Senior Vice President Lynn Simon (fifth from left) is one of this year’s Green Building & Design magazine’s Women in Sustainability Leadership Award winners. She and the other award recipients were honored at a Nov. 7 ceremony held in conjunction with the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. All photos by Abena Darden.
When you are truly passionate about what you do, success is sure to follow. And so, too, does recognition for your commitment and hard work. Senior Vice President Lynn Simon is a case in point. Lynn, a pioneer and leading authority in sustainability in the built environment, was named one of this year’s recipients of Green Building & Design (gb&d) magazine’s Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards.
Lynn was one of 10 women honored at a Nov. 7 ceremony held in conjunction with the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also featured in the November/December cover story of gb&d.
“This honor is especially meaningful as it not only recognizes my contributions to the sustainability field, but also my role as mentor and coach for women—and men—across the AEC industries,” Lynn said. “Sharing knowledge is the first and perhaps most important step toward a greener built environment and effecting lasting change.”
A leading authority in the sustainability field, Lynn has served on a number of committees and on the board of directors of several industry organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects.
WSLA recognizes female leaders who are making a difference through sustainability. Now in its fourth year, the award is designed to create a more sustainable world by increasing awareness, promoting advancement and supporting the development of women in sustainability leadership.
Nominees are selected by a panel of judges comprising gb&d editors, past WSLA winners and U.S. Green Building Council leadership. They are evaluated on such areas as environmental stewardship, contributions to promoting change, mentoring and demonstrating courage in the workplace.
“Congratulations to Lynn on this well-deserved recognition,” President Raymond Daddazio said. “A longtime champion of sustainable design, she continues to make a difference by creating greener spaces and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Lynn typifies Thornton Tomasetti’s commitment to achieving sustainability in the built environment and leading by example.”
Lynn with fellow honoree Dr. Duygu Erten from TURKECO Construction and Energy.
For the past four years, Lynn has served as U.S. West region leader for Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice. She is responsible for managing green design and certification projects, as well as providing education and training on improving sustainability in the built environment. Her projects include CityCenter Las Vegas in Nevada, and Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco and CalPERS headquarters expansion in Sacramento, both in California. She also spearheaded the certification of Thornton Tomasetti’s San Francisco office, which received the first Platinum rating in the United States under the LEED v4 Commercial Interiors green building rating system.
Lynn has more than 25 years of experience in the sustainability field, having launched her own consulting firm in 1994, back when the terms green building were not yet part of the industry vernacular. She is one of only a handful of people to hold both American Institute of Architects Fellow and LEED Fellow distinctions.
Lynn joins WSLA alumnae Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang architects, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Arielle Bertman of Google, Katrin Klingenberg of the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) and Bea Perez of Coca-Cola.
“We created these awards to celebrate the achievements of women who are making lasting change in the world of sustainability,” Chris Howe, CEO and editor-in-chief at gb&d, said in a statement. “We’re connecting the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability through our WSLA network, and we’re raising awareness around what these inspirational women are doing.”
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