The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors announced Sept. 8 that Mahesh Ramanujam will be stepping down as president and CEO of USGBC and affiliated enterprises Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and Arc Skoru Inc. effective Nov. 1.
This announcement comes as part of the organization’s review of its structure, go-to-market strategy and leadership to optimize its support of the green building community; expand the green building marketplace; increase access to sustainable, healthy and resilient places; and ensure organizational excellence.
“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,” Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and USGBC board chair, says. “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.”
The board has appointed Peter Templeton, the current president and CEO of Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to serve as USGBC’s interim president and CEO while it conducts a formal CEO search. Templeton previously served as the first president of GBCI from 2009-12 and as senior vice president of USGBC.
“We are at a critical inflection point in the global climate crisis and the green building movement,” Templeton says. “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.”
According to the organization, “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.”