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USGBC Programs and Initiatives

For 25 years, USGBC, our member companies and the global green building community have come together to make our planet stronger, greener and more sustainable. USGBC's mission is to improve quality of life by transforming the design, composition and operation of the places where we live, work, learn and play. USGBC provides opportunities to join together, move the building industry forward, improve the quality of life for communities all over the world and work towards our collective vision: to ensure that buildings, communities and cities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

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We believe that every person deserves better, brighter, healthier places to live, work, learn and play. ADVANCE is an equity campaign to increase access to green buildings for all. Learn more about ADVANCE.

Affordable Housing

USGBC is committed to supporting healthy and efficient affordable housing for all. We leverage our rating systems, advocacy, education, and community to advance greener building practices through advantageous finance and policy. Learn more about affordable housing efforts.

Center for Green Schools

All students deserve to attend sustainable schools that enhance their health and prepare them for 21st century careers. Learn more about the Center for Green Schools.

Cities and Communities

The LEED for Cities and Communities certification program is revolutionizing city planning, development, operations and performance, while also improving life for citizens around the world. Learn more about LEED for Cities.

Climate Change

The building sector is at risk of increasing its impact on global warming. USGBC has made its own commitment to climate action, and in 2017 signed on to the We Are Still In Pledge demonstrating our commitment to the Paris Agreement goals. At USGBC, virtually all of our platforms and activities — rating systems, education, advocacy, partnerships, events — have a connection to reducing our impact on climate. Learn more about USGBC's commitment to combatting climate change.

Education @USGBC

Advance your knowledge of green building, and connect and collaborate with leading practitioners around the world – online, anytime. Education @USGBC features world-class courses and educational content related to sustainability and LEED. Learn more about Education @USGBC.

Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service provides an opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Learn more about Green Apple.


Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo and gathers thousands of passionate green building and sustainability leaders. The conference offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business, and address pressing issues impacting human health and the environment. Learn more about Greenbuild.

Health and Wellness

A stronger environmental performance leads to economic prosperity, better quality of life, and improved wellbeing for ALL. Green buildings are proven to reduce pollution, improve indoor air quality and enhance human health and wellness. Learn more about USGBC's commitment to health and wellness.

Learning Lab

Learning Lab is USGBC’s online education platform for K-12 teachers and school leaders to find lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action. Educators can access Learning Lab for comprehensive, interdisciplinary projects and STEM-based curriculum for a green school and sustainable future. Learn more about Learning Lab.


LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED is a globally recognized standard of sustainability achievement that provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, communities and cities. Learn more about LEED.


LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. Learn more about LEED Lab.


LEED Zero represents a new level of achievement in green building that is not just attainable but is the goal of LEED certified projects around the world. Learn more about LEED Zero.

Living Standard

A new campaign, launched by USGBC, in recognition of the fact that green buildings are only part of the solution to lengthening and bettering the lives of every person on the planet. Learn more about Living Standard.

Project Haiti

Project Haiti is USGBC’s initiative to rebuild a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, which was devastated by the 2010 earthquake and continues to be affected by natural disasters such as the recent Hurricane Matthew. Learn more about Project Haiti.


We support resilient buildings that allow communities to be ready, not surprised. USGBC believes we must continuously look over the horizon to foreseeable and unforeseeable crises. Learn more about USGBC's commitment to resilience.


Although it is widely understood that energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. Learn more about Waterbuild.