The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) New York Upstate Chapter presented its Green Building Advocate of the Year award to sustainability advocate and interior designer Diane Brandli, during the 2013 New York State Green Building Conference held in Syracuse. Brandli was honored for her dedication to improving interior environments.
The award is given to an individual actively involved in green building and its supporting disciplines, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, and prominent in promoting the need to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on humans and the natural environment.
Brandli is a New York State certified interior designer and a Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) accredited professional with over 30 years of experience, including four LEED-certified projects. As the owner of dbdesign, a certified Women's Business Enterprise, she consults on commercial projects from both sustainability and interior design perspectives.
She served as director of interior design at Ashley McGraw Architects for more than nine years, focusing on school districts, higher education and municipal clients. During this time, many of her projects received design awards.
Brandli is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University with the School of Visual and Performing Arts Interior Design Program, and Onondaga Community College in the Architecture & Interior Design Program. She is also an interior design instructor at OCM BOCES and an instructor for the ESF Outreach BEST Practices Workshop on Sustainable Design.
Her volunteer service includes past president of the Upstate New York and Canada East Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Currently, she serves as the green schools committee chair for the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter. She is also a founding member and current president of GreeningUSA, a local grassroots nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sustainable communities. In addition, Brandli has served as an active member of the New York State Green Building Conference's advisory council for the past seven years.