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LEED Fellow 2014: Application Period Guide

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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).

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Who should be involved?

During the application phase, the nominee, the nominator, the LEED project admin (or other project team member), and the four endorsers should all upload their own documents. If the nominee chooses to submit a document on behalf of another individual through the portal, it must be notarized before submittal.

USGBC staff are available to support you during the application period, if you need assistance getting your documents submitted, contact [email protected].

When should this be done?

The nominee and nominator should start working to identify endorsers as soon as possible. You will have the ability to submit these documents from March 28—April 25, 2014. Nominees pay when they submit their completed application.

Where do we submit?

All endorsers, nominators, and LEED Project Experience writers should submit your statements through the nominee’s profile on the USGBC website. Nominees will find a direct link to their profile inside the LEED Fellow Portal, and are encouraged to share this link with their team. Nominees will be able to review the statements made through the LEED Fellow Portal.

What should be addressed in the application materials?

During the application phase the team will submit seven additional documents; the nominee’s personal statement, the nominator’s recommendation, LEED project experience statement, as well as four endorsement statements. It is up to your team’s discretion as to what you include to make the strongest case in each statement, but the strongest applications follow the guidelines below.

1. Nominator’s Recommendation (500 words)

  • Should serve as an introduction to the nominee’s application
  • Based on the four mastery elements for which endorsement statements are provided.
  • Can be used to highlight additional achievements not covered in endorsement statements

2. Nominee’s Personal Statement (1,000 words)

  • Based on the four mastery elements for which endorsement statements are provided.
  • Can be used to highlight additional achievements not covered in endorsement statements

3. Project Experience (250 words)

  • Should represent one of the nominee’s most exceptional project
  • Should highlight nominee’s unique contribution and their impact on specific outcomes of the project

4. Four Endorsement Statements (250 words each)

  • All nominees must include an endorser statement speaking to their technical proficiency, and may choose three out of the remaining four topics.

Technical Proficiency (Required)

  • Ability to take a project from start to finish within a rating system
  • In-depth understanding of the application of one LEED-rating system
  • General understanding of all LEED rating systems
  • Exceptional technical contributions to the green building industry
  • Technical accomplishments that distinguish them from his or her peers
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical content

Education & Mentoring

  • Achievements creating education for their peers
  • Achievements creating education for the next generation of leadership
  • Ability to identify learner’s needs and create education to satisfy them. (giving specific examples)
  • Research activities that contribute to the green building body of knowledge
  • Speaking engagements or published works related to LEED and green building.


  • Overall history of leadership in advancing and implementing the green building body of knowledge
  • Overall history of utilizing green technologies and practices within his/her organization, client’s projects, and/or the community
  • Overall history of taking the lead within a project and facilitating the accomplishment of the project vision/goals
  • Has been involved in the development of LEED (this concept could also be addressed in the commitment and service statement)

Commitment and Service

  • Overall history volunteering for USGBC, other GBC’s, or GBCI
  • Overall history of community service (in regards to green building and sustainability)
  • Professional and sustainability related values that are in line with USGBC and GBCI


  • Positive representation of USGBC, GBCI, other GBC’s, or the green building industry in general, on a local, national, or international stage
  • History encouraging the adoption of LEED rating systems within their organization, community, or government
  • Advocacy for a holistic approach to sustainability

How should these topics be addressed?

It is important that each document submitted highlights an element of the nominee’s career in a way that is concise and minimizes duplication. USGBC suggests nomination teams take an “integrative design approach” to make sure the different components work together in a way that highlights the nominee’s entire career as described in their CV/resume.

A well written application addresses each topic by highlighting not only the nominee’s achievements, but also the qualitative and quantitative impacts of their work on the industry. Please refer to the examples below for commitment and service.

  • Poor statement: As Executive Director of our local chapter, I can say Nominee X is one of the most committed people I know. Their persistent efforts, both in the workplace (as evidenced by their work as Sustainable Design Lead at XYZ Architects) and outside the workplace, are what truly make him/her a leader. It was with this passion that he/she founded our local USGBC chapter, a vibrant and active community of professionals. He/She is also committed to encouraging young professionals, as is evidence by the numerous hours they spend chairing our chapter’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.
  • Average statement: As Executive Director of our local chapter, I can say Nominee X is one of the most committed people I know. It was with this passion that he/she founded our local USGBC chapter, a vibrant and active community that is one of the largest in the area. He/She uses their unique ability to motivate and engage others in his/her work chairing our chapter’s Emerging Professionals Initiative. They have put in countless hours mentoring, teaching, and supporting these young professionals who continue to drive sustainability globally.
  • Exemplary statement: As Executive Director of our local chapter, I have seen the impact of Nominee X’s commitment and service in our region and beyond. He/She founded our chapter, which is now a vibrant and active community of 10,000 members. As the chair of our chapter’s Emerging Leader’s Initiative, he/she has used their unique ability to motivate others to engage over 300 young professionals, who now drive sustainability in organizations worldwide.

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Operation Manager, Bureau Veritas
10 years working experience is still a hurdle for me to apply for LEED fellow, it is a little pity.

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