Doug Widener | U.S. Green Building Council
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Doug Widener

  • AP-O&M Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
Columbus, OH

Doug Widener is the Director of Community Advancement at the U.S. Green Building Council. In this role he manages USGBC’s Community Advancement Department that is responsible for supporting USGBC’s 77 chapters across the U.S. including training, governance, volunteer engagement and collaborative initiatives between chapters. He also oversees USGBC’s grants program for chapters, the Emerging Professionals program, and supports volunteers across the USGBC community. He works closely with other USGBC departments to help integrate USGBC’s work with its chapters related to core business functions and mission areas including membership, education, advocacy, and green schools. Prior to joining USGBC in August of 2012, Doug spent six years as the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter. In this role he was responsible for the management of the organization and its staff; oversight and implementation of the Chapter’s programs, events and initiatives; as well as financial planning, budgeting, and strategic planning.

Prior to his work with USGBC, Doug spent ten years in a variety of educational roles at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; the last four as Vice President of Education. In this role Doug was responsible for the funding, administration, research, development and implementation of all educational and outreach programming for the museum. During this time Doug also served as the co-Chair of the Education Team of Chicago Wilderness - a regional coalition of over 200 institutions working together to preserve the biological diversity of the Chicago region. Doug holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, both from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Outside of work Doug enjoys writing fiction, reading, physical exercise, music, spending time in nature, and spending time with family and friends.