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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Why “Terrapin”: Origins of Our Name

Living in Washington DC, I frequently get asked if the name for Terrapin Bright Green is somehow associated with the University of Maryland (their mascot is the Terrapin). It is a fair question and a good school, but not the source of our name. “Terrapin” comes from much older source: the heritage of the founders […]

Bob Fox Elected to the USGBC Board of Directors

Our partner Bob Fox was elected to the 2016 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors by the USGBC membership. He will be serving for a three year term alongside Mike McNally, Chrissa Pagitsas, Janine Benyus, Paul Anastas, Aaron Bernstein, and Bruce Oreck. In January, Bob was selected to be vice-chair of the board. Chrissa Pagitas, the Director […]

Economics of Biophilia RELAUNCHED

Terrapin is excited to re-issue The Economics of Biophilia, with a stylish new cover, a few really great biophilic buildings, and a note from Bill Browning and myself, which I’ve included here. Since the initial publishing in 2012, we have received a great amount of positive feedback, expanded our knowledge with new research and published several […]

Missed Bill’s Talk at Interface UK? Watch His Talk Here!

Bill Browning had a busy week last week! After presenting at Workplace Trends Conference, Bill had the privilege to speak at Interface UK Showroom in London about Terrapin’s latest work and research in biophilia and bioinspired innovation. If you missed his talk, be sure to watch these videos of his talk and the question and answer period below (courtesy […]