About Us

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 SitesSustainable 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 EfficiencyWater Efficiency 
Buildings are major users of our potable water supply. Water Efficiency category encourages smarter use of water, inside and out.
Energy & AtmosphereEnergy & 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 & ResourcesMaterials & 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 QualityIndoor Environmental Quality 
Promotes strategies that can improve indoor air as well as providing access to natural daylight and views and improving acoustics.
Awareness & EducationAwareness & 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 DesignInnovation 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.

Member Orientation:

A yearly 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.

Building Green Long Island Annual Award Dinner

The Annual USGBC-LI Award Dinner provides Long Island's leaders the opportunity to meet like-minded proffesionals who are promoting our sustainable built future and honor those who have contributed to this field here on Long Island. 

Sustainable Cocktails:

This bi-monthly meet and greet attracts individuals from many different industries who share a common interest in healthy and sustainable environments.

Morning "Green Scene" Seminars:

Long Island’s most popular “green” networking event. These bi-monthly educational programs often include a panel discussion, multi-media presentation, networking hour and breakfast!

Study Groups & Educational Workshops:

Our study groups and educational workshops 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 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: Sammy Chu, Paul Meyer, Neil Rosen & Greg DeRosa - Co-Chairs, 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: Daniel Busi & Jeff Guillot - Co-Chairs. 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: Jean-Marie Buonomo or Daniel Busi, 631-680-2656. 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: Tammy Cunha & Paul Cataldo - 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 & Ed Casper - 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: Victor DaCosta - Chair & Patti Posillico - Vice Chair, Phone: 516-284-7835 & 516-322-0539. Email - programs@usgbc-li.org

Sustainable Transportation - The Sustainable Transportation Committee seeks to address transportation issues.  The mission of the committee is to educate our USGBC-LI members and the public on the impact of transportationon the environment and best practicesfor sustanable transportation, including th implementation of workforce travel plans that incorporate effective transportation, demand management and parking management strategies.  Through seminars and advocacy, we hope to transform the way transportation is viewed by buildings and communities on Long Island in order to improve our air quality, reduce greenhouse emissions and finally, unclog our roadways. | Contact: Rosemary Mascali - Chair & Nicholas Palumbo - Vice Chair, Phone: 516-242-8121 & 631-204-7827. Email - transportation@usgbc-li.org.