The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, has announced the 2021 class of LEED Fellows. Twenty-one individuals from around the world are being recognized for their mastery of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, and exceptional work in advancing green building practices.

“People are the driving force behind the green building movement and are responsible for helping the industry grow and flourish,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “This year’s class of LEED Fellows represent a group of ambitious and innovative leaders who are committed to the making a positive impact in their community through sustainable building practices.”

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must demonstrate at least 10 years’ worth of exceptional impact with LEED. The LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee completes an extensive review of the nominees’ portfolio and presents the recommended slate to the GBCI Board of Directors for approval.

The 2021 Class of LEED Fellows:

•    Keith Amann, WSP
•    E.V. Bennett, Ecoworks Studio, LLC
•    Patrick Field, O’Connor Sutton Cronin M&E Ltd.
•    Sharon Grant, Eco Edge
•    Sarah Gudeman, Morrissey Engineering
•    Eric “Blake” Jackson, Stantec
•    Shawn Jang, BEE Incorporations
•    Pankaj Kasture, Lead Consultancy & Engineering Services (India) Pvt. Ltd
•    Liang Liao, Cushman & Wakefield
•    Patty Lloyd, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
•    Ghaleb Mheirat, Dar
•    Paola Moschini, Macro Design Studio srl
•    Jason Packer, Recollective Consulting
•    Gautami Palanki, The Howard Hughes Corporation
•    Katie Rothenberg, Paladino & Company
•    Leonard Sciarra, FARR associates
•    Steven Shinn, Gensler
•    Lauren Sparandara, Google
•    Stanton Stafford, Integral Group
•    Kathy Wardle, Perkins&Will
•    Giuseppe Zaffino, Greenwich srl

The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED. Nominees must hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements.

The 2021 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on the main stage on Thursday, Sept. 23.  Visit greenbuildexpo.com to register for the conference and usgbc.org/credentials for more information on professional credentialing opportunities. 

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