Fellow of the AIA and Vice President of Huitt-Zollars

Zaida Basora, FAIA is Vice President at Huitt-Zollars. She is the former Assistant Director of Dallas Public Works. She is a registered architect and sustainability advocate with over 30 years of experience in public policy, planning and design. She has led and championed both the LEED green building program implementation for the City since 2003, and the development, adoption and implementation of the Dallas green building and construction codes since 2008. Her work has been recognized with the Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) 2008 award of excellence for extra-large jurisdictions and a 2009 CLIDE Award in the public policy and planning category. As a recognized green building expert, she was appointed to the GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Building's Green Building Advisory Committee, and serves as vice chair of the Codes and Standards committee of Dallas AIA and as a member of the Texas Society of Architects Sustainability Committee. She was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in January of 2012.


Dean of Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University

Al Sacco Jr. is dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. Before coming to Texas Tech, he was the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Engineering and the director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing at Northeastern University. He flew as the payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995. The 16-day mission aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid mechanics contained within the pressurized Spacelab module. Born in Boston, Mass., Sacco completed a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1973, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He then joined the faculty of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, becoming a full professor and serving as the chair of the chemical engineering department from 1989 until 1997, when he joined the faculty at Northeastern. He has consulted for numerous companies in the fields of catalysis, solid/gas contacting, zeolite synthesis and applications, and equipment design for space applications. Sacco has more than 192 publications (including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, transition metal and acid catalyst and their deactivation, and zeolite synthesis, and he has been the principal investigator on more than $24 million in research grants. Using his space flight experience, Sacco has given more than 300 presentations to approximately 27,000 K-12 teachers and their students as a means to motivate students to consider careers in science and engineering. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and in 2004 was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.


Founding Vice President of Turkish Green Building Council

Dr. Erten graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Civil Engineering Department in 1988. She completed her graduate studies at Rutgers University in USA in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked as a research fellow at Princeton University. While working as a licensed Civil Engineer for AECOM and BOVIS Lend Lease in Los Angeles, she lectured at USC. She later completed the executive program at Harvard University’s Public School of Health on Leadership in Sustainability. Upon her return from USA she worked as the director of Clinton Climate Initiative for Clinton Foundation. Erten is the founding VP of Turkish Green Building Council and served on the Board for 10 years as the President and Vice President. She was an elected Board member of USGBC during 2014-2016. She served on the LEED International Committee, and advisory committee of WGBC. She also served on sustainable buildings policy committee of Europe Regional Network. Dr. Erten has been conducting research, providing expert advice, and developing best practice recommendations through EDGE, BREEAM, LEED, DGNB,WELL and ÇEDBİK Homes, BREEAM Communities and LEED ND certifications. She is a P.E. (Civil), ASCE Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Faculty, BREEAM Fellow, BREEAM AP, BREEAM Communities and In-Use assessor and a DGNB Auditor. Her academic firm TURKECO received several awards for the projects she completed related to sustainability. She received the President’s Award given by World Green Building Council (WGBC) for her outstanding contributions to the global sustainability movement and the recipient of 2017 WSLA (Women in Sustainability Leadership Award). She has been teaching at Koç, Sabancı, Boğaziçi and Medipol Universities on sustainability related topics. She is currently Vice Chair of Center for Climate Change, Energy and Health at Medipol University. She is a member of Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute (EPEA), ULI-Europe, Turkish GBC, USGBC and ASCE.


Director of the Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Dr. Ilker Adiguzel is director of the Environmental Laboratory (EL) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. EL provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. The EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. Dr. Adiguzel was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2006 and served as Director of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) from 2006 to 2017. Before joining CERL as a federal employee, Dr. Adiguzel was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he conducted infrastructure research and taught a number of courses. Dr. Adiguzel holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (water resources) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and a doctorate in civil engineering (systems/operations research) from the UIUC. He also has had extensive leadership and management training, including the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership Program; an executive development assignment at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Pentagon; Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program; and Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society Program. Dr. Adiguzel is a founding associate editor and member of the Editorial Board for the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He served as a member of the ASCE Construction Institute Owners Directorate Executive Committee, Construction Research Council, and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and the Society of American Military Engineers. His honors include Department of the Army Meritorious Service Medal; Federal Laboratory Consortium, Laboratory Director of the Year; Society of American Military Engineers Technology Advancement Medal; U.S. Green Building Council, Public Sector Leadership Award; University of Illinois, Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Army Engineer Association, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sustainability Hero Award.


Executive Director of U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter

Jonathan Kraatz is the first Executive Director for the USGBC Texas Chapter. In 2015, Kraatz was named Interim Executive Director over the formation of USGBC Texas, bringing together green building resources and knowledge from across the state. He helped to facilitate the merger of the four Texas Legacy Chapters, and accepted the permanent role in January 2016. Previously he served as Executive Director for the USGBC North Texas Chapter since 2010, he was hired as the Chapter’s media and communications strategist and was quickly promoted to more responsible positions within the organization. He earned a LEED Green Associate credential in 2010 and speaks regularly about the Chapter’s mission, LEED, and building sustainability. Kraatz has presented best practices workshops to national audiences for USGBC and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, a chapter of the ASAE, in 2013. He was also named part of Who’s Who in Energy by the Dallas Business Journal in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014. Kraatz is also part of the Dallas 2030 District Leadership Council and the Advisory Council for the City of Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge (Co-Chair beginning in 2017). In 2015 he was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award, a premier volunteer awards program encouraging citizens to lead a life of service from the President of the United States, for his efforts with the USGBC Chapter Network Evolution Working Groups. He holds a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and credits being challenged early in his career by great mentors for the flexibility and adaptability that has shaped him as a leader.


Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council of North Texas and Director of Sustainability at the Beck Group

Norma directs the development and implementation of sustainable strategies for Beck’s operations and projects. A registered interior designer, Norma joined Beck 13 years ago as part of the healthcare design team. With nearly a decade of experience in evidence-based healthcare initiatives, Norma now brings that knowledge and experience to Beck’s portfolio promoting high performance and healthy projects. Under her leadership, Beck signed the AIA 2030 Commitment in an effort to reduce the energy consumption of the buildings they design. Additionally, Beck became an early advocate for health product declarations, focusing on the health impacts of building materials. In addition to accreditation by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED® AP BD+C, she has a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability and Development from Southern Methodist University. With a diverse portfolio of project types, representing both design and construction, Norma has been involved in some of Beck’s most notable projects. Norma currently serves on the board of the USGBC North Texas Council.