USGBC appoints Templeton CEO, president

USGBCWashington, DC—The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), have named Peter Templeton President and CEO. As president and CEO of both USGBC and GBCI, Templeton will lead the organizations’ efforts to increase the reach and impact of green building and green business market transformation activities around the world. The company said it will build on its work over the past 25 years to accelerate the global adoption of practices that improve human health, environmental well-being and quality of life for all.

Templeton has played a leading role in the development, launch and continued operation of the LEED program – the most widely used and respected green building program in the world – which developers, businesses and governments have used to dramatically reduce their environmental footprint. LEED provides a comprehensive, globally recognized framework for healthy, high-performing green buildings, communities and cities.

Templeton has served with USGBC and its partner organization GBCI for more than 20 years. In the past year he has led the organizations on an interim basis. Templeton has devoted his entire career to successfully driving behavioral change to improve public health and the environment in communities around the world.

“We need to act faster on the climate crisis,” said Aaron Bernstein, chairman of the USGBC board of directors and interim director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. “Peter has worked tirelessly throughout his career to advance green building while fighting climate change and protecting our health. Our boards are delighted that he has agreed to the role of CEO at this critical juncture in the history of the green building movement.”

According to Don Anderson, GBCI Chairman of the Board and Operations Advisor to Blackstone, Templeton is a passionate leader with a clear vision to take green building to the next level. “Organizations around the world are focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance,” said Anderson. “Simply, Peter gets it and works with partners in all sectors to mobilize action on a large scale. He is committed to developing our frameworks and building the capacity needed for building owners and occupiers to achieve aggressive goals for decarbonisation, resilience, health and equity in the built environment.”

Templeton said it is a tremendous honor and responsibility to lead USGBC and GBCI. “Buildings contribute to climate change first and foremost, and over the past three decades, the USGBC community has championed proven solutions and primed the market for critical innovation in policy, technology and practice,” he said. “I am committed to working with our talented team and dedicated partners to advance this work further and faster to address the pressing challenges facing our families, communities and planet.”

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