Green Advantage Announces New Chief Operating Officer And General Counsel

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Marc A. Nichols, Esq., has been appointed the first Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Green Advantage. Green Advantage is a not-for-profit organization that provides the country's longest-standing Environmental Certification for Building-Related Practitioners.

Marc A. Nichols, Esq., has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Green Advantage. Nichols was most recently acting Executive Director for SB NOW, a community-based non-profit dedicated to building a more socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable local economy. While there he managed the creation and implementation of the organization's Green Business Certification and Audit Program, a similar, though non-competitive, program to Green Advantage's green building certification offerings. Prior experience includes Inspector General for the U.S. Government Printing Office and Vice President and General Counsel for Copper Irle LLC, an Oregon-based online financial services company where, among other roles, he established the legal department.

Nichols will be the first COO and General Counsel for Green Advantage. His responsibilities will include oversight of the organization's overall operations, including their green building practitioner certification programs, their relationships with seat-based and online authorized training partners, as well as overseeing all community-building, marketing and communications functions. Nichols will also be responsible for all legal relationships and development of all required policies and partnerships. These responsibilities were previously part of the CEO's position, still held by Grady O'Rear.

"Marc Nichols is exceptionally qualified to lead Green Advantage. He comes at a pivotal time to help Green Advantage continue its growth by enhancing its structure, systems and internal capacity, expanding domestic collaborative relationships and responding to international opportunities. Green Advantage is extremely pleased to have him join its team and guide the organization to achieve its fullest potential," said O'Rear.

Nichols is a member of the Washington, D.C., Colorado, and U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He holds a J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Business Network of Washington and serves on the business council of the Human Rights Campaign. A U.S. citizen, Nichols has lived and/or worked in the U.K., Belgium, and Germany, which will prove to be invaluable as Green Advantage formalizes its relationships with governments and sustainability organizations internationally.

"Grady O'Rear has built such a wonderful organization with a sterling reputation within the environmental and sustainability arena," said Nichols. "I am thrilled to join such an exceptional team and for being responsible for contributing to and increasing the value and positioning of Green Advantage's brand identity. Our goals now are to complete the internal structuring of Green Advantage, expand Green Advantage's certification program in the United States as our country becomes more engaged with environmental and sustainable practices and grow the organization internationally."

Nichols began his role on September 15, 2008.

About Green Advantage
Green Advantage is a not-for-profit organization that provides the country's longest-standing Environmental Certification for Building-Related Practitioners. The organization's aim is to bring consumers, commercial developers, and municipalities together with Green Advantage Certified building practitioners who have proven knowledge about green building techniques and approaches. Green Advantage's third-party, independent certification program was established with grant funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and The Nature Conservancy and developed in collaboration with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the University of Florida.

While Green Advantage is not affiliated with any LEED products or trainings, a LEED Innovation Credit has been granted if a significant percentage of a project's building force is Green Advantage Certified prior to the commencement of construction.

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