Tuesday, August 28, 2018

USGBC Announces New Membership Structure

USGBC, a global leader in sustainable design, announced
a new membership structure this fall. The new plan
includes increased annual dues.

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it was changing its membership tiers and increasing annual dues. Effective October 1, USGBC membership dues will be calculated based on an organization's annual revenue and sector- a move that USGBC hopes will make membership more attainable while contributing more to their mission. USGBC develops the LEED Certification green building rating systems used internationally to promote sustainable design and efficiency in design and construction.

In addition to annual dues, USGBC will also change the benefits plan- now organizations will automatically receive proportional benefits to their dues. This means that:

According to USGBC, the increase in dues is part of a greater goal to spread sustainable design across the globe. Specifically, USGBC intends to use membership dues to provide funding to various projects and expand the USGBC network.

"This is not about transactions. It's about togetherness. Together, we can re-imagine what's possible when we invest in one another and in something bigger than ourselves," Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, said in a recent press release.

This year, USGBC has spurned some impressive green building projects. From stadiums to schools, and hospitals or homes, USGBC unites leaders in sustainable design with the latest technology to create smarter projects.Their sustainability credentialing system, LEED, is one of the most widely used rating systems in the world, and LEED-certified projects are now a commodity in the industry. Builders across the world are implementing LEED principles such as energy conservation and sustainable materials into their designs.

For an organization with such a global reach, it's easy to see how USGBC has quickly outpaced its old membership structure. The new membership system may be just the thing that takes global sustainability to the next level.

To learn more about USGBC membership, visit the USGBC webpage. To learn more about LEED, and how to become certified in this dynamic industry, visit Zack Academy's lead homepage.

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