LEED: The path to a regenerative future – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohreGreenbuild, LEED Certification Documentation, LEED v4.1

Our editorial comment, “Carbon, Carbon, Carbon is the theme for Greenbuild 2020. You can now purchase Renewable Energy Credits to offset your carbon footprint. The push for Zero-Carbon in everything from materials to demolition will make it much easier for projects to be certified and really push the marketplace to take a new look at where carbon is coming from and how to eliminate it.”

From the session description
The key issues of today (e.g. climate risk, water scarcity, clean air) are more apparent than ever. We owe it to the next generation (a group more engaged and attuned to the state of the environment than any generation before) to address these issues head on with a focus on short-term goals and long-term results.


This session will present how LEED will tackle these issues head on through the vision of LEED Positive which puts LEED on the path to the regenerative future that we all know is possible.

USGBC will present a vision for sustainable buildings that pushes LEED beyond lessening the negative impact. Health and wellbeing, building emissions and renewable energy, decarbonization, resiliency, water efficiency – these are all areas where LEED is uniquely poised to disrupt the trajectory of environmental harm.


Melissa Baker, key staff and the volunteers behind the development of the LEED rating system will present the framework for LEED Positive and how it will address these issues. We are starting with the vision of a regenerative building and, with the help of LEED’s vast community, identifying the steps needed to achieve that goal.

They will also unveil the newest updates to LEED v4.1 and how it functions as an onramp to buildings that protect our future but also respond to current realities of COVID-19, equity and the need for integrated solutions in a single rating system.


Understand the status of LEED v4.1 and how to utilize it to certify a high-performance LEED project.

Summarize the ideas presented for future LEED development under the vision for LEED Positive.

Discuss the future needs of the buildings industry and most pressing concerns for today and how the are integrated through the LEED rating system.

Understand how to contribute to the evolution of LEED.

CE HOUR(S): 1.5


LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, LEED Specific: O+M, LEED Specific: ND, LEED Specific: HOMES



Melissa Baker
SVP, Technical Core
U.S. Green Building Council
As Senior Vice President at the U.S. Green Building Council, Melissa Baker works across all building sectors to engage, define, deploy, and drive enhanced investment in high-performing real estate assets through the LEED Green Building Rating System. With a focus on technical integrity and customer-centric strategies and solutions, Melissa brings people together through engaging a diverse group of sector market leaders to identify opportunities and challenges for large-volume leadership stakeholders—ultimately leading to greater market uptake for LEED and its aligned products and increased customer satisfaction and engagement.

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Corey Enck
Corey is USGBC’s Vice President of LEED Technical Development. In this role, he collaborates with volunteer technical committees and industry stakeholders to evolve and refine USGBC’s LEED green building rating system. For the last few years, he’s been focused on the development and launch of LEED v4.1. Previous to his technical development work, Corey managed USGBC’s certification team. Prior to joining USGBC, Corey provided worked in energy management and building system design. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a LEED Accredited Professional.




Jennifer Sanguinetti
Managing Director, Infrastructure Development
University of British Columbia
Jennifer and her team are responsible for the planning and development of institutional facilities at the University of British Columbia, collaborating with campus stakeholders to create great spaces for learning, research, and campus life. Jennifer has worked across the development industry from crown corporations through to engineering consulting. Throughout her career Jennifer has become noted for her expertise in green building design. Recognition has included multiple national awards for her work across the building industry.

Jennifer is the past chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee, and is the 2020 chair of the USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee. She is a Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.



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Christopher Schaffner
“Efficient, low carbon and electric”


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