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.
SUMMER MINCHEW, Managing Partner, has managed the certification of more than a half million square feet of green building space and is currently managing the certification of another two million square feet. Her expertise in sustainable design and construction is backed by 15 years of experience in green building rating systems, design guides, building product standards and certifications.
Summer specializes in green building program project management including documentation and submission for LEED and Green Globes. Her recently certified projects include Audi Field • LEED NC Gold; UUSC • LEED OM Platinum; UMC Conference • LEED CI Gold; Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown • LEED NC Silver; Payne Elementary School • LEED for Schools Gold; Davidson College 210 Delburg • LEED CS Gold; CMPD Westover Division Station • LEED NC Certified; PNG Rockingham Operations Center • LEED NC Silver; UUA Boston Relocation • LEED CI Platinum; Environamics Headquarters • LEED CI Certified; 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; U.S. Green Building Council Corporate Headquarters Washington DC • LEED CI Platinum; the Office of Former Vice President Al Gore • LEED CI Platinum; CoStar Boston Office • LEED CI Platinum.
Recently awarded Most Inspiring Individual at Sustain Charlotte’s 2019 Charlotte Sustainability Awards and recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 2018 40 under Forty award recipient, her career and civic achievements are numerous. As a leader in the industry, Summer is co-chair for the US Green Building Council Carolinas Community Market Leadership Advisory Board and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Third-party Verification Technical Subcommittee. Summer’s commitment to the future of green building is also seen in her role as an educator. She is a ProReviewer for Education at USGBC, a recognized LEEDuser Expert offering advice to LEED practitioners internationally, and is contributing author of Sustainable Commercial Interiors, Second Edition, published by Wiley & Sons.
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 recently served as Board of Directors chair of the Healthy Building Network.