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About Us

The US Green Building Council of Long Island

Our Mission:

The United States Green Building Council- Long Island Chapter (USGBC-LI) is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating sustainable practices on Long Island through advocacy, education and outreach efforts to local municipalities, residents, and building industry professionals. 

Our Vision:

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

USGBC's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

USGBC-LI works to bring these values to the communities of Long Island. The chapter provides educational and outreach programs, reaching local municipalities and code officials while providing local contractors, engineers, and other building industry professionals with the resources they need to incorporate green practices in their projects and work toward LEED certification.

Build Green, Everyone Profits

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Build the Foundation for Success with USGBC

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your career, working on your 10th LEED project or your first, USGBC has the resources to help you meet your goals. Introductory workshops, professional development programs, online seminars, and Greenbuild educational sessions on dozens of technical and business topics provide you and your colleagues with the tools for success.

What is Green Building, Anyway?

“Green building” refers to the design, construction, and operations of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. It’s a practice that is transforming the industry. Take the first step toward getting involved by joining the Long Island Chapter. You’ll learn the benefits of green building, the basics of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System, and how you can leverage green building throughout your business.

What's Driving Green Business?

  • Unprecedented level of government initiatives
  • Heightened residential demand for green construction
  • Improvements in sustainable materials

Green Building Growth Sectors

  • Education
  • Government
  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Residential
  • Neighborhood Development

What LEED Measures

LEED is a voluntary certification program that can be applied to any building type and any building lifecycle phase. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas:

Sustainable Sites

Sustainable Sites
Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important considerations for a project’s sustainability. Sustainable Sites category discourages development on previously undeveloped land; minimizes a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways.

Water Efficiency

Water Efficiency
Buildings are major users of our potable water supply. Water Efficiency category encourages smarter use of water, inside and out.

Energy & Atmosphere

Energy & Atmosphere
This category encourages energy strategies: commissioning; energy use monitoring; efficient design and construction; efficient appliances, systems and lighting; the use of renewable and clean sources of energy, generated on-site or off-site.

Materials & Resources

Materials & Resources
During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a lot of waste and use a lot of materials and resources. This category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Environmental Quality
Promotes strategies that can improve indoor air as well as providing access to natural daylight and views and improving acoustics.

Awareness & Education

Awareness & Education
The LEED for Homes rating system acknowledges that a green home is only truly green if the people who live in it use the green features to maximum effect. Awareness & Education credits encourage home builders and real estate professionals to provide homeowners, tenants and building managers with the education and tools they need to understand what makes their home green and how to make the most of those features.

Innovation in Design

Innovation in Design
Provides bonus points for projects that use new and innovative technologies and strategies to improve a building’s performance well beyond what is required by other LEED credits

Events and Programs

USGBC-LI has a calendar full of events that reflect the mission and current goals of the Chapter by educating and connecting our membership. By sponsoring events, corporations can promote themselves among a vast group or a targeted audience.

Sustainable Cocktails:

Long Island’s most popular “green” networking event. This monthly meet and greet attracts individuals from many different industries who share a common interest in healthy and sustainable environments.

Member Orientation:

A quarterly morning meeting that provides information on the chapter, its committees, events and initiatives. This event is also a networking forum for members to share ideas with each other and with committee chairs and board members.

Morning Salons:

Educational programs given in an intimate classroom style atmosphere. Salons are held in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and highlight issues, trends and products within the green building industry.

Evening Seminars:

Educational programs often include a panel discussion, multi-media presentation, networking and dinner

Study Groups & Educational Workshops:

Study groups help prepare individuals who are seeking the coveted LEED Green Associate, LEED Accredited Professional and LEED Fellow designations. Workshops educate members on applying their LEED knowledge on variety of disciplines form New Construction, Healthcare and Educational facilities to homes and neighborhood development.

Community & Resource:

USGBC-LI offers scholarships to students, informational guidelines and assistance to municipalities, architects, engineers, designers, owners, tenants and residents.

Join Our Committees

Advocacy - Seeks to work with local Towns, Municipalities, and all interested parties in advocating for the transformation of the way buildings are designed, constructed, and operated. | Contact: Joseph Harbeson & Michael Cafaro - Co-Chairs, 516-663-6545 & 631-949-6506. Email - advocacy@usgbc-li.org

Communications - Acts as a conduit for our committees to ensure all members are receiving current and accurate information, and on a timely basis through the website, e-blasts and other media. | Contact: Eric Martin & Franklyn Roth - Co-Chairs, 631-422-2100 & 631-275-9940. Email - communications@usgbc-li.org

Education - Provides Green Associate and LEED AP+ instruction and study groups for individuals seeking LEED accreditation. Courses help develop an understanding of the LEED rating systems, integrated sustainable design and green building practices. | Contact: Eileen Sullivan, CSBA - Chair, Email - education@usgbc-li.org

Emerging Professionals - Introduces students and young professionals to the green building movement while promoting the next generation of leadership in this field. | Contact: Ali DiCarlo - Chair, 516-837-3459. Email - emergingprof@usgbc-li.org

Finance - Provide membership with policies, procedures and guidelines that help to provide both fiscal stability and financial growth for the chapter. | Contact: Tammy Cunha, LEED AP - Chair, 631-589-6353. Email - finance@usgbc-li.org

Gala - USGBC-LI’s annual fundraising event is a celebration of green building on Long Island. The widely attended event honors an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the green building sector. The committee plans and executes the logistics of the evening’s event. | Contact: Jade Plaschka & Debby Young 631-473-3654. Email - gala@usgbc-li.org

Green Incentives - Educates the public on rebates and incentives available for green building projects. | Contact: Dionissios Karnessis - Chair, 631-434-7900. Email - greenincentives@usgbc-li.org

Green Schools - Through the implementation of green building practices, we work with school leaders and communities to spread awareness and knowledge of the benefits of going green to create healthier, more energy efficient environments with demonstrated cost benefit savings in new school buildings, renovations, upgrades, operations or maintenance. | Contact: Ora Berman & Tammy Cunha - Co-Chairs, 631-589-6353 Email - greenschools@usgbc-li.org

Green Technology - The committee introduces green technologies, services, processes, equipment and solutions that will positively impact our businesses financially, socially and environmentally. | Contact: George Brennan, 516-541-4332. Email - greentech@usgbc-li.org

Healthcare - Communicates, educates and facilitates in the design, construction and operations of sustainable Healthcare Facilities to create healthier environments for our patients as well as reducing the impact of these facilities on the environment. | Contact: John Maiolo, LEED AP - Chair, 516-967-0017. Email - healthcare@usgbc-li.org

Membership - The Membership committee acts as a conduit for prospective, new, and existing members in gaining and maintaining their affiliation to USGBC-LI. | Contact: Sal Ferrara - Chair, Phone: (631) 226-8021. Email - membership@usgbc-li.org

Programs - The Programs Committee develops, organizes and coordinates “Sustainable Programs”, a series of regular informational and educational morning salons, evening seminars, panel discussions, national workshops and special events. | Contact: Richard Neuman - Chair & Victor DaCosta - Vice Chair, Phone: 914-419-5593 & 516-284-7835. Email - programs@usgbc-li.org

U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter
150 Motor Parkway - Suite LL80
Hauppauge, NY 11788
info@usgbc-li.org