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Our members are builders, architects and environmentalists, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students working at a local level to educate and advocate for green buildings.

Our work expands into four distinct region of the state, Grand Strand, Low Country, Midlands, and Upstate, to promote green building education. With a vision that buildings and communities in South Carolina will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation, we work locally to transform the way our communities and buildings are planned, designed, and operated, to improve the quality of life for all who call South Carolina “home.”

The South Carolina Chapter is led by a volunteer board of directors and committees, as well as volunteer steering committees in each of our four branches throughout the state.


In Community 11.3.2015

Call for nominations for 2016-2017 South Carolina Market Leadership Advisory Board

Support the health, efficiency and vibrancy of your community! USGBC South Carolina is pleased to announce a call for nominations for four volunteers to lead the organization as part of the 2016-2017 Market Leadership Advisory Board.

USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. USGBC South Carolina serves and supports statewide the grassroots volunteer efforts of our four regional branches (Upstate, Midlands, Low Country and Grand Strand).

Market Leadership Advisory Board

The USGBC South Carolina Market Leadership Advisory Board represents a diverse group of locally based leaders who advise on strategic and tactical activities implemented as part of USGBC’s global work plan. This leadership group works collaboratively within a larger network of Market Leadership Advisory Boards in order to develop and implement integrative, consistent and effective local work plans in all markets. This structure further reports local metrics that contribute to the global success of the USGBC community.

The USGBC South Carolina Market Leadership Advisory Board serves as the primary local volunteer leadership voice for USGBC, with the following objectives:

  • Market Analysis: Identify local market trends, power players, initiatives, priorities and other factors that relate to USGBC’s strategic goals and conduct a "power map" of local leaders who are critical to the success of USGBC locally, to determine their level of support and influence.
  • Strategy and Annual Work Planning: Develop, evaluate and revise three-year strategy and annual work plan within the context of USGBC’s strategy that is informed by the market analysis. This includes drafting an annual budget and managing oversight of expenses.
  • Market Development: Maintain quarterly report of real estate market opportunities (i.e., development announcements, permits, etc.) for business development team, status of LEED projects and calendar of LEED plaque presentations.
  • Member, Volunteer and Partner Engagement: Establish, support, and evaluate activities for members, partners and volunteers (groups and individuals) on an annual basis that support outreach, education, advocacy, community/relationship building and grassroots activities through the annual work plan. Cultivate leadership and manage structure for engagement among these individuals to serve locally. Ensure the implementation of a meaningful volunteer recognition program.
  • Celebration of Leadership: Guide the development of an annual report and public activities that celebrate local success in LEED and sustainability. Annual report data should focus externally and also be a guide to inform the local strategy and work of USGBC.
  • Fundraising and Support: Work to support local budget through fundraising and sponsorship in conjunction with local staff.

Twelve individual community leaders representing the public, private and non-profit sectors will comprise this advisory group. They should be balanced to reflect diversity in profession, perspective, demographics and physical location within the market territory. For the 2016-2017 election, four out of 12 seats are open.

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, healthcare)
  • 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 January 1, 2016. Successful candidates will be expected to attend a two-day Board retreat Jan. 8-9 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Quarterly face-to-face meetings will take place in Columbia, South Carolina, and monthly phone conferences will be scheduled during the retreat. The monthly time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours in addition to the meetings outlined above. Members do not receive compensation for service. 

Nomination criteria

  • Must be an individual member of USGBC South Carolina in good standing (current nonmembers can join for the 2016 calendar year)
  • Must be willing to commit 10-12 hours a month in service (in addition to Board meetings) of the objectives described above
  • Must be willing to fundraise and work towards the positive financial development of the chapter
  • Must be passionate about a sustainable built environment and its impact on the local community.

If you would like be considered for a position on the USGBC South Carolina Chapter Market Leadership Advisory Board, please submit an application form by 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 17, 2015. A Nominating Committee will review all applications and assemble a slate of qualified candidates for election by chapter members in November. If you have questions about Board responsibilities or the nomination process, please email Douglas Rackley or Greg Soyka. We look forward to your participation!

Submit your application

In Community 06.1.2015

USGBC welcomes seven chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome seven USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National.

Welcome to Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma! (Last month we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region).

This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations and focus on the mission-work that really matters.

“On behalf of all of us at USGBC National, I extend our warmest welcome to the Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma Chapters as their staff becomes an official part of our family,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC CEO and founding chairman. “This is the first step in more fully integrating our network of passionate and committed local and regional entities into our national organization so we can better support the work they do on the ground every day to advance green building."