U.S. Green Building Council Welcomes New Board Directors

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newly elected officers and new directors to its 2012 Board of Directors. At elections that closed in November, USGBC's membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors: Fiona Cousins, Arup, filling the Designer of Buildings seat Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin, filling the Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat George Bandy Jr., Interface, filling the Large-Scale Manufacturer seat John Dalzell, city of Boston/Boston Redevelopment Authority, filling the Urban/Regional Planner seat

In addition, the board named the following directors to fill appointed seats:

Joseph Sanches, School District of Palm Beach County, filling the Educator (K-12) seat Stephen G. Bushnell, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, filling the Insurance seat Gary Jay Saulson, The PNC Financial Services Group, filling the Finance seat

The board elected Allan Skodowski, Transwestern as chair-elect and Lisa Shpritz, Bank of America, as Treasurer. Other 2012 officers continuing in their terms are Chair Elizabeth J. Heider, Skanska, and Punit Jain, Cannon Design, as secretary. Mark MacCracken, CALMAC Manufacturing Corppration, will serve as immediate past chair. Terms will begin on January 1, 2012.

"The board is pleased to welcome Fiona, Marge and George as new members and to welcome John back to a second term," said Chair Heider. "You are an extraordinary group elected from an extraordinary slate of candidates, and 2012 promises to be a great year for USGBC made better by your service."

"Our board plays an indispensible role within USGBC by making key decisions about how the organization serves our membership, educates the industry, and advances our mission," said Rick Fedrizzi,president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "This engaged and dedicated group of industry leaders reflects the diversity of the rapidly growing market that we serve, and is committed to shaping the future of green building."

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve USGBC. The board and the organization have made a remarkable impact on the sustainability of existing commercial buildings and we are poised for further success in 2012," said chair-elect Skodowski. "By guiding buildings down the path to certification and ongoing greener operations while enhancing the customer experience, the USGBC helps building owners improve tenant satisfaction and do what's ultimately right for our environment, all while positively impacting the building owners' bottom line."

"USGBC has undergone tremendous organizational growth since I joined the Board in 2006," said board treasurer Shpritz. "I am very proud of how far we've come and even prouder to have the opportunity to continue my service as treasurer as we work to fulfill USGBC's mission to make green buildings available to all within a generation."

Additionally, Howard Frumkin, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been appointed by the Board to serve as its advisor on public health.

USGBC's board includes elected and appointed directors who serve terms of three years and two years, respectively. The complete 2012 USGBC Board Roster includes:

Officers Elizabeth J. Heider, Skanska, chair Allan Skodowski, Transwestern, chair-elect Mark MacCracken, CALMAC Mfg. Corp., immediate past chair Lisa Shpritz, Bank of America, treasurer Punit Jain, Cannon Design, secretary S. Richard Fedrizzi, USGBC, president, CEO and founding chair (ex officio)

Directors Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat (newly elected) Ann Archino Howe, Sustainable Design Studio, Site Designer seat George Bandy Jr., Interface, Large-Scale Manufacturer seat (newly elected) Carlton Brown, Full Spectrum Development, Green Affordable Housing seat Stephen G. Bushnell, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Insurance seat (newly appointed) Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group, Sustainable Community Leader seat Fiona Cousins, Arup, Designer of Buildings seat (newly elected) Walter Cuculic, SolarCity, Home Builder seat John Dalzell, City of Boston/Boston Redevelopment Authority, Urban/Regional Planner seat (newly elected) Nathan Gauthier, Jones Lang LaSalle, Educator (K-12/Post-Secondary) seat Dennis Maloskey, Pennsylvania Governor's Green Government Council, State & Local Government Employee seat Kirsten Ritchie, Gensler, Green Building Educator seat Joseph Sanches, School District of Palm Beach County, Educator (K-12) seat (newly appointed) Gary Jay Saulson, The PNC Financial Services Group, Finance seat (newly appointed) Thomas Scarola, Tishman Speyer, Developer/Real Estate Services seat Allan Skodowski, Transwestern, Building Management & Operations seat (chair-elect) Elizabeth Whalen, CalAg LLC, Product Manufacturer Executive seat

USGBC's Board also appointed two individuals to serve as Advisors to the 2012 Board: Howard Frumkin, University of Washington's School of Public Health, Public Health Advisor Don Horn, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, GSA, Federal Advisor

Learn more about USGBC's Board of Directors.