Anisa (Balwdin Metzger) Heming

Anisa (Baldwin Metzger) Heming talking about green building with a class of students at a New Orleans junior high school.

Anisa (Baldwin Metzger) Heming, BS06

Anisa (Baldwin Metzger) Heming is the director of the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC). She began her work with USGBC in New Orleans in 2008, where she was hired to assist with rebuilding the schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During her two years with the city’s Recovery School District, she established green design and construction standards, received an EPA grant to hire an indoor air quality manager for the schools, completed a public-private partnership to install solar PV on the roofs of four schools, began a recycling pilot program, and laid the foundation for a district-wide energy management program.

In Washington, DC, Heming began the Green Schools Fellowship Program at the Center for Green Schools, placing and training sustainability directors in school districts and beginning the nation's first network of school district sustainability staff. As the Center's director, she provides strategic direction to USGBC’s work in schools and coordinates an organization-wide team to promote environmental sustainability, health and wellness, and sustainability literacy in school systems around the world.

In 2014, Heming received honorable mention recognition as one of Green Building and Design magazine's Most Powerful Women in Sustainability. At USGBC, she has edited several research publications with wide reach, such as the 2016 State of Our Schools report, which detailed state-by-state investments in school facilities and garnered more than 545 million media impressions. She has been invited to speak about school facilities and student sustainability literacy at the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium, the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit, the EDSpaces Conference & Expo on Learning Environments, and several statewide green schools summits.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Heming earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University, where she was awarded the Elizabeth S. Schmerling Endowed Scholarship, and her Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has served on the Sandy Brennan Student Travel Award Committee for the Sam Fox School.