INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that partner Natalie J. Stucky has received her accreditation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). According to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) records, Stucky is the only attorney in Indiana to achieve LEED AP accreditation.
The USGBC was formed in 1993 with a primary mission to encourage and support sustainable development in the built environment. As a tool to accomplish that mission, the USGBC created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which measures the "greenness" of a building and verifies actual compliance with claims of the green elements of that building.
An element of the LEED Green Building Rating System is the involvement of a LEED AP in the design and building process. As a LEED AP, Stucky has demonstrated thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Green Building Rating System, as well as the ability to apply those practices, principles and standards to the design and building process.
"We are very proud of Natalie's accomplishment in receiving her LEED AP designation," said Ken Crook, Bose McKinney & Evans managing partner. "As the only attorney with this accreditation in the state of Indiana, she provides to clients a wealth of knowledge and resources about issues ranging from new sustainable development and retrofitting properties from brown to green, to energy efficiency and alternative energy options, as well as funding for these types of projects."
Stucky is a partner in Bose McKinney & Evans' Real Estate and Financial Institutions Groups and leads the firm's Green Initiatives Group. She concentrates her practice in real estate and lending and has substantial experience with a wide variety of transactions, including sales and acquisitions, 1031 exchanges, leasing, development and construction, and financings, restructurings and refinancings.
As a LEED AP, Stucky's role is to advise clients on all aspects of green building, from weighing the costs and benefits of green and sustainable building projects, assisting with site selection and acquisition, providing guidance through the LEED certification and appeals processes, advising on alternative green building rating systems, negotiating and drafting contracts for the acquisition, design, construction and leasing of green projects, and helping clients identify and obtain funding, incentives and other resource options available for green projects.
She also has experience with environmental issues related to real estate transfers and financings including underground storage tank regulations and the Indiana Responsible Property Transfer Law.
Stucky received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and her law degree, magna cum laude, from Indiana University-Bloomington.
She is a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations, as well as the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, the Indianapolis Chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and the Indiana Chapter of the USGBC.