Hilari Varnadore

Director, LEED for Cities & Communities, US Green Building Council

Hilari brings more than two decades of experience in public administration and nonprofit leadership to her role as Director of the LEED for Cities and Communities program at USGBC.

Previously Hilari led STAR Communities as its executive/founding director. In that capacity, she deployed the first framework and certification program for local sustainability in the US, the STAR Community Rating System. She has served as a chief sustainability officer and principal planner in local government and has led two nonprofit organizations as CEO.

Hilari is invested in helping cities, towns and counties use data to drive decision-making, investments and community improvements that are more equitable and resilient. Her approach to sustainability is holistic and rooted in the triple bottom line. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, facilitation, program development and administration, policy development, governance, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications.

She holds a Master’s of Arts degree from Northern Arizona University in Geography with an emphasis in Community Planning and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Unity College of Maine in EnviHilari ronmental Policy.

Hilari serves on Metropolitan Washington COG’s Climate, Energy & Environment Policy Committee, the board of the Emerald Cities Collaborative, and the EcoDistrict Advisory Council. She is a 13-generation Marylander and a Girl Scout troop leader.

Wednesday, October 2
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • The Smart and Connected Built Environment (and How to Make it a Reality)institute
In this classroom style session, learn from practitioners from the US and Australia about the ways in which smart city principles, policies and infrastructure investments are transforming existing developments and suburbs to become communities of tomorrow.