Sarah Alexander | U.S. Green Building Council
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Sarah Alexander

Washington, DC

As senior vice president of Credentialing and Certification at Green Business
Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization for independently
recognizing excellence in sustainability performance and practice globally,
Sarah is responsible for the professional credential and certification
activities for GBCI’s suite of green business and sustainability products
worldwide. Under her leadership, GBCI administers credentials and
certifications for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification,
the world’s most widely used green building rating system, as well as the
PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable
Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart for parking facilities, EDGE (Excellence
in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE, Investor Confidence Project
(ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, used by
institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the
global property sector. Sarah works with her team to deliver a best-in-class
experience while finding new ways to improve the timeliness, technical
accuracy, consistency and overall quality of the certification work product.

Through implementing rigorous credentialing and certification standards,
Sarah and her team are dedicated to upholding GBCI’s mission to drive the
adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness
and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits.

Under Sarah’s leadership, GBCI has developed an internal center for
technical excellence and she led the recruitment, training and development of
a dynamic team of global technical experts, including industry leaders in
architecture, engineering, urban planning and sustainable design. She
oversees a staff of over 80 technical experts that supports projects in over
165 countries. Her team has issued 10 times the number of LEED certifications
than were issued in the nine years prior to GBCI’s involvement.

Prior to joining the organization, Sarah worked in an architectural practice
with a focus on low-income housing in Washington, D.C. Her professional
career began in the United Kingdom where she worked for six years as an
exploration geologist and geophysicist. Sarah holds Bachelor of Science
degrees (Honors) in both Geology and Architecture.