We envision an ecologically, socially, and economically thriving world.


To cultivate, empower, and equip change makers to create a regenerative future.


In the face of local and global challenges like climate change, economic instability, dwindling natural resources, and expanding food insecurity, we offer an uplifting solution: instead of focusing on problems, we are inspired to realize potential. We believe that human beings have the potential to be positive and contributive members of the world.

CLEAR helps business leaders to reshape how they do business, sustainability professionals to rethink sustainability, and college students to prepare for both. Our vision is that the future is better than sustainable – that it is healthy and thriving. It’s about celebrating and realizing the unique potential of people, communities, and all living systems. It’s about creating healthy, resilient, and contributive businesses, projects, communities, and people.

We equip change makers with the guidance and resources they need to facilitate powerful, transformative change.

Who we are

Jim Newman
Board Chair
LENSES Faculty

Founder and Principal of Linnean Solutions

Josie Plaut
Executive Director
LENSES Faculty

Associate Director, Institute for the Built Environment

Max Zahniser
Board Vice Chair
LENSES Faculty

Founder and CEO, Praxis|Building Solutions

Brian Dunbar
Board Secretary, LENSES Faculty

Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment

Ted W. Rollins
Board Treasurer

Co-Chairman and Founding Principal of Valeo Groupe

Jamie Dwyer
Board Member

Biologist & Design Strategist, Biomimicry 3.8

John Zwolinski
Board Member

Principal, ZWO Branding & Marketing

Jodi Lane
LENSES Faculty

Founder, ScribesForwarding

Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth Walsh
LENSES Faculty

Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado – Denver, College of Architecture and Planning

Helene Lefkowitz
Helene Lefkowitz
LENSES Faculty

Sustainability Consultant Ambient Energy

Akasadaka Robison
Akasadaka Robison
LENSES Faculty

Founder Flatfish Projects


Join our family

We are a small family of self-starters and do-gooders at CLEAR. While positions don’t come up often, we have a regular need for marketing and communication skills. We post position openings a couple of time a year. And we’re always looking for talented individuals to join us. Feel free to get in touch anytime if you’re interested in working with us.

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My internship at CLEAR exposed me to critical dialogues about what the future of sustainability looks like from local to global scales. The work I was doing was both interesting and personally fulfilling. The best part was that I got to do such rewarding work surrounded by passionate and altruistic individuals.Genevieve Geiger, CLEAR Marketing and Communications Intern, 2015-2016