U.S. Green Building Council

Ben Evans is federal legislative director at the U.S. Green Building Council, helping lead the council’s advocacy work in Washington promoting green buildings and sustainable communities. Ben brings more than 20 years of experience working in politics, government affairs and communications, mostly in the energy sector. He has extensive experience developing policy, creating strategic advocacy campaigns, building stakeholder coalitions, and engaging with Congress and the executive branch. He has been quoted or published in national media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, Politico and Reuters. Prior to joining USGBC, Ben was vice president of public affairs at the Alliance to Save Energy, overseeing the Alliance’s work to advance energy efficiency policy, including government affairs and policy communications. Prior to that, Ben was the director of public affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, the biodiesel trade association. Previously, he was a reporter covering politics in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press and at Congressional Quarterly, where he covered the landmark Energy Policy Act of 2005. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Ben has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two children and a golden retriever.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 20

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

A Balancing Act – Leveraging Decarbonization to Create & Protect Housing Affordability

3:45pm – 5:00pm
Hilton Austin, Room 406, Floor 4

Climate change and housing affordability are two primary challenges that communities and the real estate industry are facing nationally. The pressure to create new housing supply as well as retrofit older, affordable housing combined with the increased demand for electrification and its infrastructure can appear daunting, but there are approaches that can prioritize both. Learn from seasoned professionals on innovative strategies to decarbonize our housing without sacrificing affordability. This session is eligible for 1.25 AICP credits. Sign-in sheets will be available at the conference.