Dr Charles J. Kibert Ph.D., P.E. is Professor and Director of the Powell Center for Construction & Environment, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida and co-founder and President of the Cross Creek Initiative, a non-profit industry/university joint venture seeking to implement sustainability principles into construction. He has served as a consultant for numerous green building projects and directed the design and construction of the award winning Rinker Hall, the first LEED gold certified building in Florida which was listed as one of the AIA COTE Committees Top 10 projects.
He is a member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and has extensive experience in mechanical and electrical contracting and design of renewable energy systems.
He was co-chair of the Curriculum and Accreditation Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) , a board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and is on the board of the Green Building Initiative (GBI). He developed a widely used green building continuing education program for Florida contractors and subcontractors, Build Green and Profit, which has been delivered to overt 5,000 builders and subcontractors. He is the author of over 100 articles, papers, and other publications on sustainable development and related issues.
The LEED® Green Building Certification Program is fast becoming the world leading Building Rating standard which addresses all building types and covers 5 important areas for Sustainable Environment and Improved Health : Sustainable Site Development, Energy Efficiency, Water Savings, Indoor Environment and Resources Selection.