applications range from single-family home/apartments to full mixed-use communities.

Jackson Wellsprings
Ashland, Oregon (2010, on-going, Marc Kasky)

Consulting with the owner of this health spa, retreat and motorhome park on its redevelopment into a sustainable community. It will feature an expanded health spa, educational facilities, accommodations for permanent residents and visitors, and facilities for small and medium-size festivals, concerts and events. All development will utilize sustainable technologies, practices and materials.

The Locale
Davenport, CA (2010, and on-going, Marc Kasky)

Consulting with the owner of the former Odwalla Juice plant on the conversion of this historic building into a center focusing on the central California Coast's economy, history and culture. To be developed to the highest standards of sustainability, the building will house businesses promoting local agriculture, wine production, and the arts, as well as having educational facilities and a bed and breakfast. The Locale will serve both residents on the central coast as well as visitors.

City of San Jose Department of the Environment
San Jose, California (2008, Michael Gosney)

Integration and support of Visible Strategies custom See-It program for managing the city's sustainability programs.

Coalition for a New California Infrastructure/University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California (2008, ongoing, Marc Kasky and Michael Gosney)

Advisors on various sustainable development and ICT projects in the U.S. and India.

Liberty Station (formerly the Naval Training Station)
San Diego, Ca. (1999-2007, Marc Kasky)

Consultant and Planning Team member for the re-development of the former 360-acre military facility into a model mixed-use communityc omprised of homes, office and retail space, hotels, recreational facilities, and a multi-use cultural center created in 26 historic buildings. Marc Kasky served as Executive Director, Project Manager and Advisor over the eight year engagement.

Generocity Institute/Mayacamas Ranch
Calistoga, CA (2008, Marc Kasky)

San Francisco and Calistoga, California Established the Generocity Institute with a mission to develop and operate a 90-acre retreat center in Calistoga, California as a place where leaders and future leaders can meet, discuss, and develop solutions to the social, environmental, financial and spiritual challenges facing the planet.

Bajardin
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico (2008, on-going, Marc Kasky)

Advising the owner of a pristine, 4,200-acre site on the Sea of Cortez on his efforts to develop the land as an ecologically, financially and socially sustainable project. The owner is currently seeking financing to continue the planning process and commence construction.

Alameda Green Island Development
Alameda, CA (2008, Marc Kasky, Michael Gosney)

Pro-Bono consultation for development consortium proposal for major model green community.

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GCI Consulting Team

Michael Gosney
Michael Gosney is an expert on Information and Communications Technology applications for sustainable development, green technology and ecocity design. An early pioneer in new media publishing, he has produced multimedia projects in partnership with firms such as Apple Computer, Kodak, Toshiba, Peter Norton, Adobe and Microsoft. Gosney began researching and publishing material on environmental sustainability in the early 1980s when his Avant Books released Deep Ecology, edited by Michael Tobias, After Eden by Michael Tobias, and Arcosanti by Paolo Soleri. Gosney joined the Board of Trustees of Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti ecocity project in Arizona in 1995, and produced the Paradox Conferences at Arcosanti in 1997, 1999 and 2001, bringing together leaders in cyberculture and sustainable community development.

In 2002, Gosney co-founded the Green Century Institute in San Francisco to research and educate the public on sustainable community solutions. GCI co-produced the Green Cities Expo during the June 2005 UNEP World Environment Day in San Francisco with Al Gore, Daryl Hannah, and the 2006-2008 Earth Day Digital Be-In events (www.be-in.com) with Paul Hawken, Janine Benyus and other sustainable culture and green technology leaders. Currently, Gosney is directing the Techné Verde initiative under the Buckminster Fuller Institute's fiscal sponsorship, to plan and foster the development of a major Internet-based sustainability platform with the United Nations and other partners.

Marc Kasky
Marc Kasky has been involved in a wide variety of community-building projects in several U.S. cities over the past forty years. He has worked with real estate developers, financial institutions, public agencies, design firms, charitable foundations and community-based non-profit organizations to create projects which have improved the quality of life for the people working in them, living in them, or using them. His major projects include:
• Liberty Station Development, San Diego, California
Consultant and Project Director for the $750 million conversion of the former 360-acre Naval Training Center into a mixed-use development with residential, commercial, office, hotel, recreation, and cultural center components. Marc had specific responsibility for the planning and development of the 26-building cultural center on 25 acres in the heart of the project. Liberty Station won the 2007 Base Redevelopment Community of the Year Award from the Association of Defense Communities.
• Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California
Executive Director, 1978-1999, Director Emeritus, 1999-present with responsibility for the planning, development and operation of Fort Mason Center, a 10-building, 300,000-square foot, 13-acre cultural center in a former Army base on the San Francisco Bay.

Andrew Lawton
Andrew Lawton is a seasoned environmental management and technology integration professional with over 15 years of experience with User Experience (UX) software design and information technology project management, and 8 years experience in the field of sustainability in a variety of contexts including: architecture, energy efficiency and renewable energy technology assessment, natural disaster mitigation, environmental policy analysis, civil engineering, land use planning, acoustics and construction. He is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor.s degree in Architecture and a Master.s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University. Andrew has held positions at Autodesk, The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Organization of American States, and has consulted with Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainable Conservation, Santa Cruz Transportation Management Association, Sun Microsystems, the World Resources Institute and the World Bank.

Warren Karlenzig
Warren Karlenzig has led sustainability policy, plans and projects for 20 years with governments, businesses, foundations and non-governmental organizations. His global expertise is in urban sustainability planning, strategy and metrics and he is author of How Green is Your City?: The SustainLane US City Rankings (New Society Publishers) and Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing (Global Green USA). His clients have included the United Nations, the US Department of State, the nation of South Korea, the US Department of Energy, the US EPA, The White House Office of Science and Technology and the State of California, in addition to regions and cities. Corporate clients have included General Electric, Chevron, Motorola and IDEO. His foundation clients in sustainability have included the Packard Foundation and the Columbia Foundation. Karlenzig has presented at venues in seven nations, including the Fourth China Studies World Forum in Shanghai (on “Low Carbon Pilot Cities”);  European Union Parliament in Brussels ( on “Green and Connected Cities”); the Global Environment Forum in New Songdo City, Korea (with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on “Low Carbon Green Growth Urban Strategies”); the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business); Stanford University (Precourt Institute); and University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business). He is currently co-authoring the forthcoming United Nations “Training Manual for Sustainable Cities,” aimed at megacity mayors, published in May 2011 by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in conjunction with the Shanghai 2010 Expo Bureau. Karlenzig, a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, People’s Daily (China), Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and on CNN, the BBC, CNBC and NPR.

 

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