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Rita Haberman

Senior Project Manager

Rita Haberman joined Brightworks after distinguishing herself in sustainability at the River Network, Willamette Riverkeeper, The ReBuilding Center, and Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI).

Today, Rita serves Brightworks clients in Portland, Seattle, and Hawaii. She specializes in high-rise residential, industrial, and higher education facilities. She also leads Brightworks’ K-12 schools practice, which achieved some of the nation’s first LEED Gold certifications for schools.

In addition, Rita leads Brightworks’ LEED Implementation for Contractors practice, which supports construction teams in fulfilling LEED requirements during the busy construction phase. Because up to 50% of LEED credits may depend on the contracting team, Brightworks has adapted its hands-on approach to LEED project management, as well as its proprietary LEEDWorks project management software, to the needs of construction teams.

Rita also serves as Brightworks’ primary liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.


  • Fitwel
  • WELL
  • LEED for Schools
  • LEED for New Construction (LEED NC)
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI)
  • LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS)
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB:O&M)
  • Earth Advantage Commercial
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Living Building Challenge


  • University of Michigan
    Master of Science (Natural Resource Management & Policy)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Ecology)

Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

  • U. S. Green Building Council
  • International Well Building Institute
    WELL Accredited Professional
  • Center for Active Design
    Fitwel Technical Advisor
  • Earth Advantage Commercial
    Project Steward
  • Cascadia Green Building Council
  • International Living Future Institute
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
    Certified Trainee
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Selected Experience

  • Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI)
  • The ReBuilding Center
  • Willamette Riverkeeper
  • River Network
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • National Park Service


  • Willamette Riverkeeper, Founding Board Member

  • Forest Grove School District
    Joseph Gale Elementary School
  • Southern Oregon University
    McNeal Pavilion Renovation & Addition
  • Hacienda CDC
    EarthAdvantage Commercial Certification
  • Innovative Housing, Inc.
    The Magnolia Apartments
  • University of Hawaii
    Ching Athletics Complex