Amy Dryden


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amy dryden

Director of Policy and Innovation

As Director of Policy and Technical Innovation, Amy Dryden advances Build It Green's strategic vision by designing market-friendly programs and developing policies and standards to support state and national goals. She also serves as BIG's chief building scientist and researcher. As a nationally recognized thought leader on green and low-carbon building, Amy brings  more than 18  years of leadership experience in the industry. At BIG, Amy has led the development of GreenPoint Rated for existing homes and multifamily energy efficiency program and is currently leading a multifamily net zero energy project and a net zero energy block project. 

Before joining BIG in 1997, Amy worked for a community planning firm where she managed community/watershed level planning efforts nationally to comprehensively address development, green infrastructure, climate mitigation and cultural preservation. Amy has extensive experience as a consultant in the building industry, and also worked as a builder/contractor.  In the late 1990s, Amy initiated  green building standards for two affordable housing developers, changing the way they built homes. In addition, Amy is a maker with a passion for creating and paddling.

Amy holds a Masters in City Planning and a Masters in Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.