Brian Swett

Director, Cities and Sustainable Real Estate


Brian’s career interests include green buildings, smart growth, corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and socially responsible investing. In the summer of 2007, Brian worked for Boston Properties, a national REIT, on green real estate development and regional green building strategy. In the summer of 2006, he worked for Business for Social Responsibility on internal CSR reporting and strategy, environmental stewardship strategy analysis for external clients, and facilitating BSR collaboration with U.S. EPA. At Michigan, Brian has played a leadership role in advancing and advising two major green building efforts: the $150 million Ross School building and the $500 million Mott Children’s Hospital building. Prior to school, Brian worked for an environmental justice nonprofit, two socially responsible investment firms, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and several offices in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During his time at EPA’s National Center for Environmental Innovation, Brian created and led a program on learning from international best practices in environmental policy for domestic adaptation and application. Areas of focus included water infrastructure, integrated permitting, and smart growth and urban planning. Brian holds a BA with honors from Brown University in Public Policy and International Relations and is a LEED AP.