Thought Leadership

CREÄ’s founder and staff are committed to a sustainable future for the earth and its inhabitants. As such, we use a number of means to shift typical thinking and practices within the architecture and engineering sector. These range from training and presentations to thought-provoking articles and well-researched reports.


CREÄ founder Anindita Mitra has led training and educational sessions for organizations such as the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), Utah Transit Agency, OECD, City of Vancouver’s Leadership Team, the national American Planning Association, and the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhood on topics such as:


  • Carbon Footprint
  • Equitable Planning
  • Outreach and Meeting Facilitation
  • Cultural Intelligence in Governance
  • Sustainable Transit
  • Sustainable Indicators
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Integrating Indicators with Performance Measurement
  • Organizational Change

The pseudoscience of planning seems almost neurotic in its determination to imitate empiric failure and ignore empiric success.

Jane Jacobs
The Death and Life of Great American Cities


Daily Journal of Commerce, Opinion: Is growth only benefiting a small segment in Seattle? October 26, 2017.

Review of Approaches and Recommendations for Improving Resilience of Water Management, 324 4 1 Infrastructure: The Case for Large Dams, Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Faisal Hossain, Mitra A., et al. 2017.

Utah Planner, Planning Without Density, Vol. 23 no.6, 2016.

Daily Journal of Commerce, Opinion: How we can keep growth from triggering anti-growth backlash, December 15, 2015.

Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE), Local-To-Regional Landscape Drivers Of Extreme Weather And Climate: Implications For Water Infrastructure Resilience, Infrastructure Task Committee, Faisal Hossain, Mitra A., et al. 2015.

ASCE, Planning Infrastructure to Sustain America. Anindita Mitra, Bennett, T., Henderson, J., McDowell, B., Wright, R., 2010

Washington APA, Sustainable Washington, Anindita Mitra et al. 2009

RICS Foundation, Energy Facts Sheet and the Built Environment (USA). Anindita Mitra, 2008

MRSC FOCUS, The Invisible Player in Climate Change – The Third Industrial Revolution, Anindita Mitra, December 2010.

MRSC FOCUS, The Invisible Player in Climate Change – Making Sense of the Science, Anindita Mitra, July 2009.

Daily Journal of Commerce, How Parking Rules Make Cities Less Walkable, February 19, 2009.

MRSC FOCUS, Finance Industry and Climate Change: Potential Implications for Cities and Counties, By Anindita Mitra, August 2008.

RICS Foundation, Energy Facts Sheet and the Built Environment (USA). Anindita Mitra, 2008.

National Civic Review, Planners Leading the Charge Toward Energy Efficient Communities. Anindita Mitra. Spring 2007. Volume 96 Number 1.
Local Environment, The Sky Is the Limit. Anindita Mitra, Vol. 11, no. 4, 459-472, August 2006.

Seattle P-I, Partnerships Can Make a Difference, Anindita Mitra, November 23, 2006.

Urban Land Magazine, Revisiting Development Models. Anindita Mitra. June 2005.

Seattle Times Op-ed, Cars! I’ll Take a Pass. Anindita Mitra, March 2005.

Urban Design Update, Urban Design Centers – An Idea Taking Root? Anindita Mitra, RUDI, July 17, 2003.

National Civic Review, A Tool for Measuring Progress: The Growing Popularity of Sustainable Indicators in the United States. Anindita Mitra. Fall 2003. Volume 92 Number 3.

RICS Foundation, Painting the Town Green: The Use of Urban Sustainability Indicators in the United States of America. Anindita Mitra, 2003.

Architecture + Design, The Calcutta Metro, Anindita Mitra, 1989.

Architecture + Design, Papankala – Another Planning Disaster?, A. Mitra and Singh M., 1989.

Architecture + Design, Papankala – Reviewed, Anindita Mitra, 1989.


Passionate, funny, and articulate, CREÄ’s founder has given talks at local, state, national, and international conferences. Her talks are engaging and interactive, and they speak to opportunities that further sustainable practices, including new zoning and building standards, equitable planning, performance indicators, innovative land-use practices, carbon footprinting, and planning for energy independence, among a host of other groundbreaking ideas.

American Planning Association, National Conference (2019)

FoodTank Summit, Seattle (2018)

Planning Association of Washington (2015, 2014, 2013)

Utah American Planning Association (2016)

Association of Washington Cities (2016, 2007)

APA Washington, Peninsula Chapter (2015, 2014)

Northern Section, APA Washington (2014)

 APA, Washington Chapter (2012, 2007, 2006, 2005)

Western Washington University (2011)

Community Energy Roadmap, Bellevue (2010)

Climate Conversations, Edmonds (2009)

Community Indicators Consortium (2009, 2005, 2004)

Council of Europe, Korea (2009)

Sustainable Edmonds (2008)

University of Washington (2008)

Bellevue Community College Earth Day (2008)

BUILT GREEN, Seattle (2008)

Association of Government Accountants (2008)

American Planning Association (APA) National Conferences (2008, 2006, 2005, 2004)

Utah Transit Agency (2006)

American Public Transportation Association (2006)

Sustainable Seattle (2005)

Northwest Sustainability Conference (2004)

Sustainable Communities (2004)

Academy of Management Association (2003)

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