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Jason Kliwinski is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) 2014, LEED Fellow, Licensed Architect, NJ, NY, PA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, and LEED Faculty. Additionally, Jason is the Co-Founder of USGBC-NJ Chapter founded in 2002.
Jason Kliwinski – Commitment & Contributions Jason grew up in Jersey and knew he wanted to be an architect in high school. His high school had an architecture program and his senior year he earned college credit. Jason currently specializes in Sustainable Design, LEED, State and Federal Energy incentives and Grants, Carbon Neutrality planning & design, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy systems design, and implementation.
Aha Moment and Mentors In Jason’s second year of college, he took the only class offered on sustainability. The class focused on passive energy and this peaked his interest. Jason’s high school architecture teacher Mr. Clayton was his first major influencer. During his first real job, David Gibson gave him a platform and some significant projects to explore sustainability in high performance design.
“When LEED came out, I saw it as a way to be a real good organization structure to talk to people about green buildings.” –Jason Kliwinski
Advice and Words of Encouragement Jason wishes there would have been more green building education in his college years and early in his career. He highly suggests that anyone in the field get as much hands-on experience as they can. He encourages everyone to always look out for the next wave in green buildings.
“The way you really learn this stuff is by doing it.” –Jason Kliwinski
Proudest Achievements & Favorite Books Jason Kliwinski was the first in his family to go to college and pay for it all. He is also proud of getting his architect license, being an early LEED adopter, and a LEED fellow. Another proud achievement is the creation of the Green Building Center.
“If you haven’t read these 5 books you don’t really know the sustainability movement.” –Jason Kliwinski
Jason suggests the following books: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken
The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function by Daniel C. Esty and P.J. Simmons
Biomimicry in Architecture by Michael Pawlyn
Our Choice by Al Gore
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