The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its president/CEO S. Richard “Rick” Fedrizzi were named Honor Award Visionaries in Sustainability by the National Building Museum for their leadership, commitment, and achievements in green building and design. Chase Rynd, executive director and president of the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., said that USGBC and Fedrizzi will be honored for their “unparalleled leadership for 15 years in the promotion of sustainable building practices; their exceptional achievement in establishing and integrating green building standards; and their demonstration of the environmental, social, and economic value of green building."
Founded in 1993, USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is the most widely followed green commercial building certification. USGBC also is working internationally to establish common green building practices with governments throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and it recently established the LEED for Homes program in the U.S.
The nonprofit is composed of more than 19,000 organizations from across the building industry that it says work to ensure that structures are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 2,500 LEED-certified structures, the organization claims.
"We founded the USGBC with the radical idea that our built environment should nurture instead of harm, restore instead of consume, and save money instead of waste it," said Fedrizzi, also founding chair of USGBC, in a statement. "Little did we know at the time that the green building revolution we envisioned would become a cornerstone of the economic recovery effort, creating millions of green jobs and saving energy and money in the process."
The Honor Award was established in 1986 to salute those that have significantly improved the built environment. The National Building Museum will announce additional recipients in the weeks leading up to a June 4 gala to be held in the museum’s historic Great Hall.