USGBC-LA’s Response to COVID-19



To Our USGBC-LA Community,


First of all, we wish you and your families all the best during this unprecedented moment in modern history. The COVID-19 pandemic is working its way through our social and economic fabric and those impacts will have repercussions for all of us, not only today but in the months ahead. Through it all, your USGBC-LA team is committed to being here for you. This too shall pass and when it does we will still need to confront the ongoing climate crisis. Perhaps this societal pause will help us all reassess our priorities and emerge better organized, more purposeful, and determined to be the change we want to see in the world. 

Our collective health remains a priority, we need to be level-headed and pragmatic, planning for the worst but hoping for the best. USGBC-LA will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. We will be transitioning any upcoming in-person education, events, and meetings to our digital platforms, or postponing where necessary through the end of April. We are collectively focused on providing a robust digital member experience and invite you to visit our new Talent Portal where you can find a list of upcoming webinars, trainings, and more. Building ourselves to shape the future we want may be one of the best investments we can make right now. 

USGBC-LA Staff, our Board, Committees, and Branches will continue working to support our community and our ongoing movement to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region for all. We’ll be working remotely and through virtual meetings to keep delivering on that mission.

In order to best ensure the safety of our community, our 19th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo has been rescheduled for August 21 and 22nd in DTLA, still at LA Trade Tech College.

All MGBCE abstract, exhibiting, activity, and workshop submissions are now due by midnight, April 30th, 2020!

If you have previously registered for the May dates, your registration will be automatically moved to the August dates.  If you are unable to make the rescheduled Municipal Green date, please reach out to and we will be happy to refund your purchase.

If you have any questions, a moment of inspiration, or just want to connect with someone during these trying times, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us individually or at

We are a community, we are a resilient green building family, and we will get through this together. Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of yourselves and your families. We will see you or hear you soon.




Ben Stapleton

Executive Director

U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles




Additionally, we’d like to provide you the following official agency websites as valuable resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

National information resources for the public on COVID-19

About the Author

Ben StapletonExecutive Director for USGBC-LA. A native Angeleno, Ben Stapleton is a recognized sustainability leader, who brings to this position extensive experience and connections across real estate, technology and innovation. He launched and managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, most recently serving as SVP, Operations & Finance for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region featuring events with prominent local, national and international leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits. At LACI, Stapleton led major operational growth, program development, and partnerships to triple revenue for the non-profit. Simultaneously, he helped lead efforts that resulted in the La Kretz Innovation Campus becoming an iconic green building for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles, with multiple certifications, as well as pilot projects targeting waste, water, and energy efficiency. Stapleton has also held the positions of Managing Director of the LA Better Buildings Challenge and Vice President & Cleantech Practice Group Lead at JLL. He has served on the boards of LA Bioscience Hub and USGBC-LA. Representing competing schools in Los Angeles, Stapleton holds a MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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