It is with great sadness that we share the news of last week’s passing of our beloved former colleague, Steven Piguet. Steven served on the SDC Team from 2008 through 2021 in the capacities of Washington, DC office Senior Associate, Associate Principal, and Director, Special Programs. He was a dedicated professional who made significant contributions to the green building industry through his work with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), including service on its founding Board of Directors.
Steven was deeply committed to promoting sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. He was a strong advocate for the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and worked consistently to educate others about the benefits of green building, for which USGBC recognized him in 2013 as a LEED Fellow. He also served on the local Host Committee for the 2015 Greenbuild Conference and Expo held in Washington, DC. Together with Susan, his wife of 49 years, Steven was active in their local green building communities, particularly in the greater New York and DC areas.
From his more than 13 years at SDC, Steven’s colleagues remember him as both a seasoned and caring professional who always went above and beyond to help others, sharing memories such as:
“He came up with the idea of an employee recognition program in which anyone could give a peer a ‘Kermit’ (the frog) for going above and beyond – this was his way of saying “It ain’t easy being green, so let’s recognize you for it right now.”
“He always had a monthly picture update of his granddaughter printed 11×8 & taped on his office door for all to see. Made me smile every time I saw it and he’d always have a story about it. Really showed he loved his family!”
“I also remember him as the biggest fan of the Cherry Blossom Festival. He’d invite the office to ride on a cruise to soak in the natural beauty of the Potomac River. Such a good reminder of why we are doing what we do at SDC!”
We extend our deepest condolences to Steven’s family, friends, and the greater green building community during this difficult time. He will be remembered for his passion and commitment to making the world a better place for future generations.