In 2012 Penny was named a LEED Fellow by the US Green Building Council. Penny works in the fields of environmental consulting and communications and
is a prominent writer and lecturer. She has been an active participant in the
green building industry since its early stages and has pioneered the
development of many of the accepted practices and recognized standards that
have defined the sustainability movement. Popularly referred to as the
“mother of green interiors,” she is the founding chair of the US Green
Building Council committee for LEED Commercial Interiors rating system. Her
published works include Sustainability Matters, written with the General
Services Administration, the highly regarded Sustainable Commercial Interiors
(Wiley) and a monograph for the National Council of Interior Design
Qualifications, the accreditation body for interior designers. A long time
eco-contributor to Interior Design magazine’s website, Penny currently
writes a monthly column for the Healthy Building Network’s newsletter and
is a contributor to Interiors & Sources.
She joined with recognized thought leaders in the green movement to form
Ecoimpact Consulting, an exciting collaboration offering companies
Sustainable Strategies for Better Business and the opportunity to work with
experts who have a collective knowledge of the sustainability framework and a
proven track record of success.
Penny was named to the National Register of Peer Professionals for GSA’s
Design Excellence Program and participated in the peer review of the Harry S.
Truman Bldg (Dept of State) Modernization in Washington, DC. As an invited
expert by the National Research Council and the Architect of the Capitol she
assisted with the scientific and technical issues related to implementing
energy and sustainability initiatives throughout the U.S. Capitol Complex.
Penny has received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior
Design for her outstanding commitment to sustainable interior design. She is
also the recipient of ASID’s 2007 Designer of Distinction award and the
2003 USGBC Leadership Award, the second person to be so honored. She served
as chair of the ASID Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the
Greenguard Advisory Council, the Healthy Building Network Board of Directors
and has received honorary Senior Fellowship from the Design Futures Council.
In 1996 Penny served as the 21st national president of ASID, a 45,000-member
organization that is the oldest and largest professional association of
interior designers in the world and represents practitioners in all design
specialties. Bonda has also been named a Fellow of ASID, the highest honor
conferred by the society.