Athena Institute Announces Corporate Changes

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The Athena Institute announces changes to its Board and senior executive team.

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute is pleased to announce changes to its Board and senior executive team. Ms. Jennifer O’Connor has been appointed President of the organization and Mr. Stephen Pope has been confirmed as Chair of its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Jamie Meil has been appointed Managing Director and joins the Board.

Ms. O’Connor has been working in construction-sector sustainability since 1983, with diverse multidisciplinary roles in research, design, analysis, consultation and technology transfer in Canada and the U.S. Her work experience has an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable design, and overall building performance, and her background in both architecture and engineering provides a strong technical foundation in many building systems. Past experience includes responsibility for research and technology transfer in sustainable construction, durability and construction market intelligence with FPinnovations, building science research in the Windows and Daylighting Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a faculty position at the California College of Art and Architecture, a program director role at the PG&E Center, and design consulting.

A Director on the Athena Board since 2006, Mr. Pope is a Sustainable Building Design Specialist at Natural Resources Canada who develops research on energy efficiency for commercial buildings, provides design facilitation for high-performance building, and training on whole building energy simulation. With Natural Resources Canada he participated in the development of whole building energy analysis software supporting the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 1997, and an early version of the ATHENA® Impact Estimator for Buildings software (ATHENA® IE). He is Past Chair of the Canada Green Building Council’s Metrics & LCA Task Force, and a Past Councillor for the Province of Ontario with the Ontario Association of Architects.

Mr. Meil is a co-founder of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and the prime developer of the ATHENA® IE. He has completed numerous government research and private consulting projects dealing with manufacturing efficiency, resource utilization, green building, international competitiveness, economic feasibility of new technologies, market research, strategic planning, carbon footprinting and environmental/economic life cycle assessment. Mr. Meil is an internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) expert and has also worked extensively in the area of life cycle costing (LCC) and on methods for marrying LCA impact indicators and LCC measures in a decision-making framework. As Managing Director, Mr. Meil will oversee Athena’s client based services and direct the core research program.

Mr. Wayne Trusty, the other founder of the Institute and co-developer of the ATHENA® IE, has resigned from his position as President effective March 31, 2011. Athena’s Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Trusty and acknowledge his significant contributions to the organization since its inception; he leaves a considerable legacy. Mr. Trusty will continue to work closely with Athena and will share his wisdom and big-picture viewpoint with the sustainable building community through his work on boards and committees. In addition he will continue to provide education on LCA at sustainable infrastructure and building conferences, and as faculty for architectural and other professional association continuing education programs.

Mr. Malcolm Rowan resigned from his position as Chair of the Board of Directors effective December 14, 2010. Athena’s Board would like to thank Mr. Rowan for his contributions to the organization and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. The Athena Board would also like to recognize the contributions made by Mr. John Carmody, Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research of the University of Minnesota, since joining the Board in 2005; Mr. Carmody resigned from the Board effective December 7, 2010.

Athena is consolidating operations at its Ottawa office, located at 119 Ross Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 0N6, ph: 613.729.9996.

About the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute:

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute is a not for profit research institute dedicated to fostering the sustainability of the built environment. Athena uses life cycle thinking, applying life cycle management tools and sustainability metrics to help its members and clients benchmark the environmental performance of their facilities and operations and identify areas for improvement. Athena supports education on the life-cycle impacts of building materials and assemblies that help all stakeholders make more informed decisions about appropriate use, technology and development of products within a whole system framework.

Renowned for its internationally acclaimed life cycle inventory databases and life cycle assessment software and tools, Athena is credited with putting the application of LCA to the built environment on the map with its development of the Impact Estimator (IE) – the only North American software tool that evaluates the embodied effects of whole buildings and assemblies. Athena is also quite active in the carbon footprint consulting arena. It has completed carbon footprint consulting projects for numerous clients in accordance with varying standards (e.g., the GHG Protocol, IPCC, and PAS2050) and has aided clients in their submissions to voluntary registries (e.g., the Carbon Disclosure Project).


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