David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement: founding both the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils (with GBCs in over 100 countries). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world. Gottfried’s work started a global industry with hundreds of thousands of green buildings and accredited professionals in more than half of the world’s countries: a trillion dollar market.
Gottfried serves as the CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Gottfried Institute. The companies help accelerate commerce and adoption of advanced greentech and health products and methodologies. Representative past clients include: Dreamworks, Starbucks, Genentech, Apple, Stanford University, the State of California and the government of China. Gottfried Institute is the owner of Reset360 brand of products and promotes the books and work of Dr. Sara Gottfried MD, a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and global functional medicine authority.
David Gottfried had previous tenures as a real estate developer and construction manager, and has served as a strategic adviser to over a hundred global organizations over the past 30 years. Gottfried’s degree is in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University.
David Gottfried has received numerous leadership awards, including the WorldGBC Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award [now given out annually in Gottfried’s name], USGBC’s Leadership Award and the USGBC Northern California Chapter’s Super Hero Award. He was inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame and named to the Purpose Economy 100 for his pioneering work.
Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books including the award winning bestseller Explosion Green. He also wrote Greening My Life and Greed to Green.
Gottfried is a modern art painter having exhibited in shows throughout the Bay Area. Gottfried’s former residence was the highest rated LEED Platinum home in the world. He lives in Berkeley California with his wife and two daughters and is an avid cyclist.
"David Gottfried is the "Father of the Green Movement." He started the U.S. Green Building Council in the U.S. and then took it around the world. He is a wonderful and inspiring spokesperson for the environmental movement."
"David Gottfried is indeed, a pioneer, having led the way into the uncharted territory of environmentally responsible construction ...His legacy is here to stay..."
David Gottfried is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, and sustainability guru. He provides a great speech. David gave one of the most moving and inspirational talks to the Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design in San Francisco and he was a featured speaker with Dan Pink not so very long ago in Toronto. I think you will enjoy him: good sense of humor, relaxed, articulate, passionate, youthful. He has a fresh message."
Thank you very much for speaking to our group of architects, builders,and engineers last week. Your attendance at our event brought the
evening to a whole new level. Your vast experience, life accomplishments, and dynamic delivery, had the audience engaged throughout the night. I have since received many calls and e-mails commenting on your inspirational message, and the impact of your speech. We will definitely be calling you for future events."