Rhiannon Jacobsen

Local communities in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are participating in a new membership challenge.

USGBC is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the local USGBC communities in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are calling on their members to participate in a new membership challenge.

The goal: Build the next generation of green building champions

25 years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council started out as a wild “back of the napkin” dream, an idea brought to life by a small, passionate group of people dedicated to the purpose of changing the building industry and with the ultimate ambition of putting ourselves out of business. Here we are, two and a half decades later, and we are still innovating. In the past several years, we’ve seen the evolution of LEED from the building scale to cities and communities. We’ve seen LEED v4.1 begin to take hold in the existing building marketplace.

Our impact on the building industry is undeniable, but, try as we might, we have not yet put ourselves out of business. Work remains to be done. As we begin to see our first generation of green building champions retire and look to the future, the time has come to reach further and grow our coalition of changemakers, so that together, we can advance our cause for the next 25 years.

The challenge: Grow our community

With this goal in mind, the local USGBC communities in the National Capital Region, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are putting out a challenge to our members and stakeholders to bring new individuals to the table. The challenge is twofold:

  1. We’re challenging all of our members and event attendees through the end of 2018 to bring one emerging professional, who has not been involved before, to any of our regular education events on a "buy one get one free" pass. Simply have the name and email address of the emerging professional on hand when registering for the event. (This offer applies to regular education events run by the USGBC National Capital Region, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia communities only. Excludes summits, galas and Women in Green. Additional exclusions may apply. See our event-specific web pages for details.)
  2. Any current member of the USGBC National Capital Region, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia communities who nominates a brand-new member of one of these communities, before the end of 2018, will receive 50 percent off their next individual membership renewal. Also, the new member will receive a comp code for their membership. To redeem this offer, email us and provide the new member’s name and email address.

The call to action: The next 25 years begins with you

As we look to the future, our greatest hope and most valuable resource is all of you—our members and supporters who commit themselves to the mission of bringing green buildings to all. We invite you to share your passion and to introduce your colleagues and friends to our movement. The next 25 years begins with you.

View USGBC's local events page to find one in the DMV