Green Building Initiative Appoints Mary Ann Dickinson to Board

National Water Conservation Expert Will Advise GBI on Water Issues

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Green Building Initiative (GBI) Board of Directors announced that it has elected Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a national environmental NGO, as a Director of the GBI.

"The Alliance for Water Efficiency has joined the GBI board to help elevate the importance of water efficiency in green building specifications. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of GBI's excellent team of green building industry leaders," said Mary Ann Dickinson about her appointment.

Jerry Yudelson, GBI President and the author of Dry Run, a 2010 book on water conservation for green buildings, said, "There is no more respected water conservation authority in the US than Mary Ann Dickinson, and it's a great benefit and an honor for GBI to have her on our Board. Water issues are taking their place alongside carbon emissions as a key component of the response to global climate change. We need her expertise to help us craft building rating systems that appropriately focus on solutions to water issues."

Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance works with nearly 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014 the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work.

Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Dickinson was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed of urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation's first set of Best Management Practices. She has more than 40 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

About the Green Building Initiative™ - The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole U.S. provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification programs. To learn more about opportunities to become involved in the GBI, contact Jerry Yudelson or visit the GBI website,

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Mary Ann Dickinson