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The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Meet the LEED Fellows.

The LEED Fellow Program was established to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements related to:

  • technical knowledge and skill
  • a history of exemplary leadership in green building
  • significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes
  • a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for green building and sustainability

The program was developed to honor and recognize LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to green building and sustainability at a regional, national or global level.

Evaluation

The criteria for assessing LEED Fellow nominees are based on five major dimensions of green building and sustainability that have been identified as mastery elements. The application process allows nominees to demonstrate that they have made exceptional and quantifiable contributions to the world of green building using their skills and abilities in four of the five mastery elements. One of the elements must be Technical Proficiency, and the nominee may choose the other three elements from Education and Mentoring, Leadership, Commitment and Service, and Advocacy.

  1. Technical Proficiency: A LEED Fellow demonstrates expert-level technical proficiency. 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 ten years.
  2. 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 his or her own organization. The Fellow demonstrates this through measurable outcomes.
  3. Leadership: A LEED Fellow is a leader in his or her own organization and in the field of green building. He or she plays an important role in instituting and applying sustainability practices and procedures within his or her own organization as well as within clients’ projects and the community, and can demonstrate the impact of this leadership.
  4. Commitment and Service: A LEED Fellow demonstrates a history of commitment and service to green building. This can include contribution and service to GBCI and USGBC or other Green Building Councils, as well as community service that have furthered green building or sustainability.
  5. Advocacy: A LEED Fellow is a longstanding advocate for sustainable ideas, concepts and technologies related to or promoting green building or sustainability. He or she delivers presentations and speeches and writes articles or books explaining green building and sustainability. A LEED Fellow also proactively encourages the adoption and use of LEED rating systems with clients, communities or government entities.

Eligibility

To be nominated as a LEED Fellow, nominees must have:

  • Held a LEED Professional credential for eight or more years
  • A LEED AP with Specialty credential in good standing
  • Ten years of professional green building experience
  • Agreed to be nominated

To nominate a LEED Fellow, nominators must have:

  • A LEED AP with Specialty credential in good standing
  • Ten years of professional green building experience
  • Nominated no one else for the current LEED Fellow class
  • Not been nominated for the current LEED Fellow class
  • Agreed to be a nominator

Learn more

The LEED Fellow Handbook contains detailed information on the nomination process. Questions? Contact the LEED Fellow hotline at 202-742-3272.

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Principal and Founder, FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
My LEED AP credential, i.e., when I took the exam and passed it, does not show up in my profile. I believe the exam was in March, 2008. My LEED AP BD+C credential shows up but not the starting date for my initial LEED AP credential. Can you help with this as it related to eligibility for LEED Fellowship.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
I was able to see your LEED AP credential in your USGBC admin account. It shows as earned on March 30, 2009. In the customer facing USGBC platform the only credential that shows is the highest earned credential. When you apply for the LEED Fellow designation the application team will be able to see in our admin platform the date of the originally earned LEED AP degree. I hope that helps!
Principal and Founder, FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
For the requirement of eight consecutive years with LEED AP credential, does the period from March 30, 2009 (when I passed the exam) to December 31, 2009, count as a year toward the eight years? Or for me are the years counted from March 30, 2009 to March 29, 2010 as being the first of my eight years?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Great question. We evaluate based on your credential certification date. March in your case. To be eligible for LEED Fellow, you would have to have reached the required 8 years of being a LEED AP before January 1 of the year you want to apply. So the earliest you could apply would be January 1, 2018
Principal and Founder, FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
Obviously, that is disappointing to learn. If the criterion would be eight years before the end date for filling of an application for LEED Fellowship, I think I would make it for 2017.
Sustainability Engineer, Kamal Cogent Energy Pvt Ltd
Is a LEED fellow treated equivalent to a LEED AP to earn a credit under innovation under the V4 Rating System?
Integrated Architecture
Gaining the Fellow title does not overwrite the AP, both exist together. The LEED Fellow status is in addition to your LEED AP with specialty status. One of the requirements to maintain the LEED Fellow is to keep your LEED AP with specialty up to date.
Sustainability Coordinator, CTE Centro de Tecnologia de Edificacoes
My LEED AP Professional credential is from June, 2008. I would like to confirm if I could apply for LEED Fellow next year.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Adriana, thank you for your question and your interest in the LEED Fellow program. Yes, one of the requirements to becoming a LEED Fellow is to have held your LEED professional credential for 8 or more years - so by June of 2016, you will have reached your 8 year mark - great work! Please note the additional LEED Fellow requirements as well as the requirements needed from the LEED professional who is nominating you. I hope that answers your question!
Sustainability Coordinator, CTE Centro de Tecnologia de Edificacoes
Ratifying, my LEED AP Professional credential is from 17, July, 2008.
President, Renato A. Miranda and Associates
Do I, previous to my Fellow Application Submittal, have to send the names and info on my Fellowship team for approval? If so to whom I have to mail it?
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Fellow! Yes, we require that you submit the names of your nominator and your four recommenders. Your nominator and two of your nominators must be LEED AP with specialty credential holders. We hope that you will consider applying this year. The 2015 application deadline has been extended to April 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send any questions to LEEDFellow@usgbc.org.
Student
Thanks.Good
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Fellow! We hope that you will consider applying this year. The 2015 application deadline has been extended to April 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send any questions to LEEDFellow@usgbc.org.
LEED 5AP Consultant, China Architecture Design Institute Co.Ltd
seven years later I wanna be a leed fellow
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First, congratulations on having earned all five LEED AP with specialty credentials! Thank you for your interest in the LEED Fellow program. We hope you will considering applying for the LEED Fellow. Please consider reviewing the LEED Fellow handbook and then reach out to us with any specific questions to support your application at LEEDFellow@usgbc.org.

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