The Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council seeks to create a positive impact on the region's built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. We endeavor to move the green building industry forward with market-based solutions. We are a 501.c.3 non-profit organization.
Our Mission is to promote and enable the integration of sustainable practices into Iowa’s built environment. Our Vision is for Iowa to be a place where all people live, work and build sustainably. ¶History of the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council: Several individuals of the building industry in the Des Moines area began meeting in April of 2004 with the goal of building a coalition of USGBC members in the state of Iowa for the purpose of creating an Iowa Chapter of the USGBC. This initial group of approximately 10- 12 individuals involved Des Moines area architects, engineers, landscape architects, the Executive Vice President of AIA Iowa, a regional insurance representative, representatives from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the University Architect for Iowa State University, the Director of the Iowa Energy Center, and local and regional building manufacturing representatives. This initial group contacted the USGBC and began working toward organizing status as defined by the USGBC. In September 2004 a decision was made to proceed with chapter formation and a letter of intent was sent to USGBC. Recognition as an organizing chapter was given by USGBC on September 21, 2004. ¶Today the USGBC Iowa Chapter has more than 170 members. The chapter's membership is open and balanced and is comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the building industry, including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners, building professionals, utilities, government, research institutions, professional societies and universities.