Meet the Good Works Lab Team: Green Infrastructure Policy, Nathan Griswold

Nathan has worked at the forefront of the green infrastructure industry for 19 years. He has played critical roles in the design, development, sale, construction, and successful establishment of nearly 1000 green roofs across North America.

He launched Inhabitect, LLC to serve as an independent and all-inclusive resource for designing, building, and growing living architecture, green stormwater infrastructure, and natural shorelines that are functional, beautiful, and approachable.

Long respected for his technical knowledge and hands-on experience, Nathan has proven to be a valuable resource to many designs, installation, and owner teams. He is one of the first individuals to receive Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and was selected as the industry’s first North American Policy Educator, where he helped guide and implement the organization’s efforts to advance green roof technology and educate design professionals & policymakers on all forms of green infrastructure.

Nathan has recently developed a system to assist clients with the funding of their roofing/waterproofing and green infrastructure projects including Traverse City’s Commongrounds through C-PACE financing. Inhabitect has helped clients close over $2.85 million in funding, on new and retrofit projects, in both urban and rural settings.

Dedicated to all forms of green stormwater infrastructure, water quality, and as a Certified Natural Shoreline Professional (CNSP), Nathan approaches projects with an ecological and low impact intent. From concept through completion, and in looking at projects holistically, he always strives to implement sustainability into his work. His strategies benefit both public and private projects, in economically, environmentally, and socially responsible ways. No project is too small, and no project is too big.

Nathan earned an Associate’s degree in Plant Science from Northwest Michigan College. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture (ASLA), a RISE environmental specialization, and a Certificate in Landscape & Nursery Development from Michigan State University.

A northern Michigan native, Nathan is a boomerang entrepreneur now raising his children Breck and Ernestine with his wife Deirdre in Traverse City.



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