Bill Updike

Prior to joining the Smart Surfaces Coalition, Bill served as a principal with the cutting-edge engineering and consulting firm Integral Group where he completed numerous climate action plans for cities and zero-carbon campus plans for colleges and universities. Before joining Integral, Bill served as the Chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch of Washington, DC’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he was responsible for green building and climate policies and programs for the city. Bill chaired the group that led to the first city adoption of all the major chapters of the International Green Construction Code, and the first model net zero energy construction code for a city in the U.S. Among other activities, Bill also led efforts to create the first city-based Green Bank in the U.S. and helped introduce legislation that led to the first mandatory minimum energy performance standard for existing buildings as well as a requirement for 100% of the electricity purchased in Washington DC to come from renewable sources by 2032.

Bill also worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, a green building construction manager for a design/build firm, and an outside sales representative for a green building supply company. In the early part of his career, Bill worked as an environmental journalist for two national magazines. Bill received one of the inaugural BOLD Awards from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2015 and a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute also in 2015.