Oct. 28, 2008 – Donald Simon, a partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Northern California Chapter for his accomplishments in the area of green building and advocacy.  Amongst the five “Green Super Hero” award winners honored at the Oct. 23 gala, Simon received the prestigious David Gottfried Special Achievement Award, presented by USGBC Founder David Gottfried.

“Donald is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate proponents of environmental sustainability and has been ‘walking the walk’ his entire career – even transforming the way we do business here at the firm.  His enthusiasm and dedication to reducing our impact on the planet is contagious and his influence on the green building movement, and especially his commitment to the USGBC, is unsurpassed.  We commend his accomplishments in this arena and think there is no one more deserving of the coveted David Gottfried Special Achievement Award,” said William C. Acevedo, a partner and leader of the firm’s Green Business Practice Group.

A national leader in the green building industry and a champion of environmental sustainability, Simon has long been a USGBC member and co-founded the Northern California Chapter, for which he currently serves as general counsel.  Simon is also president of Build It Green, a regional nonprofit that advocates for green building in the residential real estate industry, and helped launch the Bay Area Business Council on Climate Change, which encourages businesses to take an active role in reducing their carbon footprints.

Simon’s law practice focuses on construction law, green building, environmental sustainability and climate change policy.  He has extensive experience representing private and governmental clients on an array of business and construction issues, including contracts, litigation and regulatory compliance.  Simon also co-founded the Wendel Rosen’s Green Business Practice Group and spearheaded the firm's internal sustainability efforts, leading it to become the first law firm in the nation certified as a green business.

Simon has been named a top attorney in the East Bay for Environmental Sustainability and a “Top 40 under 40” by the East Bay Business Times.  He received his J.D. (1995) and his B.A. (1992) from Ohio State University, where he served as president of the Ohio State University Environmental Law Association.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building certification systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates and organizing groups.  For more information, visit

The U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter is a diverse group of individuals in a region active in and receptive to progressive sustainable building goals. The Chapter has about 1,000 members, branches in Monterey Bay, Sacramento and Silicon Valley and is headquartered in San Francisco.

The leadership team consists of a nine member board of directors who oversee chapter policy, an executive director who manages operations and staff, and several volunteer committees that contribute to the development and operation of the chapter's activities.

The USGBC-NCC depends on the volunteer efforts of regional green building advocates, revenues from chapter events, dues from local members and generous support from chapter and event sponsors.  

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