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Sara O'Mara

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • LEED Fellow

Sara O'Mara currently serves as Director of LEED and Environmental Services
for Choate Construction Company. She has 19 years of construction experience
and is responsible for guiding sustainable projects from preconstruction
through project closeout including the design and implementation of the
quality control process for all LEED projects. Sara has been a LEED
Accredited Professional since 2003 and has been directly and indirectly
involved in 92 LEED registered/certified projects totaling more than 8.5 M SF
of LEED space. Sara’s LEED project experience extends across the country
and within Asia. For the past twelve years, Sara has been an active USGBC
volunteer at the chapter, regional and national level. Sara is founding
member of two USGBC Chapters and a former Chair of the Board of Directors for
USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter.

Within the USGBC, her comprehensive knowledge of the LEED Rating Systems
has allowed her the opportunity to serve as a consultant to USGBC for the
technical review of LEED online (v3) submittal documents. Sara has also
assisted in the development of the LEED v2009 Rating System and participated
in the Social Equity Working Group as it relates to the creation of LEED v4
Rating System with USGBC. In 2008, Sara was recognized as one of five Green
Advocates of the year at the Charlotte Business Journal “Green Awards.”
In 2012, she was the recipient of the Women In Business Award by the
Charlotte Business Journal’s due to her advocacy for sustainable ideas and
her leadership in the green building movement. Sara served on the LEED
Implementation Advisory Committee of USGBC from 2013- February 2015. Sara
became a member of the LEED Advisory committee in March 2015. This
committee provides expert feedback and insight on how the LEED rating system
and related tools, resources, and programs affect the user experience and market uptake of LEED, toward the goals of maintaining LEED’s global leadership and providing effective and satisfying LEED customer engagement.

The U.S. Green Building Council named Sara O'Mara of Choate Construction to
the 2013 class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program is the green building
industry’s most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow
designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and
significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of
LEED Professionals.

Sara is honored to serve on USGBC’s Board of Directors; she holds the
Constructor of Buildings seat for a three year term. Sara’s position
started on January 1, 2014.