USGBC Virginia: About | U.S. Green Building Council
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In order to achieve USGBC’s mission of transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated, USGBC Virginia 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.

  • Visit our events calendar for a list of upcoming education opportunities in our hubs of Richmond, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and Roanoke.
  • Have a presentation you’d like to share? Email us with program details.
  • Join the Program Planning Committees

Connect the Dots Green Schools Program

The Connect the Dots Green Schools Program challenges schools across Virginia 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. Projects may also align with the Green Apple Day of Service, an international movement to encourage sustainability-oriented volunteering. Participating schools are acknowledged for their achievements at an annual awards program in the spring.


We advocate at both the state and local level for sustainable building policy and legislation. Topics of interest include use of the LEED rating system, sustainable building codes, community resiliency, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Local leadership

Cindy Zork, Director, Community—USGBC Virginia and Tennessee

Donna Wilgus, Project Manager, Community—USGBC Virginia

2017 Market Leadership Advisory Board

The USGBC Greater Virginia 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.

  • Mark Laity-Snyder, MLAB Co-Chair, Engineer, Energy Economics, Inc., Ferrum
  • Sydney Covey, MLAB Vice Chair, Sustainability Program Analyst, Hourigan Group, Virginia Beach
  • Kim Hardy Lombard, MLAB Secretary, Architect, AECOM, Roanoke
  • Tom Burke, MLAB Past Chair, President/Owner, Architectural Systems of Virginia, Richmond
  • Denise McFadden, Marketing Director, 2rw, Charlottesville
  • Bo Fairlamb, Architect, BCWH, Richmond
  • D. Best, Engineer, Spectrum Design, Roanoke
  • Corie Baker, Architect, Gresham, Smith and Partners, Richmond
  • Chris Sonne, HG Design Studio, Richmond
  • Dainan Gibson, Business Development Coordinator, ServPro of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach
  • Tara Chadbourn, Attorney, ReevesColey PLLC, Chesapeake
  • Lindsey Lijana, Project Engineer, W.M. Jordan Company, Newport News
  • Errol Plata, BIM Manager, NASA Langely Research Center, Hampton
  • Ram Surendhranath, President/Architect, Cuboid Global, Virginia Beach