LaVerne Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Founder of Environment Associates

AIA, LEED AP, is one of the nation’s top green building professionals and a Texas pioneer of energy-efficient green home design that strives for sustainability. Founder of Environment Associates.

Williams’s dedication to improving our quality of life can be seen in the many non‐profit organizations he helped found.  He has served as an advisor to both theGovernor’s and the Texas Energy Advisory Councils.  He co-founded with NASA engineers Texas’s first renewable energy organization, the Houston Solar Energy Societyin 1975; he helped found the Texas Solar Energy Society in 1976, the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association in 1984, and Cultivate Green, a citizen education program by the Houston Advanced Research Center in 2003.  Chairing the Houston AIA Energy Committee, he also helped co‐found the original Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (HAIA-COTE) in 1977.  He helped found Texans for Urban Sustainability – a Regional Organization for Organic Technology & Sustainability (TexUS ROOTS) in 1992 and is active with Transition Houston, USGBC Houston, Texas Bioneers, AIA Houston, Houston Tomorrow, The Center for Houston’s Future, and many other organizations.

Williams is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, and AIA Houston.  He is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) as designated by the US Green Building Council, a Building Ecologist, a Bioneer, a Living Building ChallengeAmbassador, a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator, and has completed the Transition Network training.