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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#Top10LEED States are coming soon! Meet us back here, on Tuesday morning (2/9) for the live announcement of the 11th ann...
02/08/2021

#Top10LEED States are coming soon! Meet us back here, on Tuesday morning (2/9) for the live announcement of the 11th annual Top 10 #LEED campaign!

Proceeding such an unpredictable year of events, we thought a twist was order. This year, we’ve added a list of the #Top10... Actually, we’ll let you take a few guesses first. Answer revealed in less than 48 hours!

This year, the LEED for Cities program will host a quarterly Local Government Leaders Forum to highlight the progress th...
02/07/2021
Forum for local government leaders: Preparing for a clean energy economy | U.S. Green Building Council

This year, the LEED for Cities program will host a quarterly Local Government Leaders Forum to highlight the progress that LEED cities and counties are making on the ground. Each session will weave into the conversation USGBC’s four pillars: resilience, equity, health and wellness, and sustainability.

Our first forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17; "Preparing the Workforce for a Clean Energy Economy: A Focus on LEED Cities Advancing a Just Transition."

Subsequent forums will fall on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 12 p.m. EST. https://bit.ly/3jrk6l6

On Feb. 17, attend a Local Government Leaders Forum on LEED for Cities.

Two governance priorities in 2020 were to align the board’s governance processes where possible and to establish a pipel...
02/06/2021
2020 year in review: Governance | U.S. Green Building Council

Two governance priorities in 2020 were to align the board’s governance processes where possible and to establish a pipeline of candidates for filling future board vacancies. The alignment objective was to streamline communication and information-sharing. Learn more in the 2020 Governance review! https://bit.ly/3tut19X

2020 year in review: Governance

Last year our LEED for Cities and Communities technical development team methodically focused on translating stakeholder...
02/06/2021
2020 year in review: LEED for Cities and Communities | U.S. Green Building Council

Last year our LEED for Cities and Communities technical development team methodically focused on translating stakeholder feedback into actionable insights to improve the program. They turned project insights into elegantly devised technical solutions using the “grammar of LEED” including addenda, modifications and alternative compliance paths. This work responds directly to local needs with agility, in the process supporting critical client interactions, streamlining certification, and much more.

Again, and again, mayors and city leaders across the world have thanked us for keeping them - via the specific details of the LEED for Cities and Communities standard - focused on “the long game.” https://bit.ly/3pUvYP2

2020 year in review: LEED for Cities and Communities

Living Standard’s ongoing collection of stories seeks to lead by example. They show how we can tell our stories so that ...
02/04/2021
2020 year in review: Living Standard | U.S. Green Building Council

Living Standard’s ongoing collection of stories seeks to lead by example. They show how we can tell our stories so that we can bring others in – not only those outside of the green building industry so that they can understand what we do and how it benefits them, but we’re also ensuring that we’re sharing stories from all kinds of professionals so everyone feels like they belong in and can succeed in this industry. https://bit.ly/3jmEAvh

2020 year in review: Living Standard

USGBC has launched a survey to improve our understanding of our community and how we can best support you. By taking thi...
02/03/2021

USGBC has launched a survey to improve our understanding of our community and how we can best support you. By taking this survey, you will provide us with valuable feedback that will help us make better, more informed and more inclusive decisions to guide our efforts in 2021 and beyond, including making improvements to our existing programs and adding new ones.

The survey will run until March 1. It is conducted by an independent research firm, and none of your specific individual information—or any information about specific companies or their representatives or employees who take this survey—will be revealed. https://bit.ly/2YFQ9nK

People First. Safety First. This was our mantra in 2020; this applied not only to staff, but also to our global network ...
02/01/2021
2020 year in review: LEED certification | U.S. Green Building Council

People First. Safety First. This was our mantra in 2020; this applied not only to staff, but also to our global network of reviewers, Providers, LEED Green Raters and customers.
Without exception the certification team stepped up to support colleagues and customers; covering for those that needed to take extended leave to care for their families and also to ensure that all customers were promptly supported. https://bit.ly/36AdRpM

2020 year in review: LEED certification

We have the ability to find meaning and purpose, not in anger or desperation or anxiety, but because we care and desire ...
01/29/2021
2020 year in review: Rethinking how to create transformation | U.S. Green Building Council

We have the ability to find meaning and purpose, not in anger or desperation or anxiety, but because we care and desire to use our ability as a group to create change. We happen to accomplish this through buildings and places that significantly improve the future. More of a great thing is, in itself, a great and meaningful purpose. Let’s expand our horizons and our approach to our work to improve health and life both for people and our planet. https://lnkd.in/eGtWk66

2020 year in review: Rethinking how to create transformation

How LEED helped this project team open a brand new HQ in the middle of a global pandemic. Best wishes to American Physic...
01/28/2021
Lessons from an Association that Opened a Headquarters During a Global Pandemic

How LEED helped this project team open a brand new HQ in the middle of a global pandemic. Best wishes to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) ! via Associations Now https://bit.ly/3olCEUM

While no organization wants to finish construction on a new building during a pandemic, the American Physical Therapy Association turned the unfortunate timing into an opportunity. APTA modified its plans to ensure a building positioned to serve staff and members during this world health crisis and....

The 2021 #BestofGreenSchools call for nominations is OPEN! If you or someone you know made significant strides in 2020 t...
01/28/2021

The 2021 #BestofGreenSchools call for nominations is OPEN! If you or someone you know made significant strides in 2020 toward creating more sustainable schools and communities, nominate them now! https://bit.ly/2YiSipi

Our teams kept the work going without major issues because all of us know that the mission must continue. And I am proud...
01/27/2021
2020 year in review: People first | U.S. Green Building Council

Our teams kept the work going without major issues because all of us know that the mission must continue. And I am proud that our staff did all of this while dealing with the personal impacts of the pandemic: sickness in family and friends, loss of loved ones, school and daycare closures, social isolation and the uncertainty of the future. https://bit.ly/39nRVQD

2020 year in review: People first

While 2020 was a difficult year for everyone around the world, it was also a time to think about what is truly important...
01/26/2021
2020 year in review: Advocacy | U.S. Green Building Council

While 2020 was a difficult year for everyone around the world, it was also a time to think about what is truly important. For all of us at USGBC, the importance of advancing our Advocacy 2.0 strategy came into sharp focus as the value of our indoor spaces became more important than ever. That hope for a better future is the driving force behind USGBC’s advocacy and outreach efforts. Every day, we are working on behalf of our members to advance a future that is greener, more resilient and more prosperous. https://bit.ly/3a3Z8o4

2020 year in review: Advocacy

With every program, initiative, or certification we implement, we must first consider whether it will be tangibly, measu...
01/26/2021

With every program, initiative, or certification we implement, we must first consider whether it will be tangibly, measurably, helpful to us,” explains Mahesh Ramanujam in his year-in-review letter. “Is it accessible beyond the expertise of the people in our field? Is it something that you can learn from, feel inspired by, highlight, replicate and help others adopt in the long run?
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come. It revealed a dark picture of the global economy, of our consideration for others, and of our all too often substandard ways of life. But what lies ahead is also a responsibility for us to design a brighter and more resilient future.
I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I am more hopeful than ever, because we have the right people and the right tools to make a difference. I trust in you and in our abilities to make that difference.”
Read Mahesh’s full letter at https://bit.ly/3sG0FsW

We know from USGBC’s Living Standard campaign that a higher standard of living for all starts with a higher standard of ...
01/25/2021
2020 year in review: USGBC events and Greenbuild | U.S. Green Building Council

We know from USGBC’s Living Standard campaign that a higher standard of living for all starts with a higher standard of storytelling. And that’s precisely what our people-centric events at USGBC aim to do. They aim to lift people up by catalyzing their stories. And they endeavor to motivate all of us—as a collective global community—to fully engage in our mission so that we can ensure that future generations have a planet that rests on the foundations of sustainability, human health and wellness, resiliency and equity. Learn more about USGBC events in our 2020 look back. https://bit.ly/36cvBYf

2020 year in review: USGBC events and Greenbuild

“When the world came to a standstill, my foremost priority was to protect our people,” shares Mahesh Ramanujam in his ye...
01/25/2021

“When the world came to a standstill, my foremost priority was to protect our people,” shares Mahesh Ramanujam in his year-in-review letter.
“Even before the vast majority of lockdowns, I made the decision to transition our staff and events to remote solutions. I was intent on setting an example for anticipating people’s needs with compassion and consideration. With a once-in-a-lifetime disruption approaching, I knew our team would need a deeper and more substantial understanding of the day-to-day obstacles ahead.
Despite the financial uncertainty and market volatility we faced, I was more determined than ever to demonstrate my unconditional support to our staff, and the management team and I were in constant touch with them throughout the year. And thanks to the support of our Board of Directors, our members and our partners, I’m proud that we did not lay off, furlough or reduce pay for a single staff member this year—particularly when the majority of nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., are working hard just to survive.”
Read Mahesh’s full letter at https://bit.ly/3sG0FsW.

“At the start of 2020, we committed to transforming LEED and all our programs to support sustainability, health and well...
01/22/2021

“At the start of 2020, we committed to transforming LEED and all our programs to support sustainability, health and wellness, resilience, and equity as the foundational pillars for a second generation of USGBC,” explains Mahesh Ramanujam in his year-in-review letter.
“We had big plans for the year: accelerating the adoption of LEED v4.1 and LEED Zero, conducting more than 100 Town Hall events, launching the Living Standard campaign globally, balloting #LEED v4.1, evolving our LEED Positive vision, and much more. But for all of our forethought and optimism, there was no way to know exactly what 2020 had in store for us.
While the pandemic has closed doors for many, our industry is experiencing a bittersweet period of opportunity. Building owners must now attract and retain their tenants upon reentry by demonstrating that their spaces are sustainable and healthy. We know that the easiest way to accomplish this is through LEED—which means we are poised to help expand existing building certifications like never before, bring people together under the common banner of health and humanity, and help build a future that works for everyone.”
Read Mahesh’s full letter at bit.ly/usgbc-year-in-review

Continuous improvement has been always the hallmark of the LEED development process, but the pandemic made it clear to u...
01/22/2021
2020 year in review: LEED development, education and support presses on | U.S. Green Building Council

Continuous improvement has been always the hallmark of the LEED development process, but the pandemic made it clear to us that we needed to accelerate on all fronts and seek as much feedback as possible so we can continue to improve #LEED strategies to face what comes our way in the future and lead the global economic recovery effort through LEED. https://bit.ly/2XWGkBF

2020 year in review: LEED development, education and support presses on

“USGBC has a vision that meets this moment—and our green building community is uniquely positioned to turn a glimmer of ...
01/21/2021

“USGBC has a vision that meets this moment—and our green building community is uniquely positioned to turn a glimmer of light into a blazing torch—one that will carry on the 21st century promise of LEED to build a better living standard and a healthier world for all,” shares Mahesh Ramanujam in his year-in-review letter.

“Remaining resilient—both in business and life—will require every industry and individual to adapt at a pace we might never have thought possible. But what lies ahead is also a responsibility for us to design a brighter and more resilient future.

And perhaps no other community is better equipped to deliver this much-needed light.”

Read Mahesh’s full letter at bit.ly/usgbc-year-in-review.

Along with the rest of the world, USGBC member organizations, both large and small, faced shutdowns, construction stops,...
01/19/2021
2020 year in review: Membership | U.S. Green Building Council

Along with the rest of the world, USGBC member organizations, both large and small, faced shutdowns, construction stops, remote working, health concerns and extraordinary financial, professional and personal repercussions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our members’ commitment and investment in USGBC remains consistent. And for that, we are both humbly and profoundly grateful. Let's look back at membership in 2020. https://bit.ly/3sF24QA

2020 year in review: Membership

If earning a LEED credential is your New Year's resolution, mark your calendar for our first-ever Instagram Live event: ...
01/18/2021

If earning a LEED credential is your New Year's resolution, mark your calendar for our first-ever Instagram Live event: "Prepping for the LEED Green Associate Exam."

Join USGBC Faculty for an inside look at preparing for the exam. Get answers to your top questions—from how to register for the exam to how and what to study—live on Instagram TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 8am EST and 1pm EST! https://bit.ly/3qzrTQh

Showcase your knowledge, experience and credibility in the green building marketplace as a #LEED professional.You can st...
01/16/2021

Showcase your knowledge, experience and credibility in the green building marketplace as a #LEED professional.

You can start the process with USGBC’s new credentialing exam prep page. https://bit.ly/2YR1UZ7

USGBC members have ratified the slate of individuals to serve on the 2021 Board of Directors. These individuals were sel...
01/14/2021
USGBC welcomes new board members in 2021 | U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC members have ratified the slate of individuals to serve on the 2021 Board of Directors. These individuals were selected for their deep expertise and broad experience in business and market development, organizational strategy and innovation, and nonprofit governance, as well as in sustainability and the building industry. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating the esteemed professionals to the role, which began Jan. 1. https://bit.ly/2KddMjU

Five individuals bring their expertise to the USGBC Board of Directors.

From June through December 2020, our re-envisioned international education series transitioned content originally intend...
01/12/2021
2020 international education series now available on demand | U.S. Green Building Council

From June through December 2020, our re-envisioned international education series transitioned content originally intended for in-person events in Europe and Latin America into a virtual learning experience where education thrives—and we continued to meet, network and learn.

You can now explore the highlights and view the sessions for free! https://bit.ly/2LrxU2r

All the international education series sessions from 2020 are now free online.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USGBC recently released six LEED Safety First pilot credits. These credits outline...
01/11/2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USGBC recently released six LEED Safety First pilot credits. These credits outline sustainable best practices related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations, and pandemic preparedness and response. The first four credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification; the other two are available for LEED for Cities and Communities projects.

You can view them all on USGBC's COVID-19 resources page: usgbc.org/about/covid-19-resources

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