design and planning projects range from redeveloping plans for the former naval base in Charleston, South Carolina, to restoring towns along the Mississippi River severely damaged by natural disasters, including New Orleans. He has participated in a variety of activities including Greening of the White House, Greening of the Pentagon, and Greening of the Grand Canyon.
As the founder of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) National Committee on the Environment, Mr. Berkebile has been one of the central forces behind a new focus on sustainable building that has influenced thousands of architects and changed the face of green architecture in America. He is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and there he helped to develop the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system, a voluntary, consensus-based standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries.
In 2009, Mr. Berkebile received a Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his role in promoting green building design and for his commitment and action toward restoring social, economic, and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Kansas and is a registered architect in five states.
Hillary Brown, FAIA, is a principal of New Civic Works, a firm which assists public and institutional clients in greening their facility capital programs. As founder of the Office of Sustainable Design with New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, she oversaw that office’s 1999 collaboration with the Design Trust and the High Performance Building Guidelines, and more recently she co-authored the High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. Ms. Brown was managing editor of the nationally and internationally recognized City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines, co-author of the U.S. Green Building Council’s State and Local Green Building Toolkit, and author of Implementing High Performance Buildings. Additionally, she envisioned and co-authored the recently released High Performance Infrastructure: Best Practices for the Public Right-of-Way for New York City and the Design Trust for Public Space.
Currently a practicing architect at the firm New Civic Works Ms. Brown specializes in green design for schools, universities, public buildings, and infrastructure. Previously having served on the architecture faculties at the Yale, Columbia, and Princeton University Schools of Architecture, today she is a professor of architecture at the City College of New York’s (CCNY’s) Spitzer School of Architecture. She leads the school’s contribution to CCNY’s new interdisciplinary master’s program: Sustainability in the Urban Environment, given together with the Grove School of Engineering and CCNY’s Division of Science.
Ms. Brown has served on the board of directors of the U.S. Green Building Council and is now a board member for the nationally recognized Healthy Schools Network. A graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, she has been a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where she examined green building practices in Germany.
Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator with more than 30 years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems and systems integration, and climate and regionalism in architecture, as well as design for performance in the workplace of the future. Supported by a university-building industry partnership, the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium of Carnegie Mellon University, she is a key contributor to the development of the Intelligent Workplace—a living laboratory of commercial building innovations for performance—and has been the author of a range of publications on international advances in the