Individual membership with your local USGBC community supports green building education, advocacy, outreach and volunteer opportunities that make a difference in your state, city and neighborhood. In the National Capital Region, Maryland and Virginia, our members are a vital part of our organization, and their support drives and fuels our mission to create a greener, healthier and more equitable future for all.
As you look forward to the beginning of the holiday season, we encourage you to mark your calendar for Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday, and to participate by joining or renewing your individual local USGBC community membership. If you aren’t already familiar with #GivingTuesday, it’s a hashtag connected to a global day of charitable giving that takes place annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, with the goal of getting people involved in supporting organizations and initiatives that create positive change in their communities.
Why should you join or renew your membership with your local USGBC community for Giving Tuesday? Here are just a few of the reasons your membership matters:
- Impact. Members support our green building outreach and volunteer initiatives. These initiatives include programs like the Connect the Dots Green Schools Challenge, which pairs building professionals with teachers and facility managers to educate kids through sustainability projects and save money through efficiency, as well as volunteer days, like our Green Apple Day of Service at Garrett Heights Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, this past spring and an upcoming Green Apple Day of Service with Child and Family Network Centers in Alexandria, Virginia.
- Education. Education is a fundamental building block for a greener tomorrow. Your local USGBC community membership supports the implementation of cutting-edge green building education on a variety of topics, from LEED v4.1 to net zero schools to the circular economy.
- Network building. We are stronger and more effective when we connect and work together toward a common goal. USGBC local community programs, like our Women in Green series in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and the National Capital Region’s Emerging Professionals group, foster conversations, build connections and bring new voices to the table. Our annual Community Leader Awards programs and celebrations recognize local leadership in the field of green building and promote further innovation.
- The future. The Earth’s climate is warming, and addressing climate change is a matter of increasing urgency. Through LEED, USGBC is committed to combating and reversing the effects of climate change by reducing the environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions of our buildings, while also making them more resilient. Membership in your local USGBC community demonstrates your commitment to this mission and lends your financial support to the network of staff and volunteers at USGBC who drive this mission forward.
All of this work is happening on the local level, creating positive change in your neighborhood and beyond. Don’t just take our word, though, for why your membership matters. We asked some of our most engaged members to tell us why they have chosen to be a part of our community, and we’ll be sharing their responses in our newsletters and on social media throughout the month of November, using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #MembershipMatters.
We hope you’ll join or renew your membership with us on Dec. 3, and help us make better buildings and better lives a reality for all.