Established in 2004 as the Baltimore Regional Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council Maryland is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our state through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. We work to advance building and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to Live, Work, Learn and Heal.
As the premier forum for green buildings in Maryland, providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources as well as programs, events and, networking opportunities for the green building industry and the community at large. There are 486 Maryland based member companies of the U.S. Green Building Council totaling more than $50 billion in revenue and more than 300,000 employees, in addition to 575 individual members of the USGBC Maryland chapter. There are also 3,471 LEED Accredited Professionals in MD, individuals in various fields who hold this credential to allow them to compete and perform more effectively in the green building market.
Our mission as a chapter of USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work, learn and heal. Facts and Stats: Relative to its population Maryland has more LEED project activity than any other state. Maryland ranks 8th nationally in total number of commercial buildings that are LEED certified and pursuing LEED certification with a market of more than 28 million square feet of certified green buildings. Individually, Rockville, MD and Bethesda, MD each have more LEED projects than any U.S. city with a population below 100,000. In absolute numbers, there are 1,255 LEED Projects in Maryland. The first certified LEED Platinum building is in Maryland, the Philip Merrill Environmental Center. Among the LEED Home projects in Maryland, there are 2 national prototypes, one in Harford County and Baltimore City where U.S. Green Building Council Maryland partnered with Habitat for Humanity to building affordable LEED Platinum houses. There are also 5 LEED for Neighborhood Development projects impacting more than 325 acres of development. Twinbrook Station in Rockville, MD is the LEED-ND development closest to completion. Government Leadership: Maryland was one of the first states to offer a Green Building Tax Credit in 2001. Today, in addition to the State High Performance Building Act, 14 local governments in Maryland have enacted a LEED based green building initiative. Leading by example, the State of Maryland ranks 10th nationally for the number of LEED registered and certified buildings owned or occupied by a state government. Montgomery County, MD became one of the earliest adopters of a district wide LEED policy for K-12 schools in 2006 and today all public schools constructed in Maryland must be LEED Silver certified.