April Ambrose is a Territory Manager for Viridian, a Sustainable Building Consulting Firm based in Little Rock. As the first employee of Viridian in 2007, she has been key in the successful growth of Viridian which has grown from two to 30 employees with offices in Little Rock, Dallas, and Fayetteville. April is currently expanding the Viridian market in the areas of West Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, providing project specific expertise for LEED and sustainability consulting projects with design and construction project teams, development of sustainability related continuing education presentations, and much more. Before expanding geographically, she led the Sustainability Consulting department at Viridian during which time she was involved with the design and implementation of over 100 LEED projects in nearly all of the different LEED rating systems spanning 4 different versions.
April received her BA in a self-designed Environmental Education major from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas which includes an Arkansas high school teaching certificate. April is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture LeadAR Class 13. LeadAR is a two-year program dedicated to the education of Arkansas’ emerging leaders on the economic and social changes affecting the state. In October 2013, she was inducted into Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXIX. LGLR is a prestigious nine-month Chamber of Commerce program that has graduated over 1,300 community leaders.
April is the first Chair of the educational non-profit Elevate, was the first Chair of the Little Rock Sustainability Commission, and the founder of Arkansas Earth Day Foundation. April has volunteered locally and nationally for the USGBC for the Advocacy Committee, v4 chapter presenter and liaison, Green School Mentor, frequent guest speaker for many states’ chapter events, emerging professionals, LEED development, Southeast Regional Council, and more. She has also served as a Representative/Board Member for the following: BOMA GLR Education, Outreach, and Finance Committees, Arkansas Climate Awareness Project, Arkansas Environmental Education Association, Arkansas Earth Institute, Earth Ministry, Natural Foods Store, and Earth Charter.
She received the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna Award from the Hendrix College Alumni Association, recognized as 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Arkansas, received the Central AR USGBC Chapter Outstanding Member award, nominated as Conservationist of the Year by the Arkansas Sierra Club, awarded 2011 Eco-Hero for “Arkansas Green Guide” from Arkansas Business Publishing Group, BOMA Greater Little Rock “Kermit Award” for making it easy to be green, “Ecofriendly April Ambrose: Green Girl” a two full page feature in iCon Magazine’s Volume 1 Issue 2, a full page feature in Natural Awakenings, an article in EarthLight Magazine, featured on P. Allen Smith’s Gardening Show numerous times, and Inviting Arkansas’ “In the LEED” a UALR and Viridian two full page feature.