Shan Arora, JD, LFA, is the Director of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, a multi-disciplinary, non-departmental education building on the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Atlanta campus that is the first building in Georgia to earn Living Building Challenge certification - the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The mission of the building is to serve as a catalyst for change in the region and beyond. It is a regenerative building. Rather than being less bad than conventional buildings, The Kendeda Building proved over a 12-month performance period that it gives back more energy and water than it consumes. Shan’s role is to promote the building, and the regenerative building ethos, as a way to create a better built environment. To advance this mission, Shan relies on his experience in renewable and clean energy advocacy, as well as his understanding of regional politics, business development, sustainability, and tax policy. Prior to this role, he was at Southface Institute for 8 years, and prior to that, Deloitte Tax. Shan obtained BA and JD degrees from Emory University, has received Living Future Accreditation, and (this is random) is a licensed US customs broker.
Shan also serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that engages communities of faith in stewardship of Creation as a religious response to climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, and pollution.