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Gold membership benefits

USGBC members benefit from a whole host of services.

For Gold customer care, call 866-202-3217

Unparalleled support

Gold support services

Benefit from priority response time for any phone or email inquiries.

Employee access

Unlimited employee access

Your exclusive member benefits and resources are available for all of your full-time employees. This includes access to valuable LEED courses and credential maintenance webinars. As a member, you have designated one primary contact who has been assigned your USGBC member ID. Simply distribute this member ID to all full-time employees who can then go to and create their own site user account and individual profile.


Member directory with Gold badge

Our Gold level members enjoy the recognition of an enhanced member profile on, denoted with the Gold badge. Take advantage of our highly visited website to tell others what you do. Add photography and testimonials to showcase your impact. Access your benefit.

Member logo and certificate

Take advantage of using the USGBC member logo on your website and promotional materials. You will also receive a membership certificate for display in your workspace. Access your benefit.

Education & resources

150 hours of access to the Education @USGBC subscription

Support your company's LEED professional credential maintenance requirements with free access to 150 hours of continuing education through USGBC's library of courses. Once registered, your employees can receive continuing education hours after passing a convenient online quiz. Learn how to access your benefit.

Green building education

Get started with an informative overview of LEED and green building by viewing these complimentary webinars and e-books.


Engagement with USGBC and LEED

Your Gold level membership makes a statement. It says that you are an industry leader, supporting the ongoing development of USGBC’s mission of a prosperous and sustainable future. Your membership commitment supports USGBC’s advocacy activities, the USGBC local community network, the Center for Green Schools, Project Haiti and other green building activities.


Member communications and resources

  • Receive the latest members-only industry information including informative e-communications, such as the Members only Insider Update. You will also have the opportunity to subscribe to a variety of other emails and building sector specific digests to stay up-to-date on the latest LEED and industry news and happenings at USGBC. Access your benefit.
  • USGBC+, is your membership magazine, and it explores the life and work of the people who design and craft intelligent, high-performance buildings and spaces, bringing to light the creativity and passion behind every green building project. Access USGBC+ online at

Participation in LEED ballots and elections

We welcome your input into the development and ongoing improvement of LEED through public comment periods and member balloting. In addition, USGBC member employees have the opportunity to vote in elections for the Board of Directors. Access your benefit.

Eligibility to participate in committees and working groups

Help to create and influence programs that advance the green building industry. Serving on a committee or USGBC Board is an exclusive member benefit. Any full-time employee of a member organization in good standing is invited to apply. Access your benefit.

Eligibility to serve on USGBC Board of Directors and USGBC Faculty

Increase your involvement as a USGBC board member or a USGBC faculty member. Not only do participants directly contribute to the advancement of the mission, but you also receive professional exposure within the green building industry. Access your benefit.


Savings on LEED certification, registration, LEED Volume, Greenbuild expo space, publications and course review

Gold cost Savings
LEED Integration Guides Varies At least $10 per publication
LEED Study Guides $70 $15
LEED Reference Guides (hard copy & e-book) $160-199 $35-50
Education @USGBC subscription 150 hours
then $175 for unlimited individual access
$24 per individual
LEED Green Associate exam fee $200 $50
LEED AP exam composite fee (LEED Green Associate + Specialty) $400 $150
Greenbuild registration (early) $800 $250
Community membership Varies At least 25% per employee
LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED online course $0 $55
LEED 202: How to Document and Certify Projects online course $0 $90
LEED registration $900 $300
LEED certification (NC, CI, S, full CS) Varies $500 to $5,000
Greenbuild expo space (10x10) $3,300 $700
Paid-from-Savings Guide e-book $0 $50
Green Operations Guide e-book $0 $85
LEED Volume program admission $10,000 $5,000
LEED Volume prototype fee $30,000 $15,000

Free course review

Receive three complimentary education course reviews.