Miriam Landman’s green building experience includes residential, commercial, and institutional green building/development consulting, as well as writing, public speaking, and policy research. She was involved in the green building arena for more than fifteen years.
Miriam was a longtime member of the U.S. Green Building Council and she actively participated in the council’s Redwood Empire Chapter (Steering Committee) and Northern California Chapter (Research & Resources Committee). She was also a LEED Accredited Professional (v2). (LEED® stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system, which is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.)
During her four years as senior associate with Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants (now part of Thornton Tomasetti), she consulted on more than a dozen LEED certified and LEED registered projects, as well as other green projects, from single-family residences to master planned developments. LEED certified projects that she consulted on include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park (LEED Gold); Hayward Lumber Building Systems Plant, Santa Maria (LEED Gold); UC Merced Campus' Central Plant, Library, and Classroom Building (all LEED Gold); CalPERS Headquarters Expansion, Sacramento (LEED Gold); Applied Biosystems Building D, Pleasanton (LEED Silver); West Valley Library, San Jose (LEED Certified); Berkeley City College (LEED Silver); the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel (LEED Gold); East Palo Alto YMCA (LEED Gold); and Gish Apartments, San Jose (LEED-H Gold).
Her work with Simon & Associates included project management and coordination of LEED documentation, materials research and recommendations, construction specifications reviews, development of guidelines and educational resources, and presentations and trainings.
Miriam also held positions as green building program associate with the nonprofit organization Global Green USA, and as marketing/publishing manager for Mostue & Associates Architects, Inc. (now Davis Square Architects). She also served on the West Coast Green Advisory Board; the founding Editorial Advisory Board of GreenHomeGuide.com; and the Board of Directors of the Green Resource Center (which became Build It Green); and she was a member of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research association (SPUR) Sustainable Development Committee.
Miriam has given training workshops, lectures, and presentations on green building-related topics for audiences of building professionals, public agency staff, students, and the general public. She presented at the West Coast Green conference for several years in a row ('06-'08), World Environment Day '05, EnvironDesign '05, the US Green Building Council's Redwood Empire Chapter, UC Berkeley's School of Architecture, the AIA San Francisco, PG&E's Pacific Energy Center, and the City of San Francisco Bureau of Architecture, among other venues and events.
She was a contributing author for the book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing (Island Press, 2007). She has also written many articles, commentaries, reports, guides, and case studies on green building topics. Her articles have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Natural Home magazine, Environmental Design + Construction, and Urban Land's GreenTech magazine, as well as on public radio's Living on Earth, the Environmental News Network (ENN.com), and KQED.org. In addition, she has developed green building reports and other documents that have been published by nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as Global Green USA, Enterprise Community Partners, the City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment, the State of California's Integrated Waste Management Board, and the State of Massachusetts' Division of Capital Planning. In 2006, she wrote a green operations and maintenance manual and guide for The Plaza Apartments and the Green Communities Initiative. In 2003, she wrote the 125-page guide Tools of the Trade: Practical Tools for Green Building Design and Analysis with Global Green USA, for the City and County of San Francisco.
Miriam has a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, where she wrote a thesis on Breaking Through the Barriers to Sustainable Building: Insights from Building Professionals.