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Max Zahniser

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-O&M Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • LEED Fellow

Max is a green building, sustainable development, and integration facilitator and educator. His professional and academic roots lie in a broad background in architecture, including professional practice across most building types, and both business-as-usual and high-performance/low-impact green buildings. On staff at the U.S. Green Building Council Max served as the LEED® Certification Manager and the LEED Process & Integration Program Manager, and in these roles Max served as final arbiter of about 200 LEED building certifications and oversaw staff who certified a majority of the first 500 certified buildings. He also supported technical and process development of nearly every LEED program, managed USGBC's relationship with Google, Adobe, Autodesk, and others, and provided support to both customer project teams and LEED technical staff in a variety of ways.

Max has been cited/quoted as an expert on sustainability, green building, LEED and/or Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Building Design + Construction, Metropolis, Contract, Environmental Building News, and on NPR. He also acted as a contributing author for a book published by Wiley in April of 2009, titled: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building - Redefining the Practice of Sustainability.

Max spent a year as Director of Sustainability at Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), and started Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC in 2007, and continues his involvement in leading the green building and larger sustainability movements through his continued involvement with USGBC, AASHE, B-Lab, Sustainable Performance Institute, and CLEAR (Center for Living Environments and Regeneration), and other national leaders, as well as with building project teams and clients like Humanscale, the Pentagon, GreenWizard, Davaco, University of Pennsylvania, and Con Edison. He continues to develop and teach sustainability curriculum through private clients and strategic partners, Drexel University (as adjunct and co-developer of the Sustainable Built-Environment minor), Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Villanova, Franklin & Marshall, Moore College of Art & Design, and others.

Max and two partners cofounded The Sustainability NEXUS in 2010 www.sustainability-nexus.org - a non-profit seeking to apply integrative principles and strategies to the sustainability movement itself, to accelerate its progress, initially in the Philadelphia region.