GBCI Joins Forces with GRESB

Move creates asset-to-portfolio toolkit for measuring sustainability of world’s largest asset class

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 15, 2014) – The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the global LEED® green building rating system, the WELL Building Standard®, the PEER™ program and other sustainability initiatives, announced today that it has acquired GRESB (the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe.

“The advent of green building created an industry that has been hard for investors to valuate,” said Rick Fedrizzi,” CEO, Green Building Certification Institute. “Investors have come to understand that green building represents a significant way to reduce their exposure to risk related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, but until recently, there was no way to measure it.

“GRESB delivers the missing link by providing a framework for this measurement within and across portfolios,” added Fedrizzi. “The merging of our two organizations will provide an unprecedented view of global real estate that can help protect and enhance the value of its investments and contribute to a more sustainable built environment at the same time. This is a huge step.”

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Call for Applications for 2015 Board of Directors

Does where you live, learn and labor matter to you? Do you have a passion for the way buildings are designed, built and operated?

If so, join our board!

We are recruiting potential board members for 2015. This is a 2-year term commitment beginning on January 1, 2015.   If you are interested in being considered for our upcoming elections – DON’T HESITATE – as the deadline for nominees is October 29, 2014. You can complete the board member application form using the link below . If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Chapter Administrator, Andrea Marz at admin@usgbcwm.org

Board Application Form

Current Chapter Board of Directors:

Chair: Cheri Holman, Hurst Mechanical
Vice Chair: David Rinard, Steelcase Inc.
Secretary: Deb Sypien, The Christman Company
Treasurer: Mark Zoeteman, FTC&H

Jessica Eimer, Aquinas College
Steve Hassevoort, InForm Architecture
Brett Little, GreenHome Institute
Andrew Longcore, The Business Law Group
Jessica Spagnuolo, Consumers Energy



Three USGBC West MI Chapter Members Named in the 2014 Class of LEED Fellows

LEED FellowLEED_Fellows represent an elite class of accomplished green-building professionals

USGBC West Michigan chapter recognizes and congratulates three West Michigan chapter members that have been named in the 2014 Class of LEED Fellows by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The three chapter members are:

  • Gavin Gardi, G2 Consulting, Inc.
  • Joyce Lee, IndigoJLD Green Health
  • Theresa Hogerheide, Green Building Certification Institute

This year’s 48 Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals.

“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “

To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Learn how to become a LEED Fellow.

The 2014 LEED Fellows will be recognized in New Orleans at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from Oct. 22-24, 2014.