LEED Fellow, Living Future Hero
Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, GGP, ENV SP

Drew Shula is Founder & CEO at Verdical Group, a leading LA-based full service green building consulting firm specializing in certification project management, net zero, commissioning, energy modeling, and program management. Verdical Group is a certified B Corporation and 1% for the Planet member company. In addition to managing some of the highest profile green building projects in California, including LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge projects, Verdical Group hosts the world’s largest annual net zero building conference. Our event planning arm is Verdical Events, a leading, full-service sustainable event producer.

Drew joined the 2020 class of LEED Fellows. He has been honored with a Living Future Hero award and a USGBC Leadership Award, and he frequently speaks on high-performance buildings and net zero design, including at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Cornell University, the AIA Los Angeles 2 Degrees Symposium on Climate Change, and the Living Future unConference. Drew sits on several Advisory Boards including USGBC-LA, where he is a past Board member; the Living Future LA Collaborative, where he was a member of the Founding Steering Committee; and the Environmental Charter High School. Drew has been featured or published in USA Today, Forbes, USGBC+ Magazine, and the International Living Future Institute’s Trim Tab. He holds a 5-year professional degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

Education:
– University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN — 5-year professional degree in Architecture

Areas of Expertise:
– Green Building Consulting
– Project Management
– Extensive LEED project experience
– Business Management

Presentations (Selected):
– 2020: Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Business Impact Symposium, “Beyond LEED Certification: Revisiting the Concept of Green Building” (completed as a virtual event due to COVID-19 pandemic)
– 2020: Agoura Hills, CA: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, “Sustainability, Climate Change, and the Future”
– 2019: Los Angeles, CA: The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter, 2 Degrees Celsius Symposium on Climate Change, “Education + Advocacy Think Conversation”
– 2018–2019: Los Angeles, CA: The Robin Hood Gala, “The Homelessness Crisis in Los Angeles County”
– 2018: Seattle, WA: The Living Future unConference, “JUST B: Cultivating an Authentic and Impactful Workplace”
– 2017: Los Angeles, CA: The University of Southern California, “LEED Materials”
– 2017: Los Angeles, CA: 1% for the Planet, “Using Business to Give Back to the Environment”
– 2016: Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Social Innovation Week, “Future Cities”
– 2014–2019: Los Angeles, CA: The Net Zero Conference, “Building a Net Zero Future for All”

Publications:
– Forbes.com, In The Quest For Net Zero, Lessons From A High Performance… Wigwam? by Drew Shula, 2013.
– Como: La Modernita Della Tradizione / The Modernity Of Tradition. University of Notre Dame Graduate Program in Architecture, Rome Studies Program Publications, 2004.

Photos by:
Daniel Zedda

Date:
July 25, 2011

Camera:
Leica Camera AG M8