LEED Fellows represent the top of their fields in green building design, engineering and development

Paladino and Company’s Managing Director, Katie Rothenberg, has been named a 2021 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Katie is among 21 professionals who represent exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

About Katie

Katie Rothenberg Headshot

Originally planning on a career in real estate development, Katie pivoted to sustainability by joining USGBC after the markets crashed in 2008. Katie is now a leader in the field after executing sustainability initiatives in the built environment for over 12 years through the development of LEED projects and programs influencing portfolio management, operations, design/construction, and innovation. Katie is a steadfast advocate of integrating LEED and sustainability into the way one does business, not as an add-on. Katie’s circuitous route into this field has been an incredible asset, as her commercial real estate expertise gives her the knowledge and credibility to make the business case for LEED and sustainability initiatives in a way that resonates with the commercial market.

Some of Katie’s notable achievements include:

  • Certifying over 200 LEED projects
  • Creating one of the first LEED Volume prototypes working for Wells Fargo Bank
  • Presenting to over a thousand real estate/sustainability professionals over the years on the value proposition and proper execution of sustainability programs and LEED projects
  • Overseeing the development of Co|Lab, the first mass timber project in Virginia, the first LEED v4 Platinum project in the D.C. metro area, and the first project in Virginia to earn ILFI’s Materials Petal

Katie is a charismatic and committed leader. She is worthy of the LEED Fellowship and will do the designation justice as she continues to lead the industry.”

– Tom Paladino, CEO of Paladino and Company

About the LEED Fellow Program

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED.

“The 2021 cohort of LEED Fellows are driving the movement for sustainable buildings and healthy lives around the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and GBCI. Through their commitment to LEED and the green building sector, this year’s fellows have demonstrated true leadership in the industry, and their contributions have had a real impact on people’s lives, building stronger, more resilient communities.”

The 2021 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on the main stage on Thursday, September 23. Visit greenbuildexpo.com to register for the conference and usgbc.org/credentials for more information on professional credentialing opportunities.

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