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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Architecture & Design

Do green buildings matter to you? This podcast fuels your fire with inspiring interviews from industry and nonprofit leaders across the built environment. Not sure if green building matters? Listen to the personal stories of our guests and let Charlie’s passion help convince you why green buildings are essential to our shared future. Each episode illustrates a unique journey through sustainability and towards resilience. Charlie explores the challenges and celebrations of the movers and shakers in the green building industry. Hear behind the scene stories from the inner world of green and healthy building design, construction, and management.

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United States

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Do green buildings matter to you? This podcast fuels your fire with inspiring interviews from industry and nonprofit leaders across the built environment. Not sure if green building matters? Listen to the personal stories of our guests and let Charlie’s passion help convince you why green buildings are essential to our shared future. Each episode illustrates a unique journey through sustainability and towards resilience. Charlie explores the challenges and celebrations of the movers and shakers in the green building industry. Hear behind the scene stories from the inner world of green and healthy building design, construction, and management.

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@GBES

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English

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1.888.414.9998


Episodes

Regenerative Business Coach Monique Allen

11/22/2023
TITLE: Regenerative Business Coach Monique Allen Monique Allen, is CEO and Creative Director of The Garden Continuum, a landscaping design company that brings the principles of regenerative agriculture to ornamental gardening. The central work of The Garden Continuum is to create outdoor living spaces, both public and private, that draw people out into those spaces and begin to build that reconnection with nature. Monique's approach infuses life back into systems and landscapes that have been abused by degenerative practices. Through regenerative gardening, Monique breathes new life into the soil, and through her personalized landscape business coaching she helps clients build a high-integrity business reflecting care for the entire earth community. Check out her book, Stop Landscaping, Start Lifescaping. Show Highlights The garden continuum and understanding regenerative business and the landscape movement. Jumpstart ecosystems and create an energetic loop on projects. Understanding the conundrum of care to create longevity and not just sustainable. Monique shares how to partner with mother nature on projects. Match your work with clients and people who are already invested emotionally, mentally, financially in what you do. The built environment needs to embrace creating “healthy sites” and not just regenerative spaces. Approach landscaping differently with a “codify” tool to help you stop landscaping and start life. Know the difference in a landscape as something pretty to look at, compared with “Life-Scapeing,” a space you interact with nature in. “Have that triple bottom line mindset where it's: planet, people, and profits. One cannot happen without the other. It's not a question of its linearity. You roll these three aims of planet, people, and profits together. You are always looking through that triple lens to say, ‘Is this project creating a betterment or is it at least somewhat neutral,’ but it just can't be degrading or detrimental.” -Monique Allen Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:34:46

CEO at CREtech Michael Beckerman

11/15/2023
Michael Beckerman, is a leader in the commercial real estate technology and sustainability sectors. He entered these sectors in 2012 after a 25-year career in commercial real estate media relations, in which he started and built Beckerman Public Relations into one of the largest firms in the country before eventually selling the agency. Michael now serves as CEO of CREtech, the largest conference company devoted to technology and sustainability in the Built World. Michael also hosts the CREtech Climate Cast, a podcast series devoted to educating, inspiring, and leading the built environment to invest and adopt climate technologies and embrace sustainability. Tune in to in-depth conversations with the leading real estate and tech innovators from across the globe. Show Highlights Technology in the built environment that embraces the marketplace of the built environment. The overall umbrella and difference between PropTech vs Climate Tech vs Construction Tech. The industry has to adapt to be a customer-centric hospitality space in office spaces and residential. Fragmentation in the tech sector created gaps in infrastructure for companies. Every building is a snowflake in need of technology tools to decarbonize and create building efficiency. Focus on climate risk mitigation, in the real estate industry, but also for the homeowner/consumer. Do your due diligence on AI. It’s the wild, wild, west. “Our struggles are our greatest teachers. I've learned to embrace the struggle. When I make a mistake, it's like, ‘Okay, why was that given to me? What am I supposed to learn from that experience?’ I think the things I wish I knew when I was younger were more about mindfulness, more about being present and letting go of the stress and the anxiety of like the future, the unknowns.” -Michael Beckerman Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:33:46

OTEC Sao Paulo’s David Douek - Driving Efficiency, Performance, and Sustainable Development

11/8/2023
David Douek, LEED Fellow, is the director of OTEC, since its foundation in 2007. He has dedicated himself to building one of the leading consulting and service providers for the real estate, design, construction, properties management, energy efficiency and sustainability markets. Together with OTEC’s team he has worked with companies such as: Coca Cola, P&G, GE, GM, Siemens, Deloitte, Brookfield, Hines, Cyrela, Prologis, Santander, Bndes, USP, GLP and others of the same importance, always helping them achieve their goals. His academic background is in business, architecture, engineering, real estate, data science and sustainability. In addition to this, he has gained valuable international experience which has helped me develop foreign businesses such as DesignBuilder software in Brazil. Show Highlights The main difference between the American and the Brazilian market in building design and construction procedures. The transformation of WELL and the introduction of a variety of WELL certifications and programs to adopt post pandemic. OTEC consulting firm believes that to improve the quality of the buildings, we have to understand what they represent for the market. David further shares: his company’s achievements and contributions to the green building industry. how to pinpoint what the challenges are. how to help the clients increase their performance towards a concrete and a reasonable goal. why a designer, contractor, a developer, has to incorporate sustainability within the process. how to drive the market towards IGO. Why wellness is important, but should be incorporated in a much larger perspective. The balance is in understanding that technologies and finances have to work together. Tips to help whoever's interested in understanding what their ESG strategy should be regarding their facilities. Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:31:31

300th Episode

11/1/2023
Charlie Cichetti, CEO, LEED Fellow and WELL AP, is one of the leaders in the green building industry. He’s built a career around green building services/education/and technology, and has co-founded multiple companies that hold sustainability leadership as core values. His career has evolved from a strong construction background, to real estate, to early LEED expertise, to starting his own business, to buying a business, and now to co-founding two technology companies - all in the built environment. ESG | Decarbonization | ClimateTech | EdTech | LEED Charlie is invested in the success of the green building industry. He works with people and buildings around the world to create the highest level of sustainability possible. Show Highlight Current Trends and a glimpse to the future for programs and rating systems around resiliency for the industry. The Past 10 Episodes you should check out * Episode 298: Alvis Yuen, head of ESG Real Estate for Bain Capital. * Episode 297: Silas Mahner with NextWave to help advance the world to a cleaner future. * Episode 296: Keith Fine the Principal at SLAM for an in depth conversation on innovation and AI. * Episode 295: Tucker Perkins with PERC for a conversation on Propane Education and Research Act. * Episode 294: Isela Rosales is the Managing Director, Head of ESG & Sustainability at Bridge Investment Group, a leading $50 billion investment portfolio. Charlie’s Playlist of 8 episodes to check out on GBES Podcast Episode 48: Maria Perez, LEED Fellow at Gensler . Episode 37: Vivian Loftus and the amazing work she's doing at Carnegie Mellon. Episode 57: A Wild Conversation with Jason Twill. Episode 172: Drew Shula, a social entrepreneur focused on building up our green building consulting firms. Episode: Emmanuel Powells, who is a living Future hero. Episode 180: Peter Templeton, the current CEO of the US Green Building Council. Episode 224: A live podcast interview in Munich, Germany last year. Episode 287: The Founding Father of LEED Rob Watson. Inspirational Projects to check out Companies are focused on climate risk and opportunities to support the CDP framework. Show Resource and Information Charlie's Podcast Playlist Inspirational Projects Cal Guerxo Show Notes Don’t forget to catch more episodes and resources for all of your green building news at the website. Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES: GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more insurances that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:14:04

Rust Belt Riders (Ohio) and Climate Fellow Daniel Brown

10/25/2023
Daniel Brown works to promote public health, green spaces, wealth building, and community engagement. He has served on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition, the Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council, and the U.S. Composting Council's steering committee for community composting prior to starting Rust Belt Riders. Mr. Brown is a social entrepreneur and climate fellow. Show Highlights Learn how Rust Belt communities are fighting deindustrialization and the impacts of climate change with economic development, climate resiliency, and the re-imagination of communities. Why does the climate crisis make all other crises that much worse? The biggest leverage and point of leverage that we can have on affecting human driven impacts on the climate. Learn more about the intersecting issues related to our food and agricultural system on both public health, air and water quality. The work Rust Belt Riders is doing work that provides a template for how other cities and communities can affect change at a systems level to truly be the rising tide that lifts all boats. community leaders, businesses and residents a way to reframe their waste stream as a resource stream to avoid the very worst impacts of the climate crisis. Highly dense urban areas need an alternative to landfills because they do not have the infrastructure or capacity to process all of the organic material that they ingest. Food and food systems are the building block for all and any type of circular economy. The top three things we need to balance the push and pull of the environmental economic equation. “It's important to acknowledge that no one does anything on their own. Anything I've ever been able to accomplish has been because of the people whose shoulders I stood on and who were in the trenches with me. I don't think that there's any singular thing that I alone have done. But what I will say is I think that like the building of the organization that I'm here representing, Rust Belt Riders is among the most proud things that I've worked and been part of.” -Daniel Brown Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:31:14

Head of ESG, Real Estate at Bain Capital - Alvis Yuen

10/18/2023
Alvis Yuen is an ESG and Sustainability professional with expertise in ESG reporting, building decarbonization, energy systems, sustainability policy, investor relations, strategy, and project management. He has strong analytical and scientific background, recent sustainability portfolio oversight with the largest landlord in NYC, and currently leading Bain Capital’s Real Estate ESG initiatives. Alvis is a graduate of the City College of New York, earning his Master’s degree for Sustainability in the Urban Environment. His interest in the interaction of the environment and business interest began during his undergraduate studies at NYU where Alvis pursued dual majors in biochemistry and economics. This background allows him to understand the more technical aspects of sustainability problems as well as their economic implications. His immersion in diverse academic disciplines enabled Alvis to balance the perspectives of many stakeholders when addressing the issues of sustainability. At the G&A Institute, Alvis analyzed hundreds of corporate sustainability reports for submission into the global GRI database. His work has been incorporated into research on corporate governance and sustainability reporting trends of S&P 500 Index companies. Alvis has also contributed to Wikirate, a global open-source database for corporate sustainability performance. Alvis’ specific interests include: green buildings, renewable energy, transportation, and urban development. In recognition of his accomplishments, Alvis has been awarded the inaugural REBNY Sustainability Fellowship. He is also a LEED Green Associate. Show Highlights Companies are focused on climate risk and opportunities to support the CDP framework. Bain Capital is a large, global, multiple asset investor. A general partner for investing with different funding sources Invested in real estate associated investments Whole Business Unit of Bain Capital Real Estate Pro tips for transparency to ensure you are reporting, collecting, and tailoring accurate data for your portfolios. Deciding what green best practices to use for your projects and not just chasing a certification. Alvis shares some of the more aggressive mandates that may be coming to a city near you. Get your foot in the door with roles that are a little more narrow and specialized in the industry. Charlie and Alvis discuss the trillion dollar question in our industry. Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:39:30

ClimateTech Headhunter Silas Mahner

10/11/2023
Silas Mahner is working for NextWave to help advance the world to a cleaner future. He is passionate about Talent Attraction & Retention as well as Sustainability and the Circular Economy. At NextWave, he is helping shape the future of Talent Attraction & Retention and ESG & Sustainability. Silas is also a podcast host: “Cleantechies.” He has three primary remits: Leading the North American ESG, CleanTech, and Sustainability Recruitment Practice Helping develop and expand our Channel Partnerships Supporting Global Marketing Strategy and Initiatives Show Highlights Career advice to help everyone navigate their green careers Learn the number one asset in business to be a good partner. NextWave recruitment consultancy Climate tech, ESG headhunter and certified B Corp Help companies find particular technical talent. Serve renewables, climate and sustainability around the world. Build entire teams working with funds, and then following the money into their portfolio companies. There’s one principle Silas has to help the green building industry understand about their applicants and specific skill sets. Understanding the segmentation and nuanced specialties inside of companies. Tips to help you shine among other applicants to get an interview. Breaking down the nuances and specialized future of a green building. “If we really care about fixing the climate problem, you need to decarbonize everything, which means you have to reinvent the entire world, and everything has to be re-engineered from the beginning. It's just so exciting. Obviously there's a lot of challenges with climate change, but it's super exciting to be alive right now. So many opportunities to build companies and to just make a really big difference in the world.” -Silas Mahner Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:35:48

Director of Innovation at SLAM Collaborative - Keith Fine

10/4/2023
Keith Fine is a Principal at SLAM and serves as the Management Lead, for the Los Angeles Studio as well as the Director of Innovation for the firm nationally. Keith combines his unique experiences including construction, technical design, leadership passions for both design and innovation from a unique perspective. Keith approaches all challenges with a strong team-building focus that leverages the very best from those around him. Through these networked relationships and exposures, Keith has a unique skill at understanding the interconnected nature of seemingly disparate technologies and cultivating the development of new and innovative solutions. Show Highlights Working with progressive clients concerned about the climate. Let nature inspire and define the character of the project to bring sustainable thinking to do the greater good. SLAM focuses on bringing creativity and design to enrich lives. Innovative projects and tools to keep an eye on in the industry. Understanding how much waste you have when things are kind of brute forced out in the field. Keith shares two big themes for sustainability and the green building movement. There's not enough connected data between firms and tools to start to move it to the next level. UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs-17) Moving towards a marketplace of digital assets with higher performance selection standards moving towards an ecosystem where you get the data upfront. “We're kind of re-imagining how we deliver projects from stem to stern, from concept to delivery, and it's very heavy visualization based. And, it's about real-time problem solving. We've found a way to leverage our assets and build our asset library of just all the different things you'll have in a building. We're focused right now on using this on very technical projects, healthcare/labs/advanced tech…the kind of stuff where you really can virtually put people in spaces and pull up every bit of reference you need and modify it around them in real-time, and then push that straight towards a fabrication pipeline.” -Keith Fine Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:27:51

Path to Zero Emissions and Propane’s Role with Tucker Perkins

9/27/2023
Tucker Perkins is the president and chief executive officer of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), an organization authorized by the U.S. Congress with passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), Public Law 104-284, signed into law on October 11, 1996. Tucker assumed the role of PERC president and CEO when Roy Willis retired July 31, 2017, having previously served as PERC’s chief business development officer since 2012 and then as chief operating officer since December 2016. He has worked in the propane industry for 26 years, having served as the director of business development for Inergy, chief executive officer of Premier Propane, and the chief operating officer of Columbia Propane, a unit of the Columbia Energy Group. Tucker is also the former chairman of a PERC advisory committee on engine fuel matters and is active with the National Propane Gas Association and the Virginia Propane Gas Association. Show Highlights The most important topic in green buildings. Understanding how propane is such a different fuel and can support the demands of the industry as a fuel of the future. PERC in the Propane Education and Research Council and there are three roles they play in the industry. Solutions to address where the power gaps are and how to begin to fill them with a changing and fragile electric grid. Tucker shares innovations that will minimize our environmental footprint. Not all fossil fuels are equal. The high level difference between natural gas and propane and what is the best fuel for the environment, our health, and economy. Addressing the energy needs of a building and how to pivot to provide the best efficiency. Where is propane needed most in infrastructure? “We're really looking for the recipe that is the most efficient initial cost, the most efficient operating cost. But at the end of the day, it's still about minimizing our environmental footprint. It's a responsibility of all energy providers to rethink that equation. We've moved from wood to coal and coal to oil, and I would say oil to natural gas. And we're really moving from natural gas to renewable electricity, particularly in the built environment as fast as we can. And there isn't one solution. There's not one silver bullet. Renewable electricity is not the silver bullet because it'll take 40 years to build it out. And if we're not careful, we won't be able to afford the solutions nor will all the solutions be reliable. So propane [and renewable propane] will be part of the recipe.” -Tucker Perkins “I don't think all fossil fuels are equal. Certainly coal and oil and wood, I'd argue they're all fossil fuels. They're not nearly the same as natural gas and propane. I think those are low carbon fossil fuels and with this great combustion property. I think the last, particularly five years now have been really engaging in this conversation about what are the fuels of the future and what is good for the environment, what's good for our health, and frankly, what can we afford at the same time brings us warmth, hot food, hot showers bringing, bringing that whole conversation together.” -Tucker Perkins Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:34:39

Head of ESG at $50B Bridge IG - Isela Rosales

9/20/2023
Isela Rosales is the Managing Director, Head of ESG & Sustainability at Bridge Investment Group, a leading real estate investment firm. Isela is based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining Bridge, Ms. Rosales lived and worked in New York City for nearly a decade in the financial services sector building and managing large institutional client relationships for multiple global asset management firms. She pursued and earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2016 and decided to expand her financial services background from the hedge fund industry to include private real estate. She began her career at Cambridge Associates, working in Menlo Park following her graduation from Stanford University before receiving a promotion that would take her to the firm’s Boston headquarters. Ms. Rosales received her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Stanford, graduating with honors distinctions, and achieved top of her class ranking from Elsie Allen High’s first graduating Class of 1997. She is fluent in Spanish and competes in Ironman and marathon competitions in her spare time. Isela was the first alumna to start giving back to Elsie Allen through her Ironman competitions prior to the Foundation being established. She currently serves as a Community Member on the Board. Show Highlights A platform of strategies in renewable energy ventures and in secondaries in the real estate value arena to meet where the market is heading. Where real estate meets technology with the five areas of PropTech and ESG/sustainability is one of those five. Tips to determine what to put effort into, what's important, and selecting frameworks, scoring systems, and which plaques to go after. Unpack the vast menu of building certifications from the smallest to the largest that exist around the world. What you need to know about PRI and PRI Signatory to achieve important milestones. The secret to ESG with some high level tips. What to consider for your organizations employee engagement, developing talent and supportive measures for DEI. Selecting programs that make sense for a given property type. “The S of ESG, does not represent sustainability, it actually represents Social - you can have the most efficient building out there, but you still have to factor in the People side of the equation. I really believe that when the topic of the S comes up, it's important to look at it from two perspectives. One, as the S relates to your company, what is going on for the employees of your company. And then the S is also for your company's investments in society.” -Isela Rosales Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:37:18

Executive Sustainability Education Programs With Rob Fleming

9/13/2023
Robert Fleming is an AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, an award-winning educator, author, keynote speaker, sustainability advocate, and architect. In all his work, Rob strives to: Advocate for social equity in the built environment; Regenerate the natural world, Design beautiful places; and Bring economic viability to sustainability projects. Rob is an educator He is the Director of Online Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and he Is the Director of the Design Leadership Program. From 1996 to 2021, Rob served as the Founding Director and Professor for the Award-winning Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University, where he taught hundreds of emerging sustainability professionals who have made important contributions in the world. Rob is an author His 4th book, Sustainable Design for the Built Environment, has become a required textbook for many college courses around the country. In all his books, Rob breaks down complex topics using straightforward language and compelling graphics, leading to a better understanding of how we can address the challenges of the climate emergency. Rob is a speaker He has delivered over 250 public presentations on sustainability where he brings humor, enthusiasm, inspiration and hope for a sustainable future to audiences around the world. Rob is an advocate Rob co-founded the Justice Alliance for Design Education which features an alliance of six universities and six non-profit organizations all working together to transform the principles and practices of design programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Starting in 2022, Rob will become the President-Elect of the Philadelphia AIA. Rob is an architect Rob works with clients and design firms around the country to facilitate integrative design charrettes using co-creative, stakeholder driven design processes. In this way, built environment projects reach higher levels of sustainability and the design teams themselves develop stronger bonds through a shared sense of purpose Show Highlights Design education has a long way to go before it begins to transform the curriculum to be authentically sustainable. NOMA, National Organization of Minority Architects is an influential group of young emerging leaders in architecture. Robert shares pet peeves with the building industry and how to fix them. Shifting away from mitigation into resilience to prepare for “survivability.” The debate if Sustainability and resiliency fit under one another or they are separate. One of the greatest challenges that we face with wellness and climate change. AI framework for design excellence and how we need it to get through the challenges that we're facing in the future. Joining organizations is critical and effective to pull out the best in yourself through collaboration. Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:33:19

Clean Energy, EVs, and More with Chris Kaiser

9/6/2023
Chris Kaiser is the VP of Business Operations at Sona Energy in Atlanta, GA. He’s been a student of sustainability and uses his position to implement sustainable solutions for the clients he works with. His focus is defining, designing, and delivering clean energy solutions ranging from EV Charging, LED lighting and controls, and Solar PV & Microgrid. Most companies today talk about the importance of sustainability, but Chris focuses on how do they actually make it happen? As a people-facing engineer, he uses his passion for minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency to help clients define and execute their sustainability goals. Creating change at an industrial level has broad, positive impacts that help him create a better Earth for his children. Show Highlights Chris shares all things energy, decarbonization, and EV charging. The three pillars of clean energy. Legislation and incentives to fund the technology and address mandates. The breakdown and pro tips on EVcharging, the different levels and recommendations for businesses. Understand the technical realities, grid stability and what it's gonna take to balance electricity. What is needed to move the needle in the industry to avoid greenwashing and create a more sustainable future with clean energy infrastructure. Clean energy boards and continuing to drive the clean energy space forward. Understanding how to convince decision makers to find and address pain points. “I hear, or I see, or I read these articles with people saying, ‘Oh, until I can charge my EV at the same amount of time it takes to fill up my gas car, I'm not gonna get an EV.’ And I'm like, ‘Well that's not really a fair analysis because if you live in a single family home, you can fuel up 90% of the time you're fueling up while you're sleeping and you can't do that with your gas car.’” -Chris Kaiser Show Resource and Information ​​ Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:51:54

Green Buildings in Guatemala with Andres Prera

8/30/2023
Andres Prera is a LEED Fellow. He has worked in a sustainable architecture firm in St Louis, Missouri. In 2003, he became one of the first in Latin America to gain LEED AP credentials. Upon his return to Guatemala, Andres co-founded ENVIRO. The firm specializes in green design, project management and sustainability consulting. Since 2004, Andres has worked to promote and provoke change in the building industry towards a sustainable future for the country and the region, now working in several countries. In 2006, Andres earned his Masters of Urban Management degree from the Technical University in Berlin. In 2010, a small group of professionals from different sectors in the industry got together and founded the Guatemala Green Building Council, and AndrÃes became the first president of the Guatemala GBC. Show Highlights Green design mixing biology, nature, and architecture. Tips to show the industry it doesn’t have to be more expensive but make more sense when building in different regions. Understanding what goes into LEED and LEED Ebom projects in the Guatemala region. Push towards regenerative buildings, bio chromatic design and Bioclimatic architecture. Create great performance and sustainable buildings while being climate responsive. The logic in having Biophilic design in every build and design. Create value in the business and services you promote to select products that fully support a healthy living. “The green building movement is still ongoing, it's still innovative, and it's still a great community, so it's always welcoming new people and professionals…I encourage everyone to think about climate and people. I think those two things are always there. If you're thinking about architecture and construction/development, it has to be human-centered.” -Andres Prera Show Resource and Information Linkedin Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:24:50

Green Buildings and ESG in Hungary with Norbert Szircsak

8/23/2023
Norbert Szircsak is Head of ESG Strategic Advisory Services for Colliers International based in Budapest, Hungary. Norbert started his career with Colliers International - Hungary in August 2007, joining the Valuation and Advisory services team. Norbert has over 15 years’ experience in the real estate and green building industry. He has been directly involved in more than 30 LEED certification projects, including Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings and New Construction projects. In the majority of these projects, he has been the overall project manager. Hungary's first certification in LEED version 4, which is also the first certified office building in the countryside, and the first LEED Platinum certification are on his & his team’s list of accomplishments. Norbert has also contributed to more than 10 BREEAM In-Use certifications, similarly in project manager roles. Norbert graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Gábor Dénes College in 2009. He obtained his local appraiser qualification in 2009 and is also a member of the Hungarian Real Estate Association. Furthermore, in 2009, he obtained the LEED Green Associate and in 2013 the LEED Accredited Professional with specialty qualification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2019, he became a WELL Accredited Professional. Show Highlights Get a better understanding of Hungary and the European regions. Usage of renewables A peak into what rating systems are easier and harder to apply Taxonomy European Green Deal Connecting engineering and technical backgrounds into a green building career. Challenges building within an advanced green building environment. 90% of Collier’s work is green building certified with green building advisory for various types of buildings. Learn where green building is expandings in competitive markets. A total carbon plan to reduce your carbon footage with electrification and the renewable energy production on site. The grid infrastructure development needs. Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:30:04

Colombia Green Building Council Founding Member Angelica M. Ospina Alvarado

8/16/2023
Angelica M. Ospina Alvarado is a LEED Fellow with over 15 years of experience and deeply passionate about contributing to our planet. Angelica has been a forefront leader of the adoption of green building, and integrative design practices in Colombia. Her strategic thinking, technical rigor and integrative approach has brought together the work of government, academia, industry and professional associations to advance the field. She is one of the founding members of the Colombia Green Building Council where she has volunteered her knowledge and experience since its foundation, currently, she is the Technical Director of the Council. Angelica is part time professor at the civil engineering master’s program at Universidad de los Andes, in the field of construction engineering and management. Show Highlights Understand how to include natural ventilation and different simulations to support the needs of the region. Moving topics that have a huge impact in public policy. Comparing LEED to the various rating systems used in the region. EDGE’s great impact in the social and in housing sector. CASA Colombia supports the residential sector ARC influence on reporting energy consumption The difficulties of building for a climate lower energy consumption . A roadmap for Columbia’s goals to meet the demands of new buildings and existing buildings as the country develops. Sustainable construction is growing faster in the region with incentives and the influence from the economic perspective . Decarbonization hurdles Columbia faces. The broader scope of urban development to focus on building green communities. “Urban development has a broader scope to not only focus on green buildings, but entire green communities. This is important. Decarbonization is a must now and moving to that for us is very, very important for resilience. Our countries really have a huge problem related to climate change. We need to move to that faster because we have not mapped those effects of climate change in each country. I see that we're moving in that direction.” -Angelica M. Ospina Alvarado Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:26:14

From Romania to Spain With Green Building Expert Patricia Abrudan

8/9/2023
TITLE: From Romania to Spain With Green Building Expert Patricia Abrudan Patricia Abrudan is an architect certified as a Sustainability Consultant with post graduate training in Project Management and Facility Management and her work has mainly been oriented towards sustainable development projects. She has been focused on green building, life cycle assessment and sustainability consulting and certifications and is currently leading the ESG and Decarbonization Consulting team at JG Ingenieros in Barcelona, while continuing my work as a LEED Project Manager for several projects in the EMEA region. Additional Work and Education: - Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Consulting - Carbon Footprint consulting for real estate assets - Life Cycle Assessment and Costing - LEED ZERO and Net Zero Carbon Services - Circular design development - Space planning and workplace consulting - Architecture planning, measurements and compliance Show Highlights Reimagining “matchbox” neighborhoods to make a difference in urbanism projects. Improve the deliverability sustainable projects in our cities to make better spaces by embracing the various challenges from public vs private enterprise. Transform projects into reality and impact people’s lives with so little. Work with different types of clients to achieve their goals and make the environment better, with contradictory objectives. Walk the path of sustainability and embed sustainability in your business model, construction projects and real estate. Patricia shares a unique opportunity to use our engineering infrastructure. Expertise in engineering to assist clients in implementing global strategies into practice from the building level, portfolio level and wellness level.. Fascinating college classes and questions for the industry to consider and be an eco-engineer. Switch the paradigm from a linear economy to a circular economy in order to achieve decarbonization. “The first requirement for you to start a green building career is to believe in the movement. And not to just sign up because it's fashionable. Investigate a little bit what's behind this movement, and if you actually are in sync. And then, try to formalize your learning/education path, because it helps you discover where you can contribute.” -Patricia Abrudan Show Resource and Information Linkedin Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:36:25

Italian Green Building Engineer Andrea Costa

8/2/2023
Andrea Costa is a qualified chartered engineer and building energy rating (BER) assessor in Italy and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) affiliated to the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He is expert in building simulation with experience on an array of building energy simulation software and ISO 50001 certification tools. Andrea is originally a graduate from the Politecnico di Milano where he obtained a BSc(Eng) in Building Engineering in 2005. In 2007 he was also awarded a summa cum laude Masters of Science degree in Building Engineering. During the master degree programme, he was awarded an Erasmus Scholarship and studied at University College Cork in the academic year 2005/2006. He pursued and was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) with a PhD topic of providing support to the energy manager in improving the building operation strategy with considerations on building energy use and occupant comfort throughout the building lifecycle. After his PhD, Andrea was awarded an industrially supported Postdoctoral Fellow co-funded by IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology) as part of the Enterprise Ireland Partnership Scheme and D’Appolonia Spa in Italy. Andrea brings with him a balance of field and research experience including FP7 projects for energy efficiency with targeted focus for office buildings, airports, sport facilities, and schools. Show Highlights Play sustainability Legos to inspire your direction. Aims and innovative solutions and technologies to speed up change to the construction industry and the real estate industry. Research funded projects to support green building consulting and projects. R2M focus and industry impact Making buildings more digitally sustainable and eco digital. Understanding new European directive for building energy efficiency Educating stakeholders to manage their own assets. A framework for digital initial log books directly working with requirements and guidelines for green building. Unique approach to digitizing and keeping digital data available for buildings during daylight time. Providing internal occupants with the digital solutions that maintain better conditions. Understanding the difference between the European Green Deal and EU taxonomy mandates and priorities. The secret to growing a sizable business for budding entrepreneurs. Transform buildings into digital assets. “Find the right balance or the mood of the dial. When you are very excited, it's easy. Longer when you are very frustrated, it's easier to reduce. The challenge is when you're frustrated, you should try to keep pushing a bit more than when you would like to stop. And when you are super excited, you should try not to overwork too much because otherwise another dry spell of being not so excited will come. It's a hard balance to keep.” -Andrea Costa Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:35:37

Founding Father of LEED - Rob Watson

7/26/2023
Rob Watson is an international leader in market transformation, circular economy, sustainable materials management, and green buildings. Watson is known as the “Founding Father of LEED.” Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international green building standard. Author Thomas Friedman called Rob "one of the best environmental minds in America." In 2019, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine recognized Mr. Watson as one of the "25 Most Influential Alumni" in the College's 250 year history. Watson is a Principal with Upland Road, LLC, which develops eco-industrial campuses around a disruptive technology and business model that will revolutionize the global materials management industry by separating, diverting, and recycling up to 95% of municipal mixed waste that is collected in one bin. Rob is also the Founder and Co-Chair of the SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Performance) Standard, a system of market transformation standards geared to move the waste industry toward sustainability. Previously, Watson launched ECON Group and EcoTech International to implement cutting edge lifecycle optimized LEED projects in the US and China. Watson was a Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for 21 years and received the 2013 International Conservation Award from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. In 2011, he was an international Zayed Energy Future Award semi-finalist & was profiled on CNN International. Watson was the first foreigner honored for Green Building Innovation by the Chinese Ministry of Construction in 2005 and received the first lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002. Mr. Watson is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University and a MS from UC Berkeley. He is married to Green Schools Alliance Founder Margaret Howard Watson and has a 23-year-old son, Max. Show Highlights Rob Watson, the Founding Father of LEED shares his stories and expertise on making a difference in the industry. The ability to grasp complex systems, understand how they're put together and how to change them. The curve balls thrown from the industry and how to adjust your swing to support and create systems that work. Rob breaks down the SWEEP standard as “LEED for solid waste.” Creating a structure where value is captured by providing: buildings as a service. The problem of the industry that the USGBC needs to be focusing on to transform and deliver sustainability that has true value. The development of eco-industrial campuses that recycle 90-95% of everything. Smart centers sustainable materials and advanced recovery technology. Be part of “Humanity Inc. and a subsidiary of Planet Co.” by being systems thinking, but with a futurist mindset. AI could possibly be the seed of our salvation. Beyond tweaking LEED. We need to figure out how to deliver the Living Building Challenge and LEED Zero in a cost effective way. The need for radical confidence and a Star Trek moment before 2200. "Radical confidence. The Dalai Lama was asked by a colleague of mine, what's it going take to solve our environmental crisis? And he said, ‘Radical confidence.’ And that's basically, the old person who plants a tree. It's just doing something that you're never going to receive the benefit of because you have a positive vision of the future. I'm going to do it because it's the right thing to do and whether I benefit from it or not is not super relevant. Obviously, you’ve got to keep the roof over your head and food on the table. But at the end of the day, you have to have a life that's worth living. And that means, doing things outside of yourself to make it, you just make the world a better place." -Rob Watson Show Resource and Information Linkedin Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider...

Duration:00:49:34

Vice President at Moseley Architects - Tom Liebel

7/19/2023
Tom Liebel is a FAIA, LEED Fellow is the Vice President of Moseley Architects, where Tom has been involved in integrating sustainable design principles into a variety of ground-breaking adaptive use and historic preservation projects over the past twenty years, with these projects recognized with multiple awards for design, smart growth, sustainable design and historic preservation. Tom is involved in ongoing research exploring the relationship between sustainability, preservation and urban design, with a particular emphasis in the use of urban adaptive use projects to promote neighborhood revitalization and civic engagement. Tom served two terms as Chair of the Maryland Green Building Council, served on the Maryland Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, Chairs Baltimore City’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation, and served as a Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative on the American Institute of Architect’s Strategic Council, serving as the 2020 Moderator. Specialties: Historic Preservation/Adaptive Use Sustainable and Resilient Design Affordable Housing Innovation/Visioning/Implementation Strategies Show Highlights The technical rigor of the sciences and blending of creativity in the industry. Green architecture particularly focuses on sustainable preservation, affordable housing, and how to build sustainable communities. Blending adaptive reuse with historic typology to drive sustainable building. Moseley Architects ability to understand the unique challenges that sustainable building presents and ways to innovate. Rediscover low energy approaches towards design by tapping into the past. Tom breaks down understanding resilience into three buckets, natural, technical, and social. Interact with the best and brightest in the profession by involvement with trade organizations like AIA. The first approach is thoughtful designing down to the minimum load using basic principles orientation, lighting, natural ventilation, and bolting on modest technology to solve a modest energy demand. “The idea of resilience and expanding sustainable design principles from dedicated green projects to every project. It's just kind of what we do. What is interesting is, when I'm teaching classes on sustainability…the concepts are so basic that my shorthand is: don't build stupid. And literally that's all you're doing once you know the principles, once you know the basic building physics, …you just kind of dance with the building.” -Tom Liebel Show Resource and Information Linkedin Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:33:04

Special Forces Veteran and Co-Founder at Jet.Build - Adam Stark

7/12/2023
Adam Stark is the Co-Founder | Wellness Author | Special Forces Veteran | NYU MBA | Endurance Athlete | Photographer & Artist | 500HR Yoga Trainer | Meditation & Mindfulness Coach | Conscious Leader Coming from the RE development industry, he and his Co-Founder initially built Jet for themselves- to manage the portfolio of projects and assets at the companies they worked for. As they evolved the Jet.Build product, they began sharing the Jet solution with our network of builders. Long story short, today, Jet.Build is a Real Estate Developers, General Contractors, and Operators cloud-based Command Center. Jet is servicing a clientele of national builders: from pre-con to project closeout, and through real estate management. Adam is a Business Operations leader with 12+ years of experience leading and executing strategic planning for high-complexity projects and organizations. Collaborative team leader and experienced negotiator capable of stewarding both growth- and efficiency-focused change management initiatives across various business functions. Special Forces veteran who excels at navigating crises calmly whilst building partnerships and consensus among internal, external, and C-Suite stakeholders. Show Highlights The school of hard knocks is a great way to learn the necessities of the industry. Tips to collaborate and communicate with a lot of different people, with a lot of different companies. Understanding the collaborative nature of building a project, the design element, and then having that literal tangible outcome. Translatable skills from the military to construction sites. Jet Build’s Command Center management tool for efficiency and simplicity in 3 clicks reduce the amount of administrative tasks with a central hub. support roles of multi-company stakeholders on the real estate and construction side. essential tech stack for companies. assist in creating an ecosystem. reduce waste for a lifecycle of an asset Tech enabled teams to move past the “friction point.” Utilizing software can really help every green building project. “Technology is pushing more and more into our space and real estate as a whole. Eventually it will get there, it’s just a matter of continuing to push adoption in our industry to support everyone really, the entire ecosystem.” -Adam Stark Show Resource and Information SHALOSH-Adam-Stark Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

Duration:00:28:57