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Rick Fedrizzi

Washington, DC
  • Published Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 4—Thoughts on closing day Living, breathing history While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I’m not sure any aspect of this year’s conference moved me...October 25, 2014
  • Published Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 3—Why stop there? At Greenbuild this year, I’ve heard the figure floated about any number of times: Sustainability has now become a $1 trillion industry. But after having heard that...October 23, 2014
  • Published Just released LEED in Motion: Retail—Building a better global marketplace The global marketplace, our world’s unfathomably vast network of goods and services, cash and currency, has always been about much, much more than money alone....October 23, 2014
  • Published Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—A business mind in our ranks He is the yin to my yang. The Sundance to my Butch. He is my twin brother of a different mother. He is Mahesh Ramanujam, the COO of USGBC and a guy who today I...October 22, 2014
  • Published Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—On the shoulders of giants Last night my schedule forced me to miss the USGBC volunteer parade down South Peters from the Convention Center to the reception at Howlin’ Wolf.  But when I...October 22, 2014
  • Published Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 1—The relationship between public health and green building I have to be honest, I found myself getting choked up as we flew in to New Orleans this week and I looked down at this amazing city in this part of the country that...October 21, 2014
  • Published Staying relevant with the LEED Dynamic Plaque This is an article in praise of good design, better performance, and the best of innovation at USGBC. This is about the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Long before it was a twinkle...October 10, 2014
  • Published Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.  ...September 26, 2014
  • Published Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I...August 29, 2014
  • Published A message from Rick Fedrizzi: USGBC and ACC to advance LEED For those of you who attended the Greenbuild opening plenary last year, you’ll remember I asked everyone – green building enthusiasts, newcomers, and...August 28, 2014
  • Commented on Why should you care if your home is green?  by Hannah Wilber
  • Published Detroit offers builders, developers and dreamers a unique opportunity First: a quick history lesson.  A century ago, as a revolution was taking root that would transform America from a largely agrarian country into a muscular,...June 9, 2014
  • Published Rick Fedrizzi on President Obama's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide pollution Combating climate change is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. We will be defined by how we respond to this challenge and the actions we take today to...June 2, 2014
  • Published A new magazine worthy of USGBC's transformative members: USGBC+ I am thrilled to announce the launch of USGBC+, the U.S. Green Building Council’s first ever magazine for our valued members. Members, look for it in your...May 20, 2014
  • Published Making things right is in Tom Darden’s blood In moments of candor I admit I happened upon the cause of sustainability almost by accident.  As a young man, I had always been a corporate guy from a corporate...May 20, 2014
  • Published 51 reasons to head to the mall this weekend If your kids are like mine, there was a moment in time when it suddenly became a thing to spend time at the mall. As a buildings guy with a family in Syracuse, I have...May 15, 2014
  • Published President Obama doubles down on better buildings What a difference leadership makes. Today, President Obama has taken significant action once again to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of better...May 9, 2014
  • Published A tree grows in Helsinki To millions of Americans, a U.S. embassy building is a little like one of our national parks or maybe the public library. Even though these places are rarely top-of-mind...April 28, 2014
  • Published Earth Day 2014 I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that “saving the planet” is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on...April 21, 2014
  • Published Our 21st year Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You’re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already...April 14, 2014
  • Published USGBC and Harvard present "Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership" At the U.S. Green Building Council, we are leading a global effort to create more sustainable world, and our impact extends well beyond buildings. We’re about...March 17, 2014
  • Published “Super” Bowls, Fields, Stadiums, Arenas: Where we play has a huge opportunity to be green I had floor seats to the Syracuse-Duke game at the Carrier Dome Friday (hands down best basketball game EVER), and like virtually every other person on the planet, I did...February 5, 2014
  • Published Dear Mr. President: Support better buildings through executive action Last night, I was inspired watching President Obama outline a plan to "make this a year of action" and calling on us all to do everything we can to invest in a stronger...January 29, 2014
  • Commented on Building a luxury brand  by Rick Fedrizzi
  • Published Greenbuild 2013: Rick Fedrizzi Keynote The 2013 Keynote & Celebration at the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo took place on Nov. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia, Penn. Read opening remarks...November 26, 2013
  • Published Greenbuild 2013: A look back I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; Greenbuild 2013 was unlike any of its predecessors and unlike anything I had ever expected.  And there...November 26, 2013
  • Published Greenbuild day three: What a night If I were a sailor instead of the president and CEO of this organization, and if this were, say, a street corner instead of the official web site of the USGBC, I might...November 22, 2013
  • Published Building a luxury brand About 20 years ago, someone tried to describe a brand to me thusly: imagine in your mind a small, long rectangular white box on a store shelf.  By itself, that box...November 21, 2013
  • Published Greenbuild day one: Common ground Tuesday night at a reception on the eve of Greenbuild, one of our featured guests and I – she being a Washington insider – began talking about what she...November 21, 2013
  • Published City of Brotherly Love to Become a City of Hope This article also appeared in Huffington Post. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen it and yet I still find my mind regularly drifting back to Silver...November 18, 2013
  • Published See you in Philadelphia Hello everyone, By this time next week, I’ll be in Philadelphia working with the team to put the final touches on our 12th annual Greenbuild International...November 13, 2013
  • Published A message from Rick: LEED is looking forward I'd be hard put to call this latest skirmish about LEED's effectiveness a raging battle; it strikes me as being typical of the passionate dialogue that has gotten...August 12, 2013
  • Published A week in the life... Well, not a week – actually just a Thursday, and yet again, I'm still—as always—amazed at the breadth and depth of the people that are part of our...July 26, 2013
  • Published #LEEDWorks – the green building community has spoken LEED works. It's working to protect the environment. It's working to save you money. It's working to build better and stronger communities. And it works because of you....July 2, 2013
  • Published Statement by USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi on the announcement of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan On behalf of the green building community, I want to commend President Obama for taking a bold step forward today to combat climate change and for recognizing once again...June 25, 2013
  • Published The oldest LEED-certified building in the world Earning LEED certification is a major achievement. Earning LEED certification for a Venetian Gothic palazzo built in 1453 and overlooking the Grand Canal is... wow....June 25, 2013
  • Published Message from Rick Fedrizzi: Greenbuild goes global Market transformation.  We use that term a lot around USGBC but I don’t think I completely grasped its full power to change lives and change the world until...May 24, 2013
  • Published It Was 20 Years Ago Today. In a few minutes I'll board a plane for Rome, where I'll attend the board meeting of the World Green Building Council. WGBC is 94 councils strong today, each one modeled...April 6, 2013
  • Published The Price of Education Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? The legwork has been done. The research has been conducted. The numbers have been crunched. As far as we can tell, it is going to cost...March 25, 2013
  • Published Dispatch from Delhi: The Wisdom of Cities
 I find myself in one of the most amazing cities in the world as I write this. And I’m here, ironically, to talk to the people of this city about, of all things, cities...March 15, 2013
  • Published This is What Leadership Looks Like: Keshav, Age 8, and Arjun, Age 11 Sometimes, inspiration comes from unexpected places. That recently happened to me in the form of two letters. The clever, kind-hearted notes came from brothers Keshav...March 4, 2013
  • Published Healthy Places are a Human Right On Wednesday, I walked into our boardroom at USGBC for our Green Building & Human Health Summit and I got goose bumps. Of the hundred or so folks in the room, many...February 1, 2013
  • Published USGBC 2011 Annual Report Dear friends of USGBC, As we embark on the new year and reflect on the landmark green building accomplishments of 2012, I’d like to take a moment to also look back on...January 17, 2013
  • Published Using LEED for Good It’s not everyday you see President Clinton & Kobe Bryant together holding a LEED plaque. But this Monday was no ordinary day. Monday marked the grand opening of...January 16, 2013
  • Published Takin’ It to the Hole As someone who used to watch a gutsy but undersized point guard named Kevin Johnson almost single-handedly take over an NBA basketball game with his take-charge style of...November 21, 2012
  • Published Leadership Luncheon: Two Thoughts One of my favorite events each year at Greenbuild is our annual leadership luncheon at which we give out a handful of awards and take a moment to honor those who have...November 21, 2012
  • Published An Economic Summit? If there was one overriding theme of this year’s Greenbuild, it is the power of green. And no, not that green. The other one. Green, as in the color of money. I know...November 21, 2012
  • Published The Good Doctor Over lunch, the U.S. Green Building Council honored with our 2012 President’s Award, one of the most remarkable men you’d ever want to meet, Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld,...November 15, 2012
  • Published The Guy in the Green Tie Of all those speakers during the opening plenary session, I’m not sure I can pick out one who was clearly more compelling than the others. They all brought some amazing...November 15, 2012
  • Published One Bite at a Time It’s Greenbuild 2012 and the Moscone Center in San Francisco is teeming with people who clearly got the memo about sustainability. And even though thousands here have...November 15, 2012
  • Published Green Apples For Everyone This week, I had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, a gathering that brings together leaders from around the...September 29, 2012
  • Published The Scoundrel's Handbook It was Samuel Johnson who said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. He talked a lot about false patriots, those who "appeal to the rabble, circulate...July 12, 2012
  • Published Important News About LEED 2012: A Message from Rick Fedrizzi To USGBC members and LEED users: The amazing volunteers on all our LEED committees have been working extremely hard for the past 3+ years to get LEED 2012 ready for...June 4, 2012
  • Published Fine Gardening Lessons for All of Us One of the things that may surprise people about me is that the first place I head when I arrive home to upstate New York on the weekend is to my garden. After a long...April 13, 2012
  • Published We Asked, You Answered: #LEED2012 Last Thursday, many of you – architects, writers, USGBC chapter members, activists, consultants – joined me on Twitter for a live tweet-up on LEED 2012. It was a doozy...March 13, 2012
  • Published Self-Reliance Becomes a Movement By now, most of you know the cautionary tale of the old railroad barons, those filthy rich guys who, nearly a century ago, made the tragic mistake of thinking they were...February 10, 2012
  • Published Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the...January 11, 2012
  • Published Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the...January 11, 2012
  • Published Happy Holidays from USGBC Dear Friends of USGBC, As the year winds to a close, I am honored to reflect on yet another historic year for the green building movement. Thanks to our faithful USGBC...December 16, 2011
  • Published Leadership Abounds: President Obama, President Clinton and Green Building Leaders Join Forces to Commit to Energy Efficiency This entry is cross-posted from Rick Fedrizzi's blog on Huff Post Green. Last week from the White House Old Executive Building it was like a different planet -- outside...December 5, 2011
  • Published LEED and Forest Protection: Thank You for Your Important Input This week, ForestEthics and others reached out to USGBC to express their views on an important issue: How LEED plays a role in forest protection. I want to thank these...November 18, 2011
  • Published Changing the World One Commitment at a Time No power on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo You don't have time to be starstruck. Yet we are struck, not by a performance in front of the...September 23, 2011
  • Published The President, the Packers, and Winning One for the American People I found myself sitting at the kitchen table last night, long after the President and the Packers were done. The Packers won. What was keeping me up was the thought that...September 9, 2011
  • Published Ray Anderson: Great leader of our time passes If there was a Dictionary of Green Building, Ray Anderson is whose picture you'd probably see alongside the word "leader." And I'm saddened to hear that he passed away...August 9, 2011