The way we've been building our places is not sustainable.
The wants and needs of cities far exceed available resources, yet most planning and engineering firms continue to sell solutions that are more expensive than cities can afford and that negatively impact the social and natural environment.
We are not interested in designing expensive infrastructure projects that take years to get built with money cities don't have, but rather helping city leaders find ways to save time, money and resources. We believe we can improve the future of communities and neighborhoods through intentional planning and design decisions, collaboration and engaged citizens. We are inspired by people and organizations who are willing to challenge "business as usual" and let go of conventional approaches.
We know that fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship mean something different for every project and community, and our team is committed to helping you figure out what works best for your situation. Our team thrives on exploring difficult issues, breaking down traditional silos, and bringing people and perspectives together to take actionable steps forward with the resources you do have available.
We help community leaders identify and deliver projects that engage citizens, enhance quality of life, reduce infrastructure costs, and minimize environmental impacts.
VERDUNITY... what's up with the name?
There are a lot of consulting firms in the marketplace. Many of them use the owner’s name or initials in the company name. We wanted a name that would help us stand out from the crowd and be representative of our company's purpose, our core clients, and how we work.
Our name and accompanying tagline represent our vision, approach and company culture, and demonstrate that we approach things differently, starting with a unique name.
Here's the idea:
The 'VERD' portion of our name represents what inspires us:
- Fiscally Productive Places
- Natural Systems and Green Infrastructure
- Economic Gardening and Incremental Development
The 'UNITY' represents where and how we work:
- Communities and Neighborhoods
- Locally-Led Initiatives
VERDE + COMMUNITY became VERDUNITY.
We believe we can improve communities and neighborhoods through intentional planning and design decisions, collaboration and engaged citizens, and that the path to a healthy and prosperous future for our kids begins with bridging the gap between what citizens need and what cities are actually doing.
Our core purpose is to preserve and enhance quality of life for future generations.
Our vision and philosophy are based on four guiding principles. Everything we do with our clients, within our organization, and in our home communities can be tied back to these core values.
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Environmental Stewardship
- Antifragile, Incremental Growth
- Engaged "Strong" Citizens
How we work
Successful companies understand the importance of a strong culture and amazing people. We are no different. From the day we started, we have worked to create an environment that respects individual needs, talents and personalities, but that binds these together into a cohesive team that shares our bigger goals. We've invested in an office setup, tools and processes that allow tremendous flexibility for where, when and how our team gets their work done. We strive to work smart (not hard) and have fun while we're doing it. The combination of our people and shared purpose are what makes VERDUNITY a special place.
Every day, we're doing what we love, with people we like being around, for clients we enjoy working with. It's awesome.
There are seven behavioral values we look for and cultivate in our team.
1. Authenticity attracts.
Trust and teamwork begins with self awareness and honesty. Know who you are, be that person all day every day with everyone.
2. Criticize with compassion, care without restraint.
Giving and receiving constructive criticism, honest feedback and compassion improves our ideas, our results and each other.
3. Relentless learning and influential education.
Never stop searching for new ideas and ways to improve yourself and others around you.
4. Fail forward.
Where there are no problems, there's no progress. It's better to fail incrementally and not catastrophically.
Disciplined pursuit of doing less, but doing those things better. Whatever you're doing, be present and give it 110%.
6. No egos allowed.
Together we are better. We will not compromise what's best for the team in order to serve one person's interests or ego.
7. Self-employed mentality.
Work, act and make decisions as if you owned the company yourself.
Meet the Verdooners.
With us, business is personal.
Our clients are our friends, our peers, and our communities. We can't expect to help you uncover true priorities and opportunities unless we really get to know you. Within our company, we encourage and expect every member of our team to live a balanced lifestyle and develop close relationships with each other, our friends and our families.
Our team members are innovators, educators and collaborators who just happen to also be professional planners, civil engineers, urban designers and sustainability specialists.
Every member of our team is passionate about educating and engaging citizens and implementing new approaches to make great places where people want to be now and in the future. We are inspired by places, people and other organizations who are willing to challenge "business as usual" and conventional approaches.
Kristin Green, PE, ENV-SP
As VERDUNITY's majority owner, Kristin leads, inspires, and many times, corrals our crew. She has been recognized by national, regional and local publications as a leader in the engineering profession and in her home community, where she serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Kristin oversees the firm's operations and contributes transportation and site civil engineering expertise on projects.
Kevin Shepherd, PE, ENV-SP/Verifier
Kevin brings a unique combination of engineering and planning perspectives, along with expertise in business and municipal finance. He leverages his breadth of experience to educate, identify opportunities, and bring disciplines and stakeholders together to push the limits of traditional design, planning and development approaches. Kevin is a Verifier for ISI’s Envision rating system and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the STAR Communities program. He is a vocal advocate for the non-profit group Strong Towns, participates in several professional organizations related to planning and engineering, serves on board of the north Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and writes and speaks regularly on the topics of fiscally-based planning, lean urbanism, small scale development, economic gardening and neighborhood revitalization. Kevin oversees our strategic planning and business development activities and leads planning and engagement efforts for the firm.
Read: How Kevin thinks
Mikel WIlkins, PE, ENV-SP/Verifier
Mikel has over 22 years of environmental engineering and consulting experience working with municipalities, military installations and developers throughout the country. Like Kevin, Mikel is an Envision Accredited Sustainability Professional and Verifier. Mikel is an expert in the field of low impact development, green infrastructure and integrated stormwater management. He works closely with clients to integrate these concepts into projects to improve water quality, reduce flooding risk, and elevate property values. Mikel assists with business development and client management, and leads environmental efforts for the firm.
Read: How Mikel thinks
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Jordan is a planner and designer with specialization in ecological design. He earned his Masters in Ecological Design from the Conway School in Massachusetts, and also has BA in Political Science. Jordan has a diverse background in urban planning and design, ecology and landscape architecture, and is fluent and Spanish (also English). He handles the majority of the graphic design work for our team as well. His influences include Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns), Aaron Renn, and Ken Byrne, and his perspective has also been shaped by time spent living and working abroad in Madrid, Spain and Cairo, Egypt. He is especially passionate about issues of social equity, education, and ecological stewardship.
Read: How Jordan thinks
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Want to be a Verdooner?
We are always open to talking with people who share our passion and are interested in helping make our neighborhoods better. If you're interested in joining our team, please fill out the form below to get the process started. We look forward to learning more about you and seeing where the conversation goes from there!
Have a look at our papers.
VERDUNITY, Inc. holds the following certifications and registrations:
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (DBE/WBE) by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA)
- Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) by the State of Texas
- Registered with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers – authorized to provide professional engineering services in the state of Texas (Registration No. F-13496)
Check out our office.
Collaboration and idea generation are big parts of who we are and how we work. To help support this, we've moved our office into The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station, where we are able to interact with other entrepreneurs, small business owners and solo freelancers.
The Foundry Club is located in the main office tower just a short walk from the Mockingbird DART station. You can find our design studio on the 9th floor.
5307 E. Mockingbird Lane, 5th Floor
Dallas, TX 75206