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Steven Baumgartner

Principal, Urban Systems/Infrastructure Strategy, SmithGroup

Steven Baumgartner is a Principal at SmithGroup, leading Urban Systems and Infrastructure Strategy. He specializes in integrated infrastructure planning, energy strategy, and sustainability framework development and implementation. Steven has a rich history of creating unique solutions to assist his clients in meeting their high-performance, economic, and strategic missions across scales. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA and supports several local initiatives including Riverlife, Envision Downtown, and p4 Pittsburgh.

Steven works on projects at scale all over the world including multidisciplinary infrastructure and carbon planning projects for higher education, cultural, corporate, non-profit, and municipal clients. Linking to SmithGroupJJR’s diverse expertise, he bridges the technical and analytical work with community-driven solutions. Known for being a highly energetic and passionate individual, he pushes his clients and collaborators to think beyond traditional disciplinary and systems boundaries.

Steven teaches and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country and has supported sustainability and performance curricula at Cornell, Columbia, Yale, and Carnegie Mellon University. He regularly speaks about low carbon campuses and pathways for success with lectures such as, “Taking Zero Net Energy from Building Scale to Campus Scale,” “Strengthening Sustainability Action Plans: Expanding the Scope of Carbon Assessments,” and “Resources for the Mission – Approaches to Integrated Planning for Campuses, Districts and Communities.”

Steven is a licensed professional engineer, an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional, and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers. In addition, he is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council and an ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP).