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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 3:19 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:02 AM | Anonymous

    From Heather Benjamin's The ranking highlights leaders in sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings in the U.S.

    "The recently announced 2020 Top 10 States for LEED list showcases the expansion of green building across the U.S., with Massachusetts ranking first in the nation for the highest gross square footage of LEED-certified space per person. Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected the building and construction industry in 2020, U.S. states still made sustainable, healthy buildings a priority, certifying over 400 million square feet of space to LEED standards.

    Now in its 11th year, the annual list is based on the gross square footage of LEED-certified space added in each state over the past year, using 2010 U.S. Census data. It includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified in 2020. More than 60% of certifications across these states were earned for offices, education and health care projects. What's more impressive is that nearly half of all projects in the top 10 were certified as LEED Gold, showing a commitment to a high level of certification.

    As the leader, Massachusetts certified 76 projects in 2020, representing 2.91 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The state has made the Top 10 list each year, but has not held the number one spot since 2017. Washington made the biggest jump, moving from outside the top 10 in 2019 to number two this past year. Other states that returned to the Top 10 list after falling off in 2019 were Texas and Nevada.

    The benefits of LEED go beyond reduced water and energy usage, affecting the health and prosperity of entire communities. LEED-certified projects save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, in addition to reducing carbon and creating a healthier environment in which people can thrive. From an investor perspective, they are also a critical component of demonstrating progress against ESG commitments.

    Through LEED certification, these states have demonstrated their commitment to the health and sustainability of their communities. Join us in celebrating their leadership—share your state’s ranking with your neighbors and colleagues on your TwitterFacebook and Instagram posts and use #Top10LEED."

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    From Heather Benjamin's The ranking highlights the number of active LEED credential holders in the U.S.

    "The recently announced 2020 Top 10 States for LEED Professionals showcases the growing body of LEED credential and certificate holders across the U.S., with California ranking first in the nation. Using their skills and expertise, LEED professionals support the sustainable transformation of buildings and the growth of a healthier, more equitable economy.

    Accompanying the Top 10 States for LEED list for the first time, this new ranking is based on the current active numbers of LEED Green AssociatesLEED APs and LEED Green Raters in each state. More than 100,000 LEED professionals live in these states, part of a global network of more than 204,000 professionals.

    California's 26,906 green professionals brought the state to its number one ranking. New York follows at number two, with 12,575, and Texas rounds out the top three, with 10,474. Among this year's Top 10, Colorado has the distinction of the highest percentage of the population holding a LEED credential.

    Through acquiring and maintaining LEED credentials, the professionals in these states have demonstrated their commitment to the health and sustainability of their communities. Join us in celebrating their leadership—share your state’s ranking with your neighbors and colleagues by tagging your TwitterFacebook and Instagram posts with #Top10LEED."

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 4:40 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)
  • Friday, May 01, 2020 7:07 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    USGBC Texas is committed to the health of our members, event attendees, and our communities, and thus we are taking a cautious approach to resuming in-person activities as the state of Texas and local jurisdictions are lessening social distancing precautions.  

    We continue to monitor policy updates from local and state officials as well as the guidance provided by the CDCWHO, and relevant Departments of Health, and event venues to make informed decisions. 

    In the meantime, please see the information below.

    Chapter Events, Committee and Council meetings:

    • State and regional council and committee meetings will continue to be hosted remotely at least through the end of May (either via call-in or webinar).
    • All Chapter events will also be hosted virtually through the end of May as well.

    We strongly encourage those ill and at higher risk to continue to stay home and we encourage everyone to follow general hygiene best practices. 

    We look forward to seeing you at a USGBC Texas events when possible.

  • Monday, April 20, 2020 2:34 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    Please read our Spring Newsletter, and you will find information about upcoming events and other exciting news!

    Find out about the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, EarthxVirtual Conferences, and other upcoming events and discussions. 

    Interested in being featured in the next issue? Email to share information about events, news updates, or other announcements. 

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous


    On July 18-20 2019, green building experts from the United States, Turkey, and many other parts of the world gathered at the 4th International Sustainable Building Symposium hosted by Gazi University, Ankara University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, AIA Dallas and the USGBC Texas Chapter. The symposium featured a full schedule of seminars focused on innovative research and building programs. 

    On Thursday July 18, our very own Thom Powell, Vice Chair of the USGBC Texas Chapter North Region, spoke about green building in Texas and provided an overview of Green Building Progress in Dallas Fort Worth. 

    The USGBC Texas Chapter hosted Thursday's keynote session Design Innovation with Purpose. Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk III, co-directors of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, discussed their current research with the Center. This nonprofit focuses on a variety of areas outside of research alone including education and demonstration organization, specializing specifically in life cycle planning and design.

    The USGBC Texas Chapter also showcased the Mobile Experience Center (MEC) educational trailer. This interactive booth allows visitors to walk through the exhibit and view several beneficial features of sustainable homes firsthand.  

    Several components of sustainability were explored in depth throughout each day of the symposium with a variety of presentations and many more speakers. Just a few of these topics included property design, urban ecosystems, renewable energy resources, land-use planning, and many more.

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:15 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)


    Washington, D.C. — (Feb. 4, 2019) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Texas came in at number five on the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED-certified square feet per person. The growing adoption of LEED across the state propelled Texas into the top five in 2018.

    “Over the past 25 years, the U.S. Green Building Council, its member companies and the green building community have come together to make our planet stronger, greener and more sustainable through LEED,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “These Top 10 states are examples of how we can create lasting, measurable change and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind—and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these states.”

    The states that made this year’s Top 10 are home to 128 million American and the more than 1,800 buildings that certified in 2018 represent more than 468 million gross square feet of space. Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families, businesses and taxpayers.

    “Congratulations to all of our dedicated TEXAS organizations, who value so greatly the principles of LEED, SITES, PEER, et al.” said Scott Gerhardt, USGBC Texas Board Chair. “Congratulations especially to all of our TEXAS GBCI professionals and our USGBC Texas volunteers on this monumental achievement!”

    Texas certified 277 green buildings in 2018, representing 3.52 gross square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. Notable projects that certified in Texas in 2018 include:

    Sea Star Base Galveston, LEED Platinum, a seaside facility designed to teach people of all ages, especially children, different tasks and skills in boating or water activities, while promoting environmental stewardship of the ocean;

    Austin Animal Center Kennel Addition, LEED Silver, which expands upon the existing LEED Gold “No Kill” animal center to meet the community’s growing pet adoption needs, and provides an additional 44 kennel spaces, as well as play yards and adoption rooms;

    Milby High School, LEED Silver, one of the first public high schools ever constructed in Houston, which maintained the original 1926 building structure during renovations, but incorporated modern and innovative design tactics to enhance students’ learning environments; and

    NASA Human Health & Performance Laboratory, LEED Silver, which is a human health and environmental sciences laboratory, think tank, inventors’ workshop, and outreach center designed to study human life on earth and in space.

    “We’re proud that Texas has made it back into the Top 10 States list for 2018. We’ve done a lot to advance green building across the state, and are gearing up for another busy year to build upon our success and keep raising the bar for LEED in Texas,” said Rhiannon Jacobsen, vice president of strategic relationships at USGBC. “We hope that with LEED v4.1, the expertise of builders and developers, and the dedication of our USGBC members, we can continue to lead the growth of green building in the country in the coming year.”

    “We’ve worked hard in Texas to make LEED and green buildings as accessible as possible for our communities, our local policymakers and our citizens,“ said Jonathan Kraatz, executive director of the USGBC Texas Chapter.

    Now in its ninth year, the 2018 Top 10 States for LEED list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that earned LEED certification in 2018. The full rankings are as follows:

    2018 Top 10 States for LEED

    Rank  State  Gross Square
    Footage (GSF) 
    GSF Per
     Number of
     1  IL* 68,133,942 5.31 172
     2  MA* 34,718,212 5.3 122
     3  WA 28,555,753 4.25 137
     4  NY* 72,881,287 3.76 214
     5  TX 88,404,993
    3.52 277 
     6  CO* 17,042,295
    3.39 114
     7  HI* 4,504,287
     8  VA* 25,348,631
    3.17 136
     9  CA* 112,388,968
     10  MD* 16,869,680
     2.92 113
     **  DC 37,147,538 61.74

    * Included in 2017 Top 10 States for LEED list
    ** Washington, D.C. is not ranked as it is a federal district, not a state

    USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to allow for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. In the U.S., 2,886 commercial projects certified in 2018. Globally, there are currently more than 96,275 registered and certified LEED projects in 167 countries and regions around the world.

    Recently, USGBC introduced LEED v4.1, the latest update to the rating system, and released beta versions for existing buildings (LEED v4.1 O+M), new construction (LEED v4.1 BD+C) and interiors (LEED v4.1 ID+C). LEED v4.1 emphasizes human health and integrates performance metrics using Arc to encourage ongoing tracking. Recent research shows green building will continue growing through 2021. Client demand remains the top reason to build green in the U.S. and occupant health and well-being emerged as the top social factor. Through LEED, USGBC pushes the market toward higher performing buildings that also improve quality of life.

    The impact of buildings, cities and communities on people continues to be a priority for USGBC and across industries. In an effort to expand USGBC’s global green building efforts and ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard, but also the pre-eminent living standard, USGBC launched the Living Standard campaign at 2018’s Greenbuild in Chicago. Focused on the belief that storytelling can lead to a more sustainable world, the campaign aims to highlight stories – big and small – that capture how USGBC, LEED and other sustainability programs are raising the quality of life for people around the world. By visiting, individuals and companies can join the campaign and submit stories.


  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:29 PM | Jonathan Kraatz (Administrator)

    The U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter (USGBC Texas) recently held its annual election to fill leadership positions in each of the Chapter’s five regions.

    “I am excited about this year’s group of leaders elected across the state,” said Scott Gerhardt, chair of the USGBC Texas statewide board of directors.  “They represent many sectors of our industry and bring a lot of energy and expertise to helping the Chapter meet our mission.”

    USGBC Texas is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to green building in the state of Texas. It is the only nonprofit green building coalition in Texas that fosters the advancement of sustainability and green building to promote healthy buildings, people, and communities.

    Transform the way buildings, homes, and communities are designed, built, maintained, and operated in Texas through outreach, education, advocacy, and partnerships, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life in Texas.

    USGBC Texas comprises diverse stakeholders, including building industry professionals, educators, lawmakers, and community members. From our partnerships with industry and trade associations to our networking and educational events, we connect them in conversations about real solutions.

    In each of the Chapter’s five regions, the Regional Council members – along with the statewide board of directors – set the direction for the Chapter’s day-to-day advocacy, outreach, and education programs.  To get involved with your local region and some of the 100+ events across Texas each year, please visit the Chapter’s volunteer page:

    The 2019 Regional Councils for USGBC Texas:
    (newly elected or reelected members in bold)

    Central Texas Region

    Shaun Auckland, Travis County
    Michelle Bale, Alchemy Builders
    Cliff Braddock , METCO Engineering
    Andrew Clements, GSC Architects
    Bonny Gray, GSC Architects
    Elizabeth Greenwood, Texas Solar Power Association
    Kathryn Johansen, Interceramic
    Ekta Khuller, STG Architects
    Esther Rollins, Interceramic
    Lisa Storer, Benz Resource Group
    Allison Wilson, Ayers Saint Gross

    Gulf Coast Region

    Marina Badoian Kriticos, HARC
    Thomas Brents, Rice University
    Sean Green, Command Commissioning
    Wendy Heger, Page

    Caroline Kostak, RePurpose Depot
    Lisa Lin, Rice University
    E. Violet Mak, VAEarth
    Tim Murray, EYP Architects & Engineers
    Maria Perez, Gensler
    Jamie Rogers, Paige 6 Imaging & Consulting
    Megan Saunders, Maximum Sustainable Value
    Stacy Shutts, NASA
    Nelson Spitz, Enterprise Realty Group
    Amanda Tullos, GreeNexus Consulting
    Kapil Upadhyaya, Kirksey

    North Texas Region

    Debby Moore Baker, Moore Disposal & Recycling
    Mike Brown, Beck Group
    Mary Dickinson, Perkins + Will
    Katie Diedrich, Turner Construction
    Susan Flanagan, Solatube
    Sylvia Golisano, Granite Properties
    Draoun Johns, WDG Architecture – Dallas

    Brandon Kenney, University of Dallas
    Norma Lehman, Beck Group
    Tricia Loe, Sustainable Concepts
    Anthony Martin, Trane
    Marc Migliazzo, EIS Lighting
    James Ware, James Ware Architect

    South Texas Region

    Michael Britt, Lake|Flato
    Mario Bravo, Environmental Defense Fund

    Jackie Chang, DBR Engineers
    James Eckart, Ward, Getz + Associates
    Juan Fernandez, CVF Homes
    Adam W. Gates, Adam Word Gates Architect
    Larry Graf, DRG Architects/G5 Homes
    Meredith Miller, Eco Centro – Alamo Colleges
    Sandra Montalbo, Overland Partners
    Sam Poland, DHR Architects

    West Texas Region

    Lauren Baldwin, Creosote Collaborative
    Javier Camacho, El Paso Electric
    Jenny Hernandez, City of El Paso
    Andrea Zamora Kerr, Alzheimer’s Association
    Robert Palacios, Borderplex Alliance
    Alexandra Riccillo, Quantum Engineering
    Joe Riccillo, Sundt

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