The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has launched the LEED Fellow, a new program to recognize exceptional contributions to the green building community and significant professional achievement within the LEED community.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has launched the LEED Fellow, a new program to recognize exceptional contributions to the green building community and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

“LEED Fellows will constitute an elite class of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals,” said Beth Holst, vice president of credentialing, GBCI. “Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the selection will be based on their body of work and the way it has contributed to advancing the field of green building.”

To be eligible for the LEED Fellow designation, an individual must be nominated, either by oneself or by a peer.A nomination period is open now until Jan. 7, 2011.

The LEED Fellow program is the result of more than two years of extensive research that helped GBCI define what it means to be at the forefront of the green building industry. The findings were synthesized into five mastery elements in which LEED Fellows are expected to demonstrate expert-level knowledge and experience: Technical Proficiency; Education and Mentoring; Leadership; Commitment and Service; and Advocacy.

The 2011 class of LEED Fellows will be announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo to be held in Toronto in October 2011.

More information on the program can be foundhere.