Sustainability Consultant
NEO Chapter

Building a Sustainable Future

Emerald Built Environments is an international consulting company with expertise in business, sustainability, engineering and building science. We transform buildings, roadways, neighborhoods and developed land to achieve a healthy economy and environment. We consult with building owners and developers, and their design, construction and operations teams using integrated decision-making to align recognized industry standards and certifications with the owner’s performance metrics and financial goals.

We focus on the owner’s financial and performance goals from the start. By aligning all stakeholders around these goals in conjunction with sustainability requirements, projects naturally achieve a higher level of performance and success – they win. Drawing on our extensive experience with projects worldwide, we guide teams to solutions at the forefront of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Through our proven four-step process, we will identify challenges and clarify opportunities to solve them in a way that does not jeopardize the project’s goals, cost and schedule requirements.

Emerald Built Environments
4415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103


Partner Contact

Laura Steinbrink, MBA, LEED-AP BD+C

Laura Steinbrink, LEED AP BD+C and ND, has been leading project teams to discover and implement sustainability goals since 2008. She oversaw Emerald Built Environment’s growth to an internationally sought-after partner to owners and their architects and project teams. Laura excels at facilitating eco-charrettes and strategy sessions that align the owner’s business and financial objectives with their renovation, new construction, or ongoing operations projects. Guided by the firm’s core values of Constantly Raising the Bar and Cultivating the Team, clients look to her to help establish clear goals and strategies for project delivery. Her experience spans heavy industry, retail, housing, commercial, education, medical facilities, and roads & bridges. Most recently, she led the firm’s development of its Sustainability Playbook and Carbon Neutrality services for companies looking to enhance their performance and reporting.

Among the notable projects she’s touched include Big River Steel, the world’s first BD+C certified steel production facility (2017), and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, the first LEED O+M v4.1 Platinum-certified building (2019) – now also WELL Health-Safety Certified (2022) and Intro Cleveland, the nation’s largest mass-timber building, now LEED Gold Certified.

Team Development

  • Neutral Team Facilitation
  • Team Communication Methods


  • Design Assist
  • Process Mapping


  • Integrative Design
  • Sustainability
  • Energy Modeling
  • Commissioning
  • Third-party Certifications (eg LEED)