Summer Minchew and Penny Bonda are recognized as thought leaders in the green movement. They have a collective knowledge of the sustainability framework and a proven track record of success.
PENNY BONDA, Founding Partner (Retired), has been an active participant in the green building industry since its early stages and has pioneered the development of many of the accepted practices and recognized standards that have defined the sustainability movement. Popularly referred to as the “mother of green interiors,” she is the founding chair and primary author of the U.S. Green Building Council committee for LEED Commercial Interiors rating system.
Her published works include Sustainability Matters, written with the General Services Administration and the highly regarded Sustainable Commercial Interiors, 2nd Edition, published by Wiley & Sons. A prolific speaker, Bonda has presented more than 400 self-authored workshops, seminars, webinars and lectures on diverse topics to design professionals, students, businesses and organizations.
Penny is a Fellow of the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designers. She was named to the National Register of Peer Professionals for GSA’s Design Excellence Program. She is also the recipient of ASID’s 2007 Designer of Distinction award and the 2003 USGBC Leadership Award, the second person to be so honored. Penny received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design and has received honorary Senior Fellowship from the Design Futures Council. She currently serves as Board of Directors chair of the Healthy Building Network.
SUMMER MINCHEW, Managing Partner, has been in the field of commercial architectural interiors for over 10 years with a sharp focus on environmental design and construction. Her work demonstrates expertise in sustainable design principles and green building rating systems as well as outstanding client service, innovative solutions, and project management skills.
Summer specializes in green building program project management including documentation and submission for LEED and Green Globes. Her recent projects include PNG Rockingham Operations Center • LEED NC Silver; UUA Boston Relocation • LEED CI Platinum; Payne Elementary School • seeking LEED for Schools Gold; U.S. Green Building Council Corporate Headquarters in Washington DC • LEED CI Platinum; the Office of Former Vice President Al Gore • LEED CI Platinum; CoStar Boston Office • LEED CI Platinum; Knoll Toronto Showroom • LEED CI Platinum; Knoll Dallas Showroom • LEED CI Gold; Excel Dryer Office • LEED CI Gold; Excel Dryer Office • Green Globes New Construction • 1 Globe; AF&PA Washington DC Office • Green Globes New Construction • 3 Globes.
Summer is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s North Carolina Chapter where she currently serves on the Charlotte Branch Leadership Group and as the Marketing & Development Committee Chair. She is a contributing author of Sustainable Commercial Interiors, 2nd Edition, published by Wiley & Sons.