Dr. Kath Williams has a diverse background in sustainability—from
construction projects to green education.
Drawing on her experiences as assistant to the vice president of research at
Montana State University, her position as executive director of MSU’s Green
Building project, and her service as vice chair of the U.S. Green Building
Council for six years, Kath is involved in the development of outstanding
green building projects around the world. She represented USGBC on the World
Green Building Council as vice chair and president for three years and has
supported the development of green building councils in India, Australia,
Mexico, Taiwan, UAE, and Brazil. She is currently supporting new councils in
Guatemala and Nigeria. In 2011, she was given the Chairman's Award by the
World Green Building Council. In 2013, she was the first inductee into the
India Green Building Council's Hall of Fame.
In 1999, Kath founded Kath Williams + Associates in Bozeman, Montana. Her
LEED projects include the first two LEED-Platinum buildings in India, Taiwan
Semiconductor’s LEED-Gold fabrication plants, NIH's first LEED-Gold Rocky
Mountain Laboratory and a LEED-Platinum at Idaho National Laboratory for the
Research Education Laboratory (REL).Two other recent projects to achieve
LEED-Platinum designation are Blackfeet Community College's Math/Science
Building, the first LEED-Platinum on tribal land, and Helena Housing
Authority's Early Learning and Job Training Center for Headstart classes.
Under construction are such projects as Old Faithful Haynes Photo Studio in
Yellowstone Park (LEED-Gold), Montana State University's new College of
Business, two CitiBanks in Central America, and Forbo Flooring Warehouse
outside of Amsterdam. Kath serves as the LEED-AP for Xanterra on Yellowstone
National Park projects.
Kath chaired the LEED-Application Guide for Labs committee for seven years,
represented USGBC on the DOE/EPA Labs21 committee, and was founding
executive vice chair of International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
(I2SL). Kath currently serves on USGBC Governance Committee and on the USGBC
Faculty Advisory Group.
Dr. Williams was honored to be named the first Fulbright Senior Specialist in
Sustainability and to have worked with the team that produced the U.S. State
Department’s (OBO) Green Guide for Operations and Maintenance for all
embassies and consulates worldwide. An internationally recognized speaker and
mentor, Kath serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the Rockies.
Kath is a graduate of Montana State University (doctorate), The Ohio State
University (masters), Ohio University (bachelors degree). She has completed
post graduate work at Stanford University and worked with the Stanford
Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) at the Hoover
Kath was honored to be the first inductee into the India Green Building
Council's Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was honored by ASTRA Women of
Excellence- Global Strategic Alliance Award and the International Living Future Institute named Kath one of 8 Living Building Heroes 2014.
With her husband of 40 years, Dale Williams, Kath raised their two sons, Sean
and Jonathan, in Bozeman, Montana.