We're VERDUNITY. Nice to meet you.
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.
"For me, VERDUNITY is about pursuing what I am passionate about. In 2008, when the economy got really tough and I witnessed communities being forced to put necessary infrastructure improvements to the side, I realized that the way that we plan, fund, design and maintain our infrastructure needed to change. As an engineering professional and a member of a community that I want to see thrive, I developed a passion for helping local communities build vibrant, healthy, and fiscally sustainable communities. I am equally passionate about being a part of an organization that encourages and empowers employees to pursue what they believe in. VERDUNITY is structured as a flexible and highly collaborative environment, rewarding innovative thought, productivity, and professional development at all levels, while giving everyone the flexibility to work how and when they work best. Our company structure and approach are anything but conventional, but they allow us to maximize value to our clients and our team members."
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.
"Prior to starting VERDUNITY, I had the opportunity to serve as National Director of the community planning and urban design program at a large A/E firm. Traveling the country and working with planners, landscape architects, economists and cities of all types and sizes opened my eyes. The post WW II development pattern has some significant fiscal and environmental consequences, and the traditional engineering approach was (and still is) part of the problem. Community leaders must look past short-term rewards and consider how development will be paid for when growth slows down and infrastructure maintenance bills come due, and then empower citizens and local businesses to engage and help with their time, talent and treasure. When everyone comes together to do what's best for their neighborhood or community, powerful things happen. VERDUNITY has given me the platform to share what I know and initiate change within the engineering industry and communities."
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.
"I spent the better part of 2012 and 2013 collaborating with Kevin on various committees refining the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's (ISI) Envision rating system framework. It became very apparent that VERDUNITY's vision aligned perfectly with my professional goals. Our passionate team represents many of the individual disciplines that must work together in order to build and foster collaborative planning and design efforts to address our nation's infrastructure deficiencies. We're breaking the mold of traditional infrastructure consulting practices and leveraging our shared expertise to enhance the quality of life in all of the communities that we serve. I'm excited to pioneer efficient infrastructure planning and design strategies that balance financial, environmental and social impacts and facilitate development of community priorities."
Jordan is a designer with specialization in ecological design. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Political Science from Anderson University, and earned his Masters in Ecological Design from The Conway School in Boston. Jordan has a diverse background in urban planning and design, ecology and landscape architecture, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He handles the majority of the graphic design work for our team as well. His influences include Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns, Aaron Renn and David Orr, 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 the social justice and walkability aspects of communities.
"I first heard about VERDUNITY while listening to a podcast interview Kevin and Kristin were doing with Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns. I reached out to Kevin via Twitter, which led to a follow-up conversation and ultimately an interview and job offer. What really drew me to VERDUNITY over some of the more established places I was also interested in was the feel of the place. Right out of the gate, in our phone conversations, I felt like my opinions and input were already being valued - and I wasn't even on the team yet! I was impressed by the desire to be out in front, figuring things out and doing new things. VERDUNITY's vision and approach very much mimics how I see my own personal journey. When I came to Texas and met the group, that sealed the deal. I still feel like I absolutely lucked out with this fit. What I tell people is that it just seems like the right combination of company philosophy, workplace style, interesting and meaningful work, personal autonomy, and fun and talented people."
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Mili is the most recent addition to our team. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the La Molina National University of Agriculture in Peru, and will be graduating this December with her Masters in Sustainability from Southern Methodist University. Mili is fluent in Spanish and English, and also speaks French and Slovak. Prior to joining VERDUNITY, she completed internships in Lima, Peru and Washington, D.C., and worked with IBM in Slovakia. Mili wears a lot of hats, including GIS analysis and map production, civil design, and CAD.