Peter Templeton

President & CEO, Cradle to Cradle

Peter has worked for over 25 years to accelerate global adoption of practices that enhance human health, environmental wellbeing and quality of life for all. As Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council, he directed organization-wide efforts to increase the reach and impact of market transformation activities around the world. He has lead the execution of strategic plans and partnerships that expand local capacity and deliver new tools for advancing smart, healthy, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable buildings and communities.

From 2009-2012, Peter served as the first President of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) which administers third-party project certification and professional credentialing in over 150 countries and territories for the LEED green building rating systems and other respected environmental leadership standards. Peter served previously as USGBC’s Senior Vice President of Education & Research, where he directed the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, LEED training and professional credentialing programs, and USGBC’s green building research initiatives. He joined USGBC as one of its first employees to support the launch of the LEED Rating System as Director of LEED & International Programs.

Peter holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves as a board member of the World Green Building Council, Sustentabilidad para México and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Can a Circular Economy Salvage the Climate?

May 7 2019 - 12:00pm

Produce, consume, discard: we all know the routine. Raw materials are extracted, produced into goods, and used – sometimes only once – before turning into waste. And believing that recycling that Starbucks cup or Smartwater bottle is the best we can do for the planet is the wrong way to think about it, says John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

REWIND: Aligning Profits with Planet / The Circular Economy

Can trees and businesses get along? Business leaders know that consumers are concerned about the environmental footprint of the products they buy. Does that lead to greenwashing or meaningful improvements?

“There are many legitimate leaders out there deeply concerned at a personal level,” says Gretchen Daily, Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford. “And also recognizing their responsibility as leaders in this corporate enterprise that really governs the planet and trying to change it.”