USGBC Celebrates World Green Building Week

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022


The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recently joined more than 70 Green Building Councils from around the world to celebrate World Green Building Week.

Occurring from Sept. 12-16 and led by the World Green Building Council, World Green Building Week is the world’s largest campaign to spotlight how green buildings, including LEED buildings, can help reduce carbon emissions and support economies around the world.

The collective will also reveal how green buildings’ holistic approaches can accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere. The goal of the event, according to USGBC, is to bring awareness to take urgent action now to advance economies that are more productive and resilient for our communities.

“Behind every green building are professionals driving smart design, construction and operations practices and decisions,” said Peter Templeton, Interim President and CEO, USGBC. “They are the force behind the green building movement, driving innovation and better performance across the built environment. As part of World Green Building Week, USGBC aims to highlight the impressive work that these individuals do every day to create healthy and sustainable communities.”

According to a recent news release, the theme for 2022 is #BuildingForEveryone. The Council notes that in addition to spotlighting green buildings, they will also be highlighting people and professionals—including LEED professional credential holders—at the heart of the built environment throughout the week.

Spread over 120 countries and territories around the world, USGBC notes that there are currently 206,808 active LEED Accredited Professionals (AP) and LEED Green Associates in the organization.

LEED APs and LEED Green Associates come from a variety of sectors and include architects, engineers, commercial contractors, service contractors, marketing professionals and consultants, as well as professionals in higher education, commercial real estate, nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Later this week, USGBC also plans to announce the 2022 class of LEED Fellows, which will be compiled of LEED professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, impactful commitment, service and advocacy in green building and sustainability.

To learn more about World Green Building Week and to join in the celebration visit the World Green Building Council site.

Recent USGBC News

In April the USGBC made several announcements, the first of which regarding new cities tapped for the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.

Since 2017, the program—backed by USGBC and the Bank of America—has reportedly contributed more than $2 million to provide peer-to-peer networking opportunities, technical assistance and access to educational resources as well as waive USGBC membership, and LEED registration and certification fees.

To accomplish these efforts, the partnership brings together diverse local governments from around the country.

This year, the program has been reported to raise the bar in that it will also be supporting the program’s first LEED for Cities Equity Fellow, a new position at USGBC that aims to advance tangible action on social equity in each participating city or county.

This new effort will involve the production of training and case studies by staff and consultants, while local leaders set goals and tangible actions to be completed over the program year.

In addition, the 2022 program will focus on the LEED for Cities’ Quality of Life category, which features topics like environmental justice; civic and community engagement; public health; education; jobs and housing affordability.

The 15 governments selected for 2022 reportedly represent more than three million Americans and a land area approximately the size of the state of Delaware. They include:

  • Amesbury, Massachusetts;
  • Cape Canaveral, Florida;
  • Columbia, South Carolina;
  • Cutler Bay, Florida;
  • Davidson, North Carolina;
  • Dayton, Ohio;
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
  • Henderson, Nevada;
  • Issaquah, Washington;
  • Ithaca, New York;
  • La Crescent, Minnesota;
  • Oakland County, Michigan;
  • Reno, Nevada;
  • State College, Pennsylvania; and
  • Tucson, Arizona.

Later that month, the USGBC announced via press release that Lisa Revitte has been hired as the association’s new Chief Operating Officer. In her newly created role, Revitte will support both the USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) in a variety of areas including facilities, finance, human resources, legal and technology.

According to the USGBC, Revitte has 20 years of operations experience. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and most recently held the same position at FOX Architects, LLC.

   

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