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The U.S. Green Building Council is a committee-based, member-driven, consensus-focused non-profit founded in 1993 that currently represents over 17,000 companies and organizations. The USGBC – West Michigan Chapter, organized in 2004, is one of 70 chapters that operate as licensed separate non-profits across the United States. Our mission is to champion leadership for environmental sustainability in green building and community development through strategic affiliations and comprehensive educational opportunities at all levels.

With over 130 LEED-certified buildings in West Michigan and counting we have the perfect opportunity to prove the benefits and showcase the green building design as a region. We are a leader, fourth in the nation with LEED-certified buildings and yet we find very few of those building owners sharing that story in an organized way to attract tours, visitors and as an economic development tool for our region. We believe this is the first research project of this type, on this scale in the nation and we hope to gain national recognition through the EPA and USGBC for this effort. Through this project we will establish Grand Rapids as the preeminent home of sustainable buildings; honor the contributions of the Furniture industry in establishing the sustainability ethic; raise the bar for building owners by having them benchmark building performance of LEED Buildings and encouraging them to pursue LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.

USGB West Michigan's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan. As the “front door” of USGBC in West Michigan, the primary purposes for which we have organized are: to accelerate the initiation, development and implementation of market-based green building efforts, policies, program technologies, design practices, and operation procedures; to facilitate networking and communication among all interested parties on green building activities in the area served by the chapter; to coordinate with green building efforts occurring nationwide and cooperating with the USGBC national organization.