U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Developers of LEED. Committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient, energy-saving, healthy green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
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USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

Mission: To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

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USGBC+ spotlights #LEED Fellow, Amy Upton; director of environmental design and a principal at Grimm + Parker Architects...
11/22/2020

USGBC+ spotlights #LEED Fellow, Amy Upton; director of environmental design and a principal at Grimm + Parker Architects. A community leader with a focus on public projects, Amy has had a key role in the design and construction of more than 85 LEED-certified projects.
Read more: https://bit.ly/35S9xCD

11/21/2020
2020 USGBC Leadership Awards

View the full 2020 Leadership Awards ceremony from Greenbuild Virtual!

USGBC’s Leadership Awards represent some of the best of USGBC’s member organizations, network of committed professionals and community of local leaders across the U.S. and around the world. The honorees are at the forefront of green building and working to advance healthy, resilient and equitable buildings and communities. https://bit.ly/2KtelpH

USGBC is honored to announce the 2020 Leadership Awards recipients: -Chris Castro, director of sustainability and resilience, City of Orlando -Geoff Morgan, ...

Gail Vittori, co-director at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, is the recipient of this year’s Kate Hur...
11/21/2020

Gail Vittori, co-director at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, is the recipient of this year’s Kate Hurst Leadership Award. Introduced last year in memory of USGBC’s senior vice president of conference and events, the award recognizes an inspiring woman who embodies the spirit, strength and sentiment Kate brought to her own work.

Gail is a LEED Fellow and former USGBC and GBCI board member whose own work is focused on the intersection of sustainable design, green building and human health. She’s worked on public and private projects around the world, including Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, the first LEED Platinum hospital.

It is our distinct honor to present this year’s Kate Hurst Leadership Award to friend, Fellow and colleague, Gail Vittori. bit.ly/3plOgZz

Have you done any home renovations or redecorations since March to improve your adjusted lifestyle for you and/or your f...
11/21/2020

Have you done any home renovations or redecorations since March to improve your adjusted lifestyle for you and/or your family?

What changes have you made to your living spaces to benefit your mental health? Physical health?

Answer just a few questions and we might feature your story in the next USGBC+ magazine issue!

Call for stories! 🙌 USGBC+, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)'s member magazine, is soliciting stories about the ways people are making changes to their homes during the pandemic. Let us know before December 1 and you might be featured in the next issue: https://bit.ly/plus-stories

Autodesk is a long-standing member of USGBC and believes sustainability is about creating technology that improves energ...
11/20/2020

Autodesk is a long-standing member of USGBC and believes sustainability is about creating technology that improves energy and material productivity. The company powers its buildings, data centers and cloud services with 100% renewable energy and has reduced emissions by 43% since 2009. They have achieved 15 LEED certifications and are supporting other projects around the world in their journey to certification using their BIM software. Through the Autodesk Foundation, the company is also providing funding, software and training to help nonprofits, social enterprises, startups and other impact-oriented organizations scale.

Please join us in honoring Autodesk with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for Market Transformation. https://bit.ly/3plOgZz

Kim Shinn, Principal and Senior Sustainability Wizard at TLC Engineering Solutions, has been actively involved in the de...
11/20/2020

Kim Shinn, Principal and Senior Sustainability Wizard at TLC Engineering Solutions, has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of over 200 LEED certified projects. His work has included higher education, justice, healthcare and laboratory spaces, as well as pilot projects for LEED for commercial interiors, core and shell, and neighborhood development. Shinn holds a LEED AP and is part of the inaugural class of 2011 LEED Fellows. Additionally, he was an integral part of creating LEED for Healthcare and Green Guide for Health Care and currently serves on Nashville Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.

It's an honor and pleasure to present Kim with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for Living Standard. https://bit.ly/3plOgZz

Throughout #Greenbuild Virtual, USGBC delivered key updates intended to help push the industry closer to a regenerative ...
11/20/2020
USGBC Readies the Green Building Industry for a LEED Positive Future During Greenbuild | U.S. Green Building Council

Throughout #Greenbuild Virtual, USGBC delivered key updates intended to help push the industry closer to a regenerative future as outlined through LEED Positive, while prioritizing solutions that promote social equity, resilience & health. View updates: https://bit.ly/3kKG15V

New programs and LEED updates bring focus to social equity and health while pushing buildings to commit to net zero and preparing for a shift to regenerative strategies

Living Standard is our pivotal grassroots initiative, a galvanizing and inspiring tool to share best practices and suppo...
11/19/2020

Living Standard is our pivotal grassroots initiative, a galvanizing and inspiring tool to share best practices and support our ambitious, inclusive, and resilient vision of "healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy." Take a look around the website and let us know what you think — what tools or resources would be helpful for you? How do you envision Living Standard working for you? Let us know: https://livingstandard.typeform.com/to/iHggCT38

Have you seen our revamped action and resource hub on the Living Standard website yet? As part of our campaign expansion that we announced last week, we want you to be able to use our tools to inform and empower others about the significance of creating a higher Living Standard — one where every single person can benefit from the profound impacts of having healthy people, healthy places, and a healthy economy.

Here's what you'll find at livingstandard.org/take-action:

🧰 Action toolkit and presentation
📚 Research
🏅 Professional growth opportunities
🚶‍♂️ Ways to take the next step (and encourage others to do the same!)
✏️ Stories
🤝 How to support USGBC's programs

And as of today, you can find more information about the True Certification for Zero Waste. Check it out and let us know what you think!

A licensed general contractor and a LEED AP Homes credential holder, Geoffrey Morgan is the President and CEO of First C...
11/19/2020

A licensed general contractor and a LEED AP Homes credential holder, Geoffrey Morgan is the President and CEO of First Community Housing — a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing affordable housing in San Jose and the greater Bay Area.
This isn’t just any housing nonprofit. Its entire mission is rooted in including the people our society leaves behind. Since its inception in 1986, FCH has developed housing for over 1400 households, with another 800 units in the pipeline.

Today, Geoff oversees all operations — serving over 3,000 residents and ensuring that energy-saving, sustainable, green building features create a healthy living environment, save money for tenants through lower energy bills, and minimize the impact of FCH’s developments on the natural environment.

For his commitment to putting a healthier, more accessible, affordable life within reach for so many in his community, it is our honor to present Geoff Morgan with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for Living Standard. bit.ly/3plOgZz

Chris Castro started as a USGBC student at the University of Central Florida, then an Emerging Professional, and today i...
11/18/2020

Chris Castro started as a USGBC student at the University of Central Florida, then an Emerging Professional, and today is a recognized advocate for sustainability nationally.
His consistent leadership helped Orlando become a LEED Gold city. His priorities include decreasing the city’s carbon emissions by expanding renewable energy and electric vehicles; implementing green building policies; championing infrastructure projects that prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists; and increasing opportunities for urban farming by partnering with local public and private organizations to increase community gardens and local food access.

Talk about full circle. We are beyond thrilled to present Chris Castro and the City of Orlando with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for your commitment to LEED for Cities. bit.ly/3plOgZz

Kenya Stump, executive director of Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, played an integral role in helping Kentucky become ...
11/18/2020

Kenya Stump, executive director of Kentucky Office of Energy Policy, played an integral role in helping Kentucky become the first state to leverage the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program funding to implement PEER. Her efforts led to certification for three facilities including Fort Knox, Electric Plant Board in the City of Glasgow and Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation. Stump has remained an advocate for bringing reliable, resilient power to America’s cities and has been integral in helping to replicate her success with PEER across other State Energy Offices.

We present Kenya Stump with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for your commitment to PEER and sustainable energy systems. bit.ly/3plOgZz

USGBC is pleased to announce candidates for election to the 2021 Board of Directors. These individuals were selected wit...
11/18/2020
Candidates announced for the USGBC Board of Directors election | U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC is pleased to announce candidates for election to the 2021 Board of Directors. These individuals were selected with our new vision 'healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy' in mind. The candidates bring expertise in such areas as community development, human health and the environment, sustainably focused real estate development; broad experience with the building industry; and a commitment to social equity. https://bit.ly/32Nral6

Vote by Dec. 15 for the 2021 slate of candidates.

Chumash Casino Resort is the sixth largest Native American gaming operation in California, and managing waste is a criti...
11/17/2020

Chumash Casino Resort is the sixth largest Native American gaming operation in California, and managing waste is a critical function for the resort, Tribal Ownership and the community. From 2004 to 2018, the resort reduced its total waste stream from 7.2 million pounds per year to 3.2 million. During the same period, it also increased recycling from 6% to 90%, established a food donation program to support local seniors, and developed a public education campaign highlighting best practices for the community. The team's innovative approach to waste diversion programs made it an exemplary model of the possibilities in TRUE certification.

There’s so much heart in this company’s leadership — the kind that, if replicated by others, could lead to transformational change across our field. It is a privilege to recognize that excellence by presenting the Chumash Casino Resort with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for its commitment to True Certification for Zero Waste. bit.ly/3plOgZz

Vanderbilt University has 21 LEED certifications, 1 International WELL Building Institute - IWBI project and additional ...
11/17/2020

Vanderbilt University has 21 LEED certifications, 1 International WELL Building Institute - IWBI project and additional projects in the pipeline. As part of its focus on sustainability, the university has been fully committed to powering the campus with renewables and aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. Vanderbilt’s sustainability goals are the result of a collaborative effort among administrators, faculty, staff and students.
We are incredibly proud of the work Vanderbilt has done and it is our honor to present the prestigious institution with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for its Building Portfolio Transformation. bit.ly/3plOgZz

The TCF Center, Detroit’s premiere convention center, achieved LEED Gold certification in October 2019. It is the larges...
11/17/2020

The TCF Center, Detroit’s premiere convention center, achieved LEED Gold certification in October 2019. It is the largest and one of only three convention centers in the world to certify under LEED v4.1 O+M.

In March of this year, the facility’s reputation for being a steward of human health and wellness made it the optimal venue for a temporary alternative care site for the COVID-19 crisis. In the early days of the pandemic, the exhibit hall was converted to provide medical care space for the overflow of local Detroit hospitals.

This building’s project leaders and venue employees have already made that connection between healthy people, healthy places, and a healthy economic outcome. This building is about bringing people together, and about doing that in the most sustainable and inclusive way possible.

It’s an honor and privilege to present the TCF Center with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for Building Performance. https://bit.ly/3plOgZz

As a USGBC Gold member, Vornado Realty Trust has more than 30 million square feet of LEED certified space -- all but six...
11/16/2020

As a USGBC Gold member, Vornado Realty Trust has more than 30 million square feet of LEED certified space -- all but six percent of its portfolio. Vornado is focusing on the next frontier of sustainable real estate — programs that concentrate on technology, resilience, and health.

It has adopted a Vision 2030 plan to make all of its buildings carbon neutral in the next decade, and just in 2019, they achieved a GRESB Green Star Ranking for the seventh year in a row.

Today, we are honored to present Vornado Realty Trust with the 2020 USGBC Leadership Award for ESG. bit.ly/3plOgZz

The GBCI administered rating system, True Certification for Zero Waste, made a number of big appearances at #Greenbuild ...
11/15/2020

The GBCI administered rating system, True Certification for Zero Waste, made a number of big appearances at #Greenbuild Virtual last week!

TRUE stands for Total Resource Use and Efficiency. It's the first certification program dedicated to measuring, improving and recognizing zero waste performance. To date, there are nearly 200 certified TRUE projects, totaling more than 81 million square feet of space across 13 countries. Over the past three years, TRUE projects have diverted an estimated 1.5 million tons of waste from the landfill. At an average cost of $55 per ton to landfill for municipal solid waste in the United States, this represents a potential cost avoidance of more than $80 million.

Learn more about TRUE certification and the network of advisors that are supporting forward-thinking businesses' efforts to clean up their waste streams. https://bit.ly/3nw2oxL

LEED Zero certification was created to recognize the achievement of net zero goals. Projects can earn certification in L...
11/15/2020

LEED Zero certification was created to recognize the achievement of net zero goals. Projects can earn certification in LEED Zero Carbon, LEED Zero Energy, LEED Zero Water and LEED Zero Waste. In the first year, not only did we see certifications in every category, but one project even earned certification in all four categories.
These projects move beyond lessening the impact of buildings on the environment to take green building to the next level. https://bit.ly/3ksTY8d

The Living Standard website—this tool—is supposed to be for YOU. So that you can carry this vision into your communities...
11/14/2020

The Living Standard website—this tool—is supposed to be for YOU. So that you can carry this vision into your communities, increase awareness and adoption of green buildings and spaces, and ultimately raise the living standard.

So: What do you think of the Living Standard website? Scan the QR code or head to bit.ly/ls-feedback and let us know!

This week at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Mahesh Ramanujam announced the evolved direction of Living Standard. We've begun by updating much of the language on livingstandard.org and organizing our pages to be more action-oriented in support of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)'s reimagined vision of "healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy." There's still much to come in the weeks and months ahead (more on that here: https://bit.ly/36phG0a), and your feedback is vital as we expand the campaign.

The Living Standard website—this tool—is supposed to be for YOU. So that you can carry this vision into your communities, increase awareness and adoption of green buildings and spaces, and ultimately raise the living standard.

So: What do you think of the Living Standard website? Scan the QR code or head to bit.ly/ls-feedback and let us know!

USGBC’s draft equity strategy, ""USGBC All In: Building Equity Together,"" is focused on addressing social, health and e...
11/13/2020

USGBC’s draft equity strategy, ""USGBC All In: Building Equity Together,"" is focused on addressing social, health and economic disparities through green building. The draft strategy outlines 12 priorities and commitments, and USGBC will solicit feedback on this strategy from key stakeholders and release its final strategy in the first quarter of 2021.

As you may have seen, this summer USGBC hosted a series of Equity Summits designed to be listening and learning opportunities that invited input and insights from leaders both within and outside of the green building community.

All In will work to engage member companies, organizations, project teams and individuals in sharing progress and lessons about how green building can play a role in addressing equity issues. We are currently seeking feedback on several priorities outlined in the draft strategy. Learn more: https://bit.ly/36x2T3M

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