Message from Our New Executive Director
Let’s Connect: Envisioning & Reinvesting in our Future Together

USGBC-LA members, partners, and fellow green building enthusiasts, I hope this note finds you well and I’m grateful to be here as your new Executive Director.

I have dedicated my career to being a local leader in the green building movement and the opportunity for our organization at this moment fills me with potential like no other.

Our movement is at a crossroads, threatened with becoming background noise of our own acronyms lost in the tapestry of issues surrounding climate change. But we know differently, we know that green buildings are the very fabric of what we need to create a truly sustainable society, because it all begins at our homes, at our workplaces, and where we eat, worship, shop, educate, and heal.

The time has come for our community of believers to not only embrace but envision the future of the green building movement. We need to lead in new and different ways, because the needs of the market, our communities, and the tools we have available to accelerate this movement forward have also changed.  At the core of this change is increased collaboration with those that share pieces of our vision and greater inclusion in our communities of those who are curious and willing to be part of this transition to a sustainable future. Education needs to be the key unifying principle for how we approach this process, because when we educate, we create awareness, activity, and lasting personal change.

My ask to you is to join me on this new journey. To reinvest yourself, your energy, and your good will in a vision of a built environment that is better than what we have today. You have my commitment that I will work as hard as I can to match that energy, to connect with you on what we need, and to provide you with the engagement to help you create your own positive impact. Along the way we will be authentic, hopefully have more than a little fun and try not take ourselves too seriously while bringing the professionalism and leadership to truly transform our region.

I greatly look forward to this challenge and to working with all of you, the members of this organization, who believe enough to contribute and to participate, and ultimately care enough to try to take this journey together.

About the Author

Ben StapletonBen Stapleton is an LA native who brings a creative mind and consultative approach to a wide range of projects with a focus on building teams and designing programs to deliver impactful results. His current work is based on coordinating an ecosystem leveraging the built environment as the entry point and connective fabric to help create a more sustainable society for all as Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council - Los Angeles.
In his time at USGBC-LA, he has strengthened the foundation of this leading, membership based sustainability organization while creating a team culture and developing a portfolio of community engagement and education focused programming centered on climate justice, high performance buildings, occupant health, corporate sustainability and regional resilience; establishing talent development and a people first philosophy as the pillars of the brand.
Previously, he launched and then managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown LA while leading operations, finance, and major program initiatives for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region and an iconic green building for the City of LA, featuring events with prominent thought leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits. During his time at LACI, the team worked with 80+ companies to raise $225M+ in funding, create 1,800+ jobs, and deliver $400M+ in long-term economic value for the City of LA.
His other work has included real estate advisory, energy efficiency consulting, facilities operations, site selection, and project management as well as business and strategy development for a wide range of companies and real estate investors. He serves on a number of boards where his talents and insight have proven invaluable in managing, negotiating, and executing on complex real estate projects while delivering technology startups and community engagement programs that exceed expectations.
He is a recipient of JLL's distinctive Da Vinci Award for Innovation, the Los Angeles Business Council's Community Impact Award, Stratiscope's Impact Maker to Watch Award, and CoStar’s Power Broker designation in the Los Angeles market.

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