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Elizabeth Beardsley

Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council


With over 25 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer, Elizabeth Beardsley serves as senior policy counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – a global environmental nonprofit best known for LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. In this role, her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation, providing strategic direction at the international, federal, state and local levels.

An accomplished writer and sought-after expert and USGBC spokesperson, Beardsley has represented the organization at multiple United Nations COP climate change conferences and appeared as a witness at hearings of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce (Subcommittee on Energy) and the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Emergency Management). Prior to joining the USGBC in 2014, Beardsley was a senior attorney in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she was involved in evaluating government environment and energy programs.