USGBC chapters also play a great role in advancing USGBC's mission, by implementing education and LEED certification training, and connecting with media and policymakers. Green building councils are also forming around the world to lead change for better buildings and education. They consist of full-time staff members and volunteers to drive their projects forward. The total number of USGBC chapters is currently at 77, with 29,955 members and 139 staff (part time or full time). The USGBC chapter community has created a presence in all 50 states and countless local communities. Many professionals in a wide variety of industries utilize the sustainable building knowledge and resources provided by these local USGBC chapters.
To date there are ten chapters in the Pacific region, nine in the west region, 16 in heartland region, five in the south-central region, 11 in south-east region, eight in Florida-Caribbean region, seven in upper north-east region and 11 in north-east corridor region. Local USGBC chapters are critical because they create educational, advocacy-related and community based events that support the growth of green building in their geographical areas.
For 2013, USGBC chapters focused on the following areas:
- 64% established common ground around green schools
- 60% implemented better building codes
- 58% provided green building tour
- 52% have leadership with LEED
- 47% working towards State Capitol Advocacy Day
- 38% highlight green homes
- 37% improve energy data access
- 37% mainstream building benchmarking
- 32% promote healthy and efficient affordable housing
USGBC recently highlighted some of its local chapter activities taking place across the U.S.:
- Urban Green Council published a green building plan to introduce to NYC's next mayor to move the green building movement in New York further.
- Detroit Region and Western Michigan Chapters worked simultaneously to plan a successful USGBC green schools event at the AIA Green Schools conference in Lansing, Mich. on June 25, 2013.
- The Missouri Gateway Chapter launched their High Performance Building Initiative to increase square footage of third-party verified green space in the St. Louis region, and secured 18 local business signatories to the initiative.
For more information on USGBC's LEED green building rating system, and to learn how you can join the sustainable design movement, visit www.greenedu.com/leed-certification.