Newly elected chair reveals plans to raise awareness of USGBC while strengthening local councils
President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was elected chair of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), a coalition of green building councils from 89 countries around the world.
"I've watched in awe as the green building movement has grown on a global scale," said Fedrizzi. "I'm humbled to be a part of this massive movement and honored to serve the WGBC and its global members."
Part of Fedrizzi's plan as WGBC chair is to raise the global awareness of the council while at same time advancing the voice of each country and region.
"We will invite diverse multinational stakeholders to support WGBC and to have a voice in its development," said Fedrizzi.
Founded in 1999, WGBC fosters and supports new and emerging green building councils by providing them with the tools and strategies to establish strong organizations and leadership positions in their countries.
Fedrizzi was appointed president and CEO of the USGBC in 2004 following a 25-year career as an executive. Since then, USGBC has tripled its membership and pushed for global sustainability through efforts such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program, the International Greenbuild Annual Conference & Expo, and the LEED Professional Credential program.
Fedrizzi will take over for Tony Arnel in January 2012. Arnel has served as WGBC chair for the past three years and is also chair of the Green Building Council of Australia.