West Sustainability Services Leader at Arup and LEED Fellow Lynn Simon

Lynn N. Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Principal and West Sustainability Services Leader at Arup, is a Global Sustainability & ESG leader, with more than two decades of influencing behaviors, shifting mindsets, and co-creating to reach climate and equity goals across tech, real estate, and AEC sectors.
She excels in developing and retaining client relationships, convening stakeholders to Board level, driving cross-functional programs in matrix organizations, and building multi-disciplinary global teams with a focus on carbon, waste, water, ecology, health, and DEI.


  •  Led a global, cross-functional team at Google on KPI setting and 1-5 year goals for carbon, water and waste
  • Positioned Google to meet its 2030 public commitments and Scopes 1, 2, and 3 across the portfolio
  • Converted underutilized global sustainability team by nurturing relationships and creating new organizational structure
  • Co-created and facilitated a community of 100 industry leaders, disruptors, and trailblazers at the Regen Lab@Google
  • Led a team that retained 250+ client relationships across commercial, residential, education, hospitality, civic and culture, government, health and transportation sectors.


  • Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation
  • Member, Sustainability and Climate Committee at Bet Haverim in Davis, CA
  • Mentor, New Buildings Institute Next Gen Program

Show Highlight

  • Lynn emphasizes the importance of diversifying clients and projects in consultancy.
  • Entrepreneurship in this green building movement.
  • Sustainability impact through projects, energy savings and practices.
  • Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in your work.
  • Discussion on the importance of addressing scope three embodied carbon work on the future of green building.
  • The importance for young professionals to get involved in industry organizations and the significance of knowledge sharing.
  • Challenges faced during the early days of USGBC and the development of the LEED rating system.
  • Implementation of building lifecycle modeling and sustainability best practices
  • Tips on authentic listening and client engagement strategies.
  • Market transformation and policy requirements in sustainability consulting.

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