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.
Rachel came to USGBC in 2007 to oversee the launch of LEED for Schools, a version of USGBC’s popular green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction and operations of high-performance, green schools. Later that year, Rachel spearheaded the launch of the National Green Schools Campaign to engage students and teachers, parents and school superintendents, elected officials and other policy makers in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high-performing students. Today, Rachel is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic of green schools. More than 100 major media outlets have sought Rachel’s perspective, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today and CNN. In 2011 she was honored as an eco-heroine in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine.
Rachel’s professional experiences in the fields of green building consulting and interior architecture and her time with the Green Building Program of Montgomery County Public Schools have contributed to her in depth knowledge of green schools. However, it is her six years of teaching experience that fuel her commitment to educating a generation of sustainability natives. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. A competitive figure skater throughout her childhood, today Rachel finds balance through a daily dose of yoga. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Expert topics: Leadership, Center for Green Schools