Since 2013, USGBC has committed to building social equity into its mission and guiding principles. By equity, we mean equal opportunity, in a safe and healthy environment. We seek to address disparities and inequitable distribution of goods, services and amenities between populations based on factors such as race, gender and income. We seek to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a sustainable and socially responsible, as well as healthy and prosperous, environment that improves the quality of life for all.
LEED explicitly promotes socially responsible practices through its Social Equity pilot credits, developed by the LEED Social Equity Working Group. The pilot credits are designed to address social equity from the perspective of everyone who is touched or impacted by a building—the building’s construction workers, designers, engineers and other project team members; its surrounding community; and those involved in the materials supply chain.
A few LEED-certified buildings and other innovative projects around the world are already leading the way, demonstrating the value of inclusive and equitable green building practices. Their example, as well as USGBC's new learning pathway and checklist tool, can help you incorporate more inclusive and equitable practices into the design, construction, and operation of your projects.
Social equity at Greenbuild
Learn more about the pilot credits, exemplary projects and other resources through these opportunities at Greenbuild Chicago, to be held November 14–16:
Tues., November 13, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
This summit convenes experts and practitioners from every corner of the real estate, development and community support world. Attendees will engage with multidisciplinary leaders, community partners and members of USGBC’s local network in project-based sessions based on one of the four summit themes: health, resilience, equitable development and new technology and paradigms. These charrette-style sessions will help local community organizations move critical ideas from concept to reality.
Wed., November 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
This session will help participants incorporate social equity into their projects through application of the Social Economic and Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator methodology. They will then be able to achieve the LEED Social Equity in the Community pilot credit and to create positive economic, social and environmental design outcomes. Learn about the pilot credit and the principles of the SEED Network and the SEED Evaluator tool. Then, take part in a structured working session for participants to practice the application.