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An Important Message From Rick Fedrizzi Posted by admin on 06/6/15 in USGBC National

Dear USGBC Community,

When we started USGBC 22 years ago, I don’t think any of us could have imagined the organization would become what it is today.  We set out to simply build better buildings, but we quickly learned that in doing so, we were changing the world.  The success we’ve enjoyed has been made possible because of our shared vision, common values and unwavering commitment to a prosperous, more sustainable future.  It’s been an extraordinary journey we’ve undertaken together.

To that end, I have some news I’d like to share.  Earlier today, I advised the USGBC Board of Directors that I will be stepping down as CEO at the end of the 2016 calendar year, paving the way for a leadership transition that would take place in January 2017.

As you know, I have always focused on making sure we have a stellar leadership team in place, and that we have an equally strong bench for the future.  Our programs are thriving, our structure has evolved to support our global growth and influence, and our financials are in excellent shape.  USGBC has reached a point in its maturity where I feel comfortable making this decision, knowing that I will continue to contribute to the ongoing trajectory of the green building movement as a volunteer in any way I can.

The Board has already set up a search committee to identify candidates for the CEO position. The goal is to complete the process in a timely way so that I have sufficient time to work with that individual to insure a smooth transition and continuity of leadership.

Since co-founding USGBC, serving as its volunteer founding chair the first six years, then being appointed president and CEO in 2003, green building has become a global movement. The best part of my job has always been seeing the impact that LEED and the greater USGBC community have made on the global green building industry.

As I look back on my time at USGBC, I see how far we have come and I look forward to seeing what will be accomplished because of the passion and expertise of people like you.

I learn from all of you—you each inspire me every day, and with such a strong foundation, I look forward to many successes for USGBC in the years ahead.


Rick Fedrizzi CEO and Founding Chair

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Columbia Tusculm Home Achieves LEED Gold Posted by admin on 06/6/15 in Building, LEED

The home at 3202 Golden Avenue earned LEED Gold for Homes May 14, 2015. Alicia Poinsatte built this home on a vacant lot in Columbia Tusculum, near Mt. Lookout. She began this modern residential project with the hope of having the property LEED certified.

The maximum building envelope allowed by the zoning committee was used to yield an approximately 2100 square foot home. In doing so a large portion of the lot was utilized and this eliminated the need for sod or grass. Drought-resistant native plants were planted in the front yard. The back yard includes a composite deck which extends to the beginning of a wooded back yard. Foliage was trimmed to improve the appearance but no trees or foliage were cut down. There are hard floor surfaces throughout the home instead of carpet to allow for easier clean up of toxins and bacteria. As much of the excess material as possible was repurposed. Granite from the countertop in the kitchen was spilt faced and used as the backsplash. Low flow plumbing fixtures were installed through the home including toilets, tanks, facets and shower heads. All HVAC abided by LEED point requirements.  An egress window was installed in the small, finished basement so it can be used as a bedroom should the owner choose to do so. The home is in close proximity to a bike trail, retail, restaurants, banking and a park!

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