Michael Deane – Environmental Policies and NYC Buildings

Michael Deane is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Turner Construction Company. He is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional, and a LEED Fellow. His responsibilities include developing and implementing sustainable policies and procedures for Turner’s national and international operations, green building training, operational oversight and sales.

“Focus on the middle distance to see what’s coming down the road, so you can say to people, ‘Hey, this is going to be important, this can help us build better buildings, this can help our clients.'” – Michael Deane

Start in Green Building

Michael received his BA in History from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also has an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

“All those early years and those that I was interested in came back and preservation seem to be that put all of the pieces together.” – Michael Deane

The path led him to work as the Project Manager at the NYC Cultural Preservation Unit. He worked closely with theatres as well as a public library. His career in a construction company later introduced him to green building.

Active LEED Fellow

Michael served for three years from 2012 to 2015 in the Federal GSA Green Building Committee as a member.

“It was a recognition of a commitment and of a certain level of achievement.” – Michael Deane on getting the LEED Certification  

At present, he is part of the Board of Directors of the Recycling Certification and of the Board of Governors of the Design Futures Council Institute. He was named a LEED Fellow in 2013 — the most prestigious designation of LEED Professional.

Green Building Track Record

Now with more than 28 years of experience in construction management, Michael has worked with a wider array of clientele. It includes K-12 schools, cultural institutions and hospitality. He also served on the USGBC National Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008 and is a founding board member and past chair of the USGBC New York Chapter.

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