On Monday, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) third-party credentialing nonprofit Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) announced its 2017 class of LEED fellows. This year, 23 largely AEC professionals, which include Lake|Flato Architects sustainability director Heather Holdridge, Assoc. AIA, Atelier Ten associate director Larry Jones, and KieranTimberlake founders James Timberlake, FAIA, and Stephen Kieran, FAIA, are recognized for their achievements and leadership in the green building community.

“LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans the globe without the leadership and innovative thinking of the dynamic professionals that make up this class of LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and the USGBC in a press release. “The contributions, work, and ideas of these individuals plays a significant role in propelling the green building movement forward while helping to continue to advance our mission of green buildings for all within this generation.”

Established in 2011, the LEED Fellow program honors those "who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals," according to the release.

Fellows are nominated by their peers, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry, and have LEED accreditation with a specialty credential to be eligible for the program. This year's class will be honored at a luncheon hosted at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which will take place in Boston from Nov. 8-10.

See the complete list of 2017 LEED fellows here.