The Oklahoma US Green Building Council offered Green Business Boot Camp – an update and review of the many benefits and programs of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). I’ve been a LEED AP (accredited professional) for 8 years now yet had not recently gone through an update of what all USGBC has been working on beyond the programs I’ve worked with. It was very enlightening and encouraging to see the change impacted through USGBC and its partners and programs around the world. It’s exciting to see the US Green Building Council expand to other countries.  With so many programs and partnerships, “Partnership is the new leadership” USGBC.

The Impact of Green Building

The impact of green building is reflected in an economic impact study done in 2015. “Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction sector, the clean and efficient energy sector and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction and operations of our built environment.” And the past 3 years have continued to play out the story.

The study also shows that green building will also contribute to significant savings across energy, trash, water and maintenance costs. Operations and maintenance play a big part in green and sustainability as well as saving money. Saving money in these areas helps us to move those financial resources to other areas, while also using our precious resources more wisely.

The world of big data plays an important role in many of LEED’s green and sustainability programs too.  Using data about energy, water, resources and more enables operators of buildings, homes, communities and even cities to assess and improve how people are being served and how it can be improved. According to USGBC, “Data is the new natural resource.”

USGBC has expanded to offer green and sustainability resources to many sectors of our built environment and contribute to our health and well-being.  Learn more about how the USGBC in the St. Louis area is impacting schools and buildings in the St. Louis and surrounding area on the Green Gab podcast 15 Years of Green Buildings are Better.

Join Marla and Tony on The Green Gab Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) and get the gab with us as we share what we’ve done, as well as tips for greening up your home, your job, your family and your life!  Get in on the gab for why green matters.

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