Lucia Athens

Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Austin

Lucia Athens, LEED AP, is the City of Austin’s first Chief Sustainability Author. Previously, over a 20-year period Athens has helped to develop Austin Energy’s Green Building program, chaired the Site and Water Technical Assistance Group for the LEED® 2.0 Rating System, and led the City of Seattle’s sustainable building initiative. Lucia has served on the National Board of Directors for USGBC, GBCI and EcoDistricts. She frequently collaborates with nonprofits including Rocky Mountain Institute, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, U.S. Global Green, and SXSW.

A licensed Landscape Architect, Athens has contributed to many green building projects including Austin’s LEED Platinum Library, Seattle City Hall (LEED Gold) and Evergreen State College’s Seminar II building (LEED Gold). Lucia has served as Austin delegate to the C40 Mayors Climate Leadership group at summits in Johannesburg, Sao Paolo and Copenhagen. She is a frequent keynote speaker, including for events hosted by The Economist, The Atlantic, The Advanced Leadership Foundations, and Metropolis Magazine. Athens is author of the Island Press book Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs. Her forthcoming book, The Optimist’s Guide to Sustainability, explores true tales of sustainability heroes who charted a path for today’s practitioners and innovators.

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