There was a definite buzz at the Portland Convention Center. For the 2000 environmental faithful gathered in the Portland Room, it was the moment they had been waiting for. With the spotlight focused, Rick Fedrizzi entered center stage. Each of his fellow conventioneers instantly recognized their leader and welcomed him with loud applause and cheers. When the president of the U.S. Green Building Council describes his new role as the USGBC's chief executive, he proudly exclaims, “I’ve found a job that combines passion with professionalism.”