The nomination period for the USGBC's 2012 class of LEED Fellows began Jan. 4 and will close on Feb. 8. Fellows are appointed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which was established in 2008 to administer the USGBC’s certifications and professional designations. According to the GBCI’s website, “LEED Fellows are vanguards in the field whose vision and leadership have influenced the transformation of the built environment through green design and practice.”

LEED Fellow nominees must have held a LEED professional credential for at least eight years, must have an AP with specialty credential in good standing, and have at least 10 years of professional green-building experience. Nominators must have a LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing and 10 years of professional green-building experience. Nominators can only recommend one fellow per class, and cannot be nominees themselves.

The GBCI assesses LEED Fellow nominees based on four green-building qualifications, including technical proficiency, or a demonstrated knowledge of LEED ratings systems, and substantial contributions to LEED projects. Nominations must also detail a nominee's experience in three of the following four areas: education and mentoring; leadership; commitment and service; and advocacy.

Profiles of the 34 members of last year’s inaugural class of LEED Fellows is online, and the LEED Fellow Handbook, accessed here, provides more complete information about the nomination and application process.  In addition, a LEED Fellow hotline has been set up at 202-742-3272 to answer questions.