Mary Rickel Pelletier is Founding Director of Park Watershed, a 501c3 urban-suburban environmental stewardship organization. This work involves forming new alliances around projects that integrate engineering, landscape design, ecologists, cultural historians, citizens and city planners. The opportunity is to improve and conserve functional ecosystems within high-density urban-suburban areas. The Park River regional watershed stretches 78 miles east of the Metacomet Ridge across Hartford to the Connecticut River.
Her essay, “Green Infrastructure for Blue Urban Watersheds’ was published in ‘Green Community’ a collection of essays (American Planning Association Press with National Building Museum, Oct 2009). Mary summarized the need for a municipal green rating system in “Criteria for a Humane Metropolis” an essay included in ‘The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City’ (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, Nov 2006). She also edited the ‘Sustainable Architecture White Papers’ (Chelsea Green with Earth Pledge Foundation, Dec 2000).
In 1999 while working at Balmori Associates, Mary arranged a pilot New York City installation of the American Hydrotech Garden Roof product for the Earth Pledge Foundation. After 9/11, her career transitioned from professional design practices to non-profit organizations. At the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (2002 -2004) Mary coordinated the High-Performance Green Schools program for the Philadelphia metropolitan area and Massachusetts Technology Collaboratives.
Mary was Design Studio Adviser to the 2005 Solar Decathlon Cornell University entry. In 1998, as Rhode Island School of Design Visiting Architectural Studio Critic, she emphasized smart building envelopes in her studio, ‘Giving Sustainable Design Critical Edge’. Her second and third year architectural design studios at the University of Kansas (1987 and 1992) addressed building typologies, and alternative cultural geographies.