305 episodes

Do green buildings matter to you? This podcast fuels your fire with inspiring interviews from industry and nonprofit leaders across the built environment.

Not sure if green building matters? Listen to the personal stories of our guests and let Charlie’s passion help convince you why green buildings are essential to our shared future.

Each episode illustrates a unique journey through sustainability and towards resilience. Charlie explores the challenges and celebrations of the movers and shakers in the green building industry.

Hear behind the scene stories from the inner world of green and healthy building design, construction, and management.

The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti Charlie Cichetti

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    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

Do green buildings matter to you? This podcast fuels your fire with inspiring interviews from industry and nonprofit leaders across the built environment.

Not sure if green building matters? Listen to the personal stories of our guests and let Charlie’s passion help convince you why green buildings are essential to our shared future.

Each episode illustrates a unique journey through sustainability and towards resilience. Charlie explores the challenges and celebrations of the movers and shakers in the green building industry.

Hear behind the scene stories from the inner world of green and healthy building design, construction, and management.

    Sustainable Insights with Miami-Based Brittany Storm, LEED Fellow

    Sustainable Insights with Miami-Based Brittany Storm, LEED Fellow

      Brittany Storm is a LEED Fellow with LEED AP specialties in BD+C and ID+C. She is also WELL AP, FItwel Ambassador, as well as USGBC and IWBI Faculty   She has extensive experience in the sustainable building industry and over 15 years of experience working on projects seeking various green building certifications including LEED, the WELL Building Standard, and the Living Building Challenge. Her professional background allows her to speak to audiences about both big picture and technical aspects of a green building project. Recognized as a thought leader, Brittany has a depth and breadth of technical expertise in the areas of healthy, sustainable construction materials, green building standards and rating systems, and sustainable manufacturing.   Brittany has directed numerous projects and managed the development of sustainability guidelines for a wide range of industry associations and green building standards. Brittany has consulted on more than 150 buildings with experience working with many different building types, including office buildings, tenant spaces, hotels, retail, warehouse and distribution centers, multifamily properties and public order and safety buildings. Brittany has also developed 2 LEED volume prototypes and has certified many LEED volume projects, representing over 2 million square feet and counting.    In her role as a sustainable building consultant, she advocates for healthy, sustainable building materials and construction practices. As a sustainable consultant to manufacturers, Brittany influences the identification and implementation of sustainable alternatives to manufacturers’ products and processes. She advocates including manufacturers as part of the project team in order to select products that best meet the project’s budget, performance, aesthetic, and sustainability needs.    Using her background in construction, Brittany offers a technical approach to problem solving and finding the best product(s) for each project team’s sustainability goals. From advocating for healthy materials to developing critical industry content for healthy materials, she exemplifies leadership in transforming the design and construction industry.    She is active on many sustainability committees including LEED’s Materials and Resources (MR) Technical Advisory Group (TAG), mindful MATERIALS, and several industry trade associations.   Show Highlights   Manufacturer engagement needs to evolve to create a better understanding of what goes into their products, how their products impact human health and the environment. Brittany’s shares how to help develop your career and the many sides of sustainability.  Proactive wellness is much more than green cleaning and the air quality.  Florida Green Building Coalition certification similar to LEED. A prototype to simplify and streamline the LEED certification process to address the actual volume of projects and client's needs. Shift the demands and responsibility away from architects and contractors to educate clients on decarbonization. Avoid panic mode thinking to achieve LEED certification in the initial planning stages.  Design a healthy space by selecting building materials that impact wellbeing, ecosystems, environments that are diverse, equitable, and cohesive.   Show Resource and Information L Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES   GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!   If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on .

    • 34 min
    Regenerative Business Coach Monique Allen

    Regenerative Business Coach Monique Allen

    TITLE:  Regenerative Business Coach Monique Allen   Monique Allen, is CEO and Creative Director of The Garden Continuum, a landscaping design company that brings the principles of regenerative agriculture to ornamental gardening. The central work of The Garden Continuum is to create outdoor living spaces, both public and private, that draw people out into those spaces and begin to build that reconnection with nature.   Monique's approach infuses life back into systems and landscapes that have been abused by degenerative practices.     Through regenerative gardening, Monique breathes new life into the soil, and through her personalized landscape business coaching she helps clients build a high-integrity business reflecting care for the entire earth community. Check out her book, Stop Landscaping, Start Lifescaping.    Show Highlights   The garden continuum and understanding regenerative business and the landscape movement. Jumpstart ecosystems and create an energetic loop on projects. Understanding the conundrum of care to create longevity and not just sustainable. Monique shares how to partner with mother nature on projects. Match your work with clients and people who are already invested emotionally, mentally, financially in what you do. The built environment needs to embrace creating “healthy sites” and not just regenerative spaces. Approach landscaping differently with a  “codify” tool to help you stop landscaping and start life.  Know the difference in a landscape as something pretty to look at, compared with “Life-Scapeing,” a space you interact with nature in.   “Have that triple bottom line mindset where it's: planet, people, and profits. One cannot happen without the other. It's not a question of its linearity. You roll these three aims of planet, people, and profits together. You are always looking through that triple lens to say, ‘Is this project creating a betterment or is it at least somewhat neutral,’ but it just can't be degrading or detrimental.” -Monique Allen   Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES   GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!   If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on .  We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the !   Copyright © 2023 GBES

    • 34 min
    CEO at CREtech Michael Beckerman

    CEO at CREtech Michael Beckerman

      Michael Beckerman, is a leader in the commercial real estate technology and sustainability sectors. He entered these sectors in 2012 after a 25-year career in commercial real estate media relations, in which he started and built Beckerman Public Relations into one of the largest firms in the country before eventually selling the agency.   Michael now serves as CEO of CREtech, the largest conference company devoted to technology and sustainability in the Built World.   Michael also hosts the CREtech Climate Cast, a podcast series devoted to educating, inspiring, and leading the built environment to invest and adopt climate technologies and embrace sustainability. Tune in to in-depth conversations with the leading real estate and tech innovators from across the globe.   Show Highlights   Technology in the built environment that embraces the marketplace of the built environment. The overall umbrella and difference between PropTech vs Climate Tech vs Construction Tech. The industry has to adapt to be a customer-centric hospitality space in office spaces and residential.  Fragmentation in the tech sector created gaps in infrastructure for companies.   Every building is a snowflake in need of technology tools to decarbonize and create building efficiency.  Focus on climate risk mitigation, in the real estate industry, but also  for the homeowner/consumer.  Do your due diligence on AI. It’s the wild, wild, west.    “Our struggles are our greatest teachers. I've learned to embrace the struggle. When I make a mistake, it's like, ‘Okay, why was that given to me? What am I supposed to learn from that experience?’ I think the things I wish I knew when I was younger were more about mindfulness, more about being present and letting go of the stress and the anxiety of like the future, the unknowns.” -Michael Beckerman     Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES   GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!   If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on .  We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the !   Copyright © 2023 GBES  

    • 33 min
    OTEC Sao Paulo’s David Douek - Driving Efficiency, Performance, and Sustainable Development

    OTEC Sao Paulo’s David Douek - Driving Efficiency, Performance, and Sustainable Development

        David Douek, LEED Fellow, is the director of OTEC, since its foundation in 2007. He has  dedicated himself to building one of the leading consulting and service providers for the real estate, design, construction, properties management, energy efficiency and sustainability markets. Together with OTEC’s team he has worked with companies such as: Coca Cola, P&G, GE, GM, Siemens, Deloitte, Brookfield, Hines, Cyrela, Prologis, Santander, Bndes, USP, GLP and others of the same importance, always helping them achieve their goals.   His academic background is in business, architecture, engineering, real estate, data science and sustainability. In addition to this, he has gained valuable international experience which has helped me develop foreign businesses such as DesignBuilder software in Brazil.   Show Highlights   The main difference between the American and the Brazilian market in building design and construction procedures. The transformation of WELL and the introduction of a variety of WELL certifications and programs to adopt post pandemic.   OTEC consulting firm believes that to improve the quality of the buildings, we have to understand what they represent for the market.   David further shares:   his company’s achievements and contributions to the green building industry.  how to pinpoint what the challenges are.  how to  help the clients increase their performance towards a concrete and a reasonable goal.  why a designer, contractor, a developer, has to incorporate sustainability within the process. how to  drive the market towards IGO.  Why wellness is important, but should be incorporated in a much larger perspective. The balance is in understanding that technologies and finances have to work together. Tips to help whoever's interested in understanding what their ESG strategy should be regarding their facilities.   Show Resource and Information Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES   GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!   If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on .  We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the !   Copyright © 2023 GBES  

    • 31 min
    300th Episode

    300th Episode

      Charlie Cichetti, CEO, LEED Fellow and WELL AP, is one of the leaders in the green building industry. He’s built a career around green building services/education/and technology, and has co-founded multiple companies that hold sustainability leadership as core values. His career has evolved from a strong construction background, to real estate, to early LEED expertise, to starting his own business, to buying a business, and now to co-founding two technology companies - all in the built environment. ESG | Decarbonization | ClimateTech | EdTech | LEED Charlie is invested in the success of the green building industry. He works with people and buildings around the world to create the highest level of sustainability possible. Show Highlight Current Trends and a glimpse to the future for programs and rating systems around resiliency for the industry. The Past 10 Episodes you should check out * Episode 298: Alvis Yuen, head of ESG Real Estate for Bain Capital. * Episode 297: Silas Mahner with NextWave to help advance the world to a cleaner future. * Episode 296: Keith Fine the Principal at SLAM for an in depth conversation on innovation and AI. * Episode 295: Tucker Perkins with PERC for a conversation on Propane Education and Research Act. * Episode 294: Isela Rosales is the Managing Director, Head of ESG & Sustainability at Bridge Investment Group, a leading $50 billion investment portfolio. Charlie’s Playlist of 8 episodes to check out on GBES Podcast Episode 48: Maria Perez, LEED Fellow at Gensler . Episode 37: Vivian Loftus and the amazing work she's doing at Carnegie Mellon. Episode 57: A Wild Conversation with Jason Twill. Episode 172: Drew Shula, a social entrepreneur focused on building up our green building consulting firms. Episode: Emmanuel Powells, who is a living Future hero. Episode 180: Peter Templeton, the current CEO of the US Green Building Council. Episode 224: A live podcast interview in Munich, Germany last year. Episode 287: The Founding Father of LEED Rob Watson. Inspirational Projects to check out Companies are focused on climate risk and opportunities to support the CDP framework. Show Resource and Information Charlie's Podcast Playlist Inspirational Projects Cal Guerxo Show Notes Don’t forget to catch more episodes and resources for all of your green building news at the website. Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES: GBES is excited our membership community is growing.  Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more insurances that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community! If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on . We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the ! Copyright © 2023 GBES

    • 14 min
    Rust Belt Riders (Ohio) and Climate Fellow Daniel Brown

    Rust Belt Riders (Ohio) and Climate Fellow Daniel Brown

      Daniel Brown works to promote public health, green spaces, wealth building, and community engagement. He has served on the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition, the Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council, and the U.S. Composting Council's steering committee for community composting prior to starting Rust Belt Riders. Mr. Brown is a social entrepreneur and climate fellow. Show Highlights Learn how Rust Belt communities are fighting deindustrialization and the impacts of climate change with economic development, climate resiliency, and the re-imagination of communities. Why does the climate crisis make all other crises that much worse?  The biggest leverage and point of leverage that we can have on affecting human driven impacts on the climate. Learn more about the intersecting issues related to our food and agricultural system on both public health, air and water quality. The work Rust Belt Riders is doing work that provides  a template for how other cities and communities can affect change at a systems level to truly be the rising tide that lifts all boats.  community leaders, businesses and residents a way to reframe their waste stream as a resource stream to avoid the very worst impacts of the climate crisis. Highly dense urban areas need an alternative to landfills because they do not have the infrastructure or capacity to process all of the organic material that they ingest. Food and food systems are the building block for all and any type of circular economy.  The top three things we need to balance the push and pull of the  environmental economic equation.    “It's important to acknowledge that no one does anything on their own. Anything I've ever been able to accomplish has been because of the people whose shoulders I stood on and who were in the trenches with me. I don't think that there's any singular thing that I alone have done. But what I will say is I think that like the building of the organization that I'm here representing, Rust Belt Riders is among the most proud things that I've worked and been part of.” -Daniel Brown   Show Resource and Information   Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES   GBES is excited our membership community is growing. Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!   If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on .  We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the !   Copyright © 2023 GBES

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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So many great conversations!

I love the variety of guests and their stories. I’ve taken book recommendations and connected with guests through Linked In.
Highly recommended for future and current sustainability professionals.

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Charlie is truly an authority in the green building space, and it's no wonder - after listening to this podcast, I can't imagine a better resource for those looking to get involved in the green movement! Tons of excellent information around the latest in the industry and inspiring perspectives from the professionals at the forefront. Don't miss it!

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John Rogalski

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