Director, Center for Green Schools
Rachel Gutter is Senior Vice President of Knowledge at the U.S. Green Building Council and Director of the Center for Green Schools. Rachel’s dynamic leadership provides a powerful voice for the green schools movement, convening international corporations, globally recognized institutions, and government entities around a singular purpose: to put every student in a green school within this generation.
At USGBC, she is recognized as a transformative force, bringing a burst of creativity and strategic thinking to each team she works with, uplifting and energizing teams to reach their goals. Under her direction, the Center for Green schools has published over 1,000 pages of technical guides and original research and deployed more than half a million volunteers who have contributed $46 million in donated time to transform schools across the world. She has led the Education @USGBC team to develop a groundbreaking education platform and curate thousands of hours of premier sustainability content.
She is one of the foremost experts on healthy, safe, and resource efficient schools. In 2007, she launched LEED for Schools, a version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s popular green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green schools. Later that year, she spearheaded the National Green Schools Campaign to engage students and teachers, parents and school superintendents, elected officials and college presidents in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high-performing students. When the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council was established in 2010 to serve as the driver for green schools dialogue, policy development and innovation, USGBC appointed Rachel Gutter to take the reins.
Prior to working at the USGBC, Rachel worked with the Green Building Program of Montgomery County Public Schools and as a green building consultant. Her six years of teaching experience fuel her commitment to educate a generation of sustainability natives, individuals proudly capable and equipped to take on 21st century challenges, who intuitively know the language of green.
Over 250 media outlets have sought Rachel’s expertise, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Parenting Magazine, FOX News, and CNN. In 2012 she received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011.
A competitive figure skater throughout childhood, Rachel currently finds balance through a daily dose of yoga.
*Expert topics:* Leadership, Center for Green Schools