2022 40 Under 40: Linda Toth, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, Fitwel Amb, 37

Associate, Arup; MS, Technology, Renewable Energy Concentration, Appalachian State University

By Amara Rozgus, Chris Vavra, and Christina Miller May 16, 2022

Over her years of experience in the industry, Toth has grown to become an expert in the holistic planning, design and operation of high-performance, occupant-focused buildings and city-scale sustainability projects across a wide spectrum of program types, from high-performance office buildings to electric vehicle infrastructure improvements to climate action planning projects. Currently, she leads the energy and sustainability team in Arup’s Washington, D.C., office. She approaches each project with knowledge of the environmental and social impacts of development and these are key drivers behind her approach to improve outcomes on all work. Toth supervises three people and gives her team members a long leash to encourage them to grow on their own. The transition from architecture and design to a career in sustainability first started when she worked in the campus sustainability office as a graduate assistant. She was responsible for tracking the school’s greenhouse gas emissions, monitoring all of its on-site renewable energy systems and implementing the first phase of the campus zero waste plan. Outside of Arup, Toth has been involved with a number of professional organizations and committees, including the National Capital Region chapter of the USGBC, the Washington chapter of Urban Land Institute and the Department of Energy & Environment Green Building Advisory Council. As a part of the facilities team of her co-housing community, she is able to practice sustainable living inside of city limits with features such as a solar array on the roof, ground source heat pumps for each unit, community vegetable gardens and on-site compost bins. She and her partner enjoy spending time in nature and Glacier has been a favorite location (so far).