Research and Reports

What happens when our community comes together


What happens when our community comes together


This report brings you a summary of our achievements and some of the highlights from this past year.

IG Post Impact Report 2021

White Paper Series

How Embodied Carbon and Local Manufacturing can help us build a cleaner future
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Leveraging the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Reduce Emissions and Improve Health
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Leveraging the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Reduce Emissions and Improve Health
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Carbon Offset Playbook for the Greater Los Angeles Region
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The status of COVID-19 and plastic waste in Los Angeles
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Telecommuting's Impact on Green House Gas Emissions in LA
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The Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards (SIA)


The Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards (SIA) recognize excellence in sustainability, innovation, and community impact. These honorees have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the sustainable built environment. Unlike standardized rating systems, the SIAs evaluate merit-based sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance above and beyond credit achievement. SIAs are open to built and unbuilt projects certified under any sustainability rating system or on track to achieve certification.

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2021 Sustainable Innovation Awards Case Studies

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Earvin Magic Johnson Park

Located in Willowbrook in South Los Angeles, Earvin Magic Johnson Park is a social, cultural, and recreational activity hub for its underserved community. At 126 acres, it is the largest open space in South Los Angeles with a new community center, community social spaces, play areas, walking paths, picnic areas, outdoor classrooms, and even a wedding area. This park contributes to the health of the community by encouraging outdoor activity and improving the quality of life. It offers a safe area where families can spend time together. This project is an example of how green infrastructure can help to solve not only sustainability issues but also promote equity and environmental justice. The project is the first phase of a master plan to transform the 120-acre Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park into a high-performance model of sustainable park design for the 21st century. This restored park and new event center demonstrate resilience and social equity in the conversion of a brownfield site and renovated artificial lakes into a social, cultural, and recreation activity hub for the community of Willowbrook.

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Kilroy Portfolio

Kilroy Realty Corporation Full Service Portfolio won the first Portfolio of the Year Award category of the USGBC-LA’s 2021 Sustainable Innovation Awards. The achievements of Kilroy Realty have been highly impactful as a whole Portfolio, recognizing their commitment to sustainable assets through ratings, certifications, and Portfolio scores in Southern California. One of the West Coast’s premier property management companies, Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 14.3 million square feet as of June 30, 2020. As soon as the Covid pandemic started, the company stepped up as leaders and innovators, registering into the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Portfolio program and committed to Portfolio wide goal setting, benchmarking, Portfolio level WELL Health-Safety Ratings, WELL certifications, and WELL re-certifications. As part of this commitment to health, wellness, and safety, Kilroy Realty achieved 53 Health-Safety Ratings, making it a first in many categories. 25 Projects in Southern California, consisting of over 3.5M s.f., are part of those first achievements in the country and world.

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Billie Jean King Main Library

Positioned at the heart of Downtown Long Beach, the Billie Jean King Main Library connects the city’s past to its present while providing valuable municipal and community services. The building welcomes more than a thousand daily visitors and offers a variety of amenities and activities that foster community connection, learning, and creative collaboration. The Library is located adjacent to the new Lincoln Park; it was imagined as a pavilion within the Park, welcoming people from all parts of the city. From the early conceptual stages, the design team shared a vision of the new library and park as a place for the neighborhood to gather. The intent was to create a building not just to keep books, but a space alive with activity—a warehouse of knowledge and a unique community center.

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Impact Reports

This report brings you a summary of our achievements and some of the highlights from this past year, despite all the challenges:

    • Our 20th Annual My Green Building Conference & Expo went hybrid, featuring both industry and public facing days, with over 1,000+ attendees and over 300,000 sponsor impressions.
    • Our Talent Portal became the industry hub for featured employers, regional job postings, virtual training, recorded content, and a unique mentor network.
    • Our Net Zero Accelerator accepted 19 innovative startups making an impact today on addressing net zero carbon, energy, water, and waste.
    • We launched the first Wildfire Defense Toolkit focused on addressing home hardening and firewise landscape design
    • 1,000 + Kids were taught sustainability fundamentals through 40 workshop sessions from our Green Schools Initiative.
    • 35 Healthy Building Alliance partners committed to working together to create healthier environments in
      the places we live, work, and play.
    • 10 hired full time into the sustainability field from the Green Building Corps
    • We increased our member engagement through weekly topic focused webinars, Virtual Tours, our Quarterly Thought Leadership Series, Virtual Job Fairs, and monthly member committee meetings.

This report brings you a summary of our achievements and some of the highlights from this past year, despite all the challenges:

    • Our 19th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo went virtual, featuring both industry and public facing days, with over 1,300+ attendees and over 330,000 sponsor impressions.
    • Our Talent Portal became the industry hub for featured employers, regional job postings, virtual training, recorded content, and a unique mentor network.
    • Our Net Zero Accelerator doubled global applications and accepted 17 innovative startups making an impact today on clean construction, decarbonization, and occupant health.
    • We launched Firewise Education & Tours to educate people on how to reduce fire risk at home and at work, while working to make wildfire defense and mitigation part of the green building movement going forward.
    • Our Green Schools Initiative has developed Sustainability Fundamentals education for elementary and secondary school students that will be delivered by USGBC-LA members while they share their own career path.
    • Our Healthy Building Alliance provides a commitment that building owners, tenants, & individuals can make to provide healthy, resilient spaces to live, work, & play.
    • Our first cohort of the Green Building Corps has provided over 500 hours of project experience to students and underemployed professionals, allowing them to gain exposure to a variety of sustainability related topics.
    • We increased our member engagement through weekly topic focused webinars, Virtual Tours, our Quarterly Thought Leadership Series, Virtual Job Fairs, and monthly member committee meetings.

Thank you to all our supporters, partners, and members that help us keep moving forward. We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we are just getting started and there is so much good work left to do. We look forward to working together even more in 2021!

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