Michael Berkshire

Michael Berkshire began his career as a stockbroker. After five years of managing portfolios, he decided to study environmental planning. Upon receiving a master's degree in urban and regional planning, Berkshire held several positions in Iowa.  In 2001, he moved to Chicago where he initially worked for the Chicago Park District as a project manager in capital construction.  Berkshire is now with the City of Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning, developing and implementing public policy and incentives to encourage the use of green roofs and sustainable urban and building design in the private sector. Michael led an interdepartmental team that developed the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy, which requires public and private developers to include sustainable strategies in projects that are receiving financial or zoning assistance from the city.  This policy has required the design of more than 500 green roofs totaling over 6 million square feet of vegetative cover.  Berkshire has also been involved with the development of several innovative green roof incentive programs and is coordinating the creation and implementation of the City’s urban design plan, Adding Green to Urban Design. He serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and the task force for the Chicago Climate Action Plan.