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Hilari Varnadore

Vice President for Cities

U.S. Green Building Council

Washington, District of Columbia

Hilari brings more than two decades of experience in public administration and nonprofit leadership to her role as Vice President for Cities at the U.S. Green Building Council. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Hilari is invested in helping cities, towns and counties use data to drive decision-making, investments and community improvements that are more equitable and resilient. Her approach to sustainability is holistic and rooted in the triple bottom line.

Currently, Hilari supports local governments around the world engaged in sustainability reporting and accountability. She heads up USGBC's LEED for Cities program, which includes administering the Local Government Leadership Program. Hilari is the staff liaison to the LEED Cities and Communities Working Group (CCWG), the formal stakeholder body that advises the LEED Steering Committee on cities and communities related issues.

Previously Hilari led STAR Communities as its executive/founding director. In that capacity, she deployed the first framework and certification program for local sustainability in the US, the STAR Community Rating System. She has served as a chief sustainability officer and principal planner in local government and has led two nonprofit organizations as CEO.

Hilari's areas of expertise include strategic planning, facilitation, program development and administration, policy development, governance, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications.

She holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Northern Arizona University in Geography with an emphasis in Community Planning and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Unity College of Maine in Environmental Policy.

Hilari represents USGBC on the board's of the Emerald Cities Collaborative; Golden Triangle Business Improvement District; and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Climate, Energy Policy Committee. She holds the CC-P, Climate Change Professional accreditation from the Association of Climate Change Officers.