School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

RHUL Annual Sustainability Lecture

L. Preston Bryant JrHow Washington, DC, and other world capitals are leading the sustainability charge

L. Preston Bryant, Jr.
Chairman, National Capital Planning Commission Washington, DC

L. Preston Bryant, Jr., was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission, the US government’s central planning agency for all government-owned property in metropolitan Washington, DC. He leads a staff of some 45 architects, engineers, planners, historic preservation specialists, and other professionals. Mr. Bryant received his M.A. from Royal Holloway in 1990, and he was named an Honorary Fellow in 2011.


Many major cities across the globe are going green. They are adopting sustainability plans that require more efficient use of energy and water, reductions in waste, and integrated transportation systems. In Washington, DC, there is also a growing focus on sustainability by both the Federal and District of Columbia governments, which share city planning responsibilities. In a collaborative effort led by the National Capital Planning Commission, the two governments have focused their attention on a portion of the city’s southwestern quadrant, envisioning a substantial change in the character, infrastructure, and use of resources. Their plan could serve as a leading example for other world cities.

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Left to right: Mrs Liz Preston Bryant Jr., Mr L. Preston Bryant Jr., Mrs Pamela Layzell and RHUL Principal Professor Paul Layzell.

Media coverage

London and Washington leading charge for going green, says Chairman appointed by President Obama

Lecture slides

» Two Capital Cities London & Washington: Environmental Leadership in Sustainability (PDF)

Event Details

Tuesday 13th November, 6pm
Windsor Building Auditorium, RHUL

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All welcome (admission free and no booking necessary)

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