USGBC Arizona Information

Learn more about USGBC Arizona.


Boards and committees are important to the work USGBC Arizona does to advance sustainability in the built environment. They support USGBC Arizona's mission to "engage, educate and encourage" the Arizona community to adopt and promote green building practices to support sustainable, environmentally responsible and economically prosperous built environments and communities.

USGBC Arizona is run by a network of volunteers and committees, each of which is dedicated to a specific area of managing chapter activities and promoting green building in our communities. Volunteering on a committee is the ideal way to contribute to your local branch, get to know other members and actively continue your green education.

Please contact Dane Englert for more information. Get involved, let your voice be heard and volunteer with one of our committees today.

Market Leadership Advisory Board: Members

Education Committee

Chairperson: Chad Billings, Dick & Fritsche Design Group

The Education Committee works to engage, educate and encourage the Arizona community to choose to live in and support the advancement of a sustainable, environmentally responsible and economically prosperous built environment.

Green Schools Committee

Chairperson: Megan Pearson, Energy Systems Design, Inc.

As local green building advocates, the USGBC Arizona Green Schools Committee focuses on holistically promoting healthy green schools. The committee raises community awareness, hosts green schools events, give presentations, supports local schools, engages educators and realizes that the education of students, teachers and community is vital to the success of green schools.

Residential Committee

Chairperson: Barbie Burke, Associate Broker, GREEN, CRS, SFR, E-Pro, Respect Realty

The Residential Green Building Committee supports professionals in the Arizona housing industry to design, build, renovate and sell environmentally sustainable homes.

Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPP)

Chairperson: Ashley Luten Muhall, Orcutt | Winslow

The GAPP Committee educates broadly and advocates narrowly to policymakers in our regional government, including elected and appointed officials at the federal, state, county and municipal levels. The GAPP Committee does this in an effort to influence public policymakers' perceptions about a sustainable built environment and how principles of green building contribute to the "triple bottom line."

Emerging Professionals Committee

Chairpersons: Tari Wager, Shepley Bulfinch

The Emerging Professionals committee offers outreach and engagement for recent graduates and those transitioning to careers in sustainability. The committee works with the community to provide valuable skill building and networking opportunities for this audience.

USGBC Arizona, Sonoran Branch

Branches help USGBC chapters advance their work in promoting sustainability in the building and construction industry within their respective regions.

For USGBC Arizona, the Sonoran Branch is the community's local presence in the Tuscon metro area and in the surrounding southern counties, including Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz.

The Sonoran Branch partners with other local organizations to create and support projects that expand the sustainable built environment and provide branch members with meaningful ways to impact their communities. Currently, the branch is working to develop USGBC’s ADVANCE initiative in combination with a prospective 2030 District.

ADVANCE makes green building technical resources and expertise available to organizations, such as schools, nonprofits and faith-based organizations. 2030 Districts are urban, high-performance building districts designed by the Architecture 2030 think tank as private/public partnerships committed to reducing energy use, water use and transportation emissions.

The branch also is committed to working on the Center for Green Schools at USGBC's annual Green Apple Day of Service, a global movement seeking to ensure that all children can attend schools that provide healthy, safe and productive learning environments.

If you are interested in more information about the USGBC Arizona Sonoran Branch or in volunteering for any of its projects, please contact Michael Peel at or 520-975-0145.

Governing Council Members:

  • Chair: Michael Peel, Pima Community College
  • Vice-Chair: Frank Slingerland, BWS Architects
  • Secretary: Clayton Trevillyan, City of Tucson
  • Treasurer: Saretta Tillmaand, Engberg Anderson Architects
  • Peter Dobrovolny, 2030 District Advocate
  • Neal Eckel, Durazzo, Eckel & Hawkins, P.C.
  • Joyce Kelly, Architectural Fusion, LLC