The U.S. Green Building Council’s President, CEO and Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects for his commitment to environmental leadership and stewardship. The Olmsted Medal honors those with a commitment to safeguarding our natural heritage, embodying ASLA’s commitment to stewardship of the land and quality of life.
“ASLA and USGBC stand shoulder to shoulder in making sure the sustainable
buildings and communities that we are advancing add quality to our lives,
connect us to nature and to each other,” said Fedrizzi. “It is an honor to be
recognized by such a prestigious organization, and amongst so many visionary
leaders in the sustainability movement.”
“Rick Fedrizzi’s leadership and innovation has almost single-handedly
transformed the design and construction industry,” said ASLA Executive Vice
President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “Through the founding of USGBC,
development of the LEED Rating System and support of the Sustainable Sites
Initiative, he truly lives up to the landscape architects’ mission of achieving
a balance between the built and natural environments.”
Fedrizzi has been a vocal supporter of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a
partnership of ASLA, the Lady
at The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Botanic Garden to create the
first national rating system for sustainable landscapes.
Fedrizzi, who was USGBC’s founding chair, was appointed President and CEO in
2004 following a 25-year career as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his
leadership, USGBC has tripled its membership, broadened its influence and
cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement
through efforts such as its LEED green building program, the Greenbuild
International Conference & Expo and the LEED Professional Credential
program. He was recently named chair of the World Green Building Council.
The Olmsted Medal honors Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the founder of
the American landscape architecture profession and steward of the environment.
Honorees are selected by ASLA's Board of Trustees, and were recognized at an
awards ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, Calif.
USGBC President Honored by Landscape Architecture Community
November 8, 2011