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New USGBC members in the District, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia can take free green building tours through August 31.

USGBC individual members make a commitment to think globally and act locally in support of a greater living standard for their community. In addition to USGBC’s organizational membership opportunities, individuals can join a USGBC Community to lead, educate, engage and empower their local region to build green.

Join a mission-driven network.

As a community member, you join a local network of green building professionals and sustainability advocates. You also receive discounted or free access to in-person and online education seminars, green building tours and industry networking events. Most education opportunities are approved for GBCI continuing education credit. Most important, your support allows USGBC to work on your behalf to further our shared mission of green buildings for all. We’re all in to make a difference, and it all starts with you.

Tour green buildings in the D.C. area for free.

In summer 2019, new members in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. have the additional opportunity to attend green building tours throughout the region for free. Stay green as you travel this season and learn about some spectacular LEED projects.

New individual members in the USGBC Maryland, USGBC Virginia, USGBC West Virginia, and USGBC National Capital Region communities who purchase their membership between June 1 and August 31 will be emailed a promotion code for any green building tour that takes place during that time period. The code is not limited—use it as often as you can throughout the summer! Tours are listed on each community's event calendar as they become available. A few upcoming opportunities are highlighted below.

A sampling of summer events

June 12, Suffolk, Virginia

SWIFT Technical Process Tour

The SWIFT Research Facility takes highly treated water that would otherwise be discharged into the Elizabeth, James or York rivers and puts it through additional, advanced water treatment to meet drinking water standards. The SWIFT water is then added to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater throughout eastern Virginia. During this tour, you will be guided onto the process floor of the research center, where you will be able to observe each step of the advanced water treatment process.

June 26, Arlington, Virginia

Net Zero Discovery Elementary Tour

The LEED Gold Discovery Elementary School is the largest verified zero energy building in the United States. The project team and school district challenged themselves to demonstrate what is possible in the sustainable design of a public school facility. To achieve the net zero energy goal, considerations for site footprint, solar orientation, building construction, water conservation and energy use were given top priority in the design process. In the past year, the school has produced more energy than it used, sending a surplus of 100,000 kWh to the grid.

June 27, Frederick, Maryland

Bar-T Mountainside Camp Tour

Join USGBC at a building tour of the Bar-T Mountainside Camp and learn how Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) financing can help your building achieve its energy potential. C-PACE financing was enabled in Maryland by state legislation in 2014, and the Bar-T Mountainside Camp was one of the early recipients. The campus has since been transformed into a smart energy facility of the future, helping facilitate in-classroom and on-site outdoor environmental education.

August 22, Baltimore, Maryland

University of Baltimore Law Library

This facility for the University of Baltimore School of Law demonstrates both the school’s commitment to the renewal of Baltimore and to the university’s larger goal of eliminating global warming emissions. The building received LEED Platinum certification in 2014 and has achieved a 43% energy cost savings over a baseline building. The facility was built to meet the needs of a variety of school uses, while still responding to the distinct climate seasons of Baltimore. Registration link coming soon.

This promotion is for new individual members in the USGBC Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and National Capital Region communities only. Former members whose membership has lapsed are considered new members when they purchase a membership and are eligible to participate. The promotion code is only valid for green building tours and is not applicable for education, networking and gala events. Contact Donna Wilgus with questions.

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