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USGBC Minnesota is nonprofit organization committed to green buildings for everyone in Minnesota. We support, promote, educate, and recruit for the green building industry.

There is a place for everyone In the USGBC Community! If you want to connect with Minnesota’s most influential green building professionals, attend our events. If you are a designer, architect, engineer or consultant interested in supporting LEED, green buildings and communities, join as a member. If you are a passionate and interested citizen, get involved with our community programs — such as the Dynamic Green Home program and the MN Green Schools Coalition — and volunteer opportunities. If you represent a company that supports the green building industry in Minnesota, become a Sustaining Partner.



In Community 05.24.2016

Accenture volunteers kick off Dynamic Green Home season (USGBC Minnesota)

USGBC Minnesota runs the Dynamic Green Home Project, a program that helps place and manage volunteers who learn about green building techniques and products and helps install them on a home. Volunteers leave with the knowledge and skills to make upgrades and changes on their own homes.

In 2016, they’ve partnered with The Carbon Zero Home. This is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that transforms dysfunctional, energy-wasting homes into smart, efficient solutions to the climate problem.

On Saturday, May 14, 20 volunteers from Accenture gave over 80 hours of time to the project. In addition to learning about the super-insulation techniques and solar installation on the garage, volunteers helped install TREX Decking, made from over 90 percent recycled content—including the plastic bags from local Cub Foods grocery stores.

Plenty of manual labor also helped to remove seven fence posts and regrade the landscape with over eight yards of compost and soil. Experts were on hand from Lowe’s pro desk and Boise Cascase to teach about power tools and proper deck framing and installation.

We are currently helping raise funds to complete the solar installation on the garage. Our goal is to raise $4,500. Keep track of the progress and help contribute and share the opportunity with others.

In Community 05.23.2016

IMPACT 2016 Conference recap (USGBC Minnesota)

On May 5, 2016, over 200 green building professionals and sustainability experts from Minnesota and beyond joined USGBC Minnesota at the Saint Paul RiverCentre  for the 5th annual IMPACT Conference.

Minnesota’s amazing Programs Committee worked hard to solidify a great speaker lineup filled with thought-provoking speeches and expert panels and highlighting the great work of sustainability professionals across the state. Representatives from corporations, architecture firms and nonprofits alike shared their sustainability stories, launching the next conversation in green building. The conference also included an educational tour of the Saint Paul EcoDistrict. Over 30 companies/ organizations exhibited in the RiverCentre’s hall, connecting professionals to useful products and services.

Three distinct tracks of programming, Energy and Design, Rating Systems and Case Studies and Business and Marketing, provided relevant information for professionals throughout the industry. Whether you wished to hear about renewable energy financing, Minnesota Green Step Cities, cooperate sustainability or the WELL Building Standard, IMPACT had you covered.

IMPACT quite literally practiced what it preached, as it was also run with sustainability in mind. Composting was provided, and the overall recycling rate was 93.5 percent. Also, 100 percent of electricity used was offset by wind power, thanks to Xcel Energy’s WindSource program.

The conference concluded with a keynote speech from John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies and author of the book Food Foolish. Mandyck’s eye-opening presentation on sustainable urbanization explored the connection between food waste and climate change. He also discussed the importance of green building and made the case for adopting sustainable technologies.

One thing is clear: Minnesota is a game changer when it comes to sustainability and efficient design. Nowhere else is this more apparent than at IMPACT. It is truly amazing what can happen when Minnesota leaders come together to share ideas and best practices for creating a greener, healthier and better future. We are looking forward to IMPACT 2017!

Check out the full conference photo album

In Community 05.11.2016

USGBC Minnesota teams up with the Twins to promote sustainability

USGBC Minnesota is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to teach about sustainability through an interactive tour of Target Field, which has achieved LEED Silver under both the New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings: O+M Silver certification rating systems. 

The interactive program includes a tour highlighting sustainable features around the ballpark:

  • Sustainable design and construction strategies
  • Multimodal transportation and other transportation-related issues
  • Waste disposal systems for fans and back-of-house
  • Low-maintenance landscaping
  • Pentair Rainwater Recycling System 

USGBC is hosting a tour on May 31 that is open to the public. Companies looking for a fun team-building or group education experience can schedule a private session.

Sign up for the tour




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