Heather oversees the Demand Response Partnership (DRPP), a collaborative effort between USGBC and Environmental Defense Fund. The DRPP engages the commercial building and energy industries to educate, promote, and drive participation in existing demand response programs while undertaking a robust research agenda focused on market adoption, grid reliability, and environmental impact through improved energy efficiency.
Heather also works on the LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Program, supports the advocacy team on greening building codes and standards, and contributes to the technical development of LEED.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale. Through her coursework and ensuing experience,she developed a specialty in the field of urban ecology - an emerging discipline that recognizes the built environment as an integral ecosystem component.
Prior to joining USGBC in 2011, Heather worked as a LEED consultant facilitating clients through integrated design and the LEED certification process. In addition to her green building qualifications, Heather brings 15 years experience in collaborative building, strategic planning, and organizational development. She is co-founder of Urban Green Lab (a community center dedicated to teaching sustainable living practices), a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, and past president of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. She has held previous positions at SSRCx in Nashville, Casey Trees in Washington, DC, the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston, and Urban Resources Initiative in New Haven.