Award winning non-profit and government leader Marc Matsil to lead USGBC NJ to help transform state’s built environment.
Morristown, N.J. (June 5, 2017) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) announced today the appointment of new Executive Director Marc Matsil.
From NYC’s stressed urban communities to NJ’s most populated cities and suburbs, and the far reaches of Juneau, Alaska, Marc has worked to advance resilience, conservation, and restoration strategies to reduce the Carbon footprint.
“In the advent of climate change— sea level rise and greater storm intensities, USGBC NJ’s mission is to transform the state’s built environment into an ecologically resilient and sustainable system, reduce energy consumption and carbon inputs, to result in healthier, greener communities. Through education, advocacy and growth of its LEED program, and collaboration with our partners, this can be achieved,” said Matsil, who said he is excited to work with USGBC NJ’s talented board and staff.
Matsil is an entrepreneurial, award-winning government and non-profit leader with experience developing urban and rural innovations that create resilient, livable cities and regions. He has a proven track record of creating strategic public-private partnerships that integrate the natural and built environment into the urban and regional fabric. Matsil is recognized as one of the nation’s leading urban ecologists. He has been awarded the Theodore Sperry International Award by the Society of Ecology Restoration, the coveted U.S. EPA/Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Award, and two U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Awards, among others.
“We look forward to the next phase of our Chapter’s growth with Marc Matsil at the helm,” said Faith Taylor, SVP, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide and USGBC NJ’s Board Chair. “His wealth of knowledge, his experience, and his passion will be a great asset to the Chapter and Region.”
As Chief of the New York City Parks Natural Resources Group for 15 years, Matsil developed a strategic plan—working with multiple branches of government, businesses and non-profits to conserve and restore lands in the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. Matsil raised more than $200 million to execute the program. As Assistant Commissioner for Natural & Historic Resources for the State of NJ he had oversight of NJ State Parks; the Office of Coastal Engineering & Dam Safety; Division of Fish & Wildlife; Office of Natural Resources Damages & Restoration; and was NJ’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. He established, working with the NJ Board of Public Utilities, the Cool Cities Initiative to plant thousands of trees in NJ’s most underserved communities to reduce energy demands and heat island impacts. He also helped revive the State’s Natural Resources Damages and Restoration program. As Director of Parks & Recreation, City & Borough of Juneau, Alaska, he initiated the nation’s most protective riverine buffers for anadromous fish and had oversight of the nation’s first public aquatic facility to operate using sustainable ground source heat technology. He served as NYS Director at The Trust for Public Land for 5.5 years where he developed the NYS Climate Program.
Matsil has been appointed to boards and task forces including The German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Cities Forum; City of NY Water Infrastructure Task Force; Regional Plan Association’s 4th Regional Plan Committee; Land Trust Alliance’s NYS Board; Co-Chair; Jamaica Bay Science & Resilience Institute Stakeholder’s Council; and others.
USGBC NJ’s first executive director Florence Block passed away in September 2016. Block forged a path to help create a strong New Jersey green building community.
USGBC NJ was recently awarded a grant from the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development. This enables USGBC NJ to provide fully-funded training for employees of qualifying NJ businesses for increasing LEED expertise, as well as for credentials and/or CEUs. Training covers the complete spectrum of LEED Core Curriculum and Exam Prep., Corporate Sustainability, GPRO (Construction/ Trades), and more. Classes are forming now. If you are interested in creating or joining a class, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find upcoming tours, networking, and educational events, here: https://usgbcnj.org/event-directory/.
For more about Marc Matsil and USGBC NJ, visit https://usgbcnj.org/.
About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform the state’s built environment into an ecologically resilient and sustainable system, reduce energy consumption and carbon inputs, to result in healthier, greener communities. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.
For over 14 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community. For more information, visit https://usgbcnj.org/.
Contact: Medea Villeré