Executive Director

James Albis is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Green Building Council, succeeding long-time CTGBC ED Judy Swann in June 2017. A lifelong Connecticut resident, James is currently serving his fourth term as a State Representative from his hometown of East Haven. James was named chairman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Shoreline Preservation after East Haven was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Through the work of that Task Force he authored the first law in Connecticut history to define sea level rise, requiring that sea level rise be considered during planning for major public projects and long-term plans of conservation and development. He also wrote the law that created the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), which provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities embarking on adaptation projects.

In 2015, James was appointed co-chairman of the legislature’s standing Environment Committee to serve alongside State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. One of their signature accomplishments was enacting the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, designed to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to engage in marine spatial planning efforts for Long Island Sound. Upon beginning his fourth term in January 2017, James was named Deputy Majority Leader, where he plays an important role in policy development and managing operations in the House of Representatives.

James received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University in 2006, and his Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in 2016. He is a LEED Green Associate and is a published author. His paper “University Sustainability: Assessing College Sustainability Rating Systems” appeared in the 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental Sustainability.

You can reach James at james@ctgbc.org.