Emily Riordan, Community Programs Manager


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When it comes to connecting the national green schools movement to grassroots champions, Emily is leading the effort on behalf of the Center for Green Schools. Emily manages the network of over 1,000 Green School Committee volunteers in USGBC’s Chapters, supporting their local work and connecting them to national initiatives and resources, and is overseeing the development of the first ever Green Apple Day of Service.

Emily joined USGBC in 2008, diving in head-first as the point of contact for the then start-up network of Chapter green schools advocates. Emily is known throughout USGBC and among its partners as the go-to for on-the-ground information on local green schools efforts. As a LEED AP, Emily presents to a variety of national audiences on the benefits of green schools, lending her experience in school operations to the work. Emily also supports the Center’s communications efforts, having directly supported Center contributions to leading education and construction trade publications.

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the George Washington University. A former rugby player, Emily now enjoys the gentler side of her Washington, DC life. This small-town New Englander has lived in and around our nation’s capital for over a decade.