Title: Senior Vice President, LEED
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As Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Program, Scot Horst significantly influences the global course of sustainable design and building performance. Scot brings genuine expertise to helping the built environment intersect with natural systems in positive and ultimately regenerative ways. His professional experience includes the private and nonprofit sectors as president of both 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a nonprofit dedicated to the lifecycle assessment of buildings. Before joining USGBC he chaired the LEED Steering Committee and championed the development of LEED v.3. He was awarded the USGBC Leadership Award for LEED in 2008. Scot sits on the board of the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, the Advisory Board of Cradle to Cradle, and the Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum.
Known for both his technical knowledge and his ability to facilitate action, Scot strives to create major shifts in human thinking through tools like LEED. He leads USGBC's Building Performance Partnership, which focuses on the connection between building design, operation and human behavior. He is driving a current effort to improve LEED, and designing an innovative approach for advancing regenerative action. In order to develop LEED globally, Scot organized the LEED International Roundtable in 2010.
An inspirational speaker, Scot most recently co-authored An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building published by Wiley & Sons. A former opera singer, Scot is also a respected designer of sustainable furniture and maintains a studio in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he resides with his family. He holds joint degrees from Oberlin College in Philosophy and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Voice Performance.