Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic.
Jennifer, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have a Masters in Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. After working in Sexual Assault and Therapeutic and Specialized Foster Care & Adoption, I was burnt out. As soon as I graduated with my Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, I moved to Los Angeles and began working in the movie industry. I ended up at Shangri-La Entertainment producing movies. Then we started Shangri-La music where I was producing music. In 2006, I was tasked with building a LEED Platinum airplane hangar for our 737 BBJ. We then started Shangri-La Construction where I was the Director of Sustainability. After four years at SLC, I started my own company, A SustainAble Production (ASAP), where we focus on creating Healthy Places for People and Planet through EDUCATION, INNOVATION, and a HOLISTIC APPROACH to SUSTAINABILITY that includes REGENERATIVE, RESILIENT, EQUITABLE, and HEALTHY spaces and communities. I was lucky enough to get involved with the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard (WELL) early on. I worked on most of the first projects in the world. I became a global expert in health and wellness in the built environment. I travel the world teaching about sustainability and wellness.
I also do a great deal of volunteering in our local schools and communities as well as building schools in countries like Malawi and Nepal as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I sit on many Boards of Directors and Steering Committees for Non-Profits.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been the easiest road, but it has always been worth it. I get to live my dream. My work is my passion and my passion is my work. I get paid to save the people and planet. That being said, not everyone understands ROI and why sustainability and wellness in the built environment are so important and make so much sense. Being an innovator and leader early on, I had to teach a lot of people in order to enroll them in these movements. Being a woman and single mother adds another layer to that. My industries were historically male dominant. So being a young woman, I had to work extra hard to prove my capabilities and expertise. Starting and running my own business was also not always easy, but I have loved the ebbs and flows and watching it blossom and grow into a successful business creating real change in the community and world.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about A SustainAble Production (ASAP) – what should we know?
I am the Founder, Owner & CEO of A SustainAble Production, LLC (ASAP). ASAP is a woman-owned, full-service, global sustainability and wellness consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA with team members located across the U.S. ASAP provides an array of holistic consulting services including: Sustainable and/or Healthy Spaces, Built Environment Benchmarking, WELL Certification, LEED Certification, Campus, Community & Portfolios, Education & Training and more. ASAP believes in Integrity, Honesty and Authenticity; while being an unstoppable advocate for social justice and equity.
I am a WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP Homes, LEED Faculty and LEED Fellow. I have extensive experience with IWBI’s WELL Building Standard. I was one of the first Provisional WELL APs, WELL APs, and WELL Faculty in the world. As a WELL Consultant, I have worked on various WELL Pilots and Projects for New & Existing Interiors, New & Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Retail, Education, Multi-family, Communities, All Projects In, Industrial, Warehouse, Senior Care, Assisted Living, Affordable Housing, Portfolios, and more. I am currently overseeing the consulting for many firsts in WELL, LEED, Net Zero/ Carbon Neutral and Net Positive projects in the country and world. I have extensive experience with the USGBC’s various LEED rating systems including LEED for Homes, New Construction, Core & Shell, Commercial Interiors, LEED for Schools, Retail, LEED Volume, Hospitality, Existing Buildings, Arc and more.
In my previous role as Owner’s Representative/Director at Shangri-La Industries/Construction; I was instrumental in securing the world’s first LEED Platinum certification for New Construction for an aviation facility through my work on Hangar 25 in Burbank, CA. Hangar 25 was awarded the title of “Greenest Aviation Facility In the World” and was not only Net Zero Energy in 2008 but Net Positive Energy. It brought the likes of President Clinton, the Mayor of LA and other local and state leaders. I also orchestrated the LEED Platinum certification of Citadel Environmental Services, Inc.’s Corporate Headquarters under LEED for Commercial Interiors. This was the first LEED Platinum Commercial Interior office space in the Tri-City (Glendale/Pasadena/Burbank) area and Net Zero Energy in 2010. One of my most renowned projects is Step Up On Vine, an adaptive reuse Platinum certified LEED for Homes Multi-family, permanent supportive housing project for chronically homeless, mentally ill individuals in Hollywood, CA. This project was also made national news when I toured President Clinton, Kobe Bryant, Eileen Getty, Steve Bing and others on the project.
I was a Peer Reviewer for WELL v1.0, v2.0 Pilot, and WELL v2 of the WELL Building Standard, as well as being a member of the IWBI COVID-19/Respiratory Infections Task Force. I have had the unique experience of being a Consultant to both Delos and IWBI and working with WELL in various phases and Pilots on projects around the country and world. I work with Global companies as they explore WELL for their projects and portfolios. I was the WELL Consultant and Portfolio Advisory Representative for 3 WELL Portfolio Clients that were registered in the WELL Portfolio Pathway Pilot Program. This has resulted in me being asked to co-facilitate the IWBI WELL Portfolio Provider Trainings around the world. In addition to the Portfolio Advisory, I have been an active member of numerous other Advisories including the Industrial and Community Concept Advisories. I have also been a reviewer for the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo education program multiple times and an item and form reviewer for the WELL AP Exam Maintenance.
I have provided tours of hundreds of LEED and WELL registered and certified projects around the country for international and domestic Owners, Developers, Design/Build teams, Consultants, Innovators, Fortune 500 Companies, and more. I have also provided hundreds of Sustainability and Wellness presentations around the world for hundreds of organizations. I have been interviewed, written about, quoted, and published in articles and publications over the past 10+ years. I am also a content contributor, reviewer and on-screen Subject Matter Expert for the WELL Learning Library (WLL); a comprehensive solution for meeting the education and survey requirements for WELL v2. I have been a first, second and final Round Reviewer for the Greenbuild education program multiple times and as a Global Health & Wellness Summit Advisory Board Member. I have also been a LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee member since receiving the designation.
My accomplishments have earned me some of the most prestigious recognitions in the industry. In 2019, I was named IWBI’s Inaugural Global WELL AP of the Year at Greenbuild in Atlanta. In 2018, I not only earned my LEED Fellow designation but also Green Building & Design’s (gb&d) 2018 Women In Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA) and an IWBI Leadership Award. In 2014, I was amongst 250 nominees in 6 categories for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 Women Making a Difference Award. I was awarded the Rising Star award for making noteworthy contributions to date, and being well on my way to making a meaningful imprint on the future of my organization and the local business community. In 2014, I received a USGBC-LA Chapter Leadership Award and in 2011, I was nominated for the Chapter’s “Green Mind” Award.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Passion. My passion and drive have been super important. As well as being optimistic and believing that anything and everything is possible and I can have it all as long as I take action. Having integrity and building relationships are extremely important to me. And of course, never giving up. No matter what. These things have served me well throughout my diverse and successful career.
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