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Sustainable Design and Construction Consultant
Biography and Project Experience

alerie Walsh, Principal
Valerie Walsh is a sustainable design and construction consultant and LEED specialist based in Boulder, Colorado. Walsh manages and coordinates the LEED process and sustainability strategies with teams on projects ranging from commercial office and government to historic renovation, retail and hospitality applications.

Walsh’s direct project expertise includes multiple LEED Rating Systems, including LEED-NC, LEED-CI, LEED-CS, LEED-EB: O&M, and LEED for Retail.

Walsh is a LEED Accredited Professional and has written the “How-To Guide to LEED Certification”, an educational Clean Energy Grant award in collaboration with the New Mexico Attorney General. The Guide includes her popular “Top-Ten Tips for First-Time LEED Teams” article, which first appeared in McGraw-Hill’s 2005 Green Building Special Edition.

Walsh was Director of Publication for the first GreenSpec national directory in 1996 in partnership with BuildingGreen.com. Walsh currently advises the Governor’s Energy Office on implementing the Colorado state LEED mandate. She has previously served on the USGBC Colorado Chapter Education Committee.

Prior to founding Walsh Sustainability Group she was a pioneering green builder in Santa Fe and owned Green Horizon Construction for 17 years. Her national speaking engagements and published work on green and solar building began in 1980.

Walsh has served as the contributing LEED columnist for Architect Magazine and has written The Sustainable Corporation handbook.

Selected LEED Projects serving as the Primary LEED Consultant and Project Administrator

  • The Historic Villagra Building for the New Mexico Attorney General, NM State Capitol Complex, Santa Fe; LEED-CI Gold Certified (first Gold in New Mexico; third LEED Certified Building in New Mexico) October 2006
  • Wild Oats Markets Signature Store, Boulder, CO; LEED-NC v2.2 Retail Pilot, LEED-Silver certified December 2007

  • Confidential Client- Corporate Headquarters, 450,000 sf building, Class AA, Dallas, TX; registered LEED-EB: O&M

  • Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute, Santa Fe, NM; LEED-CS v2.0 Gold certified May 2009

  • Denver Police Crime Laboratory, Denver, CO, Pursuing LEED-NCv2.2

  • Whole Foods Market – Boulder, 65,400 sf building, registered LEED-NC v2.2


Selected Sustainable Business and Project Consulting
  • Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO), Consultant to the GEO on implementation of the Colorado state LEED mandate
  • Confidential International Corporate Client, Sustainable Corporation development – policy, planning, and implementation
  • Confidential International Corporate Client, Sustainable Hospitality development – policy, planning, and implementation
  • Kinship Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Facilitation of project-specific Eco-charrette and LEED feasibility process
  • City and County of Denver – Willis Case Golf Clubhouse, facilitated eco-charrette, feasibility study, and developed LEED RFP package for GC/CM
  • Northern New Mexico Community College - Teacher Education Center, Facilitation of project-specific Eco-charrette and LEED feasibility process

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • US Green Building Council - National

  • US Green Building Counctil - Colorado & New Mexico Chapters

  • US Green Building Council - Cascadia Region

  • Boulder Green Building Guild - Commercial Education Committee Member

  • CORE, Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy

  • Environmental Resources Defense Council

  • Environmental Defense Fund

  • Rocky Mountain Climate Organization


Walsh Sustainability Group - offsets our carbon emissions from operations and travel through the purchase of Green-e certified clean renewable energy credits.


Valerie Walsh


303-444-8114 voice
303-444-0454 fax

2241 17th St. Suite C
Boulder, CO 80302





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