In order to achieve USGBC’s mission of transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated, USGBC Maryland engages both our membership and the community in a variety of educational, social and volunteer-centered initiatives and events.


Education series

Each month, we offer our members and guests the opportunity to network, engage and learn. By attending events such as tours of green buildings and presentations given by expert speakers, members are able to stay up to date on green building opportunities and technology, earn GBCI continuing education credits and meet like-minded professionals in a variety of fields.

Topics focus on the development of more sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient buildings and communities, using the LEED rating system as a framework.

Advance: Connect the Dots Green Schools Challenge

The Advance Connect the Dots Green Schools Program challenges schools across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., to make strides toward sustainability. Each participating school is matched with a volunteer mentor in the green building field to facilitate creative and effective schoolwide sustainability initiatives.

Projects aim to lower maintenance costs, improve the learning environment for students and staff and conserve natural resources. Mentors and participating schools are encouraged to incorporate hands-on project activities and outcomes into their curriculum for the year, promoting STEM education objectives. Participating schools are acknowledged for their achievements at an annual awards program in the spring.

Green Apple Day of Service

USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service is an international movement to encourage sustainability-oriented volunteering. For the past few years, USGBC Maryland has partnered with Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore to support the greening of their campus.


This annual reception celebrates the buildings and people at the forefront of the green building movement in the state through the USGBC Maryland Leadership Awards.

Local leadership

2019 Market Leadership Advisory Board

The USGBC Maryland Market Leadership Advisory Board is a volunteer leadership group that works with USGBC community staff to guide local strategy in support of USGBC’s local, regional and global goals.

  • Ronni McTier, ICF International

  • Kelsey Hallowell, Professional Trash Talker, Reduction In Motion

  • Michael Sabo, Principal, Budova Engineering, Inc.

  • Benjamin Roush, Engineer/Energy Modeler, FSi consulting engineers

  • Mary Ellen Evanko, Interior Designer, Associate, Gensler

  • Jean Farnsworth, Leasing and Market Research, Merritt Properties, LLC

  • Aaron Humbert, Architect | Sustainability, The Sheward Partnership

  • Marissa Oeste, Project Manager, The Whiting Turner Contracting Company

  • Kyle Ritchie, Sustainable Design Coordinator, Ayers Saint Gross

  • Sara Berman, Sustainability Expert, Hord Coplan Macht