HKS’ Teske Selected as U.S. Green Building Council 2014 LEED Fellow

HKS Chief Sustainability Officer, Kirk Teske, has been named to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2014 Class of LEED Fellows.

The LEED Fellows program recognizes exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as significant achievements within a growing community of LEED professionals.

“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We recognize Kirk’s commitment to LEED and celebrate his individual achievements.”

In his role as chief sustainability officer, Teske has continuously held influential leadership roles, a few of which include 2013 AIA Dallas President, USGBC North Texas Chapter founding Chair, USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, USGBC South Central Regional Council and AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment. His industry influence sprouted from his early experience in implementing the LEED Rating System. In 2002, he impassioned a group of volunteers to establish the USGBC North Texas Chapter. Every ensuing leadership role has served as a platform to further transform the built environment, inspire the profession and his peers, and advocate for purposeful, healthy and sustainable environments.

His leadership awards include the USGBC North Texas Chapter Green Ribbon Award for Outstanding Chapter Leadership, the Dallas Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy (alternative energy category) and the USGBC North Texas Chapter’s Inaugural Green Steward Award — the highest individual honor bestowed by the local chapter.

To earn the LEED Fellow designation, candidates are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements.

The 2014 Class of LEED Fellows will be recognized at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans, October 22-24.