GBCI Launches LEED Fellow Program


WASHINGTON – The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has launched the LEED Fellow, a new program to recognize exceptional contributions to the green building community and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

“LEED Fellows will constitute an elite class of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals,” explains Beth Holst, vice president of credentialing, GBCI. “Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the selection will be based on their body of work and the way it has contributed to advancing the field of green building.”

In order to be eligible for the LEED Fellow designation, an individual must be nominated, either by oneself or by a peer. A nomination period is open now until January 7, 2011. Nominees must have 10 years of green building experience and be a LEED AP with specialty. (Note: nominees need to have held the LEED AP credential for at least eight cumulative years.)

The LEED Fellow program is the result of more than two years of extensive research that helped GBCI define what it means to be at the forefront of the green building industry. The findings were synthesized into five mastery elements in which LEED Fellows are expected to demonstrate expert-level knowledge and experience: Technical Proficiency; Education and Mentoring; Leadership; Commitment and Service; and Advocacy. 

“The launch of the LEED Fellow is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate those individuals who have made laudable efforts to propel us toward the accomplishment of our mission of green buildings for all within a generation,” adds Holst.

The 2011 class of LEED Fellows will be announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which will be held in Toronto in October 2011. More information is available at  

About GBCI 
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) provides third-party confirmation that specific criteria related to LEED building certification and LEED professional credentialing have been met. To underscore this commitment, GBCI is undergoing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation process for personnel certification agencies complying with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 17024. Early in 2009, GBCI assumed responsibility for administering the LEED building certification program for the more than 36,000 commercial projects seeking third-party verification of compliance with the industry's leading green building rating system. For more information, visit