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Sustainable Design

Published September 8, 2021

No Time Like Greenbuild

USGBC, Cradle to Cradle Announce CEO Transitions, Strategic Reviews


Two weeks before the start of the 2021 Greenbuild International Conference + Expo —  the premier event for the green building industry — U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors announced that Mahesh Ramanujam will be stepping down as president and CEO, and that Peter Templeton, the current President and CEO of Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute, will serve as USGBC’s interim president and CEO, while it conducts a formal CEO search and strategic review.


“Mahesh Ramanujam has a deep dedication to the green building movement and has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of sustainability and health in the past decade,” said Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director – Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and USGBC board chair. “The USGBC board thanks him for his leadership and knows that he will bring his immense energies and talents to bear upon actions that will make our world better for all.”


Since its inception, USGBC has led the global effort to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. This strategic review will ensure the organization is well positioned to scale its work in the post-pandemic world that has made unprecedented public and private sector commitments to advancing health, decarbonization and ESG goals through green building.


“We are at a critical inflection point in the global climate crisis and the green building movement,” said Templeton. “The urgency and importance of USGBC’s work to prepare and enable resilient, sustainable cities, communities and buildings around the world cannot be overstated. I look forward to working alongside the USGBC team and community to transform USGBC’s strong legacy of leadership into the platform of partnership, collaboration and innovation we need to advance a prosperous and equitable future.”

“We are at a critical inflection point in the global climate crisis and the green building movement.”


The Board of Directors of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has named Dr. Christina Raab as the Institute’s new President and CEO upon his departure. Raab joined the Institute in September 2019 as Vice President, Strategy and Development.


“USGBC and the global green building community have accomplished a great deal in the organization’s nearly three-decades long history. As we emerge from the challenges posed by the pandemic, USGBC must continue to build on the important progress the organization has made and double down on its dual efforts to both prepare cities, communities, and buildings around the world for a post-pandemic future and mitigate their contributions to climate change. I wish USGBC staff and the community continued success and look forward to partnering with them,” added Ramanujam.





President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
President and CEO,
Cradle to Cradle
Vice President, Strategy and Development, Cradle-to-Cradle
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