David Whalen

Certification Associate, LEED GA

David Whalen

What is your educational background?

Bachelor of Arts: Majored in Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Studies with a Minor in Sustainable Urban Development from Cleveland State University.


What strengths do you bring to the EBE team? 

I have a strong sense of purpose when working with our built environment in meeting our natural one. My continuous learning and appreciation for our urban world work together to help Emerald cultivate a team that cares. Understanding the big picture adds to the value of every step of our process, whether it be approving products or researching alternative paths for certification.


What registrations and/or certifications do you have?

LEED Green Associate


What are your professional affiliations?

Certification Associate for Emerald Built Environments (began 2020)


What is your proudest project moment, and why?

I always experience pride when completing a site map for a project. Synthesizing information and then communicating through geography is very fulfilling. The pride from demonstrating what Emerald does to improve the communities our projects exist in is one of many reasons I enjoy my work.


What is your sustainability goal for 2021?

Consume smarter. I think there is tremendous potential for me to approach all that I consume and check its necessity against its cost (financial or environmental). From buying seasonal and local fruit instead of non-seasonal to reduce shipping demand or deciding to take public transit to meet up with friends on a night out, sacrificing convenience here and there will not turn things upside down. This is my goal to help build a more sustainable lifestyle.