USGBC Appoints New Global Leadership Hires


Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. announced the appointment of three leaders to its global management team. According to the press release, Sarah Zaleski will serve as Chief Products Officer, Pete Tolsdorf will serve as General Counsel and Andy Burr will work as Chief of Staff.

“Sarah, Pete and Andy are outstanding additions to our global leadership team as we work to drive the innovation in policy, technology, and practice needed to transform the built environment,” said Peter Templeton, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI.

“Their leadership experience strengthens our ability to deploy proven solutions at the scale needed to address the urgent challenges facing communities worldwide and to accelerate progress towards a sustainable, prosperous and equitable future for all.”

The appointments arrive as the USGBC plans to mark its 30th anniversary at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo later this month in Washington, D.C.

Zaleski, the USGBC reports, brings a “record of achievement at the intersection of sustainability, climate and the built environment at the local, national and international levels.” She has previously served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Energy and has worked with the City of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability.

In the newly created position, Zaleski will reportedly work with the CEO, boards of directors, and members of the executive team to lead strategy, development, delivery and optimization of the global portfolio of USGBC and GBCI programs and services, including research, standards and education.

According to the council, Tolsdorf is a legal expert with leadership experience in energy and standard-setting, previously serving as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Additionally, he has held senior legal and policy leadership roles at trade associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, an attorney-advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a litigation associate at a large international law firm.

Described as a sustainability leader and changemaker, Burr previously served in leadership capacities at early-stage technology ventures, including Ecountabl. He has reportedly served in multiple roles at DOE from 2014 to 2019.

Prior to his time in public service, he directed a $20 million special climate project in partnership with U.S. mayors and global philanthropies. He has also advised major U.S. presidential campaigns on climate strategy.


Tagged categories: Business management; Business operations; Good Technical Practice; Green building; Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI); NA; North America; Personnel; Program/Project Management; U.S. Green Building Council; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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