International green guru to lead Green Building Initiative

Green Building Initiative

Jerry Yudelson has been named president of the Green Building Initiative.

The Green Building Initiative has hired an internationally renowned leader in green construction as its next president.

The Portland-based nonprofit has tapped Jerry Yudelson for the job. The founder and past president of Yudelson Associates in Tuscon, Yudelson has written 13 green building books, is a LEED Fellow and has chaired the steering committee for Greenbuild, the country's largest green building show. He is also an internationally recognized keynote speaker.

Founded in 2004, GBI is a Web-based program that offers guidance to builders and provides on-site assessment for green building certification.

As president of GBI, Yudelson will lead development and expansion of the organization's Green Globes building rating system and other assessment tools, some designed specifically to support compliance of President Obama's green government requirements.

"There is a huge audience of building owners, designers, and facility managers who are looking for more cost-effective and practical options to applying green building principles to every building," said Yudelson in a statement. "The GBI has a unique approach with its interactive, Web-based Green Globes platform and on-site, independent third-party assessment."

Yudelson is an engineering graduate of Caltech and Harvard University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Oregon.

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