Wayne DeFeo, an environmental veteran with policy and management expertise, both in government and with the private sector, has been named Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC NJ).
Formed in 1993, the USGBC national organization took a huge leap forward with the introduction in 2000 of its LEED rating system. Today, it is recognized as the international standard for environmentally sound buildings.
DeFeo, of Warren Township, Somerset County, NJ, was the county’s first recycling coordinator and later served as Deputy Director of Solid Waste for the New Board of Public Utilities where he provided counsel on solid waste issues and helped develop recycling regulations.
DeFeo later served as New Jersey manager for the then National Solid Waste Management Association (now National Waste & Recycling Association). In 1995, he formed his own consulting company, DeFeo Associates, where has provided expert advice to a long list of counties, municipalities, universities and businesses.
DeFeo is a LEED AP and has been the Project Coordinator on more than seven LEED certified buildings in New Jersey. He has made and continues to make presentations about LEED and its advantages to many organizations.
The New Jersey native has received special recognition from the NJDEP for his contributions to recycling and currently serves as a Faculty Coordinator for Rutgers University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. He has developed several courses in Recycling with an emphasis on sustainability and has been a course instructor in New Jersey’s Recycling Coordinator Certification Program for many years.
A former member of the board of directors of USGBC NJ, DeFeo says it is his goal to expand the Chapter’s educational and networking efforts, coordinate with organizations that share USGB’s goals, and to help increase diversity within the Sustainability field.
The state Chapter has a full slate of programs scheduled for the first five months of 2019 including:
• A tour of CarpetCycle’s manufacturing facility in Roselle where recycled carpet and denim are made into sustainable insulation.
• A series of additional programs designed to bring designers of green buildings and makers of green building products together.
• Programs to increase opportunities for women and minorities to grow within the Sustainability field, and
• Programs to bring younger professionals together with their more experienced colleagues to network and share common interests.
Contact: Wayne DeFeo DeFeo Associates 732-563-9524
About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to ecologically sustainable, resilient, profitable, and healthy 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, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network. NJ leads the nation with 37 LEED bills introduced, largely due to USGBC NJ.
For over 15 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.