Celeste McMickle is the Director of Client Solutions for TRUE certification with the USGBC. The TRUE certification aims to support facilities and businesses in achieving their zero waste goals by providing a clear path to certification using a points-based rating system and educational tools such as the TRUE Advisor program. TRUE is owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) as the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.
McMickle is trained as an architect and has been working in the field of sustainability since 2006. Prior to joining the USGBC, she worked with Steven Winter Associates as a senior sustainability consultant and Green Rater at the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on their zero waste programming, at the New York City Compost Project as an educator, and ran her own company, Celestial Solutions. She is currently serving in her second term as the vice-chair of the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board and is a certified Master Composter and Permaculture Designer. Celeste holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
In her current role, McMickle helps support client understanding of the TRUE rating system and promote its effectiveness to the wider community through webinars, articles, and other opportunities. She believes in the power of zero waste to uplift the environment and health and equity of fellow humans and practices a low-waste lifestyle at home. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.