Mahesh Ramanujam

CEO Mahesh Ramanujam shares insights and updates.

Welcome to this month's insights from Mahesh.

"For the past few months, I’ve been on a road trip traveling across the U.S. and meeting with USGBC members and key community stakeholders across several different regions. In all of the meetings and events I’ve attended – from Washington and California to Pennsylvania and New Jersey and beyond – the same theme keeps coming up. Our members and larger community are deeply committed to raising the standard of living and leaving the world a better place.

That’s why the release of our first Living Standard report couldn’t have come at a better time. I want to thank you for your inspiration and continued commitment to our mission. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you will check out the first report and share your insights feedback with us. You can also engage with the campaign by going to the Living Standard website to sign up and share your story!"—Mahesh

What Mahesh is reading

How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale published by McKinsey & Company

Leading start-ups innovate, go to market, and scale quickly with limited resources. What can large companies learn from the start-up playbook? View the article.

USGBC members

USGBC membership includes educational hours from our Education @USGBC platform. Silver level includes 30 hours, Gold level includes 150 hours and Platinum level offers unlimited hours. Browse the course catalog and take a course today!

Welcome, new USGBC members: May 2019 by Joseph Crea
USGBC welcomes our newest members of 2019. USGBC was founded to establish a worldwide movement and industry to transform our built environment. View the article.


Join USGBC's call for renewed energy efficiency tax incentives by Aline Althen
Share your support for the extension of these energy efficiency incentives. On May 1, USGBC was proud to join more than 30 industry and environmental advocacy organizations, along with several of our member companies, as a signatory on a letter to Congressional leaders urging the extension and modernization of key tax incentives for energy efficiency. View the article.

USGBC news

Green Design Needs a New Narrative, Says USGBC Report by Katharine Logan
The general public is woefully unaware of the role green building can play in mitigating climate change, according to new research from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A report published earlier this month titled “Standard Issue” outlines how study participants overwhelmingly agree that environmental concerns are now urgent, and that a majority of respondents want to live in a healthy environment. View the article.

LEED certification

Springwoods Village shopping center in Houston Texas earns LEED Silver certification by Paul Takahashi
A grocery-anchored shopping center in Springwoods Village has become the first multi-tenant retail project in Houston to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. View the article.


LEED connects homes, neighborhoods and communities by Heather Benjamin
From one home to whole cities, LEED certification promotes the things that matter for all residents. View the article.

Upcoming events

Greenbuild Mexico offers a slate of environmental leaders sharing thought-provoking perspectives
An impressive lineup of environmental leaders will take the plenary stage next month at Greenbuild Mexico 2019 in Mexico City. These visionary voices are critically important to the green building community in Mexico and Latin America, as we create the lasting cities of tomorrow.

Register by June 21 for early bird rates to the San Francisco event
Registration is now open for GreenerBuilder 2019, taking place July 25 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Purchase your conference pass online before June 21 to save under the early bird rates.

On the move

Hoboken was awarded LEED Gold certification

Hoboken was awarded LEED Gold certification and is the first city in the State of New Jersey to earn the LEED designation. USGBC President & CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam presented the award to former Mayor Dawn Zimmer and current Mayor Ravi Bhalla.