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

Resume - About



Sustainability - Resiliency Green Building - Consultant - Project Manager – Educator – Speaking Professional

Introduction: I have spent 25 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 – Sustainability Service Line

Florida West Coast – Houston

2019 – 2021 

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: Aeroterm O’Hare Cargo Buildings 836, 837, 838. Quincy Veterans Home: Domicilary, Campus Infirmary. American Airlines HQ Skyview 7 and 8: LEED Gold Certified


EcoPreserve, LLC

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, 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 / 2021

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.

Synergy Cohousing

Delray Beach, FL

1994 – 2005

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 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

¨ Parksmart



¨ Others

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

• Deconstruction

• Recycling


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 

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 

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)

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 

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.

Software Proficiencies

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

Project Awards

Residential Project of the Year

2020 Alton Road – LEED Platinum – Net Zero Residence – USGBC South Florida Chapter

K-12 Project of the Year

St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School – LEED Gold – USGBC South Florida Chapter