Les McCabe: Global Green USA

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Les McCabe, along with select Global Green USA representatives, are Big Blend expert contributors focusing on climate change, green urbanism, and sustainability.

Global Green: Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that improve lives and protect our planet.

Global Green creates transformative model projects and advances new policies that build sustainable and resilient communities and affordable housing. The organization helps local governments, schools, and public agencies integrate sustainable design, clean energy, and water reduction measures, and also helps people reduce waste, live better, and act more sustainably today–and in the future.

Global Green USA has influenced more than $20 billion dollars worth of building construction by encouraging the integration of green building and sustainability practices, and they’ve educated millions of people about climate-friendly solutions through their annual events, including the green event of the year, their Pre-Oscar Party. Their impact has been felt across the country, particularly in areas affected by disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where they led green rebuilding efforts and continue to provide assistance and resources to local residents. Learn more at www.GlobalGreen.org.

Dr. Les McCabe:
A leader in global education and non-profit management, Dr. Les McCabe joined Global Green USA as President and CEO in July 2014. Previously, he was President and CEO of The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) in Charlottesville, VA, establishing the Institute as a leader in global youth education with its signature academic program, Semester at Sea, and managing a $50M+ annual budget. During his 20+ year tenure at ISE, McCabe was credited with steadily increasing both the fiscal strength and outreach capacity of the organization. Dr. McCabe brings unique sustainability and humanitarian expertise to Global Green, helping the national environmental nonprofit emphasize the human aspect of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

A native of Claremont, California, Dr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine, a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington, a second Master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies, with an emphasis in global education, from the University of Pittsburgh. After seven years of dedicated service to the clinical needs of children and families in the Seattle area at the Casey Family Program, Dr. McCabe joined the Institute for Shipboard Education in Pittsburgh, PA, when the program’s academic sponsor was the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. McCabe has recently located to the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, where he lives with his partner. He has two children who attend college at the University of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When Dr. McCabe isn’t working he enjoys world travel, skiing, and staying active in his community.


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