Vessela Valtcheva-McGee has extensive experience with sustainability in both practice and education. With over 13 years of experience in sustainable development, Vessela has both practical hands-on experience with sustainability assessment tools and frameworks in the construction and development sector, and deep theoretical knowledge of business sustainability, policy and master-planning, and leadership. While working closely with the business sector as a sustainability consultant, Vessela has also been actively involved in change leadership through the international NGO green building council network.
Serving as a founder and President of a chapter of the US Green Building Council in the United States for over 6 years, Vessela had the opportunity to be involved in the development of one of the most influential NGOs in the US. In 2010 Vessela became a founding member on the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Green Building Council where she is currently President. She works on sustainable policy development, voluntary certification initiatives, and represents the council at the World Green Building Council’s Europe Regional Network, a coalition of organizations working together to facilitate industry leadership and drive the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.
Since 2008 Vessela has been a Managing Partner in Triple Green Building Group, LLC – full-service sustainability consulting and education, company. Triple Green is one of the first companies recognized as Authorized Education Delivery Partners by the United States Green Building Council, providing the company with a license to deliver a professional education curriculum to the international market. Triple Green works with a number of major professional education development companies in the US and Europe to create courses on sustainability and provide live facilitation and web-based education programs. Triple Green has delivered education and supported training events for organizations including Arup, AECOM, Ernst and Young, CBRE, Colliers, and Bureau Veritas.
Currently, Vessela heads the European branch of Triple Green Group which is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. In her capacity as a green building consultant who has every recognized credential in the branch, Vessela has had the opportunity to work on numerous green building certification projects of national and international significance. She has personally managed the certification of LEED and BREEAM projects in Bulgaria, Russia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Mexico, and the US. She has participated in sustainable master planning concepts for projects in the US, Russia, and Bulgaria. Vessela was the key sustainability expert for the municipal Integrated Plan for Urban Renewal and Development for the City of Sofia.