U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council, co-founded by Mike Italiano, David Gottfried and Rick Fedrizzi in 1993, is a private 5013, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.
The leed green building certification system is the preeminent program for rating the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. 94,000 projects--comprising more than seven billion square feet, are currently participating in the leed system in over 165 countries and territories. 2.4 million square feet certified leed daily. By using less energy and water, leed-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Usgbc's actively engaged member community is at the core of usgbc's mission and drives the work of usgbc. At the national level, usgbc's member organizations support usgbc's mission-focused initiatives. Employees of member organizations serve on committees that drive the development of leed, education and events, advocacy work and other programs. Members vote to fill leadership positions and to approve changes to the leed rating systems.community: usgbc's network of 90 local communities helps implement our global vision at a regional and local level. These local leaders and volunteers are usgbc's on-the-ground advocates, sharing ideas, networking and educating, and spreading information and education throughout their communities. The local communities also administer an active network of emerging professionals groups who are new to the green building industry and sustainability movement and who are provided with opportunities to hone their leadership and professional skills.
The world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Each year, tens of thousands of professionals from all over the world attend this can't-miss event. In 2017, greenbuild shows were held in boston, massachusetts, mumbai, india, shanghai, china and berlin, germany.
Usgbc supports learning through a variety of education opportunities and resources. Through usgbc's education @usgbc platform, users can access top sustainability and green building education to grow their knowledge, prepare for the leed professional exams, and fulfill continuing education requirements. Available in eight languages, education @usgbc enables users to maintain their leed credential, subscribers receive access to a wide range of webinars, courses and content, including the latest in leed v4 education. Educational opportunities are also available in person. Usgbc's local communities offer in person events year round.
The center for green schools at the u.s. Green building council is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn work and play. The primary vehicle for engagement is usgbc's green apple day of service, which brings together thousands of volunteers each year to help make schools in local communities healthier and more sustainable.