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27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Julie Hendricks Selected as 2016 LEED Fellow

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LEED Fellows are best-in-class for green building design, engineering and development

 
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Kirksey Architecture announced today that Julie Hendricks, AIA, has been named a 2016 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.
 
“Every story about LEED is a story about leadership and a story about people,” Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council said. “Julie’s commitment to our shared mission and innovative work to advance the green building industry is at the heart of our movement and is helping to drive our progress of creating a sustainable built environment.”
 
Julie, a vice president and director of Kirksey’s EcoServices team, has consulted on and managed the LEED process for more than 50 projects and many building types, totaling more than 5 million square feet of space. She frequently speaks on the topic of green building and has written a number of articles and short books on the topic. Chosen in 2012 as the Ben Brewer Young Architect of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the AIA, Julie’s accomplishment as LEED Fellow is well-deserved. She has held leadership positions in non-profit environmental organizations and has been on the Executive Committee of the Gulf Coast Green Conference, which Kirksey co-founded, for nine years, serving as Chair in 2014.
 
“Julie’s commitment to sustainable design is evident in every project she leads,” said John Kirksey, founder and president of Kirksey. “Her passion for the environment is seen through the successful LEED projects she and her team have accomplished. Julie continues to be at the forefront of sustainable design strategies and innovative solutions, and her contributions continue to help shape the firm’s success.”
 
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 Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.
 
The recipients will be honored at the 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE), the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. GBCI.org.

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About Kirksey

Kirksey is a Houston-based, sustainable architecture and interior design firm with more than 29 million sf of LEED® projects in their portfolio. Team-based in structure, Kirksey serves Commercial, Collegiate, Community, pK-12, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Religious, Science & Technology, and Multi-Family Residential markets. For more information, visit www.kirksey.com.