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Green Business Certification Inc. Celebrates the 2020 Class of LEED Fellows

Parul Dubey on October 20, 2020 - in Awards, News, People

25 green building leaders represent the top of their field and are committed to creating healthier, more sustainable and resilient communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 20, 2020 – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, has announced the 2020 class of LEED Fellows. Twenty-five individuals from around the world are being recognized for their mastery of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, and exceptional work in advancing green building practices.

“The green building industry plays a critical role as we look toward rebuilding our economy and our communities in the months and years ahead,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “Our LEED Fellows are on the frontlines of that work helping to ensure our buildings and spaces are healthy, resilient and sustainable places for us all to enjoy. LEED Fellows have made substantial contributions to the green building community and their commitment to LEED will continue to help us shape a better living standard for all.”

This year’s class of 25 LEED Fellows represent Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, India, Lebanon, Mexico and the U.S. and include:

  • Alessandro Bisagni, BEE Incorporations
  • Kevin Bright, City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency
  • Krissy Buck Flickinger, LRK
  • Subramaniam Chandrasekaran, SSS Consultants & 3S Green
  • Charlie Cichetti, SIG and GBES.com
  • Karim Farah, REEDS Consult
  • Miranda Gardiner, HKS, Inc.
  • Charalampos Giannikopoulos, DCarbon
  • Sara Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group
  • Luiza Junqueira, StraubJunqueira
  • Ibrahim Kronfol, Dar Al Handasah
  • Esteban Martinez, Green Loop
  • Summer Minchew, EcoImpact Consulting
  • Sara Neff, Kilroy Realty Corporation
  • Martha Norbeck, C-Wise Design and Consulting
  • Michael Pavelsky, The Sheward Partnership, LLC
  • Grant Peters, Fluent Group Consulting Engineers Inc.
  • Diego Felipe Prada, Green Factory
  • Lona Rerick, ZGF Architects
  • Drew Shula, Verdical Group
  • Alicia Silva, Revitaliza Consultores
  • Matthew St. Clair, University of California, Office of the President
  • Jeffrey Straub, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects
  • Rives Taylor, Gensler
  • Kristy Walson, TLC Engineering Solutions

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years’ worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED.

The 2020 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year’s Greenbuild Virtual conference during the USGBC 2020 Leadership Awards on Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. EST. Visit greenbuildexpo.com to register for the conference and usgbc.org/credentials for more information on professional credentialing opportunities.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, RELi for resilient design, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org.



11 a.m. Opening Keynote: Michael Murphy, Founding Principal and Executive Director MSS Design Group


12 p.m. Health & Energy – Building Transformation Through and Beyond COVID-19: COVID-19 has transformed building design and operations prompting concern that dense urban built environments increase exposures thereby increasing human susceptibility. Explore innovation and cross-sector partnerships to address this and future public health challenges, lessons emerging, and health, environmental and social benefits buildings can provide.


1:30 p.m. Seeking Alpha – Investing in Health to Improve Performance:

The presentation will lead an important dialogue about how the market has begun to improve how we define, track and measure human and social capital metrics, as well as how transparency and standardization within social metrics is evolving, and how companies are beginning to disclose their impact on health and well-being in an effort to improve accountability.


3 p.m. Materials Changes: Strategies to Create Healthier Buildings:

Construction materials can have significant and enduring health effects on the workers who manufacture and install them, and on their communities. In a moderated discussion, the group will move through the stages of a project, emphasizing potential obstacles and proven techniques to mitigate problems, related and perceived.


4:30 p.m. Taking Action to Improve Community Health and Social Equity:

The session will open with an overview of Urban Land Institute’s 2019 research on the state of health and social equity in real estate, establishing the pre-pandemic state of awareness and adoption, key motivators and barriers, and opportunities to shift health- and social equity-promoting practices into the mainstream. It will discuss how project teams can implement these practices, and how USGBC’s LEED framework can accelerate uptake. Finally, it will present a case study on how stakeholder engagement can be transformative and build capacity within a community.


Please email me interview requests with speakers. Next up is the main Greenbuild Virtual event Nov. 10-12.

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