Shan Arora

Director – The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

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Shan Arora is the Director of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which will be a multi-faceted building with approximately 47,000 square feet of programmable space. Georgia Tech seeks to construct and operate The Kendeda Building to the stringent Living Building Challenge (LBC) 3.1 certification standards, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. To meet these requirements, The Kendeda Building will abide by strict construction guidelines as well as operating procedures. For example, The Kendeda Building must produce more energy than it uses on site through renewable sources, as well as collect, treat, and reuse more water than it needs on an annual basis.

Shan is responsible for programmatic and operational oversight of The Kendeda Building and has ultimate responsibility for coordinating efforts to ensure the operation and certification of the building under the LBC standards. Shan also champions sustainable design in the built environment throughout the Southeast.

Shan is currently on the Board of Directors of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that engages communities of faith in stewardship of Creation as a religious response to climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, pollution, and other disruptions in Creation. Prior to Georgia Tech, Shan was with Southface Institute where he worked with local and regional partners to increase the amount of clean energy generated in Georgia, promote energy efficiency in the built environment, and expand the region’s clean energy workforce. Shan has an undergraduate and a law degree from Emory University.


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