Chief Sustainability Officer (Wight) Lois Vitt Sale, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Lois’ 32-year career as a practicing architect has focused on sustainability as intrinsic to design aided by the application of green technologies and sustainable planning. First joining Wight in 1995, Lois has led Wight’s efforts to embed sustainability in all facets of this innovative design-led, design build firm as its Chief Sustainability Officer. Recently, Lois has led the effort to design several buildings to meet the criteria for Net Zero Energy. Her work continues to raise the bar for high performance, healthy buildings for the work designed and built by her firm. She has been adjunct faculty at Northwestern
University since 2005. She has educated, volunteered and lent her
energies to promulgate an understanding that creating places where
people thrive demands deeply sustainable solutions for the built

Show Highlights

  • From Renaissance woman to LEED Fellow, Lois shares key tips and advice for green projects. 
  • Questions to consider to gear up for green building and deliver true sustainable building attributes.
  • Find “fertile soil” professionally and personally.
  • The hallmark of Wight & Company, a regional powerhouse.
  • Positive partnerships between the design team, the construction team, and the real estate team.
  • Evolution of energy efficiency goals for LEED projects.
  • Necessary feedback loop to see a building through to occupancy.
  • Everything the industry needs to do for the next ten years.
  • The first project in the state of Illinois, that is verified as a net zero building. 

“We set practice paradigms. We provide education, always looking at the horizon saying, ‘Is our practice on point? Are we focused in the right direction?’ Every day of my career is a new day. What we do is evolve, learn, and grow. I am proud of the fact that I have a sense of creativity and curiosity that has been able to find ‘fertile soil’ [in green buildings].”

-Lois Vitt Sale

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