2023 Board of Directors Election

Meet our 2023 Board Of Director Candidates

The Membership of BE+ will elect 6 members to the Board of Directors to join the continuing directors. Through our annual election process, voting Members are encouraged to consider how the Board represents the community we serve, and how a candidate Director could support the advancement of our mission. We encourage diversity of directorship categories and of geographic regions as well as skills and experience when nominating candidates.

We expect all candidates to be passionately committed to our mission to drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

Active BE+ Members should expect to receive their ballot link to vote as soon as January 12th. If you are unsure of your member status, look up your email hereDidn’t receive your ballot? Let us know by emailing communications@builtenvironmentplus.org 


Julie Janiski

Buro Happold

What is your background in the green building industry?

Julie Janiski, CPHC, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal and integrated design leader who works with project teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions that reduce environmental impact while optimizing well-being and experience. Julie moved to Boston six years ago after 16 years in New York City working as a sustainability consultant and project leader. Julie’s entrance into green building was as the LEED Consultant for the Poly Prep Lower School in Brooklyn, NY 18 years ago while working at Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, the firm’s first LEED project. Since then, Julie has led and/or supported projects achieving LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, Passive House, and WELL – among other – certifications. Her recent work includes being an inaugural member of the Stretch Energy Code technical advisory committee to the State of Massachusetts, a 630,000 SF Zero Operational Carbon office tower at One Boston Wharf, and various US Embassies globally.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

Julie is passionate about using her knowledge designing some of the world’s most sustainable buildings to foster the next generation of sustainability leaders and integrated design practices. Her enthusiasm could be seen in the classroom as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at various institutions as well as presenting at global industry events on topics including health & wellbeing, carbon, and early design analysis. Julie brings a multi-perspective background that includes working for a family-owned subcontractor in fire protection, a retail owner in operations, an architecture firm, and for the past twelve years at Buro Happold. She is a systems thinker, and enjoys working to strengthen the collaboration between engineers and a project team.


Dan Arons

Principal, Perkins Eastman

What is your background in the green building industry?

From the outset of his career, Dan has sought to merge his interests in environmental stewardship and design of the built environment. He has long understood the duality of design as both a creative, synthetic endeavor as well as its potentially damaging impact.

Dan has applied his multidisciplinary background in architecture and building technology to guide teams of owners, architects, and constructors to realize early exemplars of sustainable buildings, from an early LEED pilot through net positive energy buildings.

Dan cofounded Architerra, an award-winning firm focused on advancing sustainable, resilient design. For 30+ years he has focused on engaging complex teams to advance sustainable design and construction in furtherance of institutional goals and objectives. He currently leads Perkins Eastman’s College and University practice for the Boston office, is an advisor to the 1,200-person firm’s sustainability team, and is an active member of the firm’s Design Leadership Group.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

Dan is currently an active member of BSA, SCUP, International Institution for Sustainable Laboratories, New England, I2SL (Board of Trustees, strategic planning committee), and an adjunct member of the Green Newton Building Standards Committee, MIT DesignX.

A past active member of BSA COTE, BSA Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability, BSA Committee to advance the Stretch Energy Code, USGBC Education Committee, Boston Mayor’s Green Building Council, NESEA panel planning, MIT Building Technology.

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Integrative building design process, cost management for high performance building, building envelope technology, mechanical/architectural alignment, renewable energy integration, stormwater integration, resiliency.

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

Not enough! I admire the work being done and feel that the role of the organization is very important to the green building community. Our projects have been honored with awards and it’s time to contribute in another way.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

I bring a deep and long-standing passion for sustainable design and a sense of urgency that what the organization is doing is not only crucial but critical in timing. I understand institutions and will lend leadership skills to engage people from all perspectives and disciplines around the shared goals of Built Environment + to help prioritize the efforts of the organization in a collaborative and constructive way.

Erik Barth

Senior Associate, Gensler

Erik has experience as a licensed architect with eight years in the design and construction industry. Erik is currently a Senior Associate at Gensler and an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was an environmental studies major at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Erik has design experience on a variety of project types from small-scale residential to higher education, life sciences, and offices. Erik is one of two Northeast regional design resilience & sustainability leaders at Gensler. He is the firmwide leader for Gensler’s mass timber design group and champions firmwide research focused on carbon accounting.

What is your background in the green building industry?

Erik has a background in the green building industry starting with his time at Bates college where he was an environmental studies major with a focus on environmental design. He started a Habitat for Humanity chapter and prototyped low-emission homes with the local Lewiston/Auburn Habitat for Humanity group and envisioned a high-performance remodel for a campus home for his thesis. He then worked as an environmental specialist in the materials regulation industry in Boston. He then worked as a carpenter building high-performance homes for several organizations for multiple years. Erik’s time at the University of Oregon was focused on sustainable design through both studio work and technical courses. Since joining Gensler, Erik has served as a sustainability & resilience leader both in the Boston and the northeast region. He has participated as a sustainability expert on over 20 projects in the last five years. He has published work on the Gensler blog and the Gensler Design Exchange Podcast speaking on mass timber as an environmentally responsible material. He has presented at the BSA on carbon accounting and is a core member of the firmwide team focused on carbon reduction goals.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:


Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Erik’s expertise in sustainability focuses both on the environmental profiles of materials and high-performance building systems. Erik champions mass timber for projects throughout the firm and has engaged with many in the forestry and wood products industry to understand how mass timber can contribute to industry climate goals. He has engaged in multiple research efforts through the Gensler Research Institute that aim to illuminate and reduce carbon through measurement and benchmarking. Erik has guided Gensler projects to net zero energy and electrification goals both in the Northeast and in California with high-performance systems and onsite renewable energy systems. Erik is Passive House (CPHC), WELL AP, and LEED AP certified, enabling him to pull from best practices across sustainability rating systems.

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

Erik has engaged with the BE+ at annual events and in workshops focused on mass timber and carbon accounting.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

Erik will bring a combination of in-depth practical expertise and broad theoretical experience to the table to enable the board of directors to focus their efforts on goals that are ambitious, yet achievable. He will bring a focus on materials and embodied carbon to the table with his knowledge of responsible sourcing and manufacturing with material transparency. He will advocate for immediate action that goes beyond the design industry to make an immediate, real-world impact.

Rebecca Rahmlow

Senior Associate and Sustainability Consultant,
Thornton Tomasetti

I have worked as an architect and part-time educator in Boston for the past 15 years on a wide range of project types and scales at area firms including Shepley Bulfinch, Architerra, Inc., Maryann Thompson Architects, and Touloukian Touloukian Inc. I have served as a regional conference moderator, BSA awards jury member, and most recently as the Massachusetts State Representative on the AIA Small Firm Exchange.

What is your background in the green building industry?

I am currently a senior associate and sustainability consultant in the sustainable strategies and certifications group in Thornton Tomasetti’s Boston office. I am LEED AP, certified passive house consultant, and have a certificate in healthier materials from Parsons School of Design. For the past five years I have taught sustainable design at the Boston Architectural College.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

USGBC, Phius, NESEA, AIA, BSA, NESAH (New England Society of Architectural Historians – Board Member and Treasurer)

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Sustainability Consulting, Resiliency, Healthy Materials, Education

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

I have attended various USGBC MA and BE+ events but am excited to become more engaged with this community!

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

In addition to bringing a shared passion for the sustainable and regenerative building community, I would like to support BE+’s involvement in policy, specifically as it relates to renewable energy. Additionally, I would like to help foster connections between BE+, regional students, and integration with educational curriculum. I am also passionate about the history of architecture and adaptive reuse and am interested in finding ways to increase engagement between the green building industry, historical commissions, and existing building owners to help make policies and pathways to building performance improvement more accessible, transparent, and possible.

Caroline Shannon

Strategist, Gensler

As a Strategist at Gensler, I am leveraging my skills as an architect and public health professional to deliver on our ambitious commitment to a sustainable future (Net Zero Carbon on all projects by 2030). I have charted an interdisciplinary path to improve people’s lives through design, translating public health science into architectural and urban strategies that maximize co-benefits across climate, health, and equity. I am most proud of my work on culturally and technically complex projects, engaging diverse communities to deliver transformative spaces. These include the University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda, with Shepley Bulfinch), the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (UVA, with Howeler + Yoon), and Park Sitie (Rio de Janeiro, with +D Studio). Through my diverse professional and service activities, I enjoy being an ambassador for architecture, expanding where it happens, who it is for, and what it can do.

What is your background in the green building industry?

I have been a sustainability champion for over 15 years, leading ambitious goal-setting and reporting on projects for a number of firms. This includes leading visioning and goal-setting sessions, biophilic design workshops, and sustainability reporting (specifically SEED, LEED, and Architecture 2030). My expertise is concentrated at the intersection of the built environment and public health, and I have authored and presented on these topics, highlighting the interconnectedness of the climate, health, and equity challenges we are facing.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

AIA and BSA member
Certified Disaster Assistance Building Evaluator (SAP by Cal OES)

BSA Co-Chair of Membership Committee (elected 3-year term, 2021-2023)
BSA Women in Design Mentorship Committee, Co-Chair of Mid-Career Mentorship Program (2019-Present)

I have also recently served as a Commissioner on the Cambridge Historical Commission, a researcher for the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, an educator for the BSA’s BPS Kindergarten Program, a NCARB volunteer on the 2019/20 Re-Think Tank, and an AIA Communities by Design R/UDAT team member (Rio de Janeiro, 2019).

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Public health, Biophilic design, Indoor air quality, Heat resilience, Community engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health Equity

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

I have recently increased my involvement with BE+ attending events and roundtables. Reuniting with old and meeting new colleagues and collaborators at the Showcase in October was a highlight and motivated me to deepen my engagement in BE+’s important work.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

I am committed to working within systems and structures to enact transformation towards a healthier, equitable, and resilient future. I will work across the BE+ platforms to expand our community and deepen our impact, focusing on health and equity. My capacities for community outreach, education and mentorship, and advocacy are aligned with the organization’s needs and I look forward to advancing our collective goals, with the necessary urgency.


Neetu Siddarth

Sustainability Manager, Energy & Utilities, BXP

I joined BXP in 2021 as a manager in the sustainability team. My focus is on strategic initiatives and implementation of decarbonization projects and carbon-neutral operations planning for the 52 million square feet portfolio. Engaging with stakeholders across BXP’s six regional offices, with a focus on carbon neutral & energy efficient operations, renewable energy procurement, decarbonization & electrification of new development and existing buildings, solar PPAs, embodied carbon reduction strategies, transition risk assessment for a low carbon economy, etc. Prior to joining BXP, my work focused on sustainable and high-performance building design consulting and technical analysis, helping projects implement energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategies, and achieve aggressive sustainability goals.

I hold a M.Arch from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a B.Arch from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee, India. Prior to arriving in the US, I also worked as a green building architect in India and Singapore.

What is your background in the green building industry?

I am passionate about helping integrate sustainability and the triple bottom line into every business decision. Sustainable and high-performance building design specialist with over 12 years of consulting and technical analysis experience helping projects implement energy efficiency initiatives, reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, and implement sustainability goals. Extensive experience in stakeholder engagement to execute energy efficiency and net zero energy projects, decarbonization planning, project management, and LEED certification process.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

  • An active member of ULI and A Better City through BXP company membership
  • Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge Working Groups on Electrification and Portfolio Level Decarbonization
  • Past member of IBPSA

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

  • Energy and Indoor Air Quality
  • Renewable Energy
  • On-site and Off-site Renewable energy procurement (PPAs, VPPAs, RECs, Carbon Offsets)
  • Health and Wellness

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

I have been a member of BE+ for several years and I have become more actively involved in the past couple of years. I have been involved in several roundtables hosted by BE+, both as a participant and guest speaker. I have been a team member in developing and submitting projects for the Green Building Showcase hosted by BE+.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

I am passionate about sustainability and climate action. In addition to bringing my passion and enthusiasm, I will bring to the BE+ board my leadership experience working on strategic initiatives as well as my experience as a member of the Sustainable Operations Committee at BXP and as a Principal, member of Board of Directors, and a member of Strategic Planning Committee at The Green Engineer. My leadership experience, collaboration with different working groups on environmental sustainability resources, and an active engagement in the environmental industry make me a strong candidate for the BE+ board.


Sandhya Iyer

Town of Lexington

What is your background in the green building industry?

As an Economic Development professional, I have been working with developers, architects, design engineers, and many environmental advocates to assess the built and the future development in a community to maintain sustainable systems. As the Town of Lexington works towards rezoning its commercial landscape and develops an aggressive roadmap for achieving net-zero by 2035, there has been more proactive efforts in my role to advocate, educate, and participate in green building industry. I recently also completed a course in Zero Energy and Passivehouse Buildings from Harvard Extension and participated in ICMA Sustainable Cities Virtual Study Tour.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:


Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:


Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:


What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

Green buildings and sustainable building standards have become such an integral part of development in large commercial cities like Boston and Cambridge. It is still in its juvenile stages in the greater Boston areas. With more than 5 million square feet of Lab/life sciences development proposed in Lexington in the next 5 years, being on the Board of Directors I will be able to help identify early adopters and some of the future roadblocks that one could encounter during advocacy and education which is one of the goals of this organization.


Chad Laurent

Principal, Cadmus Group LLC

Mr. Laurent is a Principal with the Cadmus Group and leads the Sustainability and Energy team. Prior to Cadmus he was Vice President and General Counsel at Meister Consultants Group which was acquired by Cadmus in 2017. He was also the Manager of Renewable Energy Programs for the Green Energy Consumers’ Alliance and was a legal fellow in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Energy and Telecommunications Division. Chad’s professional experience also includes work with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Rocky Mountain Institute. He holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School where he was a Rappaport Honors Fellow in Law and Public Policy, and a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Environmental Policy & Behavior and Natural Resource Ecology & Management. He is a professionally trained mediator, facilitator, and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

What is your background in the green building industry?

Chad is a nationally recognized expert in clean energy, and climate action strategies. He has overseen multiple U.S. Department of Energy projects including the Better Buildings Initiative where on behalf of the DOE he manages projects providing green building technical assistance support to wastewater treatment facilities, commercial buildings, correctional facilities, and university and hospital partners. He frequently works with corporate, university, non-profit, and municipal clients to develop renewable energy supply, decarbonization, net zero, and electrification roadmaps and procurement strategies. In addition, Mr. Laurent has worked internationally including projects in Vietnam, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Jamaica, and Lesotho. He has worked on green building initiatives as part of broader climate strategies for numerous clients in Massachusetts including the Trustees of Reservations, Mass Audubon, DOER, MassCEC, EEA, and Massport among others. He has similarly supported hundreds of clients across the country through technical assistance support contracts at the state and federal level.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

Clean Energy Solutions Center, Clean Power Hub, USDN, A Better City, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, National Community Solar Partnership.

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Energy, renewable energy, energy storage, renewable heating and cooling, electrification, electric vehicles, stakeholder engagement, renewable energy law and policy.

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

I am new to Built Environment Plus.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

I would bring 20-years of experience working with clients across the world on climate, energy, and green building policy development and implementation. This global best-practice knowledge can help inform BE+ goals, and support educational efforts. My legal background can help provide insights into the regulatory environment and changes required to accelerate green building and clean energy deployment. I have experience directly working with a broad set of clients helping them identify and work to solve their climate challenges. I would also bring experience in stakeholder engagement and mediation that is required to bring together diverse sets of people to problem solve, and agree on pathways forward. I also bring an enthusiasm and entrepreneurialism to my work, and would be excited to collaborate with an amazing group of people.

N Jonathan Unaka

Wentworth Institute of Technology

I have a BSc in Civil Engineering, a M-Arch and a PhD in Architecture. I have taught fifth grade to PhD students. I teach design studios that involve travel to Africa, including Cape Verde, Benin, and currently Morocco. I teach another studio that involves the Solar Decathlon. I also teach courses related to how to put together buildings, and the systems within buildings. I also teach seminars on design ethics, building materials, and on waste in the industry . I have worked at design firms in Boston, New York City, Milwaukee, and San Francisco on a range of projects including institutional, commercial, and residential buildings. I have also participated in sustainable development projects in the US, such as in Milwaukee, and in Kiowa Nation, Oklahoma, and abroad in Liberia, Nigeria, and elsewhere.

What is your background in the green building industry?

In most of my projects, I have endeavored to use passive design strategies, including the use of a modified Swedish Standard Framing wall assembly to minimize energy demand in a way that is familiar to American construction workers. I have participated in research on the operations of several building, monitoring their performance to ascertain the efficacy of simulation programs. I am also engaged in research into the humidity regulating and air purifying qualities of building with earth. I teach the core required course on passive design strategies and then another course on mechanical, and electrical systems. I like to call the latter, “when the architecture fails.” In both courses, we teach the sue of simulations to test the efficacy of design choices. Both of my studios apply these principles. In my Morocco studio we think about green building from a very low-tech perspective, and respect for local knowledge and resources. The Solar Decathlon studio focuses on high-tech and regulatory frameworks.

List organizations in the building and/or environmental industries you are actively involved in:

BSA (Boston Society of Architects), NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects), SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators).

Briefly list your areas of expertise. For example; energy, renewable energy, water, indoor air quality, resiliency, health and wellness:

Waste, Water, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Research – Earth Building, “Alternate” Construction Methods, Urban Agriculture.

Describe any involvement and interactions with Built Environment Plus (USGBC MA) in the past five years:

Not much. Hopefully, that means that I bring a fresh (and constructive) perspective.

What will you bring to the Board of Directors?

I believe that I can forcefully bring an alternative perspective to those of many on the board. Assuming there are already other such forceful voices, I may be a necessary, and perhaps, lacking voice for considering low-tech solutions, adding more robustly to the discourse on appropriate technology. My experience working with communities without large financial resources both in the global south and north (particularly those often underserved by the design professionals) would perhaps, provide a fresh take on how we think about sustainability. This obviously includes what the industry does, and what we teach emerging professionals, but also what solutions we privilege. I am very concerned about the overemphasis on adhering to quantitative metrics and targets at the expense of ethical positions on why our actions are important. I worry about the neglect or overlooking of potential downstream impacts, particularly on the communities I mentioned… I worry about the generational nature of those impacts and the dearth of discourse on the longevity of decisions. I consider myself a strong advocate for such underserved communities, and those under-represented within our industry. Acknowledgments that we are on the lands of indigenous peoples are not sufficient and rings hollow! We must take into account their concerns and more importantly, we must incorporate their outlooks into how we imagine and then map our collective future. This also goes for other people of color, LGBTQI folks, and many others, who have long been absent at the decision-making table.

How it works

Nominations opened on November 15th, 2022, and closed on December 22nd, 2022.

Voting opens to Built Environment Plus members on January 12th, 2023 with access to candidate info on our website and voting access sent via email.

The Election closes at 5:45 PM on February 2nd, 2023 at the Annual General Meeting.

Job Description

Built Environment Plus (BE+) is seeking leaders from our community to join our Board of Directors. Sitting on our Board is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to serve our community and advance the sustainability of the built environment. The ideal candidate is passionate about strengthening leadership and governance in the nonprofit sector. The BE+ Board of Directors is composed of leaders from nonprofits and for-profits, across the industry, who are dedicated to the organization’s mission of driving sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operations of our built environment. Our board members champion the importance of leadership and believe that every organization needs an effective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for BE+ to advance its mission. Built Environment Plus is a 501(c)(3) member-based organization. The organization’s strengths are its power to convene a wide variety of stakeholders in the industry and beyond, and its ability to provide a wide variety of programming such as green building education, networking events, advocacy, and leadership opportunities. Our activities are supported and enhanced by the volunteer efforts of our community members and are directed to inform the public about green building practices and transform the market.

Term: BE+ Board of Directors are typically elected for a term of three years, and may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Elections are facilitated virtually and culminate during our Annual General Meeting (February 2nd, 2023). The board term begins in February 2023.

Board Election Procedures

To align with our strategic plan, we are seeking the representation of experts from a variety of sectors involved in the design, construction, and operation of our built environment. BE+ currently has 14 Board members. According to our bylaws, we can have no fewer than seven and no more than 19 Directors. In addition, BE+ seeks a diversity of perspective from its Directors across professions, areas of expertise/interest, as well as gender, age, race, and ethnicity.

In order to increase the diversity of the board and potential participation by members, the BE+ board has embarked on a new process to support greater participation by members:

1. The nomination period is from 11/15 to 12/22.
2. There are three methods to get nominated to the board:
               a. Members can nominate themselves
               b. Members can nominate other members
               c. A Board selected Nominating Committee will nominate members to the Board.

Seats are organized based on the following professional sectors: Design Consultants, Construction/Manufacturing, Owners/Operations, Policy/Advocacy, Other Fields not named above (e.g. Education, Utilities, Law, Community Development, Clean Energy, etc.). Seven of those seats are reserved for one representative from various professions outlined in the table below.   

After the nomination period is complete, the Board and the Nominating Committee will vet the candidates and bucket them according to the categories noted in the tables below. The Board has discretion to increase/decrease numbers in each Professional Category by 1. to align with our strategic plan and diversity goals.  The Board will vote on the final Ballot and number of Board members for the year.

Board Composition

Professional Sector  Preferred Numbers  Required Minimums by Profession
Design Consultants 5 1 Architecture, 1 MEP Engineering, 1 Other Consultant
Construction / Manufacturing 2 1 Construction
Owners / Operations 3 1 Owner
Policy / Advocacy 2 1 Policy
Other + EPMA 4 1 EPMA (appointed position)
Total 16 7


Election Categories

In 2023, we are aiming to have fifteen elected and one appointed Board Members. Seven Board seats are not up for election this year. There are two incumbents seeking reelection.

Design Consultants:
There is one incumbent Director seeking reelection for the seats:

  • MEP Engineering: Julie Janiski, Buro Happold
  • Open

There is one open seat:

  • Open

There is 1 open seat:

  • Open

There is one open seat:

  • Open

Other + EPMA: Fields could include Education, Community Development, Finance, DEI, Clean Energy, Fundraising/Development, etc.
There are 3 open seats:

  • Open
  • Open
  • Open

BE+ has identified these priority professional categories for new board members and encourages people from these fields to be nominated:

  • Building Operations & Maintenance (energy)
  • Construction/Manufacturing
  • Community Development
  • Government/Advocacy
  • Land conservation and management

In addition to specific sectors in the field of design, construction, and operation of our built environment, the board is looking for expertise in specific areas:

  • Development/Fundraising
  • Finance
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • Legal


A BE+ Board Member…

  • Has knowledge of BE+ mission, goals, and objectives and is able to promote them effectively;
  • Has the experience and influence needed by BE+ and/or can also represent one or more disciplines that can help balance the Board’s membership;
  • Has showcased leadership skills in their community and can use their experience to successfully work with the rest of the Board and its committees;
  • Is capable of being an active public representative of the organization and can successfully include others in the work of BE+;
  • Is a member in good standing of BE+. Double-check your membership status by visiting the BE+ Join It membership profile by clicking the blue MEMBERSHIP button in the upper right-hand corner of our website.

The Board as a whole cannot have more than two Directors from the same company or organization at a time. A board member should expect to commit an average of 3-6 hours a month. Monthly commitment may vary based on initiatives, committee work, and events.

General Responsibilities

Board members are expected to… 

  • Review financial statements and the budget and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities;
  • Familiarize themselves with bylaws and other organizational documents;
  • Attend at minimum fifty percent of board meetings per year either in person or virtually;
  • Read board materials in advance of monthly board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.
  • Currently the board meets once per month virtually or in person;
  • Serve on one or more committees of the board and actively participate in committee work. Current committees include; Education, Community Building, Governance, and Advocacy;
  • Be an active community member of Built Environment Plus
  • Secure a minimum of $1500 necessary for BE+ to achieve its mission, whether from the Board member’s own organization, from personal contributions or in using personal relationships and connections to actively recruit sponsorships and memberships. Alternatives to actual monetary contributions include supporting efforts to bring in monetary resources (such as teaching courses, participating in panels, etc.).
  • Responsibly represent the organization to their respective communities and advocate for BE+’s mission, programs, and services as appropriate.
  • Support initiatives and events, panels, etc. to further the organization’s mission. These may include efforts around DEI, elections, educational programming, advocacy efforts, etc. This is an active and engaged Board.

Specific Tasks

Each board member is required to vote and have an informed decision after a thorough assessment of an issue. Specific tasks which will need groundwork and a vote by Board members include:

    • Decisions on policies, goals, objectives, and priorities;
    • Collaboration with other Board members and staff in the process, updates, and approval of specific strategies and objectives;
    • Nominate and vote officers for the BE+ Board;
    • Oversee and evaluate the strength and success of the projects and programs and make sure that these projects and programs are reaching the appropriate goals needed by the organization;
    • Approve and oversee operation, property, and equipment budgets;
    • Facilitate selection, employment, and evaluation of the Executive Director;
    • Support the Executive Director in fulfilling their job duties;
    • Review and update the Strategic Plan as required.


BE+ seeks an experienced green industry professional who has connections and the ability to bring new members/sponsors to the organization. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase awareness about the importance of our mission, influence public policy, and expand our reach. Preference for candidates who have prior board member experience.