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USGBC History

In 1993, Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried and Mike Italiano established the U.S. Green Building Council. Their mission: to promote sustainability in the building and construction industry.

That April, representatives from approximately 60 firms and a few nonprofit organizations met in the boardroom of the American Institute of Architects for the council’s founding meeting. It was there that ideas were first aired for an open and balanced coalition spanning the entire building industry and a green building rating system.

Today, USGBC’s constituency includes builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Since its unveiling in March 2000, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system has singled out commercial, institutional and residential projects noteworthy for their stellar environmental and health performance in both the United States and abroad.

USGBC — which in 2009 settled into its own LEED Platinum office in Washington, DC — currently boasts 76 chapters, 13,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 181,000 professionals who hold LEED credentials. Through its nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, public policy initiatives and robust educational offerings (including the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo), USGBC is making cost-efficient, energy-saving green buildings a reality across the country.

Rick Fedrizzi
Rick Fedrizzi Founder

Appointed president & CEO of the rapidly growing organization in April 2004. Under his leadership, USGBC has undertaken a far-reaching agenda that has tripled its membership, broadened its influence and cemented its role as a leadership voice in the global sustainability movement.

David Gottfried
David Gottfried Founder

Internationally acknowledged as one of the foremost founders of the global green building movement and wrote the white paper for the LEED® Green Building Rating System, the acknowledged standard for green building.

Mike Italiano
Mike Italiano Founder

Has over 35 years of environmental experience including as senior analyst in the White House Science Office and assistant to the director, National Commission on Water Quality, where he helped write the Congressional Report on the Clean Water Act.