Pliny Fisk III is Co-Founder / Co-Director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the oldest sustainable design and planning, research and educational firm in the US. With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions to the sustainability movement for more than four decades by developing replicable prototypes, as well as protocols and policy initiatives.
His prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building design, engineering, materials, economic development as well as landscape and regional planning. These prototypes have been adopted by several Native American nations, including the Sioux, Apache, Hope, and Navajo, as well as the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast, and prompted both nascent governments, such as the Sandanistas in Nicaragua, the Raza Unida Party in Texas, and the New Jewel Movement in Grenada, and established governments, such as the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China, to seek his expertise. Notable, widely-published prototypes include the Laredo Blueprint Demonstration Farm - a flexible, wind-powered farming system and The Advanced Green Building Demonstration, recognized as one of the top 10 green buildings in the world in an Architect Magazine online survey.
Pliny’s protocols helped shape the world’s first green building program and have now spread globally. His methods have been used to help green the White House, the US Pentagon, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) building in Montana, and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Pliny’s policy initiatives were instrumental in the creation of the first Greening of State Guidelines for the State of Texas, helped institute the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and were used by the think tanks that established the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system.
Pliny’s work has earned several national and international awards and recognitions including the Lewis Mumford Award, The Earth Summit Award in Rio, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sacred Tree award, and The Passive Solar Pioneer Award. Pliny was named one of 14 Visionaries in 2006 by Metropolis Magazine and has appeared in many other publications, including the New York Times, Popular Science, and the book Contemporary American Architects. Pliny’s firm was featured in the American Planning Association Journal as one of five firms representing the future of the ecological planning work started by Ian McHarg.
Pliny has received contracts from the EPA, DOE, HUD, CSA, AIA and numerous foundations. In addition to his role at CMPBS, Pliny has served as an advisor to the MacArthur, Gates, and Enterprise Foundations and was chosen to serve on the GSA’s National Registry of Peer Professionals in the Design Excellence, Construction Excellence and Art in Architecture program. Pliny has held the Bruce Goff Chair for Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, served as the Herrin Distinguished Fellow at Mississippi State University, served as Signature Faculty at Texas A & M University in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and held other faculty positions at Ball State University and University of Texas at Austin. He is CEO and founder of Sustainable Earth Technologies, a Texas corporation and pro-active private sector green technology company.