Doug Widener is the East North Central Regional Director, and Director, Ohio for the U.S. Green Building Council. In this dual role, Widener leads USBGBC Ohio’s operations in conjunction with volunteer leaders and other USGBC staff as well as oversees market development, regional strategy, and USGBC staff and initiatives in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
Prior to his current, from 2012-2016 Doug served as USGBC’s Director of Community Advancement Department and was responsible supporting USGBC’s former77 chapters across the U.S. including training, governance, volunteer engagement and collaborative initiatives between chapters. He also oversaw USGBC’s historic chapter evolution process which involved nearly three years and thousands of USGBC volunteer and staff hours, leading to the integration of over 75% of USGBC’s chapters under USGBC’s collective umbrella while creating more strategic partners with certain still independent chapters.
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.
Previously, 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.