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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

Test Development Volunteer
LEED Resilience Working Group

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.

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.


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.

LEED Resilience Working Group

Are you interested in ensuring that all buildings are designed, built, and operated to adapt to changing conditions and to function in the face of disasters and disturbances? Do you understand how to promote resiliency from your experience in earth sciences, emergency response, urban planning, policy research and development, environmental economics, or designing, constructing, or maintaining buildings or products?

The U.S. Green Building Council calls for self-nominations by qualified applicants to serve as members of the LEED Resilience Working Group.

This call opens May 31st, 2016, and the deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2016 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Each volunteer position will be for a first term of one year in length. Please note that USGBC policy states that individuals may serve on a maximum of 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.

Please note that the working group requires specific areas of expertise in these technical areas of expertise, outlined below.



  • Employed by a USGBC member organization.
  • Ability to attend at least two-thirds of all committee calls (1 hour in length, 1 call per month), complete offline review and technical work of approximately 2-3 hours per call, and participate in additional calls as necessary.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the technical areas listed below.


How to Submit an Expression of Interest with USGBC

Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on any of the committees described below must complete the LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form online.

Applicable LEED Working Group Descriptions

The LEED Committees webpage hosts additional information about LEED Committees, including committee and working group purpose statements, rosters, and links to meeting minutes for each committee.

Resilience Working Group

The Resilience Working Group is a working group of the LEED Steering Committee charged with improving the practical implementation of the three resilience pilot credits (IPpc98: Assessment and Planning for Resilience, IPpc99 – Design for Enhanced Resilience, IPpc100: Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies) released in November 2015. Specifically, this working group will track market uptake of the pilot credits, develop supporting materials for project teams, and identify technical solutions for international teams pursuing the pilot credits. The working group will also explore resilient design strategies for the residential and existing buildings markets, collate stakeholder input and synthesize project team feedback in order to refine pilot credit requirements and documentation submittals. See the working group’s purpose statement for additional information about the responsibilities of this group.

Selection Criteria for LEED Working Group Members

Resilience Working Group members should, at minimum, have demonstrated expertise and professional experience in one or more of the technical areas listed below. Candidates may indicate additional expertise beyond these areas in their expression of interest form.

  • Federal Programs (e.g. FEMA , NOAA)
  • Earthquake, seismic disaster, landslides
  • Climate change
  • Coastal issues: Sea level rise, tsunamis
  • Sudden disaster mitigation: flooding, fire, tornados, etc.
  • Passive design expertise
  • Resilient residential construction
  • Urban Planning with disaster mitigation expertise
  • Property management with Disaster Recovery Plan and Emergency Response Plan expertise
  • Environmental Economist with background in disaster mitigation