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Read USGBC's brief on SDG 13 and how green building can help support its targets.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 calls for governments, nonprofits, private sector actors and the public to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The effects of climate change are wide-ranging and will affect lives and economies around the globe. The climate change crisis represents a full-scale tragedy of the commons, as greenhouse gas emissions emitted anywhere in the world contribute to the accumulated atmospheric gases that are trapping heat and warming the planet.

Our vision at USGBC is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Addressing climate change is a central tenet of how we undertake our work in support of this vision.

Reversing the contribution of buildings to global climate change is a core goal in USGBC’s LEED rating system. High-performing green buildings, particularly LEED-certified buildings, can significantly reduce the contribution of greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the building. For this reason, 35 of the 100 total points in LEED v4 are distributed to reward climate change mitigation strategies. Also, as a partner in the Advancing Net Zero program, USGBC is developing a verification for projects that achieve net zero carbon emissions in Arc.

At USGBC, virtually all of our platforms and activities—rating systems, education, advocacy, partnerships and events—have a connection to reducing our impact on climate. To learn more, read the brief on our website.

Read our brief on SDG 13: Climate Change