Friday, April 17, 2015

GBCI Changes Name to Green Business Certification Inc.

Washington, DC -- In a recent press release, the GBCI Board of Directors announced a new meaning behind the GBCI acronym. Formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, it will now operate under the new name Green Business Certification Inc. 

This name change reflects the continued growth and expansion of the certification and credential services offered by the GBCI. Previously, GBCI was best known for administering the LEED certification and credentialing programs for USGBC.

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of GBCI, championed the name change and recognized the continued expansion of the organizations core goals of advancing green businesses and sustainability efforts. The GBCI is the only organization that is authorized to administer project certifications and professional credentials for the US Green Building Council (USGBC). As well, they are the only company able to provide credentials for PEER, WELL, and the GRESB benchmark. 

The relationship between and roles of USGBC and GBCI has been somewhat complicated in the past.  USGBC previously described GBCI as it's sister organization, yet impressed that they were two separate organizations. In 2013, USGBC moved the credentialing exam registration from GBCI to its own website,, further blurring the lines. This move, however, seems to be a way to separate the two again, and allow GBCI to be more flexible to dip into other green building certification programs.

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