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Volunteer opportunities

Thanks for your interest in joining a USGBC committee or working group. We are always on the lookout for candidates desiring to use their individual talents to strengthen USGBC, LEED and the green building movement as a whole. Without volunteers, this movement simply would not be possible.

Below is a current list of volunteer opportunities. Check back often for updates.

Current volunteer opportunities

Education Events Committee

Greenbuild Program Working Group

Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group

Test Development Volunteer

USGBC Students Regional Chair

All USGBC volunteers, who serve on a Committee and/or Working Group, are required to read and agree to abide by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Code of Conduct for Committee and Working Group members. This includes an acknowledgement of the Antitrust Policy, the Anti-Harassment Policy, and Policies and Procedures for Committees and Working Groups.


Education Events Committee

The Education Events Committee (EEC) oversees the development of all USGBC educational platform opportunities including events, conferences, and summits promoting the adoption of green design, building and operations practices. The Education Events Committee directs and advises related working groups to support USGBC’s mission and educational objectives. Candidates are sought from a range of geographic region, member company size, and experience in conference education.

Responsibilities

  • Bi-monthly conference calls
  • One in-person meeting (hotels, meals and travel covered by USGBC)
  • Independent research

Benefits

Benefits include networking with fellow Education Events Committee members, earning up to 50 percent of your LEED CMP continuing education hours and a complimentary full conference pass to Greenbuild.

Qualifications

Required

  • USGBC Member
  • Previous Greenbuild attendance
  • Able and willing to consistently dedicate time to this effort including one annual retreat (at which attendance is required), bi-monthly phone calls, and independent research

Preferred

  • Educational programming/abstract review experience for Greenbuild and/or other industry conferences
  • International presentation and/or educational event execution experience
  • Experience as an exhibitor at other industry tradeshows
  • LEED Professional Accreditation
  • LEED-certified project design, construction, operations and/or management experience
  • Diverse industry conference, exposition and event attendance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Green building best practices and strategies
    • Cutting-edge innovation and technologies
    • International trends in educational programming
    • Adult learning theory and strategies

Time Commitment

Bi-weekly conference calls and one in-person meeting. Volunteer time is estimated at 2-6 hours of month over the time of the working group.

Term Limits

Each term will be for two years. Please note that USGBC policy states that individuals may not serve on more than three USGBC committees and two working groups at any one time. Any one member organization may not have more than one representative on any one Committee and, except for federal government agencies, may have representatives on a maximum of five Committees and four Working Groups at any one time. Additionally, individuals are limited to four consecutive years on any one committee or working group.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on this committee must complete the Expressions of Interest form. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m. EST. Notifications of appointment will be sent on or around December 16, 2015. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.

Please contact Stevie Goldstein at sagoldstein@usgbc.org if you have any questions.


Greenbuild Program Working Group

The Greenbuild Program Working Group (PWG) works under the direction of the Education Events Committee. The working group oversees the development and delivery of educational programming intended to meet the needs of attendees to the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.

Responsibilities

  • Bi-monthly conference calls
  • One in-person meeting
  • Independent research

Benefits

Benefits include networking with fellow Education Events Committee members, earning up to 50 percent of your LEED CMP continuing education hours and a complimentary full conference pass to Greenbuild 2016.

Qualifications

Required

  • Employee of USGBC Member Company
  • Able and willing to consistently dedicate time to this effort including bi-weekly calls from January through May, and independent research
  • Attend one annual retreat in April (hotel, meals and travel covered by USGBC)

Preferred

  • Previous Greenbuild attendance
  • Educational programming/abstract review experience for Greenbuild and/or other industry conferences
  • Project and/or technical publication peer-review
  • LEED Professional Accreditation
  • LEED-certified project design, construction, operations and/or management experience
  • Diverse industry conference, exposition and event attendance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Green building best practices and strategies
    • Cutting-edge innovation and technologies
    • Industry continuing education requirements and offerings
    • Adult learning theory and strategies

Time Commitment

Bi-weekly conference calls and one in-person meeting. Volunteer time is estimated at 1-12 hours of month over the time of the working group.

Term Limits

Please note that USGBC policy states that individuals may not serve on more than three USGBC committees and two working groups at any one time. Any one member organization may not have more than one representative on any one Committee and, except for federal government agencies, may have representatives on a maximum of five Committees and four Working Groups at any one time. Additionally, individuals are limited to four consecutive years on any one committee or working group.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on this committee must complete the Expressions of Interest form. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m. EST. Notifications of appointment will be sent on or around December 16, 2015. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.

Please contact Stevie Goldstein at sagoldstein@usgbc.org if you have any questions.


Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group


The Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group oversees the development and delivery of innovative educational programs, formats, and conference features. This group is charged with the continued evolution of the Greenbuild brand and ensuring cutting edge conference offerings. The Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group works under the direction of and in close collaboration with the Education Events Committee to support USGBC’s mission and educational objectives.

Responsibilities

  • Bi-weekly conference calls and one in-person meeting
  • Independent research
  • Direct interaction with presenters and session coordination
  • Attend and lead Special rehearsals for Special Set sessions as assigned; attend Greenbuild

Benefits

Benefits include networking with fellow working group members, earning up to 50 percent of your LEED CMP continuing education hours and a complimentary full day conference pass to Greenbuild 2016.

Qualifications

Required

  • USGBC Member
  • Experience in any of the following areas:
    • Green Building Education
    • Educational Program Development
    • Presentation Delivery/Public Speaking
    • Interior Design
    • Social Media and Brand Strategy
    • Theatrical Productions
  • Able and willing to consistently dedicate time to this effort including bi-weekly conference calls and one in-person meeting, independent research, direct interaction with presenters and session coordination.

Preferred

  • Previous Greenbuild attendance
  • Experience working with the development or delivery of educational formats
  • A knowledge of specialized topics focused on the intersection of art, technology, social responsibility and sustainability
  • Educational programming/abstract review experience for Greenbuild and/or other industry conferences
  • LEED Professional Accreditation
  • LEED-certified project design, construction, operations and/or management experience
  • Diverse industry conference, exposition and event attendance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Cutting-edge innovations and technologies
    • Current tradeshow leaders and trend-setters
    • Green building industry trends and drivers
    • Industry continuing education requirements and offerings
    • Adult learning theory and strategies

Time Commitment

Bi-weekly conference calls and one in-person meeting. Volunteer time is estimated at 3-6 hours per month over the time of the working group.

Term Limits

Note that USGBC policy states that individuals may not serve on more than three USGBC committees and two working groups at any one time. Additionally, individuals are limited to four consecutive years on any one committee or working group.

Appointment Process:

  • Expressions of interest and qualifications are collected by November 30 for review.
  • The recommended appointment slate is reviewed by the USGBC Executive Committee for compliance with USGBC Policies & Procedures for Committees & Working Groups.
  • Working Group slate is approved by the Education Events Committee
  • Appointed SPWG members will be notified on or around December 16, 2015.
  • SPWG members will officially start their terms in February of 2016.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on this committee must complete the Expression of Interest form. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m. EST. Notifications of appointment will be sent on or around December 16, 2015. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.

Please contact program@usgbc.org if you have any questions.


Test Development Volunteer

Open call for Subject Matter Experts who hold a LEED Professional Credential or Certificate to assist in the following areas.

  • Item writing: meeting in which volunteers write test questions
  • Item review: meeting in which volunteers review test questions
  • Job Task Analysis: meeting in which volunteers help establish test specifications for each credential
  • Translation verification: meeting in which volunteers validate translations of test items and supporting material
  • Standard setting: meeting in which volunteers set a test's passing score
  • Form review: meeting in which volunteers review a collection of questions slated to appear on the same exam

 

Time Commitment

Depending on the type of event, meetings can last from 3 to 8 hours via telecommunication software to in-person meetings which can last up to 3 days.

Qualifications

Subject Matter Experts must be:

  • Active as a LEED Green Associate, LEED AP with specialty, LEED for HOMES Green Rater, or LEED Project Reviewer (depending on the volunteer opportunity)
  • Knowledgeable on the appropriate LEED content including, but not limited to, the exam references
  • Able and willing to follow guidelines and be trained in exam development techniques
  • Unassociated with any test preparatory organization or activity

CE Hours

Subject Matter Experts will be awarded 1 CE hour per hour of volunteer work for up to 50 percent of your total CE hours.

How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Subject Matter Experts interested in serving in a Test Development volunteer opportunity must complete the Expression of Interest Form online. There is no deadline for submissions as this is an open call. Invitations to participate will be sent approximately eight weeks prior to the event.