The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world.
Every day, USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.
More than 20 years ago, USGBC was established to help advance better buildings in our everyday lives.
Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried and Mike Italiano established USGBC in 1993 with a mission to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building and construction industry. Representatives from around 60 firms and several nonprofits gathered that April in the American Institute of Architects’ boardroom for the council’s founding meeting.
It was then that ideas were shared for an open and balanced coalition spanning the entire building industry and for a green building rating system, which would later become LEED. Since the rating system’s unveiling in 2000, it has become an international standard for environmentally sound buildings, certifying hundreds of thousands of square feet per day.
No matter where a LEED project is, its certification is an achievement in green building that’s recognized around the world.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. It’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Our staff strives to ensure LEED stays innovative, technically rigorous and market relevant. LEED regularly undergoes evaluations and other improvements, whether through clarification of specific credit’s language, an adaptation to an existing rating system, or a comprehensive update to an entire suite of rating systems.
USGBC also has developed alternative compliance paths to LEED credits, providing more options to address unique circumstances and accommodate advancements in science and technology.
USGBC relies on our expert staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council to help coordinate our activities and global programs.
The USGBC Board of Directors is comprised of seven elected directors, one appointed director and the CEO, who serves as ex-officio and is a non-voting member. They meet in person three times a year and regularly by teleconference.
The USGBC Advisory Council provides industry leadership and experience, recommending policy and initiatives to the board. Members connect with key stakeholder groups across the sustainability movement and identify emerging opportunities and needs. They're employed by member companies and elected in a contested election of the members to three year terms representing a specific perspective.USGBC executive staff
S. Richard Fedrizzi
CEO & Founding Chairman
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Product Officer
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President, Global Service Delivery
Senior Vice President, Knowledge
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Advocacy & Communications
Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Conference & Events
Senior Vice President, Organizational Design
Senior Vice President, Global Market Development
Senior Vice President, Finance, Operations & Administration
Chief of Engineering
Vice President, Certification
Vice President, Technical Solutions
Vice President, Customer Experience
Vice President, Governance
Vice President, LEED Technical Development
Vice President, Strategic Relationships
Vice President, Community, Conference & Events
Vice President, Strategic Relationships
Vice President, LEED Implementation
Fiona Cousins, Chair
Bob Fox, Vice Chair
COOKFox Architects and Terrapin Bright Green
Chrissa Pagitsas, Secretary-Treasurer
Green Initiative, Fannie Mae
Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University
Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Rick Fedrizzi, Ex-officio
U.S. Green Building Council
McNally Green, and retired President and CEO, Skanska USA
Executive in Residence, Aalto University and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland
- Seat: Chair
- Affiliation: Arup
- Seat: Vice Chair and Urban/Regional Planner
- Affiliation: Symbioscity
- Seat: Chair, 2015 USGBC Board of Directors
- Affiliation: Seventhwave
- Seat: State and Local Government Agency Employee
- Affiliation: State of California, Department of General Services
- Seat: Insurance
- Affiliation: Stephen Bushnell + Associates
- Seat: Environmental Nonprofit Advocate
- Affiliation: Green Seal, Inc.
- Seat: Product Manufacturer
- Affiliation: Armstrong World Services
- Seat: Educator (Post-Secondary)
- Affiliation: Colorado State University
- Seat: International
- Affiliation: TURKECO
- Seat: Facility Management and Operations
- Affiliation: Verdani Partners
- Seat: Sustainable Community Leader
- Urban Green LLC
- Seat: Sustainable Practice Leader: Architect
- Affiliation: Integral Group
- Seat: Developer/Real Estate Services
- Affiliation: Kilroy Realty Corporation
- Seat: Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer
- Affiliation: The Green Engineer, LLC
- Seat: Residential Construction
- Affiliation: Northeast Natural Homes
- Seat: Technology
- Affiliation: Autodesk
- Seat: Business to Consumer Leader
- Affiliation: View Inc.
- Seat: Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets
- Affiliation: Lend Lease
- Seat: Commercial Real Estate Executive Leader
- Affiliation: Principal Real Estate Investors
Awards and Grants
The work you do is cause for celebration.
USGBC presents national awards to honor individuals and organizations whose work is helping expand sustainability in the building and construction marketplace. Recipients represent a range of experiences and industries but possess a shared attribute: a passion for better building and its rewards for our future. Learn more.
USGBC Grants: Supporting those who help push green building forward
Everyone deserves access to housing that’s healthy, affordable and accessible to jobs and amenities. Bank of America and USGBC are helping to make it happen through the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. Learn more.
LEED didn’t become the leading international benchmark for green building by chance.
Our rating systems are supported by USGBC staff and volunteers who serve on committees and advisory groups.
They’re constantly reevaluating LEED to ensure it remains robust and efficient. And they’re working to develop educational materials about sustainable building and to support USGBC, while other green building councils around the world are helping keep LEED leaning forward as well.