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Elaine Hoffman

Director of Sustainability

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During the last class of an art history course she took during her freshman year of college, Elaine learned about contemporary sustainable buildings. She decided then and there to devote her career to this work. Today, Elaine advances her goal of designing buildings that have a net positive impact on the environment.

Elaine works on a range of tasks at Goody Clancy, most of which are tied to sustainability. She takes on project-based sustainability roles, working on envelope design and ambitious energy performance goals. Elaine collaborates with project teams to push sustainability targets firm-wide by implementing innovative systems, components, and design strategies that advance building performance. She is most proud of her work on the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society—a project that celebrates building performance, from its innovative natural ventilation system to its automatic solar shading.

As one of the leaders of Goody Clancy’s Sustainability Champions Group, Elaine initiates sustainability protocols across projects and develops the role of other sustainability champions. She is also the Co-Chair of our 2030 Committee, and leads conversations about WELL, Fitwel, and other systems for creating healthy facilities.

When Elaine is not writing the next cutting-edge white paper on sustainable thinking, she’s likely playing word games (don't bet against her in Scrabble) or swimming wherever the seasons allow: pools, Walden Pond, or the open ocean.



I’m most proud of the fact that as an education design firm our clients and their communities, as well as the broader team, all share a passion for sustainability, which presents countless opportunities to advance sustainability goals and create a more just and livable future.
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