Christine Ervin
Christine Ervin
Proven champion for green markets


“Growing up in Alaska gave me a deep appreciation for the natural environment. It also gave me this independent, pragmatic bent that prizes results over ideology.”

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Christine draws on 30 years of experience to address pivotal issues of our time: climate change, greening the built environment and clean energy. Not just from theory or rhetoric. But from on-the-ground results leading private-public collaborations designed to usher in sustainable markets and technologies.

  • First President & CEO for the U.S. Green Building Council — guiding the start-up into one of the world’s most influential public/private collaborations. Home of LEED certification system and GreenBuild conference and trade show regularly attracting 25,000 attendees.

  • U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy — directing the nation’s $1 billion portfolio of clean energy technologies and market delivery programs. Key initiatives during her tenure included: Million Solar Roofs; new private capital financing tools; sustainable community center; streamlining nation’s appliance standards; whole building research, EPA partnership on ENERGY STAR.

  • State Policy - Director of Oregon’s innovative Department of Energy including oversight of state nuclear and Hanford waste sites; chair of interagency task force on livable communities; asst. director, Missouri statewide legislative and budget office.

  • Board Director and Advisor for numerous organizations including: WattzOn/, Ambassador for C3E (Women for Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment), Green Electronics Council, Pivotal Investments, Equilibrium, Green Building Services, ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy).

Christine also writes and speaks on the role of third-party certification systems such as LEED, FSC, MSC, and EPEAT to accelerate change. From her Portland-based practice, Christine Ervin/Co, she enjoys the beauty and inspiration of the Pacific Northwest.


In 2014, I was honored with USGBC’s Leadership Award presented by CEO Rick Fedrizzi. Here’s the video produced for the occasion.

Some other recognitions: Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame (USEA), USGBC leadership award (2004) and Cascadia’s Lifetime Achievement Fellow (now the International Institute for Living Future).