Roger Platt serves as SVP, Global Strategy and Growth for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). USGBC is best known for creating and administering – in 170 countries – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Platt began his tenure with USGBC as a member of its board in 2008, later joining the staff as head of global policy & law and serving as president of USGBC prior to beginning his current role in 2016.
At the request of Columbia Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Platt recently co-authored the building sector chapter of the comprehensive Zero Carbon Action Plan (UN Sustainable Development Network, November, 2020). The plan has helped inform Congress and the new administration’s approach to decarbonization.
Today, in addition to advising the leadership of both USGBC and GBCI on long term strategy, Platt oversees the new LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. Before joining the Council, he served for sixteen years as SVP and Counsel at the Real Estate Roundtable and, before that, as a senior real estate and land use associate with the Coblentz law firm (San Francisco, CA). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute and the Center for Architecture in New York City. Roger is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of San Francisco School of Law.