Local Engineer Stevan Vinci Recognized for Leadership in Green Building

Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2017 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. Stevan Vinci, who works for Morrison Hershfield and is based here in Bend, was one of the 23 LEED Fellows honored at the 2017 US Green Building Council Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 9th.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for green building and sustainability.

“LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans the globe without the leadership and innovative thinking of the dynamic professionals that make up this class of LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “The contributions, work and ideas of these individuals plays a significant role in propelling the green building movement forward while helping to continue to advance our mission of green buildings for all within this generation.”

Stevan has lent his expertise to The Environmental Center by serving on the steering committee that guided the formation of The Energy Challenge and has served as a resource to the community by presenting during The Energy Challenge Week. He is honored to be chosen as a LEED Fellow stating, “I have devoted the past 18 years of my career focusing on sustainability and how to change the way I do everything – both in my professional and personal life.”

“I strive to lead by example. Whether it’s helping people understand the benefits of certain design aspects that result in a higher performing and more sustainable building, or showing my 3-year-old daughter how to grow food, appreciate nature and to realize you don’t need so much ‘stuff’ to be happy.”

“I am extremely proud to be a champion for LEED and green buildings and honored to receive such prestigious designation as I strongly believe that my values parallel those of the GBCI and USGBC.”

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