Jerry Yudelson is widely recognized as one of the leading green building experts in the United States. On behalf of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), he chaired the Steering Committee for Greenbuild 2004, 2005 and 2006, the largest green building conferences in the world, and he has trained nearly 3,000 people in the LEED rating system. He served on the national board of the USGBC and was a Founding Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Yudelson is the author of a dozen books, including the often-cited Developing Green: Strategies for Success and Marketing Green Buildings. He has written for many magazines and journals, including Home Energy Magazine, Building Design & Construction, Environmental Design & Construction, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, The Construction Specifier, and Eco-Structure. His most recent book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, features practical water saving approaches for building managers, homeowners, architects, engineers, developers, and public officials faced with charting a course in a more arid future.
His career in green building covers a wide spectrum of roles and issues. He was co-founder and director of the Green Building Services consulting unit of Portland General Electric. He has worked as a consultant for federal agencies, state governments, local governments and utilities. He has been the marketing director for two engineering firms in design and construction, worked in project development for wind power, co-generation, and photovoltaic systems, and been a management and marketing consultant for 200 firms ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small product manufacturers.
Yudelson holds an engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology, a masters in water resources engineering from Harvard, and a masters of business administration with highest honors from the University of Oregon. He has taught nearly 60 MBA-level courses in marketing, business planning, organizational development and communications.
His work was honored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance when he was named the 2004 "Green Building Advocate" of the year, and he was named by the Sustainable Industries Journal as one of the top 25 Green Building Leaders in the Northwest.
His speaking topics include:
The business case for green building, trends accelerating green building adoption, marketing commercial and residential green building services and projects, understanding and using LEED standards, green site and structure planning, the new economics and finance of renewable energy for buildings, and issues related specifically to commercial offices, higher education, K-12 schools, affordable housing, libraries, and public facilities. He also facilitates "eco-charrettes."
The business case for commercial green property management.
The new business paradigm, the "new DNA" for business success. Covers sustainable management concepts and practices for businesses of all kinds.
How businesses can save money, be more competitive, and improve profitability by making more efficient use of energy, water, and land as well as by reducing, reusing, and recycling wastes.
Greening schools and universities. His presentations address the physical design and/or modification of campuses and their buildings as well as the greening of academic programs.
Conserving and protecting our resources, including energy, water, land, and solid wastes.
Innovations and best practices in water conservation, water policy and water efficiency technologies, not only in the US, but also in Australia, Canada and Germany.
Speaking videos and television interviews, speaking testimonials, and information about his books are available here. To get the most up-to-date information about Jerry Yudelson and to explore engaging him as a speaker, contact him here and visit his website here and here.
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