Biography: Gretchen Sweeney is a nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience at the nexus of environment, sustainability, business, technology, and urban systems. At the Urban Land Institute (ULI) she oversees University Programs and national and global Awards, Honors, and Competitions. Her portfolio of university programs includes the University Partners, ULI Etkin Scholars, the Undergraduate Program, the University Forum, and student tracks at Fall and Spring Meetings. The award programs she oversees include the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, ULI Global Awards for Excellence, ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the ULI Urban Open Space Awards, and the ULI Apgar Thought Leader Award. She provides strategic support for other regional and local ULI awards programs, and also provides product and business development for University Partnerships in collaboration with ULI Learning. Previously she was at Arc Skoru, Inc., a technology company serving the mission of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). There she was responsible for product development and user success for Arc, a powerful, data driven platform that connects people to transformative action, global benchmarking, analytics, and certification across different scales of the built environment. Prior to Arc, she was Vice President, LEED Implementation, at USGBC, where she managed the development of new LEED rating systems. She served on the LEED Steering Committee (LSC) and guided collaborations with several hundred industry experts who volunteer to develop the best practices in LEED that guide better design, construction, and operations of the built environment. Earlier in her career she helped develop a voluntary sustainability certification for Maryland municipalities and worked in capital markets. She has a Master of City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Classical Languages from Mount Holyoke College.Member Directory
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