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The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
USGBC-LA's MISSION is to promote sustainability in LA County's built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking. The USGBC is the nation’s foremost environmental coalition and innovator of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sustainability assessment system, working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live and work. LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.
USGBC-LA leadership is comprised of eleven member board directors, an Emerging Professionals representative, an executive director who manages operations and staff, and dedicated volunteer committees who help shape the chapter’s activities. USGBC-LA relies on green building advocates, revenues for chapter events, dues from members, and generous contributions from philanthropic, corporate, and organizational sponsors to carry out its mission.
USGBC-LA offers a variety of events including tours of green building projects, LEED workshops and customized trainings, LEED User Groups, conferences, networking mixers, and volunteer appreciation events. Each spring, USGBC-LA and the Southern California Gas Company co-host the annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo, one of southern California’s longest premier green building conferences. At the end of each year, the chapter holds its largest fundraiser and social event, the Annual Green Gala, to celebrate a year of achievements in the local green building movement.
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