Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that shareholder Carolynne C. White and associate Lori R. Baker recently received the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) certification. As LEED APs, White and Baker are distinguished as building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. Both White and Baker also hold advanced degrees in urban and regional planning.
“Carolynne and Lori join an elite group of attorneys in Colorado that are LEED Accredited Professionals,” said Bruce James, CEO and managing partner of the firm’s Denver office. “Having attorneys with this accreditation will allow us to continue to provide clients with specialized counsel as they navigate the complexities of LEED certification requirements for green development projects.”
White is a shareholder in the firm’s land use, government relations, real estate and natural resources groups. Her practice focuses primarily on the zoning and entitlement process, with an emphasis on complex projects involving redevelopment, infill, brownfields, urban renewal, eminent domain, mixed use, transit-oriented development, PIFs and other public financing tools, and special challenges such as historic preservation. White’s knowledge of the legal issues surrounding green building as well as land use and building strategies for sustainability is highly sought after and she frequently speaks on these issues.
As a member of the firm’s real estate, land use and natural resources groups, Baker provides counsel on issues related to commercial real estate transactions, zoning, entitlements and other land use development approvals. She is well versed in the theory, methodology, and practice of land use and infrastructure planning, environmental planning, and community planning and social policy.
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. Only 16 attorneys in Colorado have earned this accreditation.
In 2008, the administration of the Professional Accreditation program transitioned to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Green Building Certification Institute, established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org