David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement: founding the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils (with GBCs in 100 countries). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world. Gottfried’s work started a global industry with hundreds of thousands of green buildings in most of the world’s countries. USGBC alone has 15,000 organizational members representing 10 million employees. Over 200,000 professionals have passed its LEED Accredited Professional and Green Associate exams.
Gobal clean energy investor, and served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He Chairs the Congressionally appointed advisory board guiding the greening of 500,000 federal buildings. Kats is author of Greening Our Built World, earned a MBA from Stanford University, is a Certified Energy Manager, and was the first recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gottfried had previous tenures as a real estate developer and construction manager, and has served as a strategic adviser to over a hundred global organizations since 1995. His career spans over 30 years serving the global building industry. Gottfried’s degree is in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University, where he serves as a regular lecturer. Gottfried has received numerous leadership awards, including the WorldGBC Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award: the Award is now given out annually in Gottfried’s name, as is the USGBC Northern California Chapter’s Super Hero Award. He was just named to the Purpose Economy 100 for his pioneering work in building USGBC.
Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books: Explosion Green , Greening My Life [20 and Greed to Green . Explosion Green is an Amazon #1 bestseller and won three distinguished 2014 Indie Awards: Second Place Grand Prize for nonfiction, Winner Best Business and Best Memoir books. He is the host and curator of the Explosion Green Live global virtual conference featuring 40 interviews of top green luminaries. The FREE event airs the week of September 15th 2014.
David Gottfried is also a modern art painter, with shows throughout the Bay Area. Gottfried’s former residence was the highest rated LEED Platinum home in the world.