USGBC’s Director of LEED – Wes Sullens



Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow has direct experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He specializes in green building projects, policy, materials, and codes & standards development.

He’s been a LEED AP since 2002 and has worked directly on over 100 green projects seeking LEED and other environmental labels, including the coordination of the first LEED Version 4 Platinum EB project in the world (StopWaste Headquarters, 2014).

Show Highlight

  • Wes talks about technical committees, guidelines, and tracking materials.
  • All things LEED, upcoming version, and the big plans for the future.
    a. Criticism about what LEED needs to do in the future.
    b. Solid climate focused solution.
    c. Committees, volunteering, and technical advisory groups for LEED.
    d. Carbon storing materials and the science of how you sequester carbon in products and materials.
    e. Requirements about reducing embodied carbon.
  • The ripple effect for creating buildings to be part of the solution for better environments and better communities.
  • Avoid being blindsided by climate change.
  • The importance of circularity and the challenges of executing a circular economy.
  • Doubling down all kinds of products with packaging.
  • Wes shares what it was like to be at the table early in the movement and how he is continuing to help scale up the green (building) code to make it mandatory in more places.

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