For the past 20 years, Marni’s been on a mission to inspire and connect leaders to ignite their green building passion into sustainability action.
Trained as an architect - turned green development consultant and educator - Marni’s LEED, SITES and WELL project experience spans over 40 projects, of all types and sizes and she has mentored over 2,000 global project teams in her technical role as a remote employee of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, DC.
Past projects include Mexico City’s iconic LEED O+M: EB Gold Torre Mayor (the second tallest skyscraper in Latin America), GreenFab’s LEED for Homes Platinum affordable modular home series and Starbucks first LEED-CI retail store (while employed at Paladino and Company), to name just three. Also while at Paladino, Marni supported the growth of the LEED Rating System and USGBC, as one of the first ten LEED Reviewers in the US. She was also the first LEED Reviewer on behalf of the Canada Green Building Council. Marni served as the Washington State Director of the Cascadia Green Building Council, based in Seattle, Washington, to roll out over 40 regional educational programs and launch two conferences, Engineering Green and the Living Future UnConference (the first international conference celebrating Living Buildings). She served on the technical committee of the Living Building Challenge v1.0.
Other past stints include Sustainability Writer for the New York Times About.com website and developing the certification process as the Director of SITES in collaboration with GBCI. With a love of public speaking, Marni promotes LEED and green building as a springboard for personal transformation - always pushing the edge, as we know it. Check out her latest TEDx talk. A graduate of the Montana State University – Bozeman School of Architecture (Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts In Environmental Design), Marni also holds the Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate, became a LEED AP in 2003, a LEED Fellow in 2015 and a SITES AP in 2016.
For fun, Marni loves vegan cooking with fresh produce from the farmer’s market, yoga and meditation, camping and bike riding, alongside voracious reading and alt-country two-stepping while star gazing.
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