Sustainability consultancy GreenBlue has appointed nationally recognized designer and architect Lance Hosey as president and CEO.
Hosey is a writer on sustainable design who has worked with some of the world’s most successful companies and organizations to advance sustainable innovations. He is the co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, and his latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, will be published in 2011. Previously he held the position of Director with the sustainable design and architecture firm William McDonough + Partners. Hosey is a Contributing Editor to Architect magazine and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals.
Founded in 2002, GreenBlue is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit focused solely on guiding business and industry toward sustainable design and production. Through projects such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, CleanGredients, and Metafore, GreenBlue has earned a reputation for its scientific credibility and technical expertise in helping businesses implement sustainability solutions and innovations.
“GreenBlue is on the threshold of becoming an organization that can redefine the sustainability agenda, and Lance’s experience and vision are exactly what the organization needs to make this happen,” said Board Chair Guy Gleysteen, a SVP at Time Inc. “The Board of Directors is delighted by this appointment and impressed by Lance’s energy and vision for GreenBlue’s future.”
The past year has been significant for GreenBlue, as the organization acquired another nonprofit organization (Metafore), expanded its board of directors, and selected a CEO to implement a new strategic direction that includes a more visible role for GreenBlue.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to lead an organization that, in my mind, represents the future of sustainability,” said Hosey. “GreenBlue’s principles of sustainable design and production, and its successful history of working across industry sectors and functions, position the organization to define the dialogue on industrial sustainability.”
GreenBlue stimulates the creative redesign of industry by developing practical solutions, resources, and opportunities for implementing sustainability. Its Sustainable Packaging Coalition has over 200 member companies and is recognized as the leading voice on packaging sustainability, and its CleanGredients project helps companies identify environmentally preferable chemicals to use in consumer products. In late 2009, the organization acquired the nonprofit Metafore, which specializes in environmentally preferable paper and forestry products, and in early 2010 launched GreenBlue Advisory Services to provide scalable and customized sustainability approaches for companies. The organization was recently recognized as one of “Top Ten NGOs Working with Businesses” (GreenBiz). GreenBlue is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, with an office in New York, NY.
About Lance Hosey
Architect, designer, writer, and advocate Lance Hosey has been featured in Metropolis magazine’s “Next Generation” program and Architectural Record’s “emerging architect” series. Until 2009, he held the position of Director with the sustainable design and architecture firm William McDonough + Partners, with which he had been associated for nearly a decade. His essays on the environmental and social aspects of design have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, Metropolis, Architectural Record, and Grist, and he is a Contributing Editor with Architect magazine, where he writes the monthly “Ecology” column. With Kira Gould, he is co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (2007), the first design book to study the links between diversity and environmentalism. His forthcoming book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, demonstrates how form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to cities. In 2009, Lance was voted an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals.