Jerry Yudelson

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Jerry Yudelson
BornGreenwich, Connecticut
OccupationAuthor and environmentalist
Alma materCaltech

Jerry Yudelson (born in Greenwich, Connecticut) is environmentalist, and author,[1] best known for publishing 14 green building and sustainable design books since 2006.[2][3] Yudelson’s work is focused on the long-term environmental impact that urban development has on climate change, resulting from greenhouse gas emissions caused by operating home and buildings.[4]

Academic achievements[edit]

Yudelson has a B.S. in engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech),[5] an A.M. in water resources engineering from Harvard University, and a Master Of Business Administration from the University of Oregon.[6] He was a Rotary Foundation Fellow for International Understanding for his graduate studies in West Germany at the Technical University in Aachen.[5] He was a U.S. Public Health Service Trainee in environmental engineering science for Ph.D. studies at Caltech.[7]


Yudelson was a pioneer in organizing Earth Day activities in 1970 on the Caltech campus.[8] He taught some of the first university courses in the U.S. in the new field of environmental studies, while at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[9] In 1972, he organized community opposition to a proposed convention center on the Monterey Bay headlands at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz,[10] resulting in the cancellation of the project and eventually the creation of Lighthouse Field State Beach.[11]

Professional achievements[edit]

In 1978, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Yudelson as director of the SolarCal Office. In 1979, SolarCal produced the first state-level solar energy development plan in the U.S.[12]

In 2007 the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) named Yudelson as its first Research Scholar for Retail Real Estate Sustainability.[13]

In 2011, Wired magazine anointed Yudelson as the "Godfather of Green".[14]

In 2014 and 2015, Yudelson served as president of the Green Building Initiative, a national nonprofit and originator of the Green Globes green building rating system.[15]


Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It (2016) ISBN 978-0865718159
The World's Greenest Buildings: Promise Versus Performance in Sustainable Design (2013) ISBN 978-1138409071
Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis (2010) ISBN 978-0865716704
Sustainable Retail Development: New Success Strategies (2009) ISBN 978-9048127818
Greening Existing Buildings (2009) ISBN 978-0071638326
Green Building Trends: Europe (2009) ISBN 978-1597264761
Green Building through Integrated Design (2008) ISBN 978-0071546010
Choosing Green: The Home Buyer's Guide to Good Green Homes (2008) ISBN 978-0865716100
Green Building: A to Z (2007) ISBN 978-0865715721
The Green Building Revolution (2007) ISBN 978-1597261784
Marketing Green Building Services: Strategies for Success (2007) ISBN 978-0849393815
Developing Green: Strategies for Success (2006) ISBN 978-0971895577
The Insider’s Guide to Marketing Green Buildings. Society for Marketing Professional Services ISBN 978-0976501909


  1. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ "Books by Jerry Yudelson". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. ^ "Books by Jerry Yudelson (Author of Green Building A to Z)". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ Yudelson, Jerry (2016-04-25). Reinventing Green Building: Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It. New Society Publishers. ISBN 9781550926118.
  5. ^ a b "70 Second Annual Commencement". June 10, 1966. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ "Jerry Yudelson '93". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  7. ^ "BULLETIN OF THE CALfFOR.NIA INSTITlITE OF TECHNOLOGY". 2010-09-17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ "An Earth Day Celebration" (PDF). February 1970.
  9. ^ "Santa Cruz Sentinel 22 April 1971 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  10. ^ Guzman, Kara (2016-07-05). "Saving Lighthouse Field". Good Times Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  11. ^ "GBCI Announces LEED Fellow Class of 2011 | U.S. Green Building Council". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  12. ^ PERLMAN, JEFFREY A. (1988-10-13). "Showdown With a GOP Firebrand Builds in 38th District : Democrat Yudelson Battles His Obscurity, Seeks 'Forced Errors'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  13. ^ "Business Wire". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  14. ^ Berg, Nate (2011-08-22). "The Zero-Carbon House: It's Just Around the Corner". Wired. 19 (9). ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-02-23.