Jerry Yudelson Named to Inaugural Class of LEED Fellows by the Green Building Certification Institute

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Jerry Yudelson becomes first LEED Fellow in Arizona; one of only 34 globally.

Jerry Yudelson, LEED Fellow

LEED Fellows have been pioneers globally in introducing green building to the design, construction and operations industry.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an offshoot of the U.S. Green Building Council that certifies LEED® projects globally, recently announced its first class of LEED Fellows, including Tucson resident, green building expert and sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson. The initial group includes 34 people with peer-acknowledged distinction.

According to the GBCI announcement, “The LEED Fellow is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. This designation honors outstanding professionals who have demonstrated mastery-level technical knowledge and skill; exceptional leadership in the green building community; sharing of best practices through teaching, mentoring, or research; and an ongoing commitment to service and advocacy for green building and sustainability. LEED Fellows are expected to serve as ambassadors applying their knowledge and experience to advancing the vision of green building for all within a generation.”

A professional engineer and experienced sustainability consultant, Yudelson has been involved with promoting the LEED system for more than 10 years, including service as one of the first ten (10) LEED faculty members in the U.S. Over the course of many years, he trained more than 3,500 people in the LEED Green Building rating system. He is the author of twelve (12) books on the subject of green buildings, green homes, green marketing, water conservation and sustainable development, as well as a co-author of the Green Operations Guide , published by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2010.

In acknowledging this distinction, Yudelson said, “The LEED system has become the pre-eminent global green building rating and certification system because of the dedication, hard work, cooperation and selflessness of literally thousands of architects, engineers, builders, owners, real estate professionals and public agency officials. As a result, the system has a robustness that guarantees its success in the decade ahead, as we all move to combat the challenge of global climate change with a new generation of low-energy consuming buildings.”

To qualify as a LEED Fellow, an individual must possess and maintain a LEED Accredited Professional designation with a particular specialty. In Yudelson’s case, he is accredited in two of the LEED rating systems: new building design and construction and existing building operations and maintenance. In addition to these accreditations, the Fellow must be nominated by a LEED accredited professional, seconded by five peers and provide evidence of significant accomplishments in the field.

Yudelson Associate’s current major LEED certification project is the certification at the LEED Gold level of the 250,000-sq.ft. UniSource corporate headquarters office building in downtown Tucson, a project expected to attain certification in late 2011 or early 2012.

About Jerry Yudelson and Yudelson Associates
Yudelson Associates is a leading international firm in sustainability planning and green building consulting. The founder, Jerry Yudelson, is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading green building and sustainability consultants and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker. He is the author of 12 green building books and served for two years as Research Scholar for Real Estate Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a 70,000-member international trade organization. He has been recognized as a National Peer Professional by the U.S. General Services Administration. Yudelson is a frequent green building speaker at industry and professional conferences and chaired the country’s largest annual show, Greenbuild, for six years from 2004 through 2009.

For more information please contact Jerry Yudelson, 520-207-9759, jerry(at)greenbuildconsult(dot)com or visit


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