WASHINGTON, DC—This year the USGBC announcedits list of LEED Fellows; 48 were selected after the usual rigorousscreening process.

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LEED Fellows, simply put, is not an easy group to join: theyhave to have at least a minimum of ten years of experience in thegreen building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialtycredential, among other requirements.

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Included in this year's group of Fellows was SallyWilson, an executive managing director withNewmark Grubb Knight Frank. She is the firstcommercial real estate broker to be honored with thisdistinction.

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Wilson began immersing herself in sustainability 11 years ago,recognizing its growing importance to the community. She was, topick out one of her achievements, selected by USGBC to represent itin its headquarters relocation along with her partner PatMarr.

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They negotiated lease points ensuring the base buildingsupported Platinum-level LEED for Commercial Interiorscertification. This project was the first to be certified underLEED-CI V3, achieving 94 points. GlobeSt.com spoke with Wilsonabout being a Fellow and the direction of sustainability.

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GlobeSt.com: So congratulations. How does itfeel?

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Wilson: Personally it is an incredible honor tobe included in this dedicated group. There are maybe 200,000 LEEDAPs and about 200 Fellows.

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GlobeSt.com: Has this been a long-held careergoal?

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Wilson: Actually we helped review some of theapplicants in the first LEED Fellow class and at the time Iremember thinking as I read through the applications that there wasno way I could ever do anything like this. But by the time I becameeligible I realized I had done enough to be considered. It was moreof an 'ah ha' moment than a long-range plan.

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GlobeSt.com: What's next for you now that youhave been named a Fellow?

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Wilson: Well, LEED is just one rating systemand there are others in play as well. I still view myself as astudent. This is a field that is constantly changing andevolving.

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GlobeSt.com: Can you give me an example? Whatchange is underway now that might come as a surprise to some whoare not watching this space?

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Wilson: I think some people might be surprisedat how much of a focus there is internationally on LEED, especiallyas the initial push for LEED came from a GSA requirement. In termsof new buildings I believe there are more LEED projects outside ofthe US than domestically. Also, I think the recent announcementbetween the US and China acknowledging the climate issue will besomething to watch. It will have a huge impact on real estate.

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