Stephen Bushnell is running for the Insurance seat on the 2015 Board of Directors.
Why do you wish to serve on the USGBC Board of Directors?
When Rick Fedrizzi asked me nearly four years ago to accept an appointment to the newly created Insurance Seat on the Board I was deeply honored. It has been my privilege to serve on the Board for the last three years (elected to this seat in 2013) and I am excited to stand for re-election this year. I strongly believe in the transformative qualities of LEED and USGBC and believe in the profound benefits of energy and water efficient buildings that are health places in which to live and work. The vision and enthusiasm of USGBC staff, volunteers and leaders to lead this change is inspiring and I want to continue to be part of it.
Climate change is the most serious issues we face in the 21st century. Each of us must act individually and collectively to mitigate and adapt to this risk. Reducing the carbon footprint of our actions and the built environment is the single most effective tool at our disposal. Adding my voice to the Board allows me the opportunity to continue to make a difference.
Finally, my association with USGBC has literally changed my life. My first experience with Greenbuild in 2005 opened up new ways to think about the connections between risk and insurance and our environment. I returned home with new found insights and an energy that has not waned. I want to continue to be involved with this outstanding organization to help realize our vision.
Please briefly describe how your current employer's mission is and has been aligned with the work of USGBC for the last three to five years.
My current employer is a new venture with a strong focus on green buildings, sustainability, resilience and climate risk. My work is an outgrowth of my previous position at Fireman’s Fund Insurance.
Fireman’s Fund has an unwavering belief in the environmental, social and economic benefits of LEED. The company was the first insurer to recognize the value of LEED as they launched under my direction the first ever Green Building Insurance coverage in 2006. They were the first insurance company to join USGBC as a member. They have been actively seeking LEED certification on our facilities. Their Novato Home Office is a LEED EB Gold, the Dallas office a LEED CI silver and the St Louis building a LEED C&S Platinum. Allianz (Fireman's Fund parent) has actively promoted international expansion of green building insurance for the last several years.
Demonstrate, using examples, your leadership in the insurance industry's evolving position within the context of disaster prevention, resilience, restoration and reconstruction at the regional, national, or international scale.
Creating and developing the first ever Green Building Insurance coverage positioned me as a national green insurance leader and offered many opportunities to be interviewed by the press on the important issues of green building economic, risk reduction and environmental value propositions. I am a vocal leader in the insurance industry’s position on resilience and sustainability and have worked with several organizations on a national and regional scale to advance this cause (USGBC, Ceres, Applied Solutions). Since 2006 I have spoken on climate risk, green building risk and risk management, the need for more resilient buildings at more than 100 conferences, including three Greenbuilds, regional conferences and before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. I have worked internationally with the Allianz (Fireman’s Fund parent) Climate Change Center of Competence to influence the development of Green Building Insurance coverages on an international scale.