LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger has been named a 2020 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Flickinger is among 25 professionals who represent exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world's most widely used green building rating system.
Flickinger has practiced architecture for more than 13 years and serves as LRK's Director of Sustainability. She has built a reputation for her belief that good design is about celebrating a community's history and working within the existing fabric to create the perfect blend of old and new. Because of this passion for preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainability, Flickinger’s own scorecard includes more than 28 projects certified to various green building rating systems, meanwhile encouraging all of LRK's designs to strive for environmental excellence. Krissy is also the chair of USGBC's Memphis Branch, where she has spearheaded the yearly "Paper Power" event geared toward empowering area youth to practice sustainability. She was awarded USGBC TN's Green Volunteer of the Year award in 2018.
"I am thrilled and humbled to be named as one of 2020’s LEED Fellows," says Flickinger, "It has been a dream of mine since the program started ten years ago. Through this fellowship, I hope to further advance the sustainability conversation happening in Memphis and the Mid-South region.”
"Krissy is an exceptional individual who puts the wellbeing of others first," says LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti. "She sees sustainability and wellness as keystones in both personal and community wellbeing and tirelessly pursues these goals. Her efforts and actions encourage everyone she interacts with to be better and achieve more. Her character, knowledge, and passion serve USGBC’s mission well. Krissy is an untiring advocate for USGBC, sustainable design, and education. Her leadership comes from her heart and imbues everything she does.”
"Krissy's passion for sustainability and the betterment of the health and wellbeing of each building tenant she works with and the community at large has already made a positive impact on our local community and will continue to do so for generations,” says LRK Principal and Director of Human Resources Amy Smith. “We are honored and fortunate to have her on the LRK team as she inspires each of her colleagues to pursue their passions and advances sustainability practices firm-wide."
LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least ten years' worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED.
"The green building industry plays a critical role as we look toward rebuilding our economy and our communities in the months and years ahead," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). "Our LEED Fellows are on the frontlines of that work helping to ensure our buildings and spaces are healthy, resilient and sustainable places for us all to enjoy. LEED Fellows have made substantial contributions to the green building community and their commitment to LEED will continue to help us shape a better living standard for all."
The 2020 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year's Greenbuild Virtual conference during the USGBC 2020 Leadership Awards on Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. EST. Visit greenbuildexpo.com to register for the conference and usgbc.org/credentials for more information on professional credentialing opportunities.