The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newly elected officers and directors to its 2011 Board of Directors. They include:

Elizabeth J. Heider,Skanska, filling the Constructor of Buildings seat Kirsten Ritchie, Gensler, filling the Green Building Educator seat
Walter Cuculic,Green Your Home Consulting, filling the Home Builder seat
Elizabeth Whalen,CalAg, filling the Product Manufacturer Executive seat
Ann Archino Howe,Sustainable Design Studio, filling the Site Designer seat
Dennis Maloskey,PA Governor's Green Government Council, filling the State and Local Government Employee seat

In addition, the Board named the following directors to fill appointed seats:

Carlton Brown,Full Spectrum, filling the Green Affordable Housing seat
Majora Carter,Majora Carter Group, filling the Sustainable Communities seat

The Board also elected Heider as chair-elect andPunit Jain,Cannon Design, as secretary. Other officers are 2011 ChairMark MacCracken,CALMAC, andAnthony Bernheim,AECOM, as treasurer.Tim Cole,Forbo, is now immediate past chair. USGBC President and CEORick Fedrizziis an ex officio member of the Board.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to serve USGBC and write the next chapter in its story; one where LEED continues to serve as the most economical and unparalleled catalyst for market transformation in the world,” said Heider. “I’m looking forward to working with the Board to help expand USGBC’s offering through leading-edge research, developing new tools, educational offerings and market solutions.”

"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to continue my work of the past three years on the board,” added Whalen, who was re-elected to the Product Manufacturers seat on the USGBC Board. “The continued success and growth of the organization speaks for itself, but there is much work to be done in order to make green building accessible and achievable for all."

"USGBC has made an incredible impact on the building community since its founding, and we are now poised to broaden our impact in the education, environmental justice, institutional investment, community environmental health and government regulatory sectors,” noted Brown, who was reappointed to represent the affordable housing sector. “More than ever before, the new Board will enable the organization to continue to engage stakeholders and more effectively deal with the complex local and global challenges facing our society.”

“By making key decisions about how USGBC serves our membership, educates the industry, and advances our mission, the Board plays an indispensible role within the organization,” said Fedrizzi. “This engaged and dedicated group of industry leaders reflects the diversity of the rapidly growing market that we serve, and is committed to shaping the future of green building.”