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Updated October 2017.

LEED committees help develop, implement and revise the LEED rating systems, ensuring they remain rigorous and market-relevant. 

The LEED Committee structure includes the LEED Steering Committee (LSC) and Regional LEED Steering Committees, three subcommittees of the LSC, six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) organized around credit category expertise and six Regional LEED Steering Committees.


LEED Steering Committee

A standing committee of the USGBC board of directors, LSC serves as the governing body of all LEED committees. LSC is charged with 

  • Developing and maintaining LEED as a leadership tool.
  • Preserving the integrity of the LEED rating systems.
  • Ensuring the use of the consensus process to evolve LEED in accordance with USGBC’s mission, guiding principles and strategic plan.

LSC’s role and responsibilities are detailed in the committee’s charter and the Foundations of LEED document. View its meeting minutes.

Volunteer voting members

  • LEED Steering Committee Chair: Gina Bocra, NYC Department of Buildings
  • Immediate Past Chair: Cristina Gamboa, Colombia Green Building Council
  • Incoming Chair: Chris Schaffner, The Green Engineer, Inc
  • Chair of the Technical Committee: Mike Schwedler, Trane
  • Chair of the LEED Advisory Committee: Lance Davis, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Chair of the Pilot Credit Committee: Josh Jacobs, UL Environment, Inc.
  • Member At-Large: Shawn Jang, RCI Engineering, Inc.
  • Member At-Large: Erik Ring, LPA Inc.
  • Member At-Large: Jennifer Sanguinetti, University of British Columbia
  • Member At-Large: Dana Schneider, JLL
  • Member At-Large: Alicia Silva Villanueva, Revitaliza Consultores

Staff nonvoting members

  • Chief of Engineering, USGBC: Brendan Owens, USGBC
  • SVP, Global Market Development: Peter Templeton, USGBC
  • VP, LEED Technical Development: Corey Enck, USGBC

Regional LEED Steering Committees

As standing committees of the USGBC Board of Directors, Regional LEED Steering Committees are integrated groups of volunteers charged with prioritizing and overseeing LEED technical development activities in their respective global regions. Regional LEED Steering Committees are charged with

  • Developing and recommending regional technical solutions and guidance to the LEED Steering Committee to advance the implementation of LEED and its application as a sustainable market transformation tool.
  • Collaborating with other RLSCs and informal working groups to address priority issues at the regional or global scale.
  • Ensuring information about LEED development and implementation is readily available within regional markets.

The role and responsibilities are detailed in the committee charters in the Foundations of LEED document. Regions include:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Greater China
  • Asia Pacific

LEED Advisory Committee

The LEED Advisory Committee advises staff and LSC on market and implementation-related issues. It provides expert feedback and insight on how LEED and related tools, resources and programs affect the user experience and market uptake of LEED in maintaining LEED’s global leadership and satisfying customer engagement.

The role and responsibilities of the LEED Advisory Committee, which is a committee of LSC, are detailed in the committee’s purpose statement. View its meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Lance Davis, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Vice Chair: Jonathan Flaherty, Tishman Speyer
  • Michael Amy, Leonardo Academy
  • Crissy Haley, JLL
  • Blake Jackson, Stantec
  • Theresa Lehman, Miron Construction Co., Inc.
  • Maureen Mahle, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
  • Emily Paciolla, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Jonathan Rowe, Facebook
  • Cesar Ulises Treviño, Bioconstrucción y Energía Alternativa
  • Alicia Daniels Uhlig, International Living Future Institute
  • Anica Landreneau, HOK

LEED Pilot Credit Committee

This committee administers the LEED Pilot Credit Library. Members are technical and subject matter experts who manage the evolution of pilot credit language based on feedback from project teams and other stakeholders.

Formal pilot credit language changes are made and published on a monthly basis, as needed. Learn more about the committee and its meeting minutes.

Members:

  • Chair: Josh Jacobs, UL Environment, Inc.
  • Vice Chair: Doug Mazeffa, Sherwin-Williams
  • Jonathan Balas, Yum! Brands Inc.
  • Mark Bessoudo, WSP Canada Inc.
  • David Ferguson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Terrell Hoagland, Jones Design Studio
  • Ming Hu, University of Maryland
  • Amanda Langweil, Perkins + Will
  • Mary Ann Lazarus, MALeco, LLC
  • Renee Loveland, Gerding Edlen
  • Heather Marquard, LLC and Paul Davis Partnership, LLP
  • Deepak Nambiar, AECOM
  • Rishi Tirupari, Las Vegas Sands
  • Kapil Upadhyaya, Kirksey Architecture
  • Crystal Wu, JLL
  • Sue Clark, Sweden Green Building Council

LEED Technical Committee

The LEED Technical Committee oversees Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and other technical working groups and recommends solutions regarding technical issues to LSC. Its responsibilities include

  • Coordinating cross-category matters within LEED.
  • Reviewing LEED credits and prerequisites for technical validity and recommending improvements.
  • Assessing LEED’s technical rigor, coherence and achievement trends through a system of performance metrics.

The committee’s role and responsibilities are detailed in its purpose statement. View its meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Mick Schwedler, Trane
  • Vice Chair: Sarah Talkington, City of Austin
  • EA TAG Chair: Paula Zimin, Steven Winter Associates
  • EQ TAG Chair: Amy Costello, Armstrong World Industries
  • MR TAG Chair: Mikhail Davis, Interface
  • LP TAG Chair: Cady Seabaugh, McCormack Baron Salazar
  • SS TAG Chair: Mark Brumbaugh, Brumbaugh & Associates
  • WE TAG Chair: Daniel Huard, Humann Building Solutions, LLC
  • Building Operations & Maintenance: Dirk Mason, The Compass Group
  • Multifamily Residential: Priscilla Chew, WSP Canada
  • Interdisciplinary: Andrea Fornasiero, Manens-Tifs SpA
  • Interdisciplinary: Gwen Fuertes, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
  • Interdisciplinary: Tia Heneghan, ZIA for Buildings

LEED Technical Advisory Groups

Under the direct management of the LEED Technical Committee, TAGs recommend technical solutions to rating system development and maintenance issues.

The groups are a source of technical advice to LEED committees and working groups regarding credit and prerequisite improvement and supporting tool development.

TAGs are structured to include expertise for specific technical issues: location and planning, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

The role and responsibilities of the Technical Advisory Groups are detailed in their purpose statement.

Energy and Atmosphere TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Paula Zimin, Steven Winter Associates
  • Vice Chair: Barry Abramson, Servidyne, LLC
  • Greg Collins, zero envy
  • Jeffrey Landreth, Seeking Balance
  • Manus McDevitt, Sustainable Engineering Group, LLC
  • Joel McKellar, Whole Building Systems
  • Jose Rodriguez, CBRE
  • Eddy Santosa, GBR Engineers
  • Su-Fern Tan, Arup
  • Ted Tiffany, Guttmann and Blaevoet Consulti
  • Paul Totten, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Bonnie Brook, GGBA
  • Joshua Hatch, Brightworks Sustainability 
  • Francis McGarey, Sustainable Building Partners

Indoor Environmental Quality TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Amy Costello, Armstrong World Industries
  • Vice-Chair: Alejandra Menchaca, Thornton Tomasetti
  • Angelica Ospina Alvarado, Setri Sustentabilidad SAS
  • Gabriela Crespo, Revitaliza Consultores
  • Marcelo Gregório, Arup
  • Blake Jackson, Stantec Architecture
  • Michael Lehman, ConTech Lighting
  • Evelyn Nash, International Monetary Fund
  • Neil Rosen, Grin Sustainability
  • Lourdes Salinas, THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
  • John Sebroski, Covestro LLC
  • Erica Stewart, Kaiser Permanente
  • Raja Tannous, Berkeley Analytical Associates, LLC
  • Lena Ashby, Brightworks Sustainability
  • Ric Doedens, K.R.Moeller Associates Ltd.
  • Amir Nezamdoost, University of Orego

Location and Planning TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Cady Seabaugh, McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Vice-Chair: Marilyn Specht, Integral Group
  • Jaquelin Camp, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
  • Maria Celis Vergara, Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Eugene Chao, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Michael DeVuono, Arcadis
  • Lauren Fakhoury, Brightworks Sustainability
  • Kenneth J. Filarski, FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
  • Charalampos Giannikopoulos, DCarbon
  • John Hersey, RTD
  • Rick Liu, Montgomery County Planning
  • Steven Maynard, Streetsense
  • Conor Merrigan, Brendle Group
  • Megan Saunders, Maximum Sustainable Value
  • Peter Stair, KEO International Consultants
  • Emma Del Vento, CH2M Hill 

Materials and Resources TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Mikhail Davis, Interface, Inc.
  • Vice-Chair: Dirk Kestner, Walter P. Moore
  • Efrie Escott, KieranTimberlake
  • Dwayne Fuhlhage, Prosoco
  • Jeff Frost, Brightworks Sustainability
  • Colley Hodges, Kirksey Architecture
  • Dirk Kestner, Walter P. Moore
  • Patricia Lloyd, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
  • Teresa McGrath, Healthy Building Network
  • William Paddock, WAP Sustainability Consulting
  • Jenelle Sams, Kawneer Company, Inc.
  • Lauren Sparandara, Google
  • Howard Williams, Howard Williams Consulting, LLC
  • Dennis Wilson, Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed

Sustainable Sites TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Mark Brumbaugh, Brumbaugh & Associates
  • Vice Chair: Julie Hendricks, Kirksey Architecture
  • Liana Berberidou-Kallivoka, City of Austin
  • Stephen Cook, VIKA, Inc.
  • Caroline Havey, The Green Engineer, Inc.
  • Carlos Hernandez, Olin Partnership
  • Lisa Storer, Benz Resource Group
  • Pete Strasser, The International Dark-Sky Association
  • Chris Webb, Herrera
  • Heather Whitlow, Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Michele Adams, Meliora Design
  • Elena Goldstein Lake. Brightworks Sustainability
  • Rachel Nicely, Sustainable Building Partners
  • Dou Zhang, Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Water Efficiency TAG

View the TAG's meeting minutes.

Members

  • Chair: Daniel Huard, Humann Building Solutions, LLC
  • Vice-Chair: David Holtzclaw, Transduction Technologies 
  • Patrick Boyle, Sloan Valve Company
  • Trace Blackmore, Association of Water Technologies
  • Lawrence Cammarata, Certified Consultants Ltd
  • Megan Chery, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Michael Cudahy, Plastic Piping Educational Foundation
  • Erin Ezell, HOK
  • Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Morrison Hershfield
  • Geraldine Seguela, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Lauren Shuler, City of Boulder
  • Rami Tarabay, SEEDS s.a.r.l.
  • Aaron Wouters, Integral Group

LEED Working Groups

Social Equity Working Group

The Social Equity Working Group is a working group of LSC and was formed to explore ways to implement the third Guiding Principle in the USGBC 2013-2015 Strategic Plan, Foster Social Equity. 

In 2016, the working group will improve the practical implementation of the three social equity pilot credits by

  • Developing supporting resources and materials for the credits and supporting the credit review process.
  • Identifying and proposing alternative compliance paths for international project teams.
  • Collating feedback from project teams in order to improve the credits. 

View the working group's meeting minutes (zip file).

Members

  • Co-chair: Elizabeth Torres, Bioconstrucción y Energia Alternativa (BEA)
  • Co-chair: Raphael Sperry, Arup 
  • Joel Todd, Joel Ann Todd Consulting
  • Susan Kaplan, BuildingWrx
  • Jenny Carney, YR&G
  • Brad Guy, Catholic University of America
  • Shawn Hesse, International Living Future Institute 
  • Daniel Whittet, AHA-Consulting Engineers 
  • Max Zahniser, Praxis Building Solutions, LLC 
  • Jill Zeigler, Forest City Realty Trust

How to Get Involved

To be automatically notified of future LEED Committee and working group openings, sign up for the LEED Committee Volunteer Opportunities Mail List.

To be appointed to a LEED committee or working group, a candidate must submit an online application during a Call for Volunteers period. USGBC typically opens Calls for Volunteers for LEED committees and working groups twice a year. Each Call for Volunteers is posted on the USGBC Volunteer Opportunities page and is open to qualified applicants employed by USGBC member organizations.

The goal for each Call for Volunteers is to ensure that committee membership encompasses diverse areas of expertise and represents a variety of perspectives from the industries that make up the built environment. When USGBC opens a Call for Volunteers, each committee accepting applications seeks specific, targeted areas of expertise in new membership.

After an application period closes, all applications are reviewed and qualified candidates are identified based on their technical expertise, training, and the needs of each committee. LEED committee volunteers and staff work together to review applications and build consensus in the selection of new members. Candidates whose applications garner the most support among committee members and staff are recommended to the LEED Steering Committee for review and approval.