The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that it has named Jerry Yudelson as its president to accelerate growth of the non-profit and further leverage its green building assessment tools, including the Green Globes rating system, as it brings green building options to a larger audience of owners, designers, facility managers and investors.
Yudelson is recognized as one of the nation's leading green building and sustainability advocates and an internationally recognized keynote speaker. Formerly the president of Yudelson Associates in Tucson, AZ, he has authored 13 green building books, achieved recognition as a LEED Fellow, and chaired the steering committee for Greenbuild, the country's largest annual green building show, which he helped grow during its first eight years. As the GBI's president, Yudelson will oversee the growth of the non-profit, including the ongoing development, expansion and marketing of the Green Globes green building rating system. His role will also include expanding understanding and use of GBI's additional assessment tools, such as the GBI's Guiding Principles Compliance tool, designed specifically to support compliance by federal agencies with President Obama's green government requirements.
"After many years promoting the advancement of green building and market transformation in the building industry, I'm pleased to be asked to lead the GBI at this key time in its development," says Yudelson. "There is a huge audience of building owners, designers, and facility managers who are looking for more cost-effective and practical options to applying green building principles to every building. The GBI has a unique approach with its interactive, web-based Green Globes platform and on-site, independent third-party assessment. I'm excited by the opportunity to build on the GBI's successes and help bring more focused green building and facility management options to new audiences."
Yudelson is a professional engineer and an engineering graduate of Cal Tech and Harvard University; he also holds an MBA from the University of Oregon. From 2007-2009 he served as the Research Scholar for Retail Real Estate Sustainability with the International Council of Shopping Centers, a 70,000-member global organization. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural class of LEED Fellows by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole U.S. provider of the Green Globes and Guiding Principles Compliance building certification programs.
Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes on-site reviews by an independent third party assessor. The program is administered in the United States by the GBI. Green Globes is a user-friendly assessment tool designed to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial, government and institutional buildings. The program certifies new construction and existing buildings. An additional assessment tool is the GBI's Guiding Principles Compliance program for federal agencies. Also available are education and professional credentialing through the Green Globes Professional, Green Globes Assessor, and Guiding Principles Compliance Professional accreditation programs.