Founded in 2001, the Atlanta Chapter constructed the foundation of the U.S. Green Building Council Georgia Chapter (USGBC-GA) under the umbrella of Southface Energy Institute. In 2003, the Savannah Chapter was launched to promote sustainable development along the Coastal Empire.
In 2008, the Atlanta and Savannah Chapters merged to create the statewide organization known as USGBC-GA. This organization continues to support the development of thriving, livable and highly sustainable communities throughout Georgia. USGBC-GA has become a leading non-profit organization with four regional Branches in: Atlanta, Augusta, Central Georgia, and Savannah; and two Organizing Branches in Athens and Columbus.
The organization achieves its mission through public policy and community outreach programs, educational initiatives, and advocacy for USGBC’s internationally-recognized LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification Program, renewable energy policy, green jobs creation and development, and green building code adoption. Through its advocacy efforts – both within and outside the industry – the USGBC-GA Chapter is helping to improve indoor air quality, reduce CO2 emissions, spur greater energy efficiency, conserve water resources, and develop a strong green jobs economy in the Southeast.
The state of Georgia is currently ranked #7 in the nation for LEED registered buildings; with over 250 LEED Certified buildings, 989 LEED Registered buildings, and over 3,300 LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) - making Georgia one of the strongest states in the U.S. with regards to sustainable development and green building. Over 400 companies from Georgia are National Member companies of USGBC further demonstrating the strength of the market.
USGBC-GA has developed a comprehensive High Performance, Healthy Schools Program that promotes energy & water efficiency (both through retrofits and conservation efforts), sustainable operations & maintenance, and improved indoor air quality for the over 3,000 builidngs in the Georgia Public School & Private School systems.
Program partners include: the Office of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, United Parcel Service (UPS), Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, the International Knowledge & Resarch Center for Green Building at Southern Polytechnic State University, SkillsUSA Georgia, Clean Air Campaign, and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA).