With nearly 30 years of experience as a sustainability, performance green building professional and educator, I possess a broad set of skills and expertise. As a passionate leader and advocate of high-performance, sustainable built environments, integrative process facilitation, and third-party certifications I have an established history of dedicated passion towards creating resilient, sustainable built environments.
I possess knowledge and expertise with an array of rating systems, environmentally preferable materials, policy and program authoring and implementation, green building education, and project management.
I provide the leadership and consulting to developers, stakeholders, design, construction and operation professionals to streamline third-party certifications, meet sustainability goals, integrate best management practices and meet certification requirements. With a focus is on the integrative process and triple bottom line I work with teams to understand how implementation is economically viable and improves profitability. Experienced with a wide range of building types, I am proficient with bringing know-how to stakeholders, design, construction, and operations teams on new and existing resilient, sustainable, high-performance buildings, campuses, and neighborhoods.
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GARY SHLIFER M.S. LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes
Sustainability - Resiliency Green Building - Consultant - Project Manager – Educator – Speaking Professional
Introduction: I have spent nearly 30 years working to influence our culture towards becoming sustainable,
resilient, and regenerative. As a Professional Sustainability Consultant, I am intimate with an array of third-party
verified rating systems, standards, and programs. Equipped a wide-breadth of expertise and my
unbridled passion I have the confidence to lead companies towards and surpass goals.
Professional Experience – Skill Sets
NV5 – Vertical Building Sustainability Service Line
Florida West Coast – Houston
2019 – Present
Title: Sustainability Specialist
Roles: Sustainability, Third-Party Certification, LEED BD+C, LEED EBOM, Sustainable Airport Manual
Consultant, Senior Project Manager, Construction Sustainability Planning Authoring – On Site Oversight,
Subject Matter Expert, Peer Reviewer, Educator, Mentor
Sustainability, Resiliency, Regenerative Process Consultant. LEED Certification Project Manager, Integrative
Design and Process Facilitator. Certification Administration. Sustainability, Construction Waste
Management Specifications Writer/Reviewer. LEED Online management. Performance Green Building and
Rating System Educator. Business Development Proposal authoring. Owner Program Requirements
Project Participation: Schematic Design through Certification: Sustainability, LEED Certification Consulting,
Project Management, and Administration: O’Hare Cargo Buildings 836, 837, 838. Quincy Veterans Home:
Residential Home, Campus Infirmary
Sarasota – Orlando, Florida
2015 – 2019
Title: Sustainability - Performance Green Building Consultant - Senior Project Manager
Roles: Project Design Consultant, Senior Third-Party Certification Project Manager, Field Construction
Certification Oversight, Educator - Mentor
LEED and Florida Green Building Coalition Homes Consultant. Integrative Process and Charrette
Facilitation. Project Administration. Specifications review. LEED Online management. Green Building and
Rating System Educator. Business Development Proposal authoring. Junior Staff Mentor.
Project Participation: Schematic Design through Certification and/or Construction Oversight: 500 Town Park
Orlando, FL LEED CS Silver certified. Northrop Grumman – Jacobs Buildings 230, 232 Melbourne, FL
(Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver certified. Senior Project Manager Greater Orlando International
Airport Expansion, South Terminal C LEED NC Silver pursuit. Jacksonville Transportation Authority Inner
City Bus Terminal (Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver certified, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Administration Building (Construction Oversight) LEED NC Silver pursuit, Lockheed Martin Missile Fire and
Control Offices LEED ID+C Silver Pursuit Orlando, FL, Grand Ave Community Center and Classroom
Building LEED NC Silver pursuit, Orlando, FL.
Emerald Built Environments
Sarasota, Florida – Cleveland, OH
June 2014 - March 2018
Title: Sustainability - Performance Green Building Consultant - Senior Project Manager
Roles: Consultant, Senior Project Manager, Administrator for LEED and Enterprise Green Communities
Certification oversight, integrative process and charrette facilitation. Project administration, coordination,
and speaking professional. LEED Online oversight and management. Green Building and Rating System
Education. Specifications review. Creating and providing business development, education and marketing
presentations. Existing building policy authoring. Energy Star Portfolio Manager Oversight and
Management. Document Authoring: Owner Program Requirements. Sustainability policies and procedures for purchasing,waste management, green cleaning, hardscape - building exterior maintenance, integrated pest
management, facility alterations, and tenant space design and construction. Surveys for thermal and
occupant comfort verification and alternative transportation. Specifications authoring and review.
Specifications for third-party certification.
Project Participation: Schematic Design through Certification and/or Construction Oversight: Cleveland
Clinic Cancer Building LEED HC, Cedar Extension LEED ND, NC & Enterprise Green Communities, Uptown
II Apartments LEED NC Silver certified. Emerald Alliance VIII LEED for Homes Gold certified. Ohio University
Schoonover Center Phase II LEED CI Gold certified. Bowling Green State University Student Center LEED
CI - Certified and Hanna Hall LEED NC Silver pursuit. Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus Center
LEED NC Silver pursuit and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Center Western Campus LEED
NC Silver pursuit. Forest City Headquarters – Key Tower LEED CI Silver pursuit. OAC Construction – Port
of Miami Terminal E (Construction Oversight), LEED CI Silver certified. Ohio State University – Lima Student
Center LEED NC Gold certified. Wilmington College, Kettering Science Building LEED NC Gold pursuit.
Heritage View IV Enterprise Green Communities certified.
Guernsey Architects Engineers and Consultants
Oklahoma City, OK
2010 – 2014
Title: Sustainability - Performance Green Building Professional
Performance Green Building Consultant - Senior Project Manager - Educator Guernsey is a 150-employee
firm that provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, MEP – HVAC – Civil – Structural –
Fire Protection engineering, commissioning, master planning, RFP authoring, and sustainability services for
the federal and private sectors.
Roles: Initiated, lead, oversaw, managed sustainability, performance green building projects: LEED
Consulting, Administration – Coordination, LEED Online Management, Integrative Process Facilitation,
Strategy Development, Product/Material Sourcing Consulting, and Education. RFP review and RFI
development. Established and lead company ‘Sustainability Green Team’ developing and implementing
measures and programs for the company-owned 90,000 sf building, pursuing of LEED EBOM certification.
Authored RFPs and oversaw implementation of company Green Cleaning and Recycling programs.
Sustainability Policy Authoring: Authored company sustainable business policies for purchasing, green
cleaning, and waste management.
Project Participation: Camp Lejeune – Devil Dog Battalion Aid Station LEED NC Gold certified and Applied
Field Training Center LEED NC Silver certified Jacksonville, NC. Windsor Locks Readiness Center LEED NC
Silver certified Hartford, CT, Sugar Grove Fire and Police Centers LEED NC Silver Certified, Sugar Grove,
WV. Starship 6050 – LEED Silver Equivalent USACE Self Certified Ft. Sill, OK. Ft. Bragg Stadium - LEED
Silver Equivalent USACE Self Certified Ft. Bragg, NC.
Green Building Florida
Hollywood - Sarasota, Florida
2006 – 2010 / 2015 - 2019
Title: Performance Green Building Consultant - Project Manager - Speaking Professional
Roles: Owner/Principal providing expert consulting services to architects, engineers, stakeholders,
developers, municipalities, higher education and residential for sustainability, performance green building
and third-party certification. Integrative process facilitation. Support, leadership and policy authoring for
LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification (v3-v4). Sustainability, performance
green building presenter and speaking professional.
Project Consultant and Project Manager: Schematic Design through Certification: St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Day School LEED for Schools Gold Certified, Miami, FL. LEED Bay Harbor Residence, LEED for Homes
Silver, Florida Green Building Coalition Gold, Energy Star for Homes certified Miami, FL. 2020 Alton Road
- Net Zero Residence LEED for Homes Platinum certified, Miami Beach, FL. 620 Ocean Drive Residence,
LEED for Homes Silver certified, Florida Green Building Coalition Gold certified, Energy Star for Homes,
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods certified, Palm Beach, Fl.
The Spinnaker Group
2006 – 2008
Title: Performance Green Building – Sustainability - Support Specialist
Provided crucial support to senior management in the areas of performance green building, LEED
certification, marketing and business development. Developed presentations and co-led charrette events,
education for clients, municipal leaders and stakeholders.
Delray Beach, FL
1994 – 2000
Title: Founder - Principal - Design Management - Codeveloper
Cohousing sustainable intentional neighborhood development consisting of 36 clustered homes. Inception
through schematic design. Roles: Stakeholder recruitment, marketing, site – architecture – sustainability
oversight, discipline hiring, integrative design organization, design/material/product research, weekly
meeting facilitation, policy development.
Sustainability Consulting - Gary Shlifer M.S., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes
Rating System Technical Proficiency
Extensive Experience: Site Selection through occupancy. Roles include: Project management, consultant,
educator, integrative process facilitator, and administrator:
¨ LEED BD+C: v2009, v4, v4.1
- NC, CS, Schools, Healthcare
¨ LEED ID+C
¨ LEED for Homes
¨ LEED for Existing Buildings
¨ Enterprise Green Communities
Thorough technical knowledge providing leadership, education, consultation, project management, and
facilitation of the integrative process to individuals and project teams towards successful, exemplary
strategy development and certification. Guidance for credit/feature/petal for:
¨ Living Building Challenge
¨ LEED ND Plan – Built
Subject Matter Expertise
• Indoor Air Quality: Construction, Preoccupancy, Occupancy
• Third-Party Performance Green Building Certifications
• Sustainability Program Initiatives and Implementation
• Sustainability, Resiliency, Regenerative Process
• Construction Waste Management Planning
• Integrative Design – Integrative Process
• Environmentally Preferable Materials
• Materials Reuse, Repurpose, Salvage
• Energy Conservation Measures
• Water Conservation Measures
• Integrated Pest Management
• Building Envelope Systems
• Sustainable Purchasing
• Daylight Harvesting
• Renewable Energy
• Waste Reduction
• Electric Vehicles
• Green Cleaning
Master of Science: Systems, Cybernetics – Behavior: Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Arts: Communications: Television – Film Production: Temple University
Associate of Science: Marine Studies
Green Building & Sustainability: Leadership, Education and Advocacy
Instructor – Educator LEED Accreditation Preparation Workshops
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, OK 2011 – 2013
Contracted through Oklahoma State University to create curriculum and lead monthly 16-hour
workshops with a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The goal was to expand
sustainability expertise regionally. Provided the education necessary for individuals to successfully pass
LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction (LEED
AP BD+C) Prometric examinations.
Resume: Gary Shlifer M.S., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes
Volunteer Advocacy Leadership
• U.S. Green Building Council Oklahoma Chapter, Vice Chair 2011 - 2013
Serving in chapter leadership position as mentor, educator, manager and sustainability advocate for
NGO, Government, Profit and non-Profit companies and organizations. Involved in ongoing chapter
events, activities, advocacy, education, and programs. Shared management of board and executive
committee monthly and annual meetings and events. Supported annual 'Spring Forum' expo and
conference with 500 average attendees coming from the public and private sectors.
• Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Content Expert
USGBC Headquarters: 2009, Dallas, TX: 2011 As an in the field expert with LEED for Homes, assisted
GBCI/Prometric with accreditation exam item development.
• USGBC Florida Chapter – Residential Green Building Advocate (RGBA) 2009 – 2010
Served as mentor, educator, advocate for Broward County Branch with respect to LEED for Homes and
other residential green building rating systems for new and existing residential built environments.
Served as expert educator for the LEED for Homes rating system and Florida Green Building Coalition
Green Home rating system.
• City of Hollywood Green Team Advisory Board, Vice Chair 2007 – 2008
Served as advisor to the City of Hollywood, Florida for sustainability programs, strategies and measures
for implementation. Introduced the City to the Florida Green Building Coalition's 'Local Green
Government' certification and process achieving FGBC Local Green Government Bronze Certification,
Event - Conference - Seminar - Workshop - Speaking Professional (Brief)
• AIA Ohio Leadership Awards – Sustainability, Green Building Presentation – Toledo, OH
• U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, Residential Summit, Davie, FL
• U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter, Multiple Residential Green Building Events -
Presentations for chapter/branch meetings and events.
• U.S. Green Building Council Oklahoma Chapter, Spring Forum, Tulsa, OK
• Green Building Conference and Expo, Oklahoma City, OK
• City of Oklahoma City (Multiple Events) LEED Core Concepts, Oklahoma City, OK
• Congress for the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), Phoenix, AZ
• Army Corp of Engineers – Society of American Military Engineers, Ft. Sill, OK
• Oklahoma Society of Engineers, Oklahoma City, OK
• Green Building Making Sense: GreenBuild Film Festival 2014
Green Building Education Presentation, Video, and Website Director - Producer
Producer, Director, Videographer, Photographer, Writer, Editor, Developer for professionally crafted
green building education presentations, websites, and video presentations: Project Marketing, Green
Building Education and LEED Innovation Credit Point Achievement.
MS Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop - Acrobat – InDesign, Apple Final Cut Pro 7-X, Motion,
Compressor, Keynote, and Pages.
Resume: Gary Shlifer M.S., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Homes
Environmental Leadership Award 2008 - Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Residential Project of the Year 2013
2020 Alton Road – LEED Platinum – Net Zero Residence – USGBC South Florida Chapter
K-12 Project of the Year 2012
St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School – LEED Gold – USGBC South Florida Chapter