Brenda Martens is a leading sustainability advocate and early adopter of green building practices and has worked on some of the most environmentally progressive and largest projects in B.C., such as the Athletes’ Villages. She was one of the reviewers of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada guides and founder of the first company in BC dedicated to providing green building consulting. Martens’ contributions have been peer recognized by her election to the board of the Cascadia Green Building Council and chair of the LEED steering committee. She has developed and delivered several courses through BCIT, including a micro-credential on Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings. She has been awarded the National Volunteer Leadership Award in 2013 by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Fellow in 2012, one of only 10 Canadians and 226 individuals in the world. She was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.