Christine Ervin

Principal, Christine Ervin Co.


Christine Ervin has led innovative collaborations to accelerate green markets for more than 25 years. As the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), she led its evolution from a start-up organization to a highly influential coalition of industry leaders transforming the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the United States and abroad. Over Ervin’s tenure, the Council launched and cemented acclaim for the LEED standard and Greenbuild conference and expo. Ervin received USGBC’s leadership award in 2004 and 2014. As Assistant Secretary of Energy for President Clinton, she directed $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies and oversaw dozens of programs comprising the President’s Climate Change Action Program. Initiatives ranged from partnerships to leverage private-sector investments and high-performance buildings to streamlining appliance standards, the ENERGY STAR partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Million Solar Roofs. Previously, Ervin directed the Oregon Department of Energy and conducted research at the Conservation Foundation.

Ervin serves on fiduciary and advisory boards for venture capital firms; start-up companies; national advocacy efforts; and environmental standards programs, including the Green Electronics Council, which certifies green electronic products in 40 countries, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, which develops corporate sustainability indicators for investors.