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Learn about USGBC West Virginia's strategic goals for 2017–2018 and how you can get involved.

This spring, the USGBC West Virginia Market Leadership Advisory Board held a strategic planning session focused on 2017–2018. Following the community’s 2016 alignment with the national USGBC organization, the timing was right to revisit community goals and set strategic priorities for upcoming years. 

Ultimately, we want to position USGBC as an effective and influential organization in West Virginia, supporting the mission of green buildings and communities for all. To reach this vision, we’ve established the following objectives for 2017–2018:

Provide increased value to our community members and grow our network throughout the state. 

We’ve set up a short survey to learn more about what education and resources our community needs. Please help us improve your experience with USGBC West Virginia. Through our outreach, we hope to enhance our regular GBCI-approved education options, including webinars, LEED-certified building tours and in-person education/networking events.

Partnership is the new leadership.

One way to expand our reach throughout the state is through partnership with like-minded organizations. We’ll be actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with community partners and sponsors. Look for us at the Economic Development through Energy Efficiency Conference in Charleston on June 13, co-presenting with the ASHRAE West Virginia Chapter on the benefits of LEED and green building.

Foster a green economy in West Virginia.

Based on the results of the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, we know that by 2018, green construction stands to account for 52,000 jobs, almost $3 billion in labor earnings and $4.46 billion in contribution to the GDP in West Virginia. Over the course of the next two years, USGBC West Virginia’s volunteers are working to foster growth in two market sectors where we believe we can make the strongest impact:

  1. Higher education

    Sustainability programs and USGBC student groups are forming at universities across the state. Our volunteer leadership team is poised to provide education and support for the faculty and students leading these programs to prepare students for success in the green building market after graduation. This support includes resources and best practices for faculty and access for students to LEED Green Associate exam prep, local networking and hands-on volunteering through programs like Green Apple Day of Service.
  1. Industry and manufacturing

    Industry and manufacturing are big business in West Virginia, and we have a great opportunity to demonstrate that green building can have a positive effect on jobs, economic development and the cost of doing business. In addition to the energy efficiency and economic development conference in June, we are connecting with industry leaders to organize a roundtable discussion about the issues of energy efficiency and sustainable building design.

We hope you engage with the USGBC West Virginia community over the course of the year. Please visit our website and Facebook page for more information and to view upcoming events. We want West Virginia to thrive, and we know that green building will play a key role in the state’s growth.

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