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Kathleen Smith has over 20 years of professional experience working as a Project Architect/Manager and Sustainability Consultant specializing in LEED and green building. She currently serves as Sustainability Service Line Leader managing Davis Langdon’s Sustainability Group nationwide. She is a skilled manager, facilitator, educator, and consultant with expertise in sustainable design and construction in the commercial, residential, healthcare, and institutional sectors.

At the project level, Kathleen has worked on dozens of projects around the country and in Mexico and Japanas a designer and consultant advocating for and helping implement a holistic approach to sustainability, a deep commitment to higher performance, and an integrated design process. Many of the projects she has worked on have achieved high levels of energy efficiency, sustainability performance, and LEED certification, as well as winning multiple awards and recognition as model projects. Two significant examples are the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies at De Anza College which was the first LEED Platinum community college project and won numerous awards including the Center for Built Environment’s Livable Building Award in 2007 for its “exceptional performance in occupant satisfaction, resource efficiency, and overall design”; and the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology at Ohlone College which was the first LEED Platinum college campus in the world and also won numerous awards including the 2008 Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC), Design Award of Merit. She has also managed Davis Langdon’s work with USGBC and GBCI on LEED reviews since the contract began in 2006.

At the institutional level, Kathleen has worked with numerous healthcare and educational institutions to develop policies, procedures, plans, and training to help establish, implement, measure, and document sustainability goals and environmental performance. A recent example includes her work with UCSF to develop a Sustainability Action Plan and to update their Carbon Action Plan.

At the government level, she has played a leadership role on many projects to develop policies, codes, and other procedures for cities and counties that have far reaching impacts in advancing green building and sustainability beyond a single building. Some such clients include: the City of San Francisco, The City of Seattle, and Marin County.

Kathleen is recognized as an inspiring, passionate, highly effective and sought after educator, facilitator, trainer, mentor, and speaker. She has been a USGBC Faculty Member since 2003. In addition, Kathleen has worked extensively with a wide variety of audiences including children, youth, lay audiences of adults, college students, business people, and building industry professionals to promote knowledge and implementation of sustainable design practices. She has presented in a variety of settings and developed the curriculum and teaching materials for presentations and classes on topics including: green design, sustainable materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, regional mapping, sustainable construction technologies, site planning, and solar design and technology.

Kathleen also has extensive experience as a researcher and writer on green building. She is the co-author of two books: Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family and The Northwest Green Home Primer.

Over her career, Kathleen has been an active volunteer in many organizations and non-profits promoting green building, sustainability, and the use of LEED; including USGBC, GBCI, Cascadia Region Green Building Council (past steering committee member), Northern California Chapter of USGBC, Urban Ecology (past board member), Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (past board member), and EcoCity Builders.

Kathleen received a Bachelor and Master of Architecture and a Minor in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She also has a Permaculture Consultant’s Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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

  • LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED
  • LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
  • Healthcare 251: Understanding the LEED for Healthcare Rating System
  • BDC 251: Understanding the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems
  • BDC 301: Implementing the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems
  • IDC 301: Implementing the Interior Design and Construction Rating System