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Get involved with a committee to support USGBC’s mission on the local level.

At USGBC National Capital Region, our volunteer committees play a vital role in driving forward our mission to bring better buildings and better lives to all in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Committees plan, organize and execute our major initiatives, such as our education programming and Women in Green series, as well as our signature events, like the annual A Midsummer Night’s Green fundraiser and awards celebration and the Montgomery County Energy Summit. These volunteer committees are the hard-working heart of our organization. Behind every one of our successes, you will find a group of dedicated, passionate individuals who have invested their time and talents to help create a greener, healthier and more resilient D.C. area.

We are currently seeking volunteers to join our 2020 committees and continue to support USGBC’s mission on the local level. Unless otherwise noted in the committee description, the deadline to apply for our 2020 volunteer committees is Friday, Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Explore the committee details below.

2020 volunteer committees

  • A Midsummer Night’s Green Committee: Plan and execute our biggest fundraiser and largest social event of the year, A Midsummer Night’s Green. This premier event, which also hosts our regional awards program, annually brings out more than 300 attendees for an evening of networking, refreshments and unique experiences. Committee volunteers help plan the event theme and activities, promote attendance, recruit sponsors, develop an event sustainability plan and assist at the event itself, among other important tasks.
  • Communications Committee: Support green building in our region by helping us recognize the exceptional local LEED projects, individuals and initiatives that are making the D.C. area a national leader in sustainability. Volunteers on our Communications Committee help us develop marketing plans, social media content, articles and case studies that highlight these success stories and promote our events and programs.
  • Education Committee: Plan and execute regular and targeted educational programs around locally relevant industry trends and advocacy topics. This year’s committee will encompass two subcommittees targeting our focus sectors of commercial offices (A, B and C classes) and educational facilities. Committee volunteers will review proposals, identify and recruit compelling speakers, and assist with event descriptions and submission for continuing education credits, among other tasks.
  • Emerging Professionals Committee: This dedicated group of professionals who are just starting their careers in sustainability organizes social and philanthropic activities with the goal of fostering connections, attracting new EP members and supporting personal career growth. Volunteers on this committee plan events, identify mentorship opportunities and look for creative ways to increase participation.
  • Green Tie Affair Committee: Help plan one of our most popular events of the year—Green Tie Affair. This signature winter social event and fundraiser annually brings out more than 300 professionals from across the Washington region in support of our local education, advocacy and community outreach initiatives. Committee volunteers help plan the event theme and activities, promote attendance, recruit sponsors, develop an event sustainability plan and assist at the event itself, among other tasks. (Note: The call for this committee has officially closed, but we may have limited space for additional volunteers. Please contact Mark Bryan if interested.)
  • Montgomery County Committee: Advance the green building marketplace in Montgomery County, Maryland, by planning and organizing events and advocacy programs, including our annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. Committee volunteers may be asked to advise on relevant topics, speakers and regional partners; support policy advocacy through strategy and outreach; and assist with on-site event support.
  • Northern Virginia Committee: This newly formed committee works with both USGBC National Capital Region and USGBC Virginia to advance the green building marketplace in Northern Virginia by planning and organizing events, tours, community service projects and advocacy programs. Committee volunteers may be asked to advise on relevant topics, speakers and regional partners; support policy advocacy through strategy and outreach; and assist with on-site event support.
  • Women in Green Committee: Help convene professionals from across the capital region for important conversations on gender, equity and sustainability in the workplace. This committee will plan and execute at least three Women in Green events, including our fifth annual Women in Green Power Breakfast. Volunteers on this committee will assist with identifying event topics, panelists and potential sponsors, as well as drive attendance and help with the event on-site, among other tasks.