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whenever we are trying to do something with good intentions, there are those
that need to try to divide it and conquer it, pick winners and losers? So I made
it a point to work closely with the people developing the [WELL] standard. If we
become the people desperately trying to win the space for the rating system of
the day then we’re both going to lose.”
He continued, “Why don’t we use a different model here? Let’s show the world
you can’t have a healthy building that isn’t LEED certified, and you can’t have the
full picture of health and wellness unless you have the ability to rate the 75 credits
that are not addressed in LEED relative to human health and wellness. Let’s go out
into the marketplace united. If the current model is we need to divide and own and
build walls then I want to knock down every wall. I want to unite what we can. I
want to join forces. I’ve been out there for the past 15 years proving it, continually
celebrating the Living Building Challenge, BREEAM from the UK, and the Green
Star rating system from Australia.”
Fedrizzi believes there is no time for anything else. “Our Earth is burning.
When you see how many people are suffering with cancers, and watch the
Zika virus moving north—these are all things caused by climate change and
the ignorance of human beings to act when they’ve got good, solid information
to act upon.”
Next month, he will bring the best of what he’s done for 25 years of his life to
the IWBI when he officially becomes the CEO, helping it not just thrive but, more
importantly, respect and advance the mission of the partner organizations that only
want to leave this world a better place.
“It’s been a journey,” he said—but one that is certainly not finished.
Destiny USA is a 1-million-square-
foot-plus retail project certified
LEED Gold in 2012, under Fedrizzi's
tenure. Out of approximately 100
tenants, 58 stores have been
certified under LEED-CI v2009,
and 21 more are registered and
in the pipeline for certification.
to unite what we can. I want to join forces.
—S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)