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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Dec 8, 2021

Lois Vitt Sale, a practicing architect for more than 25 years, has a career that goes well beyond the domain of project design. She has been a national leader in the application of green technologies and sustainable planning to the public and private sectors. She is a public policy advisor to elected officials and has participated in the development of policies to lessen the negative impacts of the built environment on the health of people and on our natural resources. Her specialty is found in the intersection between applied technology and the development of policy provisions for City, State, and Federal entities. Internationally, Lois is a Sustainable Designer for Kuwait Gulf Oil Corporation in Kuwait. In addition, Lois applies these technologies and practices to leading edge sustainable designs and consulting to design teams and clients to maximize the environmental potential for projects.

Besides her work as a practicing architect, Lois is an adjunct faculty at Northwestern University where she teaches sustainable construction, LEED Fellow, and LEED Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Lois’ career has been both driven and distinguished by environmentally sound building practices. Her portfolio consists of more than 70 LEED projects including prominent projects such as the LEED Platinum Hidden Oaks Nature Center and the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center – one of the first LEED certified buildings in the country.

Show Highlights

  • From Renaissance woman to LEED Fellow, Lois shares key tips and advice for green projects. 
  • Questions to consider to gear up for green building and deliver true sustainable building attributes.
  • Find “fertile soil” professionally and personally.
  • The hallmark of Wight & Company, a regional powerhouse.
  • Positive partnerships between the design team, the construction team, and the real estate team.
  • Evolution of energy efficiency goals for LEED projects.
  • Necessary feedback loop to see a building through to occupancy.
  • Everything the industry needs to do for the next ten years.
  • The first project in the state of Illinois, that is verified as a net zero building. 


We set practice paradigms. We provide education, always looking at the horizon saying, ‘Is our practice on point? Are we focused in the right direction?’ Every day of my career is a new day. What we do is evolve, learn, and grow. I am proud of the fact that I have a sense of creativity and curiosity that has been able to find "fertile soil" [in green buildings].”

-Lois Vitt Sale


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