Vice President, Education
Jaime Van Mourik has spent her career educating people of all ages on sustainability and green building concepts, and works to help them integrate sustainable practices into learning spaces. Jaime believes education is the catalyst for change, and is committed to building innovative, sustainable and healthy spaces where future generations can learn and prepare for a changing world. As Vice President for Education at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Jaime’s areas of expertise include: sustainability education, professional development and curricula; 21st century job preparation; and green campus strategic planning and building design.
She leads USGBC’s education work, including overseeing the Education @USGBC platform, a best-in-class green building education tool for professionals and post-secondary audiences, and Learning Lab, a leading-edge resource for K-12 sustainability curricular materials. She also spearheads USGBC’s higher education initiatives, which includes transforming physical campus spaces while also improving the academic environment so that all students are equipped to lead.
Jaime’s main priority – and passion – is preparing students for 21st century careers in sustainability. She does this by working with higher education institutions and advocates across the country to develop and deliver innovative learning platforms that integrate sustainability and green building concepts into curriculum, and create pathways to professional credentials. Notably, she oversaw the creation of LEED Lab, a multidisciplinary course through which students asses the performance of their own campus buildings and facilitate the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process with the goal of certification.
Jaime also has extensive experience leading colleges and universities looking to “go green,” guiding them through the planning and implementation process and advising on how the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system can help shape sustainability initiatives in teaching, research and practice. She was responsible for developing USGBC’s comprehensive higher education strategy guide, Roadmap to a Green Campus.
Jaime is a LEED AP and an Associate AIA member. Prior to joining USGBC, she served as a project manager at the sustainable design consulting firm GreenShape, assisting more than 30 projects pursuing LEED certification. Previously, she worked at the National Building Museum developing and managing educational programs. Jaime has taught design at The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning and at Northern Virginia Community College, and is a visiting lecturer and critic for local D.C. schools. She holds a bachelor’s in architecture from Virginia Tech and a master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia.