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Susan Heinking of Pepper Construction Company selected as 2016 LEED Fellow

Pepper Construction says that Susan Heinking, director of high performance and sustainable construction, has been named a 2016 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.

“Every story about LEED is a story about leadership and a story about people,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and chief operating officer, U.S. Green Building Council. “Susan’s commitment to our shared mission and innovative work to advance the green building industry is at the heart of our movement and is helping to drive our progress of a creating a sustainable built environment.”

“Susan has demonstrated a remarkable ability to impact the world around her through her dedication, expertise and genuine passion for sustainability,” said Stan Pepper, CEO of Pepper Construction.

“Susan is a recognized leader on sustainability in Chicago’s AEC industry, heading sustainability initiatives for several top-tier global architecture firms such as HOK and VOA Associates, to achieving more than $1million in energy incentives for projects. Susan’s understanding of the design process and the intention of the design helps Pepper to better serve their clients. Susan’s expertise brings life cycle costs to the estimating table, allowing them to discuss first cost along with long-term operating costs, and facilitate a holistic conversation.”

Pepper’s green building program originated by providing traditional construction services: documentation, waste management and recycling. With more than $1 billion in LEED-certified projects, the contractor says it “has expanded its understanding about our environment and how we interact with it.”

“Today, Pepper’s high performance and sustainability program is designed to address the life of the building and the lives of those who occupy it,” the news release said.

The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals.

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.

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