Daniele Horton is running for the Facility Management and Operations seat on the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council.
Please briefly describe how you, as an individual, have been aligned with the work of USGBC for the last three to five years.
Over the course of my career, I have worked on and managed nearly 50 LEED certification projects. My responsibilities have included LEED Administration, LEED Project Management, owner’s representation, and consulting for LEED EBOM, LEED ND, LEED NC, LEED CI, and LEED CS projects. LEED EBOM is my primary area of expertise and I am often referenced as a national industry expert to consult on projects ranging from office high-rise retrofits to portfolio-wide LEED volume certification strategies. As reflected in my 18 years of experience as an industry expert, speaker, educator, activist and community leader for sustainable real estate and existing building operations, I have fully committed my career and volunteer efforts to advocating on behalf of the USGBC and the green building movement. I am devoted to promoting LEED and exemplifying USGBC’s core mission and vision in everything I do. I have participated in more than 40 speaking engagements about the benefits, drivers, implementation, legislation, and codes affecting the green building industry, and I truly believe the only way to advance is to take action.
Please describe your role as a facility or property manager with a minimum of five years of experience in building planning, organizing, and directing a wide variety of service, maintenance, and operational activities with decision making authority over integration of sustainability principles into facilities management and operations.
I have been working with teams managing facilities and operations for large real estate portfolios since 2005. As the Head of Sustainability for Thomas Properties Group for over 8 years, I lead our efforts to make our facilities more efficient and sustainable. While at Thomas Properties Group (TPG), I led the LEED certification of 100% of our existing eligible buildings, utilizing mostly in-house resources during a national recession. Our portfolio included 34 high-rise buildings totaling 13 million square feet of Class A office space. TPG was ranked as the Highest Environmental Performer in the Americas (in the office category) by GRESB in 2011, 2012 & 2013.Today, I am the founder and President of Verdani Partners where we manage corporate sustainability programs focusing on facility management and operations of existing real estate portfolios. Scaling LEED certification at the portfolio level is where I feel I can make the largest impact.
Why do you want to serve on the Advisory Council?
Since becoming the first LEED AP in Brazil in 2003, I have built my professional career around one goal: to be a driver of large-scale change by focusing on greening our 98% stock of existing buildings. To achieve this goal, I have narrowed my professional focus on the ultimate decision-makers for the built environment – real estate owners and developers. My vision is to inspire market-driven solutions and be the voice of sustainability from the inside by showing that sustainable buildings are good not only for the environment but also make good business sense. Over the last 18 years, I have continuously grown and refined my technical skills as an architect, construction manager, head of sustainability, real estate developer, LEED project manager, sustainability consultant and owners representative working with facility management and operation teams. If selected to serve on the Advisory Council, I am determined to continue working to improve the LEED Rating System, advocating for the USGBC’s mission, and inspiring other people to work together to fight global climate change and make the world a better place.