ASID President Selected as a 2013 LEED Fellow for Distinguished Contributions to Green Building Innovation

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Washington, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) | The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has selected Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, as a member of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Fellows Class of 2013. Schoessler Lynn is president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); a senior associate with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle in Minneapolis; and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota.      

LEED recognizes best-in-class building strategies, provides third-party verification of green buildings and establishes rating systems for projects designed to achieve LEED certification. LEED Fellows are accomplished individuals nominated by their peers and distinguished by the caliber of their contributions to advancing the field of green building.

“The 2013 class of LEED Fellows is an extraordinary group of thought leaders, innovators and green building professionals dedicated to a healthy, sustainable future,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Their commitment to LEED is transforming our built environment. We are honored to present these highly accomplished individuals with the LEED Fellow designation.”

Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO of ASID, characterized Schoessler Lynn as a national leader on sustainable design solutions. “Rachelle has long championed design’s essential role in creating green buildings that improve lives and protect the environment,” he said. “The leadership and staff of ASID applaud USGBC for recognizing Rachelle’s tireless efforts and the critical role interiors play in sustainability. We congratulate Rachelle on the breakthrough her Fellow designation represents.”

Schoessler Lynn is one of only 51 accomplished sustainable building professionals to be selected as LEED Fellows this year. To earn this designation, LEED Fellows must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee conducts the evaluation process, which the Green Building Certification Institute supports.    

In the December issue of Interiors & Sources magazine, Schoessler Lynn offers her insights into the issues of transparency and product selection in sustainable design: “As a sustainable designer … I'm encouraged by the gains the industry has made around product information. Upgrades to LEEDv4, the Living Building Challenge and Architecture 2030 have been designed to take a more holistic approach to sustainability, especially with regard to the overall impact of the products we specify. Tools such as the 2030 Palette, LCA (life cycle assessment), EPD (environmental product declaration) and HPD (health product declaration) help to move beyond single-attribute considerations to an integrated systems approach that enables designers to better understand product impacts and select materials that perform well and look fantastic, without doing harm to the environment and people.”

Appointed by the governor of Minnesota, Schoessler Lynn served two terms on the licensing board for the State of Minnesota and has received numerous professional accolades, including ASID Minnesota Designer of Distinction and recognition from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40.” Several of Schoessler Lynn’s projects have received national and state design awards, including her design of the Red Stag Supper Club — the first LEED-CI Silver certified restaurant in Minnesota. Schoessler Lynn was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows in 2009, presented with the 2011 Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University, and recognized as the 2004 Designer of Distinction by the Minnesota Chapter of ASID.

Find out more about ASID, USGBC’s announcement of the 2013 LEED Fellows, and the LEED Fellow program.