A Conversation with Rick Fedrizzi


Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), visits with students in MVR Hall.

Last Thursday, members of CUSD had the opportunity to meet Rick Fedrizzi, Founder/ CEO of U.S.G.B.C before his talk later that afternoon. It was a chance for us to present our projects to a quintessential member of the sustainable building design movement! We were excited (a bit star struck) and overwhelmed by his enthusiasm for our designs and initiative, even once exclaiming “You guys aren’t normal!”

Later that afternoon, Fedrizzi traced the history of the U.S. Green Building Council in his talk. Beginning almost like a joke: a businessman, an environmental lawyer and a real estate developer came together, spending years with little success and then creating the “how to guide” on sustainable design, the LEED rating system.  We were particularly interested in Fedrizzi’s definition of the most important “box;” the box for K-12 students.  The U.S. Green Building Council’s initiative is to integrate more sustainable, healthier practices in the design of school, in the hopes of increasing engagement and inspiring children. Reaching students young is a goal of our CUSD Outreach team as well; we will just have to wait and see how the introduction of sustainability specifically, sustainable design to kids so young will shape our future!

Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), visits with students in MVR Hall.

Thank you to the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis for bringing to campus and hosting an amazing speaker and allowing us to take up some of his time!

Thank you Lindsay France (University Photography, Cornell) for all the photographs!

About Aylin Gucalp

Aylin is from New York City and joined Cornell Sustainable Design her freshman year after seeing them compete at the Solar Decathlon the year before.
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