The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been named by Scientific American magazine as a Business Leader within the 2005 Scientific American 50, the magazine’s prestigious annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year.

“This is a tremendous accolade – USGBC is honored to be selected as a Business Leader for its contribution to environmental design,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “Without the support and tireless dedication of the thousands of volunteers who created and continue to refine LEED, green building would not have advanced so far and so fast. This honor belongs to each and every one of USGBC’s members.”

Said Editor-in-Chief John Rennie, “The Scientific American 50 is our annual opportunity to salute the people and organizations worldwide whose research, policy, or business leadership has played a major role in bringing about the science and technology innovations that are improving the way we live and offer the greatest hopes for the future.”

Selected by the magazine’s board of editors with the help of distinguished outside advisors, the Scientific American 50 spotlights a Research Leader of the Year, a Business Leader of the Year, and a Policy Leader of the Year.

The USGBC was selected for its leadership in promoting environmental design. Since USGBC’s inception in 1993, the Council has been promoting high-performing, sustainable green building through a variety of programs and services, including its nationally recognized LEED green building rating systems (available for new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, and in pilot testing for core & shell developments, homes and neighborhood developments); workshops, educational sessions and tools; a network of more than 60 chapters and organizing groups; and through Greenbuild, the industry’s popular conference & exposition.

Past Scientific American 50 winners include stem cell researcher Douglas A Melton, Professor of the National Sciences at Harvard; Nobel-prize winning neurobiologist Roderick MacKinnon; global public health leader Gro Harlem Brundtland, former World Health Organization Secretary General; and high tech innovator Steven Jobs, CEO, Apple.