The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors announced that Mahesh Ramanujam will step down as president and CEO of USGBC, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and Arc Skoru, effective November 1, 2021. This announcement comes as a part of the organization’s review of its structure, go-to-market strategy and leadership to optimize the organizations’ support of the green building community, expand the green building marketplace, increase access to sustainable, healthy and resilient places, and ensure organizational excellence, according to the company.

“Mahesh Ramanujam has a deep dedication to the green building movement and has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of sustainability and health in the past decade,” said Aaron Bernstein, interim director – Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and USGBC board chair.

“The USGBC board thanks him for his leadership and knows that he will bring his immense energies and talents to bear upon actions that will make our world better for all.”
The board has appointed Peter Templeton, the current president and CEO of Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute, to serve as interim president and CEO, while it conducts a formal CEO search. Templeton previously served as the first president of GBCI from 2009-2012 and as senior vice president of USGBC.

“USGBC and the global green building community have accomplished a great deal in the organization’s nearly three-decades-long history. As we emerge from the challenges posed by the pandemic, USGBC must continue to build on the important progress the organization has made and double down on its dual efforts to both prepare cities, communities, and buildings around the world for a post-pandemic future and mitigate their contributions to climate change. I wish USGBC staff and the community continued success and look forward to partnering with them,” added Ramanujam.