Rick Fedrizzi co-founded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993, and has served as its President and CEO since 2004. Through his leadership and far-reaching vision, Rick has cemented USGBC’s role as a leader in the global sustainability movement.
USGBC's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program has been a cornerstone of Rick's efforts. Since its launch in 2000, LEED has grown exponentially: nearly 55,000 commercial projects spanning 10.1 billion square feet and more than 116,000 residential units around the world participate in LEED, with 1.7 million square feet of building space earning LEED certification every day. Nearly 190,000 LEED professional credential holders are engaged in advancing this global movement.
Rick Fedrizzi co-founded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) while serving as the sustainability officer at United Technologies subsidiary Carrier Corporation. During his distinguished tenure as CEO he has tripled its membership, broadened its influence, and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement. In October 2011, he was elected chair of the World Green Building Council, a coalition representing green building councils in 94 countries.
Of its many programs, The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is Fedrizzi’s passion, with its goal of every child being in a green school within this generation. Rick Fedrizzi serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, and the American Architectural Foundation. He is chair of the Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network of the Clinton Global Initiative. Among his honors are the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy, the prestigious Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Arents Award from Syracuse University.