GBCI Announces LEED Fellow Qualifications

Mon, 2011-09-19 08:39

On September 6, 2011, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) revealed the inaugural class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow distinction is the GBCI’s newest and most prestigious designation, which was developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national, or international level. When LEED version 3 was introduced in May 2009, the GBCI had not defined the LEED AP Fellow qualification criteria. This announcement marks a significant achievement and milestone for the LEED Accreditation process.

Thirty-four of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals were selected to be LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. Nominators must be LEED APs with specialty with at least 10 years of experience in the green building field and must provide four endorsers who will verify the nominee’s achievements.

Among other requirements, LEED Fellows must have at least 10 years of green building experience and have held a LEED AP with specialty credential for eight cumulative years. They are required to submit an application package through the LEED Fellow online portal. Click here to view the LEED Fellows Class of 2011.

The GBCI has listed the following criteria that they will use to evaluate nominees. Nominees will be considered based on four of the five mastery elements.

  • Technical Proficiency (required) - A LEED Fellow is highly proficient technically. He or she is experienced and knowledgeable in the application of multiple LEED rating systems and has provided significant contributions to LEED projects. A LEED Fellow is adept at identifying technical or procedural solutions to green building challenges and has demonstrated a sustained level of accomplishment for at least 10 years.
  • Education and Mentoring - A LEED Fellow provides education, training, and mentoring, sharing knowledge about LEED, sustainability, and green building with others both inside and outside of their own organization.
  • Leadership - A LEED Fellow should be a leader in their own organization as well as the field of green building and play an important role in instituting and applying sustainability practices and procedures within his or her own organization as well as within clients’ buildings and the community.
  • Commitment and Service - A LEED Fellow must demonstrate a history of commitment and service to green building. This can include contribution and service to GBCI and USGBC as well as public and community service that have furthered green building or sustainability.
  • Advocacy - A LEED Fellow is a long-standing advocate for sustainable ideas, concepts, and technologies related to or promoting green building or sustainability. They give presentations and speeches, write articles and books explaining green building and sustainability. The LEED Fellow also proactively encourages the adoption and use of the LEED rating systems with clients, communities, or government entities.

The GBCI will start accepting nominations for the 2012 class of LEED Fellows on January 4, 2012. To learn more about LEED Accreditation, please visit Everblue's LEED Certification page.

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