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USGBC Maryland is leading the transformation of the way we design, build and operate buildings and communities by promoting sustainable practices, at the local level.

With a mission to use education, advocacy and community outreach to support the development of sustainable buildings and communities, USGBC Maryland is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the state of Maryland through cost efficient and energy saving green buildings.

Be part of our diverse network of builders and environmentalists, corporations, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers, students and more. Our membership of 300+ individuals continues to grow, broadening our reach throughout the state. Membership is open to anyone, and we host numerous educational programs and networking events throughout the year.

Maryland has been recognized by USGBC as second in the nation for LEED Certified Buildings in 2015. Within the state, 127 projects representing 17.69 million square feet of real estate, or 3.06 square feet per resident, were certified last year.

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In Community 05.13.2016

Community sustainability projects at Convergence

Since 2014 in Detroit, USGBC has worked with the community hosting our annual Convergence conference to leave a lasting impact through a series of Community Sustainability Projects. These projects pair green building experts attending the conference with local community-based organizations, guiding the local groups along a path to sustainable leadership. 

Using the ADVANCE framework for community partnership, projects range from ecosystem cleanup to hands-on energy audits to in-depth sustainability planning. At this year’s Convergence in Jacksonville, Fl., projects will take place in the morning of Thursday, June 23. Want to lend your expertise? Sign up for Convergence today. 

Downtown Biodiversity Corridor Cleanup

Volunteers will clean up a section of a vital lifeline creek running through a major portion of downtown Jacksonville. The Hogan’s Creek Greenway is in proximity to an existing S-Line Rail Trail, and improvement of access to this urban greenway is a flagship project identified in the Groundwork Jacksonville Feasibility Study

Beach Cleanup

Volunteers will travel to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches and assist with debris removal to prevent damage to local ecosystems and wildlife, especially sea turtles. 

KickSTART Workshops for Local Nonprofits and Businesses

In partnership with the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund and Visit Jacksonville, volunteers will join area nonprofits and businesses at KickSTART community sustainability workshops. KickSTART is an interactive exercise that helps organizations determine which leaders, decision makers, data and resources are needed to move their sustainability aspirations forward—and how to gain support. 

PLANBuilder for Local Nonprofits

Building off energy audits supported by the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund, volunteers will work with area nonprofits to build comprehensive sustainability plans through the PLANBuilder workshop. At the PLANBuilder, each organization will be paired with volunteers to identify clear performance goals and specific strategies to implement next steps.  

Green Veterans Day of Service

Volunteers will join the emerging Green Veterans Group of Northeast Florida to help facilitate an energy efficiency and wellness audit of a veteran’s facility in Jacksonville. This work will set the foundation for ongoing efforts to grow the Green Veterans movement in Florida. 

ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Jam with City of Jacksonville

Volunteers will help the City of Jacksonville work toward Energy Star certification for several of its buildings in a fun, intensive data jam. Volunteers will assist with entry of energy and water data to build a baseline of data for the city. 

Learn Your Acronyms Alongside Elementary Students: LEED v4 EBOM + a Montessori School

Volunteers will travel to a local Montessori School and help teachers and students tackle the waste and energy audit credits in LEED v4 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance in an open, experiential and interactive manner. This project is part of an ongoing transparent, learning partnership with a child’s place Montessori School and the USGBC Florida Northeast Region to widely share the policies, procedures and lessons learned on a LEED v4 EBOM school project with the community, professionals and other schools in Florida.

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure. These hardscape areas also increase the quantity of polluted rainwater runoff, which overloads the capacity of natural infiltration systems and contributes to the eutrophication of streams, rivers and aquatic ecosystems.

The LEED v4 Sustainable Sites credits address these impacts by rewarding decisions about the environment surrounding the building and emphasizing the vital relationships among buildings, ecosystems and ecosystem services. They focus on restoring project site elements, integrating the site with local and regional ecosystems and preserving the biodiversity on which natural systems rely. 

For example, LEED is changing the way we view runoff from precipitation. In LEED v4, it is no longer considered a waste product—referred to as “stormwater”—but rather, is seen as a resource—“rainwater”—that provides many environmental and economic benefits. Managing rainwater on-site restores natural hydrologic conditions, reduces the possibility of flooding and creates opportunities for on-site water reuse in applications such as irrigation and landscape features.

Another way that LEED v4 integrates buildings with local ecosystems is by streamlining the requirements of the Heat Island Reduction credit. A building’s roof and its site area both influence the heat gain and retention of a project’s surroundings. By combining these elements into one credit, LEED v4 holistically addresses microclimates affected by heat islands.

Three ways to learn more about LEED v4 and sustainable sites

LEED v4 education suites present a range of engagement opportunities in a number of formats to accommodate every learning style and schedule.

Explore courses

The following courses will be available free of charge for on-demand viewing for the entire month of May. Each session takes a credit-by-credit format, presenting technical requirements and strategies that work to achieve them. After watching the course video, don't forget to take the quiz. Once you have passed the quiz, your hours will be reported to GBCI and AIA, and you will have access to a PDF certificate of completion.

LEED v4 Rating System Review (BD+C and ID+C): Sustainable Sites (1.5 CE hours)

LEED v4 Rating System Review (O+M): Location and Transportation and Sustainable Sites (1.5 CE hours)

Ask the experts

"Ask the Expert" live discussion sessions provide direct access to practitioners and subject matter specialists. These WebEx Q+A sessions feature subject matter experts of whom attendees can ask questions, either during the session or submitted in advance when registering. This month, the live sessions are eligible for CE hours. Please note that only the live sessions are eligible for CE hours—the recordings will be available for reference, but will not have CE hours attached.

Register to join one of our live webinar events:

Discover resources

Looking for more? Check out these resources in the web-based reference guide located within the LEED Credit Library (subscription required). Click on the videos in the right-hand column of the page. Learn more about accessing the guide.

In Media 04.5.2016

USGBC Announces Quarterly Addenda to LEED

New materials addenda designed to foster holistic transformation in the building product industry

Washington, DC—(April 5, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced the quarterly addenda to LEED, which includes several materials addenda designed to foster holistic transformation in the building product industry:

  • A new addendum to Option 1 of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients will provide more flexibility for product manufacturers looking to meet the requirements included in LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system. The addenda to Option 1 of the Material Ingredients credit adds the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification of Chemicals (GHS) as a referenced standard within LEED, in addition to Declare, the Cradle 2 Cradle Material Health Certificate and ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
  • A new LEED pilot credit, Integrative Analysis of Building Materials, is intended to inform project team decision-making by rewarding building material manufacturers that share life cycle health, safety and environmental information about their products and qualitatively map impacts across the life cycle of a product. This pilot credit will also help international LEED projects achieve material-related LEED points. The requirements of the pilot credit ask project teams to use at least three different permanently installed products that have a documented qualitative analysis of the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of the product in five stages of the product’s life cycle. LEED project teams that successfully meet the requirements of the pilot credit will earn an innovation point toward LEED certification.

USGBC developed the LEED Pilot Credit Library as a testing ground for new and innovative strategies, to allow for real-world application and feedback on such strategies before they become a formalized part of the LEED rating systems.

“As the market experiments with existing and emerging tools and grows more adept at understanding product tradeoffs, LEED is helping to shape the landscape and guide the direction of future innovation; central to the path LEED is clearing is an understanding that transparency is a foundation on which future development will occur,” said Sara Cederberg, technical director, USGBC. “Knowing the net benefits of the materials we use is an integral piece of our longer-term strategy around materials in LEED.”

Together, the addenda to the Material Ingredients credit and the new LEED pilot credit further incentivize information sharing and lifecycle thinking, not only for those working on LEED project teams, but also for those within the building products industry. These additions, along with guidance released in November 2015 by USGBC and the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group, further support the USGBC goal to affect transformation in the building product industry.

The LEED green building certification system is the world’s most widely used program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Today, nearly 75,000 commercial projects around the globe participate in LEED, with 1.85 million square feet of building space becoming LEED-certified every day.

Green construction is a large economic driver. According to the 2015 USGBC Green Building Economic Impact Study, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs—more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector—and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015–2018. For more information about the LEED credits, visit usgbc.org/LEED.

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