On April 6 2023, USGBC has celebrated its 30th anniversary. The organization was co-founded in 1993 by David Gottfried, a real estate developer; Michael Italiano, an environmental lawyer; and S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi, an environmental marketing executive. USGBC and its members have been at the forefront of green building practice and innovation ever since.
USGBC’s flagship LEED rating system was first launched in 1998, and 19 pilot projects followed. On the heels of the pilot program’s success, LEED for New Construction publicly launched in March 2000.
During a period of strong growth in the late 2010s, rating systems complementary to LEED were added by GBCI to offer more options for project teams in the expanding definition of sustainability: TRUE for zero waste, SITES for sustainable landscapes and PEER for grid reliability, to name a few. USGBC also launched LEED for Cities and LEED Zero, the Center for Green Schools and the Women in Green program, which has become a central element of USGBC events around the world.
In 2022, USGBC celebrated a milestone when it hit 100,000 LEED-certified projects around the globe. Today, that number is more than 108,000 LEED-certified projects comprising over 12 billion square feet of building space.
In 2023, the growing green movement is attracting more participants and offering more tools and solutions than ever before. It crosses generational divides and unites nations that want a better, safer and more resilient world for their children.
USGBC in support of the 2030 Agenda
USGBC, today under the leadership of president and CEO Peter Templeton, has helped organizations to set and meet ambitious goals for reducing climate impacts and advancing positive health outcomes and community benefits, including social equity, as defined by the development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. In addition, the increasing urgency of climate change has ramped up companies’ commitments; they are no longer content just to cut emissions, but are working diligently toward net zero goals.
Macro Design Studio is proud to be member of USGBC and take part the process to a more sustainable built environmental for everyone, everywhere.