U.S. Green Building Council Honors Christine Ervin

U.S. Green Building Council Honors Christine Ervin

Christine Ervin, who led the recent growth of the green building industry, was honored yesterday for exceptional contribution and leadership by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The council, at its annual meeting in Portland, recognized Ervin’s accomplishments during her five-year tenure as USGBC president and CEO, 1999-2004.

The honor highlights achievement of the council’s growth, success of the LEED green building rating system -– the nation’s voluntary green building standard -- and the Greenbuild international conference and expo, in which she played a major role.

“Christine was a major force in transforming the building industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO and founding chairman. “She helped translate a vision into the national and international force we are today, which now draws media attention from CNN financial reporters and the New York Times.”

Ervin led USGBC from 200 members and three staff in 1999 to become a highly influential coalition of 4,500 companies and organizational members, 70 chapters and affiliates, and 50 staff.

“This recognition is richly deserved,” said Natural Resources Defense Council senior scientist Rob Watson, founding and current chairman of the Council’s LEED oversight committee. “Christine’s high-powered Washington savvy with a hometown Oregon touch delivered highly effective results for the Council and LEED.”

The award coincides with the Sustainable Industry Journal featuring Ervin in a special issue distributed at the USGBC conference.

Drawing from leadership experience at the national, state, and nonprofit sectors, Ervin is writing a book on the evolving role of voluntary market programs in environmental policy, to be published next year. A Portland resident, she is a frequent speaker across the nation, consults with private and nonprofit organizations, and serves on several boards.

“Christine played an important role in green building going mainstream in the marketplace,” said Rod Wille, senior vice president for Turner Construction. “She brings experience and credibility as a member of Turner’s new Advisory Board on Sustainability.”

Ervin previously served as assistant secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton, directed the Oregon Department of Energy under Governor Barbara Roberts, directed Missouri’s budget policy, and conducted policy analyses for The Conservation Foundation and World Wildlife Fund.