BURLINGTON, VT, April 16, 2007- Tom Hengelsberg, AIA, LEED AP of Charlotte and an associate with Truex Cullins & Partners Architects was recently elected as Secretary of the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN). The Vermont Green Building Network is a non-profit organization “dedicated to increasing Vermont’s participation in green building and to promoting the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices,” and is the Vermont Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).The USGBC administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The LEED certification process rigorously documents predicted building performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.Hengelsberg serves as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of VGBN, which works to promote green building and to educate federal, state, and local policy makers on the benefits of sustainable design. Tom is currently working with the City of Burlington and the Town of Hinesburg to incorporate green building incentives and regulations into their zoning codes, as well as providing information and testimony to state legislators for crafting anti-global warming policy related to building energy efficiency.A LEED-Accredited Design Professional, Tom Hengelsberg is committed to incorporating sustainable design principles in all building projects at Truex Cullins. In addition, as the Environmental Coordinator for Truex Cullins, Tom is leading a new initiative, “Greening the Firm,” which lays out a plan with real, measured results for greening the office operations.Tom will be speaking on a panel about Truex Cullins’ new green initiative at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Annual Spring Conference on May 17th at Champlain College.Truex Cullins & Partners, an architecture, planning and interior design firm is one of the largest firms in the state and has been doing business locally, nationally and internationally since 1968.