Support the health, efficiency and vibrancy of your community! The U.S. Green Building Council® is pleased to announce a call for nominations for volunteers to serve as key market advisors as part of a local Market Leadership Advisory Board.
USGBC and its local networks are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. We achieve this goal with the support of volunteer leadership in communities across the U.S. Learn more about our communities.
Whether you are interested in expanding your network of like-minded individuals, finding opportunities for personal and professional advancement or shaping the future of sustainability, volunteering with USGBC at any level is a rewarding experience. USGBC knows that “green is local,” and the Market Leadership Advisory Board is your opportunity to make an impact in your community. In this role, you will be a strategic influencer, empowered to help transform your market and region. As a USGBC Market Leadership Advisory Board member, you will be the change you want to see in the world.
Market Leadership Advisory Boards
USGBC local Market Leadership Advisory Boards represent diverse, locally based leaders who advise on strategic and tactical activities implemented as part of USGBC’s global work plan. This leadership group works collaboratively within a regional network of Market Leadership Advisory Boards to develop and implement integrative, consistent and effective local work plans in all markets. This structure further reports local metrics that contribute to the global success of the USGBC community.
These boardss serve as the primary local volunteer leadership voice for USGBC with the following objectives. View the full Market Leadership Advisory Board volunteer role description.
- Market analysis: Identify local market trends, power players, initiatives, priorities and other factors that relate to USGBC’s strategic goals. Conduct a "power map" of local leaders who are critical to the success of USGBC locally to determine their level of support and influence.
- Advise on strategy for annual work plan: Informed by market analysis, collaborate with USGBC staff members in the development and evaluation of annual work plans within the context of USGBC’s five-year strategy for local communities and annual campaigns. Annual work plans will be due by October 1.
- Market development: Regularly review progress of annual work plan toward market growth goals with USGBC staff. Provide staff with market connections and assist with implementation of local program plans.
- Member, volunteer and partner engagement: Identify, establish, support and evaluate activities for local members, partners and volunteers (groups and individuals) that support outreach, education, advocacy, community/relationship building and grassroots efforts through the annual work plan. Cultivate diverse leadership among individuals and partners.
- Celebration of leadership: Support staff in the implementation of public activities that celebrate local success in LEED and sustainability. Ensure the implementation of a meaningful volunteer recognition program. Identify opportunities to celebrate market leadership on an ongoing basis (e.g., LEED Plaque ceremonies, project tours, exhibitions, speaking engagements).
- Fundraising and support: In conjunction with staff, foster relationships with funders and key stakeholders in support of local work plans.
A range of 9 to 15 individual community leaders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors will comprise each local advisory group. They should be balanced to reflect diversity in profession, perspective, demographics and location within the market territory. Desired roles include:
State and Local Entities:
- State and local government agency (e.g., elected official, codes and zoning, housing authority)
- Urban/regional/economic planning (government or nonprofit)
- Energy (e.g., utility)
Business and Real Estate Development:
- Real estate finance and capital markets
- Commercial real estate executive (senior level staff of commercial real estate firms)
- Developer/real estate services (e.g., developer, financier, legal, market analyst)
- Business to consumer (businesses that offer consumer-facing products and services)
- Product manufacturer
- Architecture and design (e.g., AIA, ASHRAE, AEE, ASID, ASLA, IIDA)
- General contractor
- Residential construction (e.g., NAHB, affordable housing)
- Facility management and operations (e.g., BOMA, IFMA, CCFM)
Education and Nonprofits:
- Environmental nonprofit (e.g., sustainability, environment, clean energy)
- Educator (K–12, higher education)
- Sustainable community (e.g., social equity, affordable housing, school district, community service, faith-based)
Board Terms and Expectations
Terms are for two years and begin January 1, 2017. Successful candidates will be expected to attend an orientation meeting with fellow members in December 2016. The groups meet on a regular basis, typically monthly. The monthly time commitment is approximately 5–8 hours. Members do not receive compensation for service.
The USGBC Local Market Leadership Advisory Boards will be directed by members of the USGBC Community Team.
- Must be an individual member of USGBC in good standing
- Must be willing to commit 5–8 hours a month in service of the objectives described above
- Must be willing to support achievement of the annual community work plan, including fundraising responsibilities, and support for continued growth of market sectors and sustainability products and resources
- Must be willing to work collaboratively in an online environment, using systems such as shared documents and videoconferencing
- Ideal candidates have previous nonprofit leadership experience and are passionate about the sustainable built environment and its impact on the local community
If you would like to be considered for a position on a local USGBC Market Leadership Advisory Board, please submit an application form by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 12, 2016. A local Nominating Committee will review all applications for their region and assemble a slate of qualified candidates for election by community members in early November. If you have questions about the nomination process, please email Cindy Zork. We look forward to your participation!
Additional Volunteer Leadership Opportunities
Much of USGBC’s local work is carried out by members who volunteer to serve on working groups in support of a specific event or program. These positions offer tremendous opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership. If you have an interest in learning about additional volunteer opportunities near you, please contact your local USGBC community.