From Enthusiasm to Engagement
Across America, cities and states are recognizing green building as a way to protect the environment, create jobs, promote energy independence, save money, and create healthier places to live, work, and learn. The U.S. Green Building Council works side by side with members to achieve these benefits for our communities.
USGBC-Northern California Chapter Priority Efforts:
- Green Schools
- Sustainable Neighborhoods
- Green California State Policy
As USGBC President, CEO, and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi once said, USGBC’s most important achievement is not measured by LEED-certified buildings – it’s measured by changing minds. It is the 1 million square feet of green building space that earns LEED certification every day that is helping us change minds – and policy.
Various LEED initiatives including legislation, executive orders, resolutions, ordinances, policies, and incentives are now found in 45 states, including 442 localities (384 cities/towns and 58 counties), 35 state governments (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico), 14 federal agencies or departments, and numerous public school jurisdictions and institutions of higher education across the United States.
|Green Building by the Numbers|
The annual market for green building products and services in the U.S.
The average CO2 emission reduction a green building achieves.
The average water use reduction a green building achieves.
Jobs being created by the green building industry through 2013.
Projected government savings from using smarter growth patterns.
The number of square feet being LEED certified each day.
The net cost of reducing emissions from buildings around the world by 29% in the short run.