Georgia Tech has been at the forefront of sustainability since its inception in the 1880's. This is evidenced by the fact that the original brick buildings on campus were made from indigenous Georgia red clay, and Grant Field was the home to football, baseball and track. Fast forward to 2019 where we have just built the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, slated to be one of the most sustainable buildings in the southeast, on the path to meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Come learn about the evolution of Georgia Tech's 400-acre ecosystem and our commitment to sustainable campus development.
Howard Wertheimer is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. From 2006-2019, Howard served as the AVP for Capital Planning & Space Management and Institute Architect at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he had strategic oversight of the Campus Master Plan, Landscape Master Plan, Historic Preservation Plan, campus-wide sustainability initiatives, curation of public art, and most things visually exposed. He was responsible for the aesthetics and visual vocabulary of the campus, which currently includes over 16M square feet of space in 200 buildings on 400 acres in Atlanta, Georgia.
While at Georgia Tech, Howard lead the development of the Kendeda Building for Sustainable Design and has delivered numerous papers across the country on Georgia Tech’s Living Building journey, anticipated to be one the most environmentally advanced education and research buildings on a university campus in the Southeast.
Howard is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Piedmont Park Conservancy, a non-profit overseeing the stewardship, operations, financial procedures, programs and overall performance to cultivate substantial and sustainable growth of Atlanta’s iconic Piedmont Park, which is the heart and soul of the city.