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Selva Partners-Sustainable Land Use
Phone: (949) ***-****  
Email: g***@***.com
Local Address:  Laguna Beach , California , United States
Company Description: Selva Partners creates value by enabling profitable, environmentally, economically and socially sustainable land use. We accomplish these goals as consultants,...   more

Employment History


  • master's degree , landscape architecture ( ecosystematic design )
    California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • bachelor's degree with honors , History
    Stanford University
  • Policy Planning
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Web References
Selva Partners - Gregory H. Vail, 21 Oct 2015 [cached]
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Greg Vail Greg Vail is Selva Partners' President. He is responsible for the sustainable development project management, resource management planning and environmental credit functions of the firm.
Vail has been involved in sustainable development activities for over 30 years. His interest in environmental protection began on Earth Day 1970 when he persuaded college administrators to allow fellow students to remove a large area of asphalt on campus and replace it with an oak forest.
Later, as he watched the degradation of coastal wetlands and bluffs in his Southern California hometown through poorly planned development, he decided to pursue resource-based land planning professionally.
Vail realized that Dr. Keeling had made an important discovery and remembered both the concept and the conversation.
From there, Vail applied his skills to a range of the environmentally and politically complex of projects up to today, with major focus on work involving urban coastal zone areas and sensitive habitats. Years ahead of current practice, Vail referred to his efforts as "ecological planning", a precursor to sustainable and regenerative development. Vail communicated this idea to a broader audience from Mexico to Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, first developing an alliance with the Cousteau Society's efforts in Mexico and later providing various sustainable development initiatives in Indonesia.
In 2000, Vail and three partners invested in a large parcel of land in the environmentally sensitive foothills of Southern California. Known as Hidden Ranch, he and his partners developed a conservation bank on the 800-acre property. The conservation bank was the repository for the creation and sale of biological credits to be sold for land development impact mitigation elsewhere. The partnership doubled its investment in four years.
Along with Vail's work in conservation banking, he dedicated 10 successful years to residential and vacant land estate, where he was a top 10% agent nationwide in his company for eight of ten years.
In 2007, Vail joined The Athens Group, a sustainable development company to manage the Aliso Creek Redevelopment Plan in Laguna Beach, California. Here, managing a consortium of some 24 professional companies, he and partner Oscar Uranga developed advanced techniques for integrated environmental stewardship in connection with land development.
Vail holds a bachelor's degree with honors in History from Stanford University and a master's degree in landscape architecture (ecosystematic design) from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He, his wife Lynn and sons Billy and Brian live in Laguna Beach, California.
Selva Partners - Policy Planning and Entitlement, 21 Oct 2015 [cached]
Gregory H. Vail
Selva Partners Greg Vail, as Director of Forward Planning and Sustainable Development, and Oscar Uranga, as Assistant Project Manager, led and managed a 24-firm design and consultant team for the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan.
Selva Partner Greg Vail, acting in the capacity of Chairman of the local community Planning Commission shepherded the Laguna Beach Montage Resort and Treasure Island Park through some 37 contentious and complex public hearings. During this several-year process, Vail worked closely with applicant The Athens Group and the community to craft design guidelines and development standards, new zoning, tract maps, sustainable development design, architecture and landscape architecture for the largest project in the community's history.
Vail also worked to gather community support that resulted in a referendum vote confirming the city leaders' decision to approve the project. Vail acted as de facto city landscape architect in review of the project plans which included a large community park and botanical garden.
Welcome to BnV LLC, 24 Nov 2007 [cached]
Gregory H. Vail
Gregory Vail is CEO of BnV LLC and is responsible forNorth American operations, business and investment development.Mr. Vail's professional career has included involvement in sustainable land development and natural resourcemanagement in North America as well as in Southeast Asia, principally Indonesia.
Mr. Vail has been engaged with Indonesia since 1991.During this time, he has provided professional expertise in the planning of proposed new communities in West Java/Banten provinces and has developed relationships with members of the West Java, North Sumatera governments and local communities.He has participated in and assisted with the organization of various environmentally-oriented conferences in Indonesia.He has traveled widely in Java, North Sumatera, Aceh and Bali.
In 2003, Mr. Vail signed a five-year services contract with the West Java Government to represent the province as Representative in the United States of America for Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion.He has hosted young Indonesian professionals in the USA for training in American practices and life.
Mr. Vail is also an expert in conservation credits banking and has been owner of an 800-acre conservation bank property in California, recently sold to the US-based Trust for Public Land.His work was subject of a major Los Angeles Times Business Section article entitled "Aiming to Profit From Preservation" Mr. Vail's work, "Ecology in the City," was published in Japan Landscape Magazine.
He has also been a principal in environmentally sensitive land development and provides land use consulting services to large and small-scale clients.He is also an expert in real estate development.
Mr. Vail began his career with pioneering coastal wetlands restoration and community planning in California, including principal co-authorship of area-wide Coastal Plans.He also was involved with ecologically sensitive lake design for a new city in Texas.He has led efforts to prepare watershed management plans for major river basins in urban California.He is presently applying this expertise to the Citarum River in West Java.Mr. Vail also has experience in the design of sustainable golf course and world-class resorts.
Mr. Vail was part of a multinational team that prepared a master plan proposal for the Sultanate of Brunei upon that nation's independence in the 1980's.
Other professional activities include sustainable development promotion in Mexico at the invitation of the governors of the states of Queretaro and Chiapas in the 1990s, in affiliation with the Cousteau Society's Latin America representative.Special focus was given to the preservation of indigenous traditional cultures the Selva Maya rain forest in southern Mexico.
Mr. Vail is conversant in Spanish and Italian, in addition to his native English.He holds degrees with honors from Stanford University, one of America's top educational institutions, including studies in Florence, Italy and a post-graduate degree in Landscape Architecture and Ecosystematic Design from California State University, Pomona.He is also a graduate of St. Paul's School, ranked in the top five America's preparatory schools.
Mr. Vail has served as chairman of the City Planning Commission for his home community and played a pivotal role in the review of an environmentally groundbreaking resort project (the largest project in the city's history).He has also served on the oversight board of the local school district modernization project and is an advisor to local mayors on political and community matters.He has on numerous occasions been requested to be a candidate for mayor of his city.He has been a lecturer and mentor to undergraduate and graduate land planning students at California State University.He is also involved with The Vail School, which provides a specialized individual curriculum to high school students.
Mr. Vail is married to his wife, Lynn, and has two sons, William, age 14, and Brian, age 13, all of whom have traveled in Indonesia.The Vail family has hosted numerous visitors from Indonesia and introduced newcomers to American culture and life.He is an avid collector of Indonesian art and handicrafts.He has traveled widely throughout Europe, Russia, Mexico, Asia Minor and North Africa as well as various parts of south Asia.Among his avocations, he has bicycled throughout Italy.
Laguna Beach, CA - Landscape and Scenic Highways Element, 26 Dec 2013 [cached]
The City is working with the consultant to the project, Gregory Vail of Selva Partners in collaboration with Robert Borthwick of BGB Design Group and landscape architect Ann Christoph.
Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan, 6 June 2009 [cached]
John Mansour, Greg Vail and Oscar Uranga are located in the company's Laguna Beach office.
Greg Vail, Director of Forward Planning and Sustainable Development As director of forward planning and sustainable development, Greg Vail brings in-depth land use and environmental expertise to The Athens Group. After specializing in wetland restoration and watershed management in graduate school, Greg managed one of the most complex coastal development projects in the U.S., involving a regional park, public marina and significant wetlands restoration. Later, Greg was in charge of natural resource management plans for several private projects and preparation of regional Habitat Conservation Plans. He also managed the first resources management plan for Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Wilderness Park and created an 800-acre conservation bank. Internationally, Greg has been chief executive officer of an Indonesian-American firm he formed in 2002 to promote sustainable development. A 28-year resident of Laguna where he resides with his wife and two sons, Greg has extensive community service to Laguna Beach, having served on the Laguna Beach Design Review Board from 1994 to 1996 and Laguna Beach Planning Commission from 1996 to 2000.
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