Lynn Simon

FAIA, LEED Fellow, Head of REWS Sustainability


Lynn N. Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Head of REWS Sustainability at Google, is a recognized pioneer in the sustainable building industry as well as an entrepreneur and catalyst for change.  Lynn has consulted on millions of square feet of sustainable projects ranging from multi-family, affordable housing to large scale commercial and institutional projects. She is an experienced and popular speaker on sustainable design, facilitation, and leadership topics such as coaching. 

At REWS Sustainability, Lynn leads a team that focuses on three primary areas: creating healthy workplaces that enhance the well-being of Googlers and stakeholders; advancing solutions to climate change; and designing and operating buildings that design out waste and regenerate natural systems.  She is responsible for leading the strategic vision across REWS Sustainability initiatives and programs: from establishing baseline expectations across a global real estate portfolio to strategic thought leadership on targeted aspirational goals.

Lynn is currently serving a two-year term on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board. She served on the AIA San Francisco and US Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors, LEED and Education Steering Committees, and was Co-Chair of Greenbuild 2012. In 2011, Lynn was honored with USGBC’s Presidents Award and in 2017, the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award from gb&d magazine. Lynn is also a certified professional coach through New Ventures West.


Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specialises in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Google has a longstanding commitment to climate action and environmental stewardship. Sustainability has been a core value since Google’s founding, and we strive to build sustainability into everything we do. In 2018, we achieved twelve consecutive years of carbon neutrality and, for the second year in a row, matched 100% of the electricity consumption of our global operations with renewable energy. We also announced our long term goal to power our operations with carbon-free energy, 24x7, 365 days a year. 

In the years to come, we’ll focus on how Google can accelerate the transition toward carbon-free energy and a circular economy, empower everyone with technology that enables sustainable action, and benefit the communities where we operate. Google remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability, and we will continue to look for collaborative partnerships and innovative opportunities to help create a clean and healthy planet for everyone.

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