Jenny Carney

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Contact: jcarney@yrgxyz.com 312.391.2041

Principal

LEED Fellow, LEED-AP O+M

Jenny is a Principal at YR&G. She’s been working in the realm of sustainability in the built environment since 2004– pivoting from her early work as a field ecologist.

Jenny oversees YR&G project work related to enhancing the performance of existing buildings–including performance-based benchmarking, corporate sustainability programming and reporting, and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification. Jenny has extensive experience helping clients engage key stakeholders–gaining their support, while also developing meaningful sustainability goals and strategies based on technical analysis and real world constraints.

Jenny has been deeply involved in the development of the LEED-EBOM Rating System, dating back to the initial pilot phase in 2004. She has served as a primary author of the v2.0, v2008, v2009, and v4 Reference Guides, and helped shape the evolution of the program through her work on various USGBC committees. She recently completed terms as the Chair of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG) and a member of the USGBC Technical Committee. Her current industry involvement includes serving as member of the SITES Technical Core Committee, being the ex officio chair of the USGBC-IL Chapter’s Board of Directors, and serving as the President of a non-profit dedicated to accelerating–through the BIT Building Program–the adoption of sustainability best practices in existing buildings across markets and sectors.

Jenny frequently delivers presentations and trainings pertaining to green buildings, sustainability, and LEED to local, regional, national, and international audiences. Prior to joining the green building community, Jenny worked as a terrestrial ecology and climate change researcher, environmental program developer and manager, and community-based environmental outreach specialist.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jenny-carney/1/420/8a6

Accreditations and Affiliations

  • LEED Fellow
  • LEED AP O+M
  • LEED Project Reviewer
  • President, BIT Building Program
  • Ex Officio Chair, Board of Directors, USGBC-Illinois
  • Member, USGBC Social Equity Working Group
  • Member, Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Technical Core Committee
  • Past Chair, USGBC Sustainable Sites TAG (Technical Advisory Group)
  • Past Member, USGBC Technical Committee
  • Past Member, USGBC Nominating Working Group
  • Technical Expert, LEEDuser, a LEED guidance tool developed in partnership with Building Green
  • Above and Beyond Volunteer, USGBC, 2014

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Building Operating Management Green Building Report: What You Need to Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances,” FacilitiesNet.com. March 2016. Online.
  • “Nudging Occupant Behavior – Cultivating Positive Associations Between Comfort, Health, and Building Efficiency Actions with the Denver Housing Authority,” Journal of Green Building: Winter 2015, Volume 10, Number 1, pp. 68-84.
  • The Unofficial Reference Guide,” Energy Star Portfolio Manager, Building Green Inc.: December 2015.
  • “Rating System Round-Up: Navigating the Proliferation”, USGBC Illinois, Building on the Best Conference, Chicago, IL: December 2015.
  • “Buildings and Operations: Where Human Behavior and Building Performance Come to a Head,” Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Green Building: Process, Products, Perspective, and Policy, Guest Lecture, New Haven, CT: November 2015.
  • “Unruly Humans, Sustainability, & the Next Generation of Green Building Programs,” Lawrence University, Appleton, WI: November 2015.
  • “Trends in Sustainability,” UBS, Weehawken, NJ: July 2015.
  • “Ecology for Business and Design,” Living Future 2015, Seattle, WA: April 2015.
  • “Healthy Buildings and Healthy Humans,” Vornado Green Fair, Crystal City, VA: April 2015.
  • “Ecology for Designers,” USGBC-IL LEED Fellow Blitz 2015, Chicago, IL: March 2015.
  • “Buildings and Operations: Where Human Behavior and Building Performance Come to a Head,” Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Green Building: Process, Products, Perspective, and Policy, Guest Lecture, New Haven, CT: November 2014.
  • “LEED v4: Lessons from the First Year”, Greenbuild 2014, New Orleans, LA: October 2014.
  • Soapbox: Go Outside, It’s Good for You,” JSTOR Daily:September 2014.
  • “Unruly Humans and Sustainability: The Behavior Conundrum”, YR&G Happy Hour Series, Chicago, IL: September 2014.
  • “Shifting Behavior,” AIA New York: July 2014.
  • Engaging Humans: Tackling a Final Frontier in Sustainable Operations,” FacilitiesNet: June 2014. Online:
  • “Navigating LEED-EBOM Recertification & v4,” LEEDuser Live and On-Demand Webcast: April 2014.
  • “Tackling a Final Frontier in Energy Efficiency: Those Pesky Humans,” Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Blueprint for Efficiency: March 2014.

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