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David Gottfried, Originator of the global green building movement

A former real estate developer and construction manager, David Gottfried is the pioneer and founder of the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council (GBC). The GBCs' movement has likely reduced global warming and the ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world.

With a degree in engineering and resource management from Stanford University, David serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Gottfried Institute. His strategic advising has accelerated commerce and the adoption of advanced green technology and health products and methodologies. Past clients include: Dreamworks, Starbucks, Genentech, Apple, Stanford University, the State of California, and the government of China.

David has received numerous leadership awards, including the WorldGBC Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award, now given out annually in Gottfried's name, USGBC's Leadership Award, and the USGBC Northern California Chapter's Super Hero Award. He was inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame and named to the Purpose Economy 100 for his pioneering work.

Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books including the award winning best seller Explosion Green. He also wrote Greening My Life and Greed to Green.

Gottfried's former residence was the highest-rated LEED Platinum home in the world. He now lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two daughters, and he is an avid cyclist and a modern art painter exhibiting throughout the Bay Area.

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