Christine Ervin

Emeritus Board Member

Principal, Christine Ervin/Company
Former U.S. Ass’t Secretary of Energy, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

Christine Ervin

Christine Ervin has led innovative collaborations to accelerate green markets for more than 25 years. As the first President & CEO of the U.S. Green Buildings Council, she led its evolution from a start-up to become the highly influential coalition of industry leaders transforming the way buildings are designed, built and operated. Over her tenure, the Council launched the LEED rating system and Greenbuild conference. Christine received USGBC’s leadership award in 2004 and 2014.

As Assistant Secretary of Energy for President Clinton, Christine directed $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies and oversaw dozens of programs comprising the President’s Climate Change Action Program. Initiatives included private sector partnerships to finance and deploy clean energy; a research roadmap on high performance buildings; actions to accelerate appliance standards and new centers for photovoltaic research and sustainable communities.  Previously, she directed the Oregon Department of Energy and conducted research at the Conservation Foundation/World Wildlife Fund.

Christine has served on fiduciary and advisory boards for venture capital firms; start-up companies; national advocacy efforts; and environmental certification programs.  She was a founding member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Council and currently serves as an Ambassador for the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy, Environment and Empowerment program (C3E).