Energy & Environment
In the US, buildings account for about 40% of energy and raw materials use, 12% of water use, and 30% of GHG emissions and waste output. Rebuilding sustainably is an opportunity to bring these numbers way down, while diverting construction and demolition waste from landfills and reducing the growing environmental footprint of natural disasters.
The American Public
The average american spends 90% of their time indoors, and 26% of their budget on housing (including utilities and property insurance). And every taxpayer is footing the bill for federal disaster relief, to the tune of $136 billion - or $400 per household annually - from 2011-2013. For the public good, we should take every opportunity to rebuild more sustainable homes, offices, schools and businesses.
Every day fire/water damage and widespread natural catastrophes cost the economy billions each year in the form of insured and uninsured property losses, business interruption and lost productivity, public health costs, and degradation of natural capital and ecosystem services we all rely on. Sustainable disaster response and property restoration is a massive opportunity to reduce costs and increase the health and resiliency our homes, businesses, and environment. This is rebuilding for a stronger economy.
Public funding for energy and environmental programs is rarely linked to disaster response. Moreover, despite the rising cost of disasters and a national flood insurance program that is now over $24 billion in debt, federal assistance for resilience or “pre-disaster mitigation” has actually declined over the past decade. Let's make sure governments at all levels are using taxpayer dollars to prepare and respond in a way that connects the dots between recovery, resiliency, and sustainability.
About the Council
SDRC's mission is to promote sustainability in disaster response and property restoration - helping american homes, businesses and communities turn every loss into smart investments in a stronger, safer, healthier and environmentally responsible future.
SDRC brings together a diverse group of leaders who are committed to advancing best practices for sustainable disaster recovery and restoration. Our members and strategic partners represent:
We are a registered nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors, with input from an Advisory Council. Membership is open to all interested parties, subject to an application that determines their commitment to advancing our mission. SDRC members collaborate in industry/stakeholder and subject matter-specific working groups to implement our programs. A network of strategic partners increases our reach and impact.
Stephen Bushnell, President
Steve oversees SDRC's strategy, programs and day-to-day operations. He is founder and Principal of Stephen Bushnell + Associates, which advises clients on sustainability and risk management. He has over 40 years of U.S. property & casualty insurance experience – where he is widely credited for developing the first and most innovative sustainability solutions for commercial and residential property owners. Steve is a leading expert on the risk-reduction and broad environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable buildings and communities. From 2012-2015, he served as the first and only insurance and risk management professional elected to U.S. Green Building Council National Board of Directors. In 2016, he transitioned to USGBC's newly created Advisory Council.
Stefan Mueller, Vice President
Stefan is a Managing Director at SEM Advisors in Washington, DC – which staffs and administers the SDRC. He is an expert in organizing consulting groups and issue/advocacy coalitions that drive sustainability in the public and private sectors – and has provided strategic, program development, government affairs and other guidance to both U.S. and multi-national companies, as well as leading environmental groups and other nonprofits. He has worked extensively with various business councils and public-private partnerships focused on energy, environmental and natural resource challenges facing the insurance sector, real estate, and governments at the local, state and federal level.
Charles Schilke, General Counsel
Chuck brings nearly 30 years of real estate, corporate and environmental law experience to his position as SDRC's general counsel. He is currently founder and CEO of InterGreen, an international real estate investment and development company specializing in energy-efficient and environmentally advanced buildings, and serves on the board of Aquicore and BG Lionstar which serve the energy efficiency and retrofit markets. Prior to launching InterGreen, Chuck spent nearly a decade as Director of the real estate program at the John Hopkins Carey School of Business and Associate Dean of the real estate masters program at Georgetown University. Before his work in academia, Chuck was a counsel in the global finance group at Cadwalader , Wickersham & Taft LLP. Prior to joining Cadwalader, Chuck advised on various real estate, environmental law and M&A transactions at other major law firms, in private practice and as in-house counsel for some of the largest FT 500 corporations. In the nonprofit sector, Chuck spent 4 years as Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at the American Red Cross. Chuck received undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard, and a JD from Cornell. Chuck is an active member of a number of real estate professional and trade associations including Urban Land Institute, where he chairs ULI's national Public Development and Infrastructure Council and serves on ULI Washington's subcommittees for Health and Real Estate and Construction Innovation.
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