The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC works to transform the way our buildings and communities are designed, built and operated to improve our quality of life and protect natural resources for future generations. We strive to become the recognized leader of the sustainable building movement in the region, to assist the local government in implementing sustainable practices and LEED standards, and to provide outstanding sustainable education opportunities for the local design and construction communities.
The Cleveland Green Building Coalition began in 1999 in partnership with the Oberlin College Environmental Studies Program under the direction of Sadhu Johnston. Our organization was designated as a 501(c)(3) in May 2003 with an office located in Cleveland’s first historic green retrofit building, known as the Cleveland Environmental Center, where we still operate today. Since our nonprofit status predated the United States Green Building Council, we had been considered to be an affiliate of the USGBC for the past 10 years. An official Charter relationship was established with the USGBC in March 2009 and our member based nonprofit organization has been renamed Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC. We now have a 16 county map of service area that includes the urban areas of Akron / Canton and Youngstown / Warren. ¶The purpose of Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC is to generate broad support for various individual efforts, build momentum, and advance the green building agenda in our region through education, consultation, and cooperation. The Chapter is an umbrella organization for various building industry interest groups, including those involved in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial green building. We act as a clearinghouse for information on green building activities in the region as well as give individuals opportunities to network with others interested in green building. Additionally, the Chapter works to coordinate green building efforts within our area and to aid and promote specific sustainable projects. ¶The Northeast Ohio Chapter is a member-based nonprofit organization. We invite your participation in our numerous educational and networking opportunities. We have meetings, speaker events, site tours, and workshops for area design professionals. ¶Membership is comprised of architects, engineers, interior designers, construction professionals, real estate professionals, building owners / operators, developers, built environment suppliers, municipalities, students pursuing related degrees, real estate / construction attorneys and sustainable advocates.