Washington, D.C. - U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi today announced an expansion of USGBC’s top executive team. Roger Platt, USGBC’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, will assume the title of President, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, will now serve as USGBC’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), a new role in the organization.

Mahesh Ramanujam will continue as COO of USGBC, and President, Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Fedrizzi will continue in his roles as CEO of both USGBC and GBCI.

“Roger possesses proven experience and business acumen well beyond matters of law and policy,” said Fedrizzi. “In this new role as President, he will serve as my deputy to singularly focus on market development, stakeholder engagement and strategic relationship management of all of our USGBC customers, helping us take our mission to a new level.

“Scot has been key to the success of LEED. He was a volunteer Chair of the LEED Steering Committee before joining our team full-time as leader of the entire LEED system. He is especially known for high-profile initiatives that have set a bar for a level of innovation that is the envy of many successful, for-profit companies,” said Fedrizzi. “The new LEED Dynamic Plaque he has developed has already proven to be a game-changer in the global real estate market. I am proud to expand his role to include all product vision and development at USGBC.

“Along with Mahesh Ramanujam, this completes an executive team structure that can drive organizational excellence, deepen and expand engagement with all our stakeholders – members, market leaders, volunteers, government authorities – and continue the rapid innovation and market inspiration that USGBC is known for,” said Fedrizzi, noting that additional restructuring will follow in the months ahead, as schools, health, international and education initiatives expand to meet a massive demand curve already underway.

“This role shift positions us well for a future that will be defined by continued global expansion, broad-based partnerships and a technology-savvy customer base and at the same time allows us to harness the passion and power of the green building movement.”

About Roger Platt, J.D.

Since joining USGBC in 2010, Roger Platt has been responsible for overseeing the policy aspects of the increasingly global adoption of green building and urban development practices. He has also taken on special projects relative to restructuring USGBC’s fundraising functions and its residential LEED certification program. Before joining USGBC, Roger spent 15 years as a senior executive and policy counsel with the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Prior to that, Platt served as an urban land use and business lawyer in San Francisco, Calif., focusing on the city’s two largest neighborhood-sized development projects. A longtime member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), he serves as a member of the its Sustainability Center Advisory Board. Roger also currently serves on the board of the World Green Building Council, whose members are the 100 green building councils throughout the world.

About Scot Horst, LEED AP BD&C, LEED Fellow

Scot Horst is responsible for the LEED program at the U.S. Green Building Council and has been pivotal to its dramatic growth. He recently led staff and volunteers in the development of LEED v4. He is chief inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a new measuring device for whole building performance. Horst established the global, regional and local growth strategy that led to LEED as a global benchmark, including the LEED International Roundtable, now comprised of 35 countries and responsible for LEED’s technical development around the world.

Prior to joining USGBC, Horst was President of 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a non-profit dedicated to the life cycle assessment of buildings. A co-author of An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building, he speaks widely on LEED and the transformative potential of green building. He serves on multiple boards, including as director or advisor to the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, the Resilient Design Institute, Cradle to Cradle and the Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Source: USGBC

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