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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

LEED committees

National Community Chair

Regional Community Liaison

Strategic Initiatives Chair

Test Development Volunteer Opportunities

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.




LEED Committees

USGBC calls for self-nominations by qualified applicants to serve as members of the LEED committees outlined below. While there is no set number of volunteer positions available, we expect to appoint approximately 40 volunteers.

Each volunteer position will be for a first term of one yearwith an option to continue service in accordance with the following policy: 6.1 Committee and Working Group member terms: Committee members may serve amaximum of four consecutive years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus before being eligible for service on the committee again.

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 see the expertise sought by each committee below.

Qualifications

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

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. Please note that USGBC might invite candidates to serve on a committee for which they did not indicate interest based on the candidate’s expertise and the needs of each committee.

Applicable LEED Committee Descriptions

Learn more about committee purpose statements, current rosters, and links to meeting minutes for each committee.

  • Pilot Credit Committee: The Pilot Credit Committee (PCC) administers the Pilot Credit Library, an independent forum for the testing of pilot credits and prerequisites. The PCC works with the LEED Steering Committee and other LEED committees to evaluate proposed pilot credits, review project team feedback and metrics from pilot credit testing, and refine pilot credit language. See the committee’s purpose statement for additional information about the responsibilities of this group. The standing call time for this working group is Tuesday at 2 pm ET.
  • LEED Advisory Committee: The LEED Advisory Committee (LAC) counsels the LEED Steering Committee and USGBC staff on market and implementation-related issues. Its purpose is to provide expert feedback and insight on how the LEED rating system and related tools, resources, and programs affect the user experience and market uptake of LEED, toward the goals of maintaining LEED’s global leadership and providing effective and satisfying LEED customer engagement. The role and responsibilities of the LEED Advisory Committee are detailed in the committee’s purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Tuesday at 12 pm ET.
  • Technical Advisory Groups: Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) recommend technical solutions to rating system development and maintenance questions. The groups provide a consistent source of technical advice regarding credit and prerequisite improvement and supporting tool development. TAGs are structured to include expertise for specific technical issues: Location and Planning (LP), Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). The role and responsibilities of the TAGs are detailed in their purpose statement. The standing call times for these TAGs are Tuesday at 4pm ET (EQ TAG), Wednesday at 12pm ET (LP TAG), Wednesday at 2pm ET (SS TAG), Thursday at 11am ET (WE TAG), Thursday at 3 pm ET (EA TAG), and Friday at 1pm ET (MR TAG).

Selection Criteria for LEED Committee Members

The committees open for applications seek, at minimum, the following specific areas of expertise. Candidates may indicate additional expertise beyond these areas in their expression of interest form.

Pilot Credit Committee (PCC)

  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Building science
  • General contractor with LEED documentation and certification process experience
  • Energy Performance and Analysis
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Building Operations and Maintenance
  • Sustainable Materials and Product Databases
  • Building product manufacturer
  • Integrative Design Process

LEED Advisory Committee (LAC)

  • Real estate development on the neighborhood scale
  • Residential design, construction, and operations (multi-family and single-family)

Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG)

  • Operations and maintenance of existing buildings
  • Residential energy (existing and new multifamily)
  • Commissioning: standards, codes, program development
  • Energy policy: benchmarking legislation, development, and enforcement
  • Energy modeling

Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG)

  • Air testing and indoor air quality performance / industrial hygienist
  • Air-cleaning systems
  • Furniture emissions evaluation and low-emitting materials
  • Healthy buildings
  • LEED Practitioner and Project Manager

Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group (LP TAG)

  • Real estate development
  • Sensitive habitat protection
  • Parking and green vehicles
  • Location and transportation performance metrics for existing buildings and neighborhoods
  • Location and transportation performance metrics for new construction

Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG)

  • Solid waste management
  • Experience with zero waste and waste tracking preferred
  • Materials procurement/purchasing
  • Whole building life-cycle assessment

Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG)

  • Existing buildings site performance measurement
  • Ecosystem services and resiliency
  • Residential site design and maintenance

Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAG)

  • Water fixture and fitting manufacturer
  • Residential water use
  • Hot water systems
  • Process water systems
  • Plumbing engineer
  • Alternative water systems (rainwater, greywater, condensate collection, etc.)

Complete the LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form to apply




National Community Chair

Interested in building community, collecting and sharing great stories, and leading on USGBC’s new skill-based volunteering program?

Opportunities include:

  • Serving as the expert within your region for USGBC’s new ADVANCE campaign focused on millennials, project-based sustainability programming, and community building
  • Developing targeted tools and resources for the program and distributing to regional leaders within your designated region
  • Collecting stories from regional and local leaders to share the impact and sustainability change-making happenings in your region
  • Building a high-performing network of change makers in your region

Commitment requires:

  • Serving as a link between your Regional Community Liaisons and USGBC
  • Regular communication with Regional Community Liaisons through monthly reports, as well as email, phone call or in-person meetings to discuss building the regional USGBC network for events and programming
  • Working with Regional Community Liaisons to find inspiring stories to share with the larger community
  • Ability to commit to the position for a one-year period starting in May 2015
  • Ability to commit two to five hours per week to the position
  • Available to attend training in San Diego, CA from June 27-July 2, 2015. All expenses paid.

How to Apply:

Visit this application and choose “National Community Chair.”

Applications Close Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 P.M.



Regional Community Liaison

Interested in building community, collecting and sharing great stories, and leading on USGBC’s new skill-based volunteering program?

Opportunities include:

  • Leading as a region’s expert for USGBC’s new ADVANCE campaign focused on millennials, project-based sustainability programming, and community building
  • Delivering targeted tools and resources for the program to local leaders within your designated region
  • Becoming the go-to storyteller for the impact and sustainability change-making happenings in your community
  • Serving as a liaison between your USGBC Emerging Professionals National Community Chair and 5-7 USGBC Chapter Emerging Professionals Committees within your region

Commitment requires:

  • Regular communication with established USGBC local leaders via email, phone call or in-person meetings to discuss progress on initiatives as well as understanding on-the-ground needs in real time
  • Reporting metrics and delivering on story deadlines to your National Community Chair
  • Working with local USGBC chapters to effectively recruit and retain new members.
  • Ability to commit to the position for a one-year period starting in May 2015
  • Ability to commit two to five hours per week to the position
  • Available to attend training in San Diego, CA from June 27-July 2, 2015. All expenses paid.

How to Apply:

Visit this application and choose “Regional Community Liaison.”

Applications Close Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 P.M.



Strategic Initiatives Chair

Interested in building community, collecting and sharing great stories, and leading on USGBC’s new skill-based volunteering program?

Opportunities include:

  • Developing talent and resources for ADVANCE, pairing community organizations with volunteers and experts in the USGBC community to create and implement sustainability initiatives.
  • Creating resources for local EP groups for four national USGBC events, such as:
    • Earth Day
    • USGBC Mid-Year Meeting
    • USGBC Green Apple Day of Service
    • USGBC Greenbuild Conference and Expo
  • Documenting successes and opportunities for improvement from ADVANCE events.
  • Strengthening the relationship between Emerging Professionals and ADVANCE through storytelling
  • Supporting the creation and management of the new ADVANCE Ambassador program

Commitment requires:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a one-year period starting in May 2015
  • Ability to commit two to five hours per week to the position
  • Available to attend training in San Diego, CA from June 27-July 2, 2015. All expenses paid

How to Apply:

Visit this application and choose “National Strategic Initiatives Chair.”

Applications Close Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 P.M.



Call for Expression of Interest: Test Development Volunteer Opportunities

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% 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.