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 and the possibilities for the future. Joe has
been a presenter at multiple Greenbuild events and 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 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
is heavily involved with the design of the new Youth Education Center, participating as the parks Green Building expert. He continues to work on the Greening of Yellowstone project, and other public/private organizations developing sustainability and green building
practices for current and future implementation.