USGBC Announces New Director for the National Capital Region
Mark Bryan will work to advance USGBC’s mission, advocate for a sustainable built environment in the Washington, D.C., metro area
Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 21, 2017)—Today, USGBC announced the appointment of Mark Bryan as the director of USGBC National Capitol Region. In this role, Bryan will work to amplify healthy, sustainable buildings throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area and advocate on behalf of the green building sector.
As director of USGBC National Capital Region, Bryan will engage members, stakeholders and local communities to collaborate on initiatives that advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. He will also work to expand the use of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
“With more than a decade of nonprofit experience in Washington, D.C., Mark brings a wealth of development and partnership building experience to the USGBC community,” said Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. “We are excited to have him continue to build on our successes in the Washington, D.C., metro region, cultivate new relationships and expand the local USGBC network as we transform the built environment and advance human and environmental health.”
Most recently, Bryan was the corporate relations manger for the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), an area nonprofit that works toward energy efficiency in the built environment through research, policy and programs. In this role, Bryan developed a corporate relations program designed to meet IMT’s climate goals through collaborations with commercial real estate and building services companies. He also instituted the first corporate foundation fundraising program and cultivated corporate partnerships across all sectors.
Bryan previously served as the officer for foundation relations at the World Wildlife Fund, and as an officer for global partnerships for the United Nations Foundation, where he managed partnerships for the foundation’s building energy efficiency program. He holds a master's degree in international development from American University and a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from The George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C.
“I’m thrilled to be joining USGBC National Capital Region and continuing my work on behalf of the green building sector,” said Bryan. “I look forward to collaborating with my local network to develop and implement market-based tools to advance the green building industry and communicate the business case for a more sustainable, healthier built environment.”
The mid-Atlantic region, which includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., is the center of green building. Currently, the District has more than 775 LEED-certified buildings, totaling nearly 136.45 million square feet, the highest square footage per capita in the country.
In the United States alone, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs, generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings and direct contribute $303.5 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) from 2015–2018, according to USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study.
USGBC’s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.