USGBC-LA’s membership has grown to over 1,100 Angelenos who engage in our mission of promoting sustainability in LA County’s built environment.
Learn, Share, and Lead Green
USGBC-LA hosts the annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo, coming up on its 14th Anniversary! Held at the Energy Resource Center in partnership with SoCal Gas, we serve over 600 attendees for a full day of cutting-edge presentations and networking. This event continues to be the largest and longest standing conference dedicated to municipalities in Southern CA. Did I mention it’s free to attend?
USGBC-LA’s Green Schools Committee has assisted in the planning and execution of over 50 Green Apple Day of Service Projects in the LA area every year for the past three years. Several projects have assisted local schools in achieving the prestigious Green Ribbon School Award in the CA and National Department of Education Competition. This year, a new toolkit was designed and distributed for planning a week of simple Green Apple projects. Our annual Charity Ping Pong Tournament has been a huge hit since its debut in 2013. Our members happen to be talented players that also want to put every child in a green school within this generation.
USGBC-LA’s Existing Building Committee hosts their annual signature Think Tank series, bringing together real estate owners and property managers to discuss trends, technologies, and challenges for the industry. This year’s Think Tank, co-hosted with BOMA-LA, was part of the stakeholder process for the City of LA’s Existing Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Proposal.
LEED for Homes
USGBC-LA’s LEED for Homes Committee hosted quarterly gatherings for professionals in the residential market to come together and discuss trends, tour projects and share best practices.
The five Branches of USGBC-LA have provided leadership development opportunities for members living in the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, South Bay, and Westside communities. Together, they have hosted over sixty events per year to offer education, service, recognition, and networking in their local areas.
Women in Green
Women in Green LA hosted quarterly breakfast meetings with local heroes in sustainability including: Nancy Sutley, Deborah Weintraub, Lisa Matthiessen, Mary Leslie, Gail Goldberg, Nurit Katz, Heather Joy Rosenberg, Anna Guerrero, Kimberly Lewis, Kate Hurst, and Alison Suffet-Diaz.
USGBC-LA’s Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee assisted local municipalities, county governments, and other agencies in the development of sustainable strategies and green building policies and programs. Members have coordinated with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to give input on the creation of the first Sustainable City pLAn. USGBC-LA has adopted several initiatives in the pLAn that serve our mission and matter to our community.
In 2014, we launched the Green Janitor Education Program with our partners, Building Skills Partnership, BOMA-LA, and the SEIU-SWW. By 2017, we have committed to providing 800 janitorial workers with hands-on energy management and green cleaning training. Covering an estimated 40 Million SF, the training addresses Operations and Maintenance practices that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with a special focus on resulting energy efficiency. Through this program, janitors will earn a seat at the sustainability table alongside building owners and managers, empowering them to participate actively in the goals of the LEED Rating System. The training of janitorial workers highlights social equity at work in Los Angeles, where everyone participates in management and maintenance of a building.
USGBC-Los Angeles has undertaken an ambitious new initiative in 2015, Building Resilience-LA. We are bringing together leaders in building sciences with leaders in risk management, emergency preparedness, public health and social equity to develop a toolkit to help building owners thrive in a dynamic environment. To date, this committee has logged hundreds of volunteer hours from leading senior professionals to develop a resilience framework for existing buildings. Our Steering Committee and technical leaders have dedicated their own time to the vision of Building Resilience-LA. The emerging system will provide step-by-step processes for risk management and implementation of best practices in ways that promote social equity and cohesion and make business sense.
Finally, Greenbuild is coming to Los Angeles in 2016, and USGBC-LA is serving as the Host Chapter. We need all hands on deck and all aboard to get the work done.