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U.S. Green Building Council Appoints Vance Voss to 2015 Board of Directors

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors, including Vance Voss of Principal Real Estate Investors. Voss will serve a two-year term in the Commercial Real Estate Executive Leadership seat.

Voss has been involved in oversight of more than $1 billion in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified projects across the country during his 22 years at Principal Real Estate Investors.

“Principal Real Estate Investors has a long-standing commitment to corporate stewardship and an established track record in responsible property investing,” notes Voss, portfolio manager for Principal Green Property Fund I. “It is an honor to be chosen to help further the idea of a sustainable future through green buildings.”

“USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable direction and perspective, collectively bringing decades of experience to the table and using their individual expertise to shape the future of the organization, the community and the green building movement as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Delivering on the promise of developing buildings that sustain and enhance the vitality of life within a generation is no small undertaking. Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from many different segments of the building industry and will undoubtedly make great strides in the coming year. I know that Vance will be a valuable contributor in his role, given his wealth of experience and knowledge.”

USGBC’s membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors, for a term of three years each, effective Jan. 1, 2015:

Stephen Bushnell, Stephen Bushnell + Associates: Insurance seat (incumbent)
Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal, Inc.: Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat (newly elected)
Amy Costello, Armstrong World Industries: Product Manufacturer seat (newly elected)
Denise Grabowski, Symbioscity: Urban/Regional Planner seat (newly elected)
Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer, Inc.: Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer seat (newly elected)

In addition, at its recent meeting in New York, the Board named the following directors to fill appointed positions, each for a term of two years:

Mark James, Urban Green LLC: Sustainable Community Leader seat (formerly in the Green Affordable Housing seat)
Vance Voss, Principal Real Estate Investors: Commercial Real Estate Executive Leadership seat (newly appointed)

USGBC’s Board includes elected and appointed directors who serve terms of three years and two years, respectively. To learn more about the Board and view the full roster please visit

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Principal Real Estate Investors
Principal Real Estate Investors manages or sub-advises $54.3 billion in commercial real estate assets1. The firm’s real estate capabilities include both public and private equity and debt investment alternatives. Principal Real Estate Investors is the dedicated real estate group of Principal Global Investors, a diversified asset management organization and a member of the Principal Financial Group(R).

About the Principal Financial Group
The Principal Financial Group(R) (The Principal(R))2 is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500(R), the Principal Financial Group has $513.5 billion in assets under management3 and serves some 19.5 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit

1 As of Sept. 30, 2014.
2 “The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
3 As of Sept. 30, 2014.

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