Volunteer for a LEED committee
If you have practical experience with the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated around the globe—and are dedicated to advancing best practices in green building and sustainable development, apply to volunteer for a LEED committee.
This call opens June 3, 2019, and the deadline for submissions is August 30, 2019, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. USGBC calls for self-nominations by qualified applicants to serve as members of the LEED Committees outlined below. While there is no set number of volunteer positions available, we expect to appoint approximately 25 volunteers.
Each volunteer position will be for a first term of one year with an option to continue service in accordance with the USGBC Policies And Procedures For Committees And Working Groups, Committee and Working Group member terms: Committee members may serve a maximum of four consecutive years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus before being eligible for service on the committee again.
Note that USGBC policy states that individuals may serve on a maximum of three USGBC Committees and two Working Groups at any one time. Any one member organization may not have more than one representative on any one Committee and, except for federal government agencies, may have representatives on a maximum of five Committees and four Working Groups at any one time.
- Employed by a USGBC member organization.
- Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the below technical areas.
- Ability to attend at least two-thirds of all committee calls (1 hour in length, 1-2 calls per month), complete offline review and technical work of approximately 2-3 hours per call, and participate in additional calls as necessary.
- LEED Green Associate or LEED AP
- Experience with international LEED and green building rating system implementation
Submit an expression of interest
Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on any of the committees described below must complete the LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form online. Please note that USGBC might invite candidates to serve on a committee for which they did not indicate interest based on the candidate’s expertise and the needs of each committee.
LEED Committee descriptions
View the LEED Committees webpage for additional information, including committee purpose statements, current rosters, and links to meeting minutes for each committee.
Technical Advisory Groups
Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) recommend solutions to rating system development and maintenance questions. The groups provide a consistent source of technical advice regarding credit and prerequisite improvement and supporting tool development. TAGs are structured to include expertise for specific technical issues: Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), Location and Planning (LP), Materials and Resources (MR), Sustainable Sites (SS), and Water Efficiency (WE). The role and responsibilities of the TAGs are detailed in their purpose statement.
Standing call times for TAGs are as follows: Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET (EQ TAG), Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET (LP TAG), Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET (SS TAG), Thursday at 11 a.m. ET (WE TAG), Thursday at 1 p.m. ET (MR TAG), and Thursday at 3 p.m. ET (EA TAG).
Selection criteria for LEED Committee members
The committees open for applications seek, at minimum, the following specific areas of expertise. Candidates may indicate additional expertise beyond these areas in their expression of interest form.
Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG)
- Greenhouse gas emissions accounting
- Demand response
- Residential energy (Multifamily and Single Family)
- Utility owners and operators
- Distributed energy resources
- Renewable energy purchasing procurement
- Energy codes and standards, legislation, and enforcement
Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG)
- Human health
- Human experience in buildings
- Air quality
- Ventilation, filtration, and air-cleaning
- Green cleaning and integrated pest management
- Building performance simulations
- LEED practitioner experience in both commercial and residential buildings
Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group (LP TAG)
- Environmental Planning/Brownfield Redevelopment
- Affordable Housing/Equity
- Existing Buildings/facilities manager
- Transportation Demand Management/Performance metrics
- Electric Vehicles
Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG)
- Multifamily Residential (focus on material health)
- Material Ingredient Disclosure & Assessment
- End use product manufacturer
- Materials sourcing issues, including traceability, biodiversity and land use impacts from extraction and manufacturing
- Materials chemistry
- Social responsibility in manufacturing
- Supply chain sustainability
- EPD and LCA experience
- Waste management, recycling, and purchasing
- Experience documenting LEED v4 MR Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits (EPDs, Sourcing of Raw Materials, and Material Ingredients)
- General contractors with waste experience
Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG)
- Rainwater retention engineering
- Landscape Architecture
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Resilient low-impact development (LID) strategies
Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAG)
- Projects with high process water loads (data, hospitals, restaurants, etc.)
- Water quality
- Water submetering and leak detection
- Utility owners and operators
- Decentralized water systems
- Water code and standards, legislation, and enforcement
- Water balance modeling
Social Equity Working Group (SEWG)
- Affordable housing
- Community design / urban planning
- Community engagement and public interest design
- Universal design
- Social resilience and policy
- Supply chain management for human rights protection
- Corporate social responsibility reporting
- Global application of social equity strategies
- Education and advocacy