Rick Fedrizzi at the Greenbuild conference in 2012.

The US Green Building Council’s founder and long-time chief executive Rick Fedrizzi has announced he will step down at the end of 2016.

The USGBC was created 22 years ago, and Mr Fedrizzi has been chief executive since 2003.

“As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organisation would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that we would lead, the scale of the innovation we would spark or the number of lives we would touch,” Mr Fedrizzi said. “It’s been a humbling and gratifying experience.

“I am looking forward to working with the board to assure a successful transition for the new CEO come 2017.”

USGBC board chair Marge Anderson said a search committee had been set up to find a successor.

“Since the beginning, Rick has been a transformational leader,” Ms Anderson said. “That’s evident not only in the fundamental positive shifts in the market, but also in the amazing team he has assembled and nurtured, especially at the executive level. USGBC’s next leader will have a strong foundation from which to launch USGBC’s next chapter.”