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September 2008
LEED 2009, USGBC’s New Strategic Plan Possible Because of Member Involvement

The USGBC community has direct access to the many conversations, communities and commitments that are part of how we’re moving green building forward. At the top of that list is LEED, where your involvement has led to LEED buildings being designed, built and operated in every state and in 69 countries. You have moved USGBC’s programs forward at every opportunity, from a sole focus on new construction in LEED v.2.0 to the development of LEED 2009, a rating system that applies throughout the lifecycle of buildings and across multiple market sectors, and focuses all rating systems on the building impacts that matter most – energy efficiency and climate change. Member participation, whether on committees, working groups, or during the public comment periods, will ensure that the LEED version that goes to member ballot in October sets a new bar. Status of LEED 2009.

Without question, it is the passionate involvement of our members that drives our success. The expertise our members lend to LEED’s development carries over into the larger arena of green building education at all levels. The knowledge and leadership that members share through LEED Workshops and the diverse Education Provider Program encourage market uptake, drive policy development, and educate the many stakeholders in green building as to why it matters, and how to design, build, operate and finance their projects. More member involvement opportunities.

But while “being green” is an idea that has clearly entered the mainstream, seeing real results on a large scale is still an ambitious goal. Only 3% of new commercial buildings in 2007 are estimated to have met minimum certification levels, and only 0.2% of new residential construction is built green. It’s clear that the USGBC community must step up our work to increase sustainable practices in new construction, existing building conversions, neighborhood developments, our children’s schools, our public buildings, and every aspect of the built environment. To that end, USGBC has completed our next strategic plan, which will carry us through 2013. It has been developed with an emphasis on extending the benefits of green building beyond the building footprint and into our cities and communities, and on the reduction and eventual elimination of the building industry’s contributions to climate change and natural resource depletion.

At the center of the strategic plan is our strategic imperative of accelerating green building demand, delivery, and accessibility. It is built on our guiding principles and introduces one more: the need to elevate social equity as a value and outcome integral to sustainable built environments. The plan lays out a set of clearly defined strategic initiatives defining how we will focus our talent and resources. It will function as our roadmap for delivering immediate and measureable results across the wide scope of work that is necessary for true market transformation.

» Read the Strategic Plan (PDF)

» Find out more about how you can take part in shaping the future of USGBC and the green building movement as a whole

LEED 2009

With the close of the second public comment period on September 2, almost 7,000 comments had been offered on the proposed changes that will be incorporated into LEED 2009. The comments are now being reviewed by the LEED Technical Advisory Groups, who will pass on their final recommendations to the LEED Steering Committee. The LSC will review and approve all changes or comments and it is expected that LEED 2009 will go to ballot in mid-October. Primary contacts of USGBC member organizations will have 30 days to vote. In order to pass, LEED 2009 needs to reach a quorum of ten percent of USGBC members and two-thirds affirmative votes. The results will be announced to membership within four weeks. Learn More


USGBC members have many opportunities to shape green building and USGBC itself. We rely on members to provide technical knowledge toward the evolution of LEED, lend their expertise or knowledge to the development of programs and courses, and to promote green building in their local communities. If your company is not a member of USGBC, join today to take advantage of the below opportunities as well as other benefits. If you’d like to participate as an individual, join your local chapter.

  • Committees/Board of Directors
  • Help guide the strategic direction of USGBC and LEED by being elected to a committee, joining a corresponding committee or becoming a member of USGBC’s or your local chapter’s board of directors and committees. To serve on a committee, you must have joined the corresponding committee previously. To serve on the Board, you must have served on a USGBC task force, committee or corresponding committee or as a USGBC Chapter committee chair or board member within the past five years, for at least one year, when the call for nominations opens. Learn More

  • LEED Faculty/Reviewer
  • LEED faculty are experts in the green building industry who conduct USGBC LEED workshops. LEED Faculty are LEED Accredited Professionals. Learn More

  • Education Provider Program
  • USGBC’s Education Provider Program offers an opportunity for member organizations to be recognized as leaders in green building education. Any USGBC member organization that develops and delivers educational courses on green building topics may apply to be an Education Provider. Learn More

  • Chapters
  • Grassroots outreach and building local capacity at the chapter level are necessary if we are to: effectively promote green building; educate and train professionals; advocate policy; build networks of green building practitioners and activists; and recruit members. Find your local chapter

  • Advocacy
  • USGBC’s green building advocates are on the ground in every state, providing policymakers and community leaders with the tools, strategies and resources they need to take leadership positions, foster innovation, and inspire others to work toward a sustainable future. With the federal government, every state legislature, and dozens of county and municipal governments adopting and considering policies to deliver the benefits of green building, USGBC is accelerating the uptake of policies and initiatives that advance energy conservation, green building, and healthy, livable communities. Visit the Green Playbook

  • Curriculum
  • Encourage the integration of relevant aspects of green building into the curricula of K-12, undergraduate, and graduate education. Learn More

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