The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has elected its 2016 board and advisory council members.

“By having both a board and an advisory council, we increase our ability to meet the challenges of a complex business environment,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The individuals on our new board bring a unique perspective and unparalleled industry expertise that will allow us to navigate the changing global business landscape. And our advisory council members will provide deep market knowledge and technical expertise that will help us continue to lead the green building industry.”

USGBC’s membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors for a term of three years each, effective Jan. 1, 2016: 

Bob Fox, partner, COOKFOX Architects and Terrapin Bright Green (three-year term) 

Mike McNally, principal, McNally Green, and retired president and CEO, Skanska USA (three-year term) 

Chrissa Pagitsas, director, Green Initiative, Fannie Mae (two-year term) 

Janine Benyus, partner and co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8 (two-year term) 

Paul Anastas, director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University (one-year term) 

Aaron Bernstein, associate director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Chan School of Public Health (one-year term) 

Bruce Oreck, executive in residence, Aalto University and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland (one-year term) 

These directors will join Fiona Cousins and Rick Fedrizzi (ex officio) on the 2016 USGBC board. 

Newly elected 2016 advisory council members include: 

Facility Management and Operations: Daniele Horton, founder and president, Verdani Partners 

Technology: Emma Stewart, head of sustainability solutions, Autodesk 

Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets: Joe Van Belleghem, executive general manager of design and product solutions, Lend Lease 

Business to Consumer Leader: Brandon Tinianov, senior director of business development, View. 

Educator (Post-Secondary): Brian Dunbar, executive director, Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University–Fort Collins 

Developer/Real Estate Services: Sara Neff, vice president of sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corp. 

“There are some amazing leaders joining USGBC’s board and advisory council next year,” said Fiona Cousins, USGBC's 2016 board chair. “We are looking forward to using our collective knowledge and expertise across the industry to drive global growth, increase USGBC’s influence and advance our mission."

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