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Jonathan Burgess Becomes LEED Fellow

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Jonathan Burgess Becomes LEED Fellow

Jonathan Burgess of The Spinnaker Group Selected as 2017 LEED Fellow
LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development

MIAMI, FL – (October 16, 2017) – The Spinnaker Group, Inc. has announced that Jonathan Burgess, Vice President of Sustainable Operations, has been named a 2017 LEED Fellow by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 23 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. LEED Fellows are recognized as the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.


“We are honored and proud to have Jonathan Burgess as one of this year’s LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “Jonathan has shown superb leadership as a green building advocate and has continued to help shift the norm of how the industry plans and builds sustainably. Jonathan’s work and credibility in the industry has been proven time and time again by his outstanding leadership in the green building movement, and motivates all of us to continue the charge forward in creating sustainable, healthy and connected communities through the built environment.


To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, must have at least 10 years of exceptional impact in the green building industry, hold a LEED AP with specialty credential and undergo an extensive portfolio review, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.


“Jonathan’s recognition as a LEED Fellow is a testament to his depth of knowledge of green building design and his commitment to making our world a more sustainable place for future generations”, said Rob Hink, Principal of The Spinnaker Group.

LEED Fellow

LEED Fellow

Jonathan Burgess, is Vice President of Sustainable Operations at The Spinnaker Group, a premiere green building consulting firm based here in South Florida. Jonathan and his team have helped inform the design of over 120 LEED certified building projects in South Florida and across the globe. He has over a dozen years of experience in landscape architecture and design, has LEED AP ND and BD+C accreditations, and over six years working in LEED Project Management. Jonathan is a LEED Faculty, WELL Faculty, and Living Building Challenge auditor.


The recipients will be honored at the 2017 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 in Boston . The nomination period for the 2018 LEED Fellows class will open in February 2018. For more information about the LEED Fellow program and LEED credentialing, visit usgbc.org/credentials.




About Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org.


The Spinnaker Group is a South Florida based green-building design and engineering consulting firm whose team of architects and engineers has extensive knowledge in the application of all LEED rating systems.  The Spinnaker Group helps companies achieve green building goals including design consulting, commissioning, specification writing and energy and daylight modeling.  Involved in more than 200 LEED projects throughout the region and internationally, The Spinnaker Group has certified over 120 LEED projects.  In 2013, The Spinnaker Group won “Business of the Year” recognition by the South Florida Business Journal, and worked on the first-ever LEED for Neighborhood Development project in Miami, the Miami Design District.  For more information, visit www.thespinnakergroupinc.com