Green Festival Speakers

Rich Chien


Rich Chien is a Senior Environmental Specialist and leads the Private Sector Green Building Program at San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. In this role, Mr. Chien works closely with government agencies, industry professionals and nonprofits to design and implement policies that improve the performance of the built environment. He is currently serving as Program Manager for San Francisco’s PACE program “GreenFinanceSF,” and is managing several federal grants to bring innovative financing for green retrofits of residential, commercial and nonprofit buildings. Previously, Mr. Chien led an industry stakeholder process to develop and help implement the city’s groundbreaking green building code for new construction, and recently completed a similar process for accelerating energy efficiency activities in commercial buildings. In his prior role with the city’s municipal green building program, Mr. Chien helped to implement its LEED® Silver ordinance for public buildings.