Dennis Creech, LEED AP

Mr. Creech was a co-founder of the Southface Energy Institute, a private nonprofit organization providing education, technical assistance and research in energy, sustainable technologies, and applied building sciences. He has served as Executive Director for over 30 years.

Under his leadership Southface has grown to a staff of over 45 people offering programs on residential and commercial green buildings, sustainable development and energy policy. Annually Southface programs reach over 45,000 people and receive more than 200 million media impressions. Southface program partners range from Fortune 100 companies to community-based affordable housing developers. Southface is an affiliate of the US Green Building Council, a RESNET accredited provider and training organization and a partner with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association on the EarthCraft House green building program.

Dennis has served on the Board of Directors of RESNET, the Energy and Environmental Building Association, Affordable Comfort, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Southeast Watershed Forum and EarthShare Georgia. He has served on numerous policy bodies for federal and local government, the foundation community and industry, and is an alumnus of the Regional Leadership Institute and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

Dennis is a LEED Accredited Professional, has been an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Studies at Emory University and has received numerous professional awards including the Georgia Environmental Professional of the Year, a Legacy Award from the Energy and Environmental Building Association and designation as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend.

Mr. Creech frequently writes and speaks on energy and environmental topics ranging from “green” building to sustainable business practices. He often serves as a media spokesperson and has been featured by sources ranging from CNN to the New York Times.

Before founding Southface, Mr. Creech did research at the Georgia Tech Engineering Experiment Station and was Deputy Director of Atlanta 2000, a nonprofit regional planning organization. He has worked as a field ecologist conducting research on nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems. He works in a green office building, lives in an environmentally-restored 1950s ranch-style home and drives a hybrid vehicle.

Dennis Creech, LEED AP Co-Founder & Director  Southface Energy Institute

Dennis Creech, LEED AP

Co-Founder & Director Southface Energy Institute

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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