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Joe Azzarello has been a part of the USGBC and green building movement since its beginning. He was one of the original founding members of the USGBC in 1993 when David Gottfried, Rick Fedrizzi and Mike Italiano came to him with a proposal to help start an organization which eventually became known as the US Green Building Council. Joe served on the first Board of Directors of the USGBC as Vice Chairman of the organization and was actively involved as a Board member during its formative years. He helped pave the way for LEED by participating in the Beta testing of the newly developed green building guidelines that became known as LEED v1.0.

Over the last 20 years, Joe continues to lend his expertise, passion and interest to the USGBC and has a unique perspective on where the organization has come from, how it developed and the possibilities for the future. Joe has been a presenter at multiple Greenbuild events and he continues his involvement with the USGBC as a Greenbuild education session proposal reviewer, and a member of the LEED Manufacturers Users Group, working to better adapt and apply LEED guidelines to manufacturing facilities.

Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering. Professionally, he is a Senior Staff Engineer focused on sustainability at Kohler Co. Here he directs the company’s green building efforts and serves as a global consultant to customers developing green building projects. As a member of the Kohler Environmental Leadership Team, he helps plan and direct sustainability efforts throughout the organization while integrating sustainability practices into daily business activities.

With decades spent in the environmental field, his resume touts myriad experiences with recycling, energy efficiency, sustainability, co-generation, marketing, sustainable product design and green building design, and construction programs for several Fortune 500 companies, along with multiple smaller organizations as a sustainability consultant.

Joe is also a LEED AP® and a registered and active USGBC® Faculty™. He is licensed to instruct multiple USGBC workshops throughout the world and has led workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. He truly enjoys instructing and sharing his 20-plus years of USGBC and LEED experience while bringing new professionals into the green building movement.

Having served as both a LEED Project Administrator and a LEED Reviewer, he has an excellent perspective on what it takes to plan, develop and implement a successful LEED project. He has directed the LEED Certification of buildings located throughout the world and obtaining Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED Certification levels. He has also served as a subject matter expert with diverse groups, such the National Park Service where he participated in the development of the Greening Yellowstone project, and public/private organizations developing sustainability and green building practices for current and future implementation.

USGBC Faculty are the official instructors of USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. As USGBC Faculty, Joe is authorized to teach the following instructor-led workshops:

  • LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED
  • LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies