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Amy Costello is running for the Product Manufacturer seat on the 2015 Board of Directors.

Candidate interview

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Please briefly describe how you, as an individual, have been aligned with the work of USGBC for the last three to five years.

For the past four years, I have served on the Material and Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) becoming the Vice Chair in 2013. As an MR TAG member, I actively helped shape the Material and Resources Section of the LEED v4 Rating Systems and am proud of the direction that the MR TAG has taken to incorporate life cycle thinking into the LEED rating system. In addition to participating on the MR TAG, I have been actively involved at GreenBuild, presenting a session in 2012 on Product Transparency and serving as an LCA expert at the 2012 Greenbuild Knowledge Bar.

As an Armstrong employee and a LEED AP since 2007, I served on a LEED project team for re-certification of our Corporate Headquarters which was the first building in the state of Pennsylvania to be re-certified as LEED Platinum (O+M) in April of 2014. In addition, I have designed and facilitated GBCI approved LEED training courses and since January 2014, I have delivered these GBCI LEED-specific courses to over 200 design professions.

Why do you wish to serve on the USGBC Board of Directors?

I would like the opportunity to help transform the sustainable building industry by bringing my unique experiences, ideas and perspectives to the USGBC Board. As the sustainability manager for a global building product manufacturer engaged in all commercial market segments, I can provide both a global manufacturing perspective as well as from a researched-based understanding of customer demand.

I strongly support the balanced approach the USGBC has driven which incentivizes all groups to align and move in a sustainable direction. It is a balance that I believe is the heart of sustainability and reason the sustainability movement has made such strides in the last decade.

As a Board member, I would like to be a driving force behind the continued leadership of the USGBC and think my passionate for sustainability and my experience and commitment to sustainability issues will bring value to the USGBC.

Specify and describe your participation and leadership experience in any civic, environmental, and other organizations, as well as any of your affiliations, membership, and accreditations, that may be pertinent to your leadership at USGBC.

• From 2009-2012, I co-chaired a work area on Life Cycle Approaches for Consumption Clusters. This effort was part of Life Cycle Initiative which was lead by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry International Life Cycle (SETEC). As part of this global group, I helped bring science-based life cycle approaches into practice worldwide through publications and presentations.

• From 2012-2014, I have served on the Board of Directors for ASTM International, an organization with over 30,000 members in 150 different countries. In this role, I have had the opportunity understand the importance of global of codes and standards – especially related to sustainable building and to share sustainability best practices. For example, in 2012 I presented in London at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ workshop on Achieving Low Carbon Construction in Building. In 2011, I spoke at a Joint Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation/Association of Southeastern Asian Nation conference on “Challenges facing manufacturers export “green”.

• I am the founding Chair the ASTM E-60-13 Sustainable Manufacturing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to developing sustainability standards for manufacturers such that common performance metrics and indicators can be developed to help companies become more sustainable.

• I am a member of the Health Product Declaration Collaboration’s Manufacturing Advisory Committee. This committee is working with the HPD Collaborative to develop the next version of the HPD Standard.

• In May 2014, I was selected to serve on the General Services Administration (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee.