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USGBC Alabama is at the forefront of environmentally-sensible development and sustainability in the state. We work at the national and regional levels to advocate for high performance healthy buildings, and deliver high-quality sustainable building education and networking opportunities.

Our volunteers range from community members participating in service projects to LEED professional credential holders. Our members encourage and facilitate further growth of the green building market in Alabama to support economic development through green jobs and regional materials, cost-effective, energy-saving practices, sustainable management of our state’s abundant natural resources, and healthier communities for all Alabama residents. Our members meet on a regular basis in four regional branches, from North Alabama to the Gulf Coast.

In addition to serving as Alabama's resource and advocates for green building information and training, one of our primary volunteer initiatives is to improve the health and efficiency of learning environments. Our Green Apple Day of Service projects and other sustainability education programs support the Alabama State Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools committee.



In Community 01.19.2016

USGBC Alabama: Upcoming education and networking events

January is always a good time to freshen up your professional goals, rejuvenate your contact list and generally look to the future. As we begin 2016 at USGBC Alabama, we are excited to be part of the larger network of Integrated USGBC communities providing more opportunities for you to get involved. Each of our four Alabama branches are offering education and networking events in the next few weeks to help get you on track:

January 21: Join USGBC Alabama’s North Branch and the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy to learn how the AlabamaSAVES Program can help subsidize the cost of financing energy retrofits and improvements to your existing buildings, including rehabilitation of properties using the historic preservation tax credits.

January 27: Our 2016 kickoff meeting for the Central Branch includes a lunch meeting in Montgomery. Network with our local leaders, hear about the economic impacts of LEED and green building and find out how you can be a part of the growing market.

January 29: The Green Coast Council 201 Sustainability Summit is coming up in Mobile. This agenda for this second year of the annual event is chock-full of speakers of interest to business and community members, and it promises to raise the bar for sustainability events in Alabama.

February 2: The Birmingham Branch is pleased to be the recipient of Rojo Birmingham’s "10% Tuesday" giving on Groundhog Day. Come out for the great food and drinks, meet our local leaders, hear about our plans for 2016 and enjoy knowing that 10 percent of sales that evening will benefit our organization.

Changes to our site

Along with a new look for email communications, our web presence has changed. The website now features not only upcoming events, but also links to current member profiles and articles of particular interest to our members. You can also find links to Alabama projects listed on the Green Building Information Gateway.

Click on the "Members" button in the website’s gray toolbar to locate other USGBC Alabama individual members. If your membership has lapsed, be sure to use the "Join" button to renew so that your profile appears in this directory. If you have not yet set up your individual profile, click on “Account” in the top right corner. This is also where you go to check your credential maintenance (hint: you do not have to be an accredited professional to establish your account, though this may be the first step you take in that professional development process).

Get the latest news and developments by following us on social media and subscribing to our email list. You will find links for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the email registry in the gray toolbar.

Want to see your business highlighted on our website? Contact Alabama Director Kathleen Kirkpatrick about 2016 partnership opportunities at the state and branch levels. There are a number of benefits to supporting USGBC Alabama, in addition to having your logo displayed to everyone who visits our website.

We want to hear from you! If you have suggestions for articles, have an interest in training on a particular subject, have a membership question or just want to find out what’s happening in your area, our contact information is posted prominently on the website for your convenience.

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In Community 11.9.2015

USGBC Alabama: Auburn University Office of Sustainability at the AASHE Conference

This article was originally posted on the Auburn University Office of Sustainability blog.

For a few days each year since 2006, folks from all over North America have come together to discuss one thing—sustainability. This year, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) held its annual conference in the beautiful city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The attendees of this conference were given the chance to hear from some of the world’s best and brightest in the field of sustainability.

Each day provided a wealth of knowledge brought to us in the form of lectures, workshops, panels, and open discussion forums on everything under the sun. Want to learn video editing? Check. How about a discussion on racial inequality in the U.S.? Check. The learning opportunities at AASHE truly reflect the diversity of sustainability as a concept.

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In Community 10.28.2015

Call for nominations: USGBC Alabama Leadership Board

USGBC Alabama is seeking candidates for the 2016-2017 Chapter Leadership Board. The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Serving on the Board is a great way to get further involved in transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated in Alabama. Board members advance the chapter’s mission and mold the direction of the chapter by participating in monthly call-in meetings, quarterly in-person meetings located throughout the state and statewide committees. To apply, please review the detailed information below and complete the online application by Nov. 6.

USGBC of Alabama's Leadership Board represents a diversity of industry leaders from across the state who advise on strategic and tactical activities as part of USGBC’s global work plan. This leadership group works within the national network of Market Leadership Advisory Boards to develop and implement integrative, consistent and effective local work plans in all markets. This structure further coordinates local metrics that contribute to the global success of USGBC and the green building community.

Membership roles

Community leaders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors comprise our Chapter Leadership Board. We strive to reflect a balanced diversity in profession, perspective, demographics and physical location within the state. For the 2016-2017 election, several seats are open to new leaders. We are looking for individuals with the following backgrounds:

Desired roles

  • Local government leader (i.e., elected official, codes and zoning)
  • Building design and construction professionals engaged with respective professional organizations (i.e., AIA, ASHRAE, AEE, ASID, ASLA, IIDA, etc.)
  • Building operations and maintenance professionals (i.e., BOMA, IFMA, CCFM)
  • Allied community organization (i.e., sustainability, environment)
  • Nontraditional community organization (i.e., school district, community service, faith-based, cultural, social justice, youth development)
  • Higher education academics and research (college and university)
  • Regional business leader (i.e., banking, manufacturing, health care)
  • Commercial real estate professional (i.e., developer, financier, legal, market analyst)
  • Community, economic and affordable housing (government or nonprofit)
  • Public relations, media and advertising
  • Regional organization (i.e., sports and exhibition authority, regional health provider, Chamber of Commerce)

Board terms and expectations

Terms are for two years and begin Jan. 1, 2016. Successful candidates will be expected to attend an orientation meeting with fellow incoming members in December 2015 and attend regular board meetings and calls throughout the year. Board members must help raise funds to achieve the mission and serve in a volunteer capacity. The Alabama Board is supported by a dedicated full-time USGBC staff member.

Nomination criteria

  • Must be an individual member of USGBC of Alabama in good standing
  • Must be willing to commit time each month in service of the mission and objectives
  • Must be willing to fundraise and work toward the positive financial development of the chapter
  • Ideal candidates have previous nonprofit leadership experience and are passionate about the sustainable built environment and its impact on local communities

Our Nominating Committee will review all applications and assemble a slate of qualified candidates for ratification by chapter members in November. If you have questions about the nomination process, please email our Chapter Board Secretary. We look forward to your participation!

Complete the online application by Nov. 6

Other leadership opportunities

  1. Much of USGBC Alabama’s work is carried out by members who volunteer to serve on committees. Committee positions offer tremendous opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership. If you have interest in joining a committee, please email our Executive Director.
  2. Branch leadership. USGBC Alabama has four branches, focused on geographical areas of the state. North Branch (centered in Huntsville), Birmingham Branch (Birmingham metro area, Tuscaloosa and Anniston), Central Branch (centered in Montgomery), and Gulf Coast Branch (Demopolis to Mobile Bay). Each Branch has a leadership group directing local activities and events. If you have an interest in becoming a local Branch leader, please email our Executive Director.