USGBC Elects New Board of Directors

The United States Green Building Council has finally announced the members of its 2015 Board of Directors. The following five directors will each serve three-year terms:

Stephen Bushnell, of Stephen Bushnell & Associates will serve as the  Insurance Director (incumbent)

Linda Chipperfield, of Green Seal, Inc. will serve as the Environmental Nonprofit Advocate Director (newly elected)

Amy Costello, of Armstrong World Industries will serve as the Product Manufacturing Director (newly elected)

Denise Grabowski, of Symbioscity will serve as the Urban/Regional Planning Director (newly elected)

Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer, Inc. will serve as the Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer Director (newly elected)

USGBC founding chair and CEO Rick Fedrizzi says that, “USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable direction and perspective, collectively bringing decades of experience to the table and using their individual expertise to shape the future of the organization, the community and the green building movement as a whole.”

In its recent New York Meeting, the USGBC appointed two directors to fill the two-year appointed positions:

Mark James, of Urban Green LLC, will serve as the Director of Sustainable Community Leadership (formerly in the Green Affordable Housing seat)

Vance Voss, of Principal Real Estate Investors will serve as the Director of Commercial Real Estate Executive Leadership (newly appointed). During his 22 years as portfolio manager for Principal Green Property Fund I at PRI, Voss has managed the oversight of over $1 billion in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects nationwide.

Of his prior experience and its impact on his new role, Voss says that “Principal Real Estate Investors has a long-standing commitment to corporate stewardship and an established track record in responsible property investing. It is an honor to be chosen to help further the idea of a sustainable future through green buildings.”

According to Fedrizzi, “Delivering on the promise of developing buildings that sustain and enhance the vitality of life within a generation is no small undertaking. Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from many different segments of the building industry and will undoubtedly make great strides in the coming year. I know that Vance will be a valuable contributor in his role, given his wealth of experience and knowledge.”

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