Walter Vernon, PE
CEO, Mazzetti, San Francisco
Mazzetti is an international program management, strategic advisory services, consulting and engineering firm. Walt has been working with health care clients for more than 30 years.
He serves on and is former chair for the NFPA 99 Electrical Systems Technical Committee. Walt is also the former electrical engineer for the California Hospital Building Safety Board, and he served as one of three co-coordinators for the Green Guide for Health Care, the nation’s first green health care rating system.
Walt co-authored the IEEE/ANSI White Book, the international standard for electrical systems in health care facilities. He co-chairs the ASHRAE 189.3 committee, which is writing a model national green building code for health care facilities.
In addition to his FGI board service, Walt chairs FGI’s research and development work. He represents the United States to the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) to the ASHRAE 188 committee.
He is a founding member of the Center for Health Design’s Built Environment Network, developed to advance knowledge among health care facility professionals. In addition, Walt is a member of the Center for Health Design’s Research Coalition, has served on the boards of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, and wrote the section on hospitals for CALGreen.
Walt has also served as principal author for the World Health Organization’s Health in the Green Economy and participated in developing and leading AHA’s Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals – A Guide to Achieving Your Sustainability Goals.
In 2015 ASHE awarded Walt its President’s Award for service to the health care community. Walt is an ASHE Fellow and has represented ASHE for many years through its Advocacy committee.
Walt is the founder and CEO of the Sextant Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on developing sustainable resource solutions for medical facilities in low-resourced parts of the world.
As a physician, being involved with FGI and the Guidelines revision process allows me to make an impact on the design of health care facilities that will help patients and staff for the lifespan of their buildings, which may be 40 years or more.