Bill Updike

Principal, Washington DC

Bill has been a passionate advocate for climate, green building and environmental policy for decades, and is recognized as a national leader in green building, urban sustainable development and climate planning and programs. Bill has a diverse career background—including spearheading green building and climate policy for the District of Columbia government, project management for a renewable energy company, construction management for a deep green design/build firm, sales for a green building supply company, and, in the early part of his career, environmental journalism for two national magazines. This uniquely varied background has allowed Bill to gain expertise in sustainability and climate planning, programs, and policy development, green building strategies and solutions, and renewable energy deployment. Having worked in all sectors—private, government and non-profit—he understands the challenges of budgets, time limitations, and the need for effective and efficient project delivery.

Bill’s extensive work on green building, energy, and climate mitigation and adaptation has earned him multiple awards including a Living Building Challenge Hero Award (from the International Living Future Institute) and a BOLD Award at Greenbuild in 2015. Bill has substantial technical knowledge in green building, climate change, and neighborhood-scale sustainable development, but also thrives on the softer skills of project management, visionary big picture thinking, writing, and public outreach and communication. He uses this suite of skills to translate technical knowledge and information into plans and policies that citizens can understand and use to promote the greater well-being of people and our planet.

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