LHB’s Green Team with Rick Carter

Rick Carter is a Senior Vice President in LHB’s Minneapolis office where he utilizes his 30 years of experience to lead the firm’s Integrative Design Team, a group of 100 architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, landscape architects, planners and interior designers serving five market sectors. An early adopter of healthy building principles, Rick has led LHB’s focus on high-performance design since the early 1990’s. He is recognized as an expert in sustainable design and speaks regularly at regional and national conferences on this topic.

Rick Carter-Sustainability Minded During Career

When Rick was younger he was fascinated by the underground space center.  That center has evolved to the Center for Sustainable Building Research. Sustainability has always been in the forefront of his mind but didn’t really come to fruition until he started working.  Rick works extensively on design for efficient resource use and occupant well-being, leading efforts for LHB to be visible experts in regenerative design and research. His projects range from the building to regional scales with the goal of contributing to achieving Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Rick helped develop the Hennepin County/Minnesota Sustainable Design Guidelines and currently co-manages the Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Project including execution of sustainable guidelines for the State of Minnesota.

“We know it’s something that we don’t know enough about, so we are going to try and learn about it.  We also know that it’s okay to go out and tell people we are good at it.” – Rick Carter

Proudest Achievements

Rick’s proudest achievements include his family and two children. Professionally he helps lead a diverse 90 person team; Integrated Design Team. His current projects include the ongoing development of the Regional Indicators Initiative and Local Government Project of Energy Planning (LoGoPEP), large scale efforts created by LHB to provide data and tools for Minnesota local government energy and climate action.

“We do amazingly cool projects.” – Rick Carter

Routines and Suggested Books

Rick is a list maker and follows through quickly in order to prepare for the next step.  He likes to “clear the stacks” and works hard so he can play hard. Rick enjoys books about the outdoors and climbing. He suggests the following books:


Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter by Lonnie Dupre

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth
by Gabriel Weinberg (Author, Narrator) Justin Mares (Author) LLC Gildan Media (Publisher

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

“The key to reading books is when you finish one book you immediately pick up he next book and start reading.” – Rick Carter

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