Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin collaborates with organizations to challenge assumptions and develop solutions that lead to improved environmental and financial performance through research, planning, guidelines, and product development.


We challenge our clients to think creatively about environmental strategy, development, and operations. Our intellectual rigor and depth of knowledge leads to transformative solutions for our clients and advances for the built environment.

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Using whole systems thinking, we engage collaborators from our extensive network, partnering with ecologists, engineers, energy experts and others with deep knowledge on relevant issues to develop strategies for our clients that solve their challenges while supporting a sustainable future.

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We develop innovative solutions to today’s built environment challenges by collaborating with researchers in diverse fields from neuroscience and physiology to nano-engineering and data science. This pioneering work is shared to help create a restorative future.

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Terrapin Hires Rebecca Macies

Terrapin is thrilled to announce the hiring of Rebecca Macies as our Operations Administrative Analyst. She graduated from Cornell University in 2014 where she studied Natural Resources Policy and Management. During her time as a student, she was a founding member of Cornell’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, worked in the Campus Sustainability Office, and collaborated […]

Biophilia and the WELL Building Standard®

I recently had the pleasure and privilege to participate in an item writing intensive for the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard® beta WELL AP® exam. For two and a half days, 20 subject matter experts from around the US and Canada huddled amongst stacks of papers describing the WELL Building Standard Concepts and Features. I […]

Biophilic Design for Landscape Architecture

Joe Clancy and Terrapin’s Catie Ryan recently published the article “The Role of Biophilic Design in Landscape Architecture for Health and Well-being” in Landscape Architecture Frontiers, detailing how biophilic design patterns can inform landscape design to create restorative urban outdoor spaces. This article highlights one of the biggest challenges to landscape architects: The increasing densification of cities and […]

Bill Receives the 2015 ASID Design for Humanity Award

Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received the 2015 National Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). This award is given in recognition of Bill’s trailblazing work in environmental design, most notably his research and implementation of biophilic design. Bill has dedicated much of his professional career to improving the health […]