Jerry Yudelson

Jerry Yudelson has stepped down from the Green Building Initiative after 15 months as president. 

Vicki Worden, a “long-time consultant to GBI” and part of the original launch team for the GBI was appointed executive director, according to a recent report from Energy Manager Today.

Mr Yudelson, long known as the “godfather” of sustainable buildings, entered the role controversially, challenging the US Green Building Council’s LEED program as too expensive and impractical.

“If the vision is truly ‘green buildings for all in one generation’, then one would think there would be applause for market participants such as Green Globes and GBI that provide technically rigorous, consensus-based, but more accessible and less expensive rating and certification systems,” he said.

The GBI announced in March that Mr  Yudelson would be stepping down.

“We greatly appreciate the market knowledge and innovative ideas that Jerry brought to GBI,” GBI chair Jay Thomas said. “During his time here, GBI was able to bring new rating systems to market, expand our membership and support base, and develop a new revenue model for the organisation that our new executive director will enhance and implement with the GBI team.”

Mr Yudelson said, “It’s time for GBI to transition to a longer-term management structure, and I’m pleased that I was able to bring valuable insights to GBI and the Green Globes brand during my time here. I look forward to returning to the writing, speaking and consulting work that I have engaged in since 2006.”

In March this year Mr Yudelson told the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce that green buildings were not doing as well as they should and the reason that they had not had more success was that the US Green Building Council’s LEED program was too complicated and costs too much. He said the GBI system was “simpler, cheaper and more useful”.

An article in The Huffington Post by Lance Hosey, chief sustainability officer with the global design leader RTKL, refuted the claim and blamed six myths about sustainable buildings instead.