David Gottfried is the founder and was the first staff president of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading green building organization in the world. He has more than two decades of multidisciplinary experience as a real estate developer, construction manager, and sustainable development management consultant. As the President of Regenerative Ventures, he has consulted for both government and business. Public sector clients have included the State of California, the cities of San Diego and Santa Monica, and the U.S. Navy. Business clients have included Starbucks, Williams-Sonoma, DreamWorks, Genentech, San Diego Gas & Electric, Yahoo, Johnson Controls, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects.
Gottfried, who received his degree in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University and is a regular lecturer for Stanford's Civil Engineering Department, is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He is the founding Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials Green Building Committee, the Managing Editor of the U.S. DOE and EPA funded Sustainable Building Technical Manual, and he serves on the editorial advisory boards for numerous trade publications. He is the author of a memoir entitled Greed to Green: the Transformation of an Industry and a Life (Worldbuild Publishing), and he has published numerous articles and given hundreds of speeches worldwide. Gottfried's speaking topics include the greening of our lives, the greening of business and the building industry, green building rating systems and standards, and "The Five Keys of Transformation."
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