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USGBC is a movement of community leaders, professionals, businesses and innovators working to accomplish a single bold vision: healthy, efficient and equitable buildings and communities for all.

Become a member to help advance our global mission in your community. Membership is offered for organizations at four levels: Organizational ($300), Silver ($1,500), Gold ($5,000) and Platinum ($20,000); local community membership is offered for individuals ($70).

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USGBC members represent the best organizations.

USGBC is a global platform for growing your business, improving your community and advancing the latest in innovative building practices. USGBC members make an impact within their sphere of influence and advance the movement for a more sustainable built environment. Employees of member organizations receive exclusive access to resources, education and programs. Already a member? Access your benefits: Organizational, Silver, Gold or Platinum.


LEED

Your membership in USGBC supports the growing green building movement as well as the ongoing development of LEED, the world’s most well-known and widely used green building program.

USGBC strives to evolve LEED so that it continues to raise the bar of green building. By increasing the stringency of LEED on a regular basis, we ensure that LEED remains a leadership standard that is affecting real change. We also ensure that industry, products and new innovations can keep up and step up to meet the pressing needs of today’s built environment.

LEED certified buildings save money by using less energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer a healthier indoor environment for occupants, which reduces sick days and increases productivity. The green building industry is on track to account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs – more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector – and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings by 2018.

The industry’s direct contribution to U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018. And of course, with more than 40 percent of the LEED activity happening internationally, there is even more opportunity for growth and savings at a global level.

USGCB members also receive discounts on everything from LEED registration and certification, Greenbuild registration and exhibition, and education to publications, exams and credential maintenance. To compare: one Silver level membership pays for itself with two LEED certifications or six Greenbuild registrations. Organizational level membership almost pays for itself with one Greenbuild registration.


Benefits of membership
Org Silver Gold Platinum
$300 $1,500 $5,000 $20,000
BUSINESS VALUE
Use of USGBC member logo & member certificate to promote affiliation

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.

Listing in USGBC's member directory for making connections & sharing your work

USGBC’s member directory is the place to connect with others in the green building community and allows others to search for product manufacturers, developers, consultants, service providers and others in their local areas.

Access for your employees to exclusive member resources like education & research

USGBC members receive access to exclusive member education including valuable LEED courses and credential maintenance webinars, as well as access to members-only research and white papers

Badge in online member directory

Enjoy the recognition of an enhanced member profile on USGBC.org, denoted with the badge.

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Specialized promotional opportunities & leadership recognition

USGBC helps promote all LEED activity from our members. Gold and Platinum members that are doing more LEED work will receive additional help to promote their leadership and involvement in the green building community.

Public relations support

Make USGBC’s talented public relations team part of your marketing arsenal. Our public relations team will provide up to 20 hours of public relations support each year. They will help promote your organization’s success with LEED. Our support includes a kick-off call to connect you with our public relations team as well as working to implement joint media pitches, op-eds and media outreach for events.

Author professional articles on USGBC.org

Exert your professional muscle by taking advantage of the opportunity to write articles for USGBC.org. Share your professional expertise and gain recognition through this unique green building content vehicle; USGBCs online articles receive 1,800 unique views per day. And, we cross promote and post contributed content through USGBC’s social media channels and through a number of our channel partners, including Energy Collective, Sustainable Cities Collective, GreenBiz, Planet Forward, Huffington Post, National Journal and others.

SAVINGS
Discounts on green building educational programs
Complimentary access to online courses for CE credential maintenance

Get started with an informative overview of LEED and green building by viewing our complimentary webinars.

Discount on LEED AP and WELL AP exam registration

USGBC members save $50 on the LEED AP exam and $195 on the WELL AP exam (USGBC members pay $200 for the LEED AP exam and $465 for the WELL AP versus $250 and $660 non-members rates respectively).

Discount on Greenbuild registration

USGBC members save $250 per person for a full Greenbuild pass (USGBC members pay $800 for a full Greenbuild pass versus $1050 for non-members).

Discounts on Education @USGBC subscription

USGBC members can subscribe to Education @USGBC, USGBC’s online education portal with more than 500 online, on-demand courses, for $175 (versus $199 for non-members) per year.

Three complimentary course reviews per year

USGBC reviews courses for inclusion in the Education @USGBC directory for CE hours; course reviews are $250 each.

Discounts on LEED certification & registration fees

LEED BD&C registration savings start at $300 per project. (LEED registration is $1200 for Silver level members and above versus $1500 for Organizational level and non-members). LEED certification savings start at $600 per project ($3450 for Organizational level and non-member rates versus $2850 for Silver level and above).

Discounts on Greenbuild expo space

USGBC Silver level members and above pay $38 per square foot for Greenbuild exhibition space over the standard $44 per square foot rate. This is a $600 minimum savings for members.

Savings on LEED volume certification

Save significantly on participation in LEED volume certification.

MEMBERS-ONLY ACCESS & RESOURCES
Organization-wide leadership opportunities

Help to create and influence programs that advance the green building industry. Serving on a committee or on the USGBC Board is an exclusive member benefit. Any full-time employee of a USGBC member organization in good standing is welcome to apply to join a committee and/or working group. Committees inlcude the LEED Steering Committee, the LEED Tags and more.

USGBC+ (membership magazine)

USGBC+ is a bi-monthly print and online magazine that 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. All members receive access to the online magazine at plus.usgbc.org. Every Organizational, Silver and Gold-level member company based in the U.S. and Canada receive the hard copy magazine shipped to their primary contact. Any organizational contact of a Platinum-level member company based in the U.S. and Canada may also opt in to receive an issue.

Insider Updates email subscription

Receive the latest members-only industry information including our informative email communications, such as the Insider Updates. Insider Updates give you the latest information on issues you care about ranging from LEED and Greenbuild to policy initiatives and the LEED credential.

Access to Education @USGBC subscription

Support your company's LEED professional credential maintenance requirements with free access to continuing education. Once registered, your employees can receive continuing education hours after passing a convenient online quiz and automatic reporting to GBCI and AIA. This also includes unlimited access to the web-based LEED v4 reference guide.

30 hours 150 hours Unlimited
Complimentary access to e-books: Paid-from-Savings Guide and Green Operations Guide

Get started with an informative overview of LEED and green building by viewing our complimentary e-books, such as The Paid-From-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings and the Green Operations Guide: Integrating LEED Into Commercial Property Management.

Enhanced customer support services

Benefit from a priority response time from our customer service team, which will prioritize and quickly address all email inquiries by USGBC members.

Added access for employees of subsidiaries

All employees of subsidiaries will have access to benefits under the parent company’s membership.

LEED consultation

Your dedicated account representative will support your LEED activities and coordinate consultations with LEED specialists and reviewers. LEED consultations can include the Pre-Submittal Review call, Post Preliminary Review call, Energy Modal Review call, The Review of Annual Activity call or other calls.

Exclusive activities

Our platinum member levels receive exclusive opportunities to participate in activities such as plaque presentations, tours of the USGBC headquarters and visits from USGBC delegations. When your company invites a high-level USGBC staff member to your event, your account manager will do their best to accommodate this request, with travel costs reimbursed by you. If no one from USGBC is available, we will work to send local representation.

Not sure which package best suits your company? We can help. Call us at 1-800-795-1747 or email us at membership@usgbc.org.


Local communities

USGBC membership is also offered at the local community level. Previously known as USGBC chapters, these groups have been formally integrated into the national USGBC organization in an effort to maximize efforts and bring members the best benefits possible.

Individuals can join a local USGBC community for $70 per year—or, if they are already a USGBC national member, they can join a local USGBC community at a reduced rate of $50 per year. Discounted membership rates are offered for full-time students at $25 per year and for emerging professionals under 30 for $35.

Membership in a local USGBC community offers local engagement opportunities including invitations to networking events, establishing connections to other USGBC members in the area and regular volunteer opportunities. Membership in a USGBC community helps you expand your network through opportunities to connect with green building industry leaders at every career stage. It also allows you to opt-in to communications relevant to your area so you’ll always be in the know. Join a USGBC community.

Promote our global mission at your local level.

As a member of the USGBC community, you can connect with green building peers within your community, strengthen your leadership and management skills, access USGBC education and training resources, and make an immediate and measurable difference in your community.

Join us to experience the heart of our grassroots efforts to transform the built environment.

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Advance our global mission.

USGBC also provides opportunities to join together and move the building industry forward.

ADVANCE

ADVANCE is a framework to increase access to resources and expertise for new, underserved and underrepresented audiences.

GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE

The Green Apple Day of Service provides an opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.

RESILIENCE

We support resilient buildings that allow communities to be ready, not surprised. USGBC believes we must continuously look over the horizon to foreseeable and unforeseeable crises.

PROJECT HAITI

Project Haiti is USGBC’s initiative to rebuild a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, which was devastated by the 2010 earthquake and continues to be affected by natural disasters such as the recent Hurricane Matthew.

WATERBUILD

Although it is widely understood that energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

USGBC's Value Healthy and Efficient Affordable Housing campaign advocates for the adoption of greener building practices by housing finance authorities, public housing authorities and the projects that they fund.


USGBC volunteers make a difference.

The commitment of volunteers has proven invaluable in advancing a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. Volunteers increase the capacity, reach, influence, and most importantly, impact of USGBC.


Discover volunteer opportunities