Meredith Elbaum

Executive Director

As a sustainability advocate and educator, I joined USGBC MA, now known as Built Environment Plus, as Executive Director in November 2017. Before becoming ED, I was developing climate action plans, master plans, design guidelines and green buildings as President of the Elbaum Group, LLC. Fueled by an interest in materials transparency I launched the Health Product Declaration as its Interim Executive Director.  For almost a decade I was Director of Sustainable Design at Sasaki. During that time I helped in the USGBC MA Chapter’s creation and served as a founding board member.  I also co-created the Architecture and Design Sustainable Design Leaders Network. I earned a BArch from Rice University and a MSArch from MIT and I currently teach architecture students at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  I’m looking forward to advancing net positive communities in Massachusetts and beyond.

Ethan Vonderheide

Associate Director of Community Engagement

I would describe myself as a considerate designer, environmentalist, aspiring innovator, and technology enthusiast. I am passionate about the role the design of the build environment plays in repairing our relationship with our ecosystems and for providing equitable spaces for all.

With a Masters in Architecture, and professional experience advancing Environmental and Social Equity initiatives, I join BE+ ready to promote and connect our community through our events, programming, and special projects.

Ann McHugh

Operations Coordinator

It’s with much gratitude that I begin this next chapter working with BE+. Bringing to the team 6 years of Design Operations experience, with past contributions including 2030 commitment efforts, sustainability product expo/educational event planning and coordination for an ILFI JUST label. My continued interest is in the intersection of equity, education, sustainable design and human health. I am excited to synergistically work towards environmental and social benefit through the lens of the built environment.