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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
Test Development Volunteer

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 Committees

Do you have practical experience with the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated around the globe? Are you dedicated to advancing best practices in green building and sustainable development?

This call opens July 1, 2016, and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on August 15, 2016.

The U.S. Green Building Council 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 35 volunteers.

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

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.



  • Employed by a USGBC member organization.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the below technical areas.
  • 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.


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 online LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form. 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

See the LEED Committees webpage for additional information, including committee purpose statements, current rosters, and links to meeting minutes for each committee./p>

Technical Committee
The Technical Committee oversees all LEED Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and recommends solutions regarding technical issues to the LEED Steering Committee (LSC). Technical Committee responsibilities include: coordinating cross-category matters within LEED; reviewing LEED credits and prerequisites for technical validity and recommending improvements; and assessing LEED’s technical rigor, coherence, and achievement trends through a system of performance metrics. The committee’s roles and responsibilities are detailed in its purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

LEED Advisory Committee
The LEED Advisory Committee (LAC) counsels the LSC 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 p.m. 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: Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), Location and Planning (LP), Materials and Resources (MR), Sustainable Sites (SS), and Water Efficiency (WE). The role and responsibilities of the TAGs are detailed in their purpose statement. Standing call times for TAGs are as follows: Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET (EQ TAG), Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET (LP TAG), Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET (SS TAG), Thursday at 11 a.m. ET (WE TAG), Thursday at 1 p.m. ET (MR TAG), and Thursday at 3 p.m. ET (EA 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.

LEED Advisory Committee (LAC)

  • Commercial real estate services
  • Existing buildings operations and maintenance, including residential
  • Human health impacts and healthcare project expertise
  • LEED project management / LEED consulting

LEED Technical Committee

  • At-Large member seat: specialist in one or more green building disciplines
  • Residential design, construction, and operations (multi-family)

Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG)

  • Building enclosure commissioning
  • Commissioning (new construction and existing buildings)
  • Demand Response
  • Energy modeling
  • Operations and maintenance of existing buildings
  • Residential energy (existing and new multifamily)
  • Utility programs

Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG)

  • Acoustics
  • Daylighting design
  • Facilities management for indoor air quality
  • Green cleaning
  • Indoor environmental quality in residential projects (multi-family and single-family homes)
  • Lighting design

Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group (LP TAG)

  • Advanced vehicle technologies and ride-sharing
  • Bicycle planning and infrastructure
  • Location and transportation performance metrics for neighborhoods
  • Mixed-use, smart growth and urban design
  • Sensitive habitat protection
  • Transportation demand management

Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG)

  • Architects
  • General contractors
  • Institutional procurement agents
  • Product manufacturers with experience in:
    • Environmental product declarations (EPDs)
    • Materials sourcing issues, including traceability, biodiversity and land use impacts from extraction and manufacturing
    • Materials chemistry
    • Social responsibility in manufacturing
    • Supply chain sustainability
  • Program operators for ecolabels related to the above categories

Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG)

  • Heat island mitigation
  • Landscape architecture: site planning, design and implementation
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Rainwater management
  • Site developer, owner, or operator

Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAG)

  • Alternative water systems (rainwater, greywater, condensate collection, etc.)
  • Plumbing engineer
  • Water codes, standards, legislation and enforcement
  • Water fixture and fitting manufacturer
  • Water quality
  • Water and wastewater treatment