It’s been a busy summer for USGBC in the South Atlantic and South Central regions! I should know—I’ve seen our local communities across the area in action as I travelled with our President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam on his whirlwind LEED v4.1 Roadshow tour of 10 Southern cities.
From our South Central regional conference, Greenerbuilder Austin, to the A Midsummer Night’s Green awards celebration in Washington, D.C., from local LEED tours to sustainability salons and member socials, our summer has been packed with education and networking opportunities aimed at spreading the word about USGBC’s vision, sharing the potential of LEED v4.1 and building our larger USGBC community.
We're not slowing down as we move into the fall. Last week, our team convened experts and practitioners from the hospitality industry to discuss health, wellness and corporate responsibility at our third annual Sustainable Hospitality Summit in Orlando, Florida. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tennessee, and Baltimore, Maryland, our Women in Green series celebrated women leaders in sustainability and fostered inspiring discussions on building a “Culture of Courage.”
As we enter the final stretch of 2019, here’s what we have on the schedule so far:
Continuing the conversation on “Culture of Courage” at our Women in Green events. Panel discussions featuring local women leaders in Georgia on Oct. 2, Virginia on Oct. 3, and the National Capital Region on Nov. 7 will push forward this important topic.
Celebrating the best of the best in LEED and local leadership in sustainability with our awards programs and events. USGBC Florida's South Florida region will recognize the winners of its 2019 Leadership Awards at the annual GalaVerde celebration in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 12. USGBC Georgia will recognize the winners of its 2019 Chrysalis Awards at a reception in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 16. Finally, closing out our 2019 awards circuit, USGBC North Carolina and USGBC South Carolina will present their 2019 Sustainable Business Awards at the Carolinas Green Gala on Dec. 5.
Exploring the potential of net zero schools and LEED Zero certification. On Oct. 17, USGBC National Capital Region, USGBC Virginia and USGBC Maryland will host USGBC’s first Net Zero Schools Summit, which will focus on the planning, design, construction and operation of net zero schools. The program will include panels, discussions and case studies of four local net zero energy schools, including the first LEED Zero Energy Certified school, Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.
Making an impact by transforming our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments. Communities throughout the South Atlantic and South Central regions will bring together volunteers from USGBC and local school communities to measurably improve the environments in which students learn and play through Green Apple Day of Service. We currently have a Green Apple Days of Service on the calendar at Dream Lake Elementary School in Apopka, Florida, on Oct. 5 and Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, on Oct. 19. More work days will be planned throughout the fall, so keep an eye on our website for a project near you, or plan your own.
Of course, our biggest event of the fall is Greenbuild 2019, Nov. 19–22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Greenbuild is the world’s largest event dedicated to sustainability and the marquee annual meeting place for the international green building community—and it’s happening in our region! We’re thrilled to have former President Barack Obama deliver our Wednesday keynote address. Our USGBC Education and LEED Technical teams have put together a track of sessions designed to get you up to speed on LEED 4.1. For those of you just starting your LEED journey, you can also earn your LEED Green Associate this year at Greenbuild.
We can’t wait to see you in Atlanta for Greenbuild, or at another USGBC local community event this fall. Thank you for your continued support and hard work to bring better buildings and better lives to all our communities.