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“The Godfather of Green” – Jerry Yudelson

About the Episode

In this episode, we talk to Green Building Professional Jerry Yudelson. Jerry is a prolific speaker, author and the first organizer of the Greenbuild conference; in 2011, he was named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council. Jerry talks about his career journey and roles in the green building movement.

Tune in to this episode to hear more about Jerry’s experience.

Key Talking Points

  • Getting to know Jerry 
  • Jerry’s mentor
  • Involvement in the US Green Building Council
  • Jerry’s proudest achievements in sustainability
  • Jerry’s best practice in writing
  • Current exciting projects
  • The source of Jerry’s memoir title: Godfather of Green
  • Screen building and sustainability movement
  • The sick building syndrome
  • Jerry’s specialty
  • Jerry’s success rituals and routines
  • Jerry’s bucket list
  • Early life wishes and advice

Key Milestones of the Episode

[01:21] Intro to Jerry Yudelson

[05:09] Jerry’s mentor

[07:46] Involvement in the US Green Building Council

[12:57] Jerry’s proudest achievements in sustainability

[17:26] Jerry’s best practice in writing

[19:53] Current exciting projects

[21:48] The source of Jerry’s memoir title: Godfather of Green

[23:20] Screen building and sustainability movement

[26:09] The sick building syndrome

[30:05] Jerry’s specialty

[34:26] Jerry’s success rituals and routines

[36:33] Jerry’s bucket list

[41:58] Early life wishes and advice

Key Quotes from the Episode

“It’s like they say in the army, never raise your hand to volunteer for anything.”

“If I give any advice to the younger people, it’s find something just starting up where there aren’t too many experts and just dive in and you’ll become an expert pretty fast.”

“Go do whatever you feel like doing. Try to make it of use to other people and then see what happens.”

“I know that the most important two words in every book are-the end.”

“Buildings aren’t there just to look pretty for architectural record. They’re there for people to work, play, and learn; so we can live in so they got to be healthy for people.”

“The only way to get green in a building is in the first hour of the first meeting when the decision-makers for the client are in the room.”

“If you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, the first sign of wisdom is to take a step backward. It’s not to turn around and take a selfie.”

“If you want to be successful in your career, you’ve got to really get out of your comfort zone.” 

Key Resources

The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Learn More about Jerry Yudelson

Jerry Yuldelson is a prolific speaker and author in the green building sector. Nationally and internationally recognized keynote speaker and the leading published author in the green building field. Keynote speaker at 100 conferences and events in 20 countries since 2006. Available for keynotes and other presentations by contacting: [email protected] or www.reinventinggreenbuilding.com.  Jerry is dubbed as the Godfather of Green for his roles in the Green building movement. Currently, he is on the verge of completing his Memoir about his green career and life. 

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