Horst Named Council's LEED Leader

The U.S. Green Building Council on March 6 announced the appointment of Scot Horst to the position of senior vice president, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a new position in the organization. The appointment is effective April 1.

"Scot‘s visionary leadership has been much in evidence in his role as chair of the LEED Steering Committee these past three years," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair, USGBC and board chair, GBCI.

"The evolution of LEED under his watch culminates with the launch of LEED v3, which sets a new benchmark for high-performance buildings. His transition to a full-time senior staff position in the organization underscores our intent to continue LEED's upward momentum as the market's tool of choice for advancing green building," Fedrizzi added.

"USGBC stands at the nexus between buildings and humanity," said Horst. "Thanks to the incredible work of this organization, the question is no longer ‘How do we do less harm?' rather, it has become ‘How can we do more good? How can we make buildings restorative and ultimately regenerative? LEED is the focal point that makes these questions possible, and advancing the whole systems thinking it requires is a mission I am passionate about."

Fedrizzi noted that Horst is widely recognized as a leader in the sustainable design movement as a partner in 7group, a green building consultancy and as president of the Athena Institute International where he has been involved with a broad range of work related to Life Cycle Assessment. During his LEED Steering Committee work, Horst has overseen the development of LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Schools, Revisions to LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Neighborhood Development, LEED for Homes, LEED for Healthcare and LEED 2009. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he has worked on more than 70 LEED projects.

"Scot rounds out USGBC's management ‘dream team' that includes Chris Smith, Rebecca Flora, and Michelle Moore, and Peter Templeton at GBCI," said Fedrizzi. "I'm honored to lead this talented group in support of our members who are working so hard every day to realize our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation."

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