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Feb. 7: Loftness Appointed to World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's Vivian Loftness Appointed
To World Business Council for Sustainable Development    

PITTSBURGH—Vivian Loftness, a professor in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture and Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, has been appointed to the Assurance Group for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The coalition of 190 worldwide companies is working toward a world in which buildings consume zero net energy.     

Vivian LoftnessLoftness is joined by five other international members who will all serve three-year appointments to the WBCSD. Other members are Klaus Toepfer, chair (Germany), executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme and former German federal minister for the environment; Eileen Claussen (U.S.), president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Thomas B. Johannson (Sweden), executive director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University; Shin-ichi Tanabe (Japan), professor of architecture at Waseda University and a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences' board of directors; and Jiang Yi (China), vice dean of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University and a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineers.

Loftness is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with more than three decades of experience in environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems, and regionalism in architecture. Her work has influenced both national policy and national building projects. Supported by a university-industry partnership known as the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium, Loftness has been and continues to be a key contributor to the ongoing development of the Intelligent Workplace — a living laboratory of commercial building innovations for performance located on Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus.    

Loftness received the 2002 National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and a 2003 "Sacred Tree" Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. A registered architect, she is also a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.     

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