USGBC Live provides the USGBC community with the opportunity to meet sustainability professionals
By Deisy Verdinez
It is an exciting time in the green building sector. Leaders around the world are looking for ways to address the pressing issue of climate change, and green buildings are expected to play a significant role in this effort. The demand for green and more sustainable spaces is expected to increase in the coming years. In the most recent World Green Building Trends report, 28% of survey respondents said that they are implementing green strategies in more than 60% of their projects, and by 2024, 42% plan to build more than 60% of their projects using green building best practices.
This is an encouraging trend. Since its foundation nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council has advocated for green buildings and spaces through its flagship certification program – Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Over the years, LEED has evolved and adapted to the needs and demands of the sector. Today, there are more than 100,000 LEED registered and certified projects in more than 180 countries and territories – making it the most used green building certification programs.
Companies, organizations and governments are learning that there are many benefits to certifying LEED, especially as many organizations set ESG goals. LEED helps meet these goals by providing them with a robust and globally recognized green building framework to measure and manage building performance. Additionally, LEED helps companies reduce operational costs. In fact, green buildings like LEED certified buildings have been proven to use an average of 25% less energy than conventional buildings.
USGBC continues to accelerate the adoption of LEED and green buildings at a time when the world needs it most. The push to reduce carbon emission to curb the effects of climate change will push the green building sector to innovate and create new ways that we can improve the buildings that make up our communities. As we look to the future of LEED and green buildings, USGBC is turning to its members and stakeholders to ensure that we are looking to push the market for new and innovative ways to improve our buildings.
For the second year in a row, USGBC will host USGBC Live – the leading event platform for the future of buildings, cities and communities – the events will be hosted in three cities this spring including Boston, St. Paul and Washington, D.C. USGCB Live is where the future of LEED is shaped and where sustainability professionals will come together to share new green building strategies that help with real world issues and explore the latest in green building technology platforms.
The green building industry is evolving quickly and seeking innovative solutions to address the parallel crises of Covid-19, climate change, social inequity, supply chain disruptions and more. USGBC Live events focus on how our community is tackling these challenges and leveraging LEED and green building strategies to meet industry, organizational and community goals for sustainability, resilience, health and equity.
The past two years have been difficult for many, and while we’ve adapted to online meetings and gatherings, we’re excited to bring the community together in-person. Green building impacts communities at a very local level. USGBC Live provides the USGBC community with increased engagement and opportunity to meet other sustainability professionals. A digital and hybrid portion will launch in early June and include livestreamed mainstage events, select education sessions and pre-recorded content.
Each of us has a role to play in the climate crisis, and USGBC Live focuses on how we all can do our part.
For more information and registration, please visit www.usgbc-live.org.
Deisy Verdinez is the PR & Communications Director at USGBC. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.