Jerry Yudelson is a professional engineer and LEED Fellow who has keynoted
more than 50 conferences and events in 12 countries since 2006. He is the
author of 13 books on green buildings, water conservation, green homes and
green development including 2010’s Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water
Crisis. His latest book, The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs
Performance in Sustainable Design, was published in January of 2013 by
Routledge Taylor & Francis in London.
From 2004 through 2009, Jerry served as chair of the Greenbuild Steering
Committee, taking it from a 5,000 person show to a 25,000 person event in
just four years.
From 2004 through 2007, Jerry served on the national core committee for both
the USGBC’s LEED for New Construction and LEED for Core and Shell, the only
person to serve on two such committees. In this role, he helped develop new
versions of both LEED rating systems.
Jerry is a co-author of the Green Operations Guide, released November 2010 by
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), showing companies how to use the
LEED-EBOM rating system to increase their sustainability profile. He is also
the author of Greening Existing Buildings, a guide to implementing the
LEED-EBOM rating system, published in 2009 by McGraw-Hill.
In 2011, Jerry was named to the inaugural class of 34 LEED Fellows in 2011 by
the U.S. Green Building Council, in recognition of his efforts to build the
LEED green building rating system into the worldwide force it is today.
In 1997, Jerry was a founder of the first regional chapter of the US Green
Building Council (USGBC), Cascadia, also the first and only bi-national
chapter, as it includes the province of British Columbia, Canada.
In 2000 and 2001, Jerry served on the national Board of Directors of the
USGBC. In 2000, he co-founded Green Building Services, one of the first LEED
consultancies in the US. Also in 2000, he led the team that certified the
first LEED Gold project in the western US and only the second Gold building
in LEED history. In 2000, he became one of the first 50 LEED Accredited
Professionals in the US.
In 2001, Jerry was named one of the first 10 LEED national faculty members.
Since that time, Jerry has trained nearly 4,000 people in the LEED green
building rating system. Also in 2001, Jerry co-founded the Greenbuild
conference and expo for the US Green Building Council, currently the largest
green building event in North America.
His firm, Yudelson Associates, based in Tucson, offers green building
consulting services, corporate and institutional sustainability planning,
water management and policy consulting, LEED training and contract research
services. Yudelson Associates was certified by the City of Tucson in 2010 as
the first green business, based on a detailed audit of its operations.
Jerry is a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years’
experience. He holds engineering degrees from Caltech and Harvard University
and an MBA (with highest honors) from the University of Oregon.