The USGBC-LI is committed to working with Long Islanders to improve the quality of the structures built and the environment in which we all live, work, and play. It is the goal and purpose of the chapter to promote and advocate for sustainable building practices in the construction, renovation and operation of building projects on Long Island.
The USGBC-LI chapter is in a unique position to help advance the green building industry here on Long Island. To that end, we are seeking to partner with developers, builders, suppliers and designers to help regulatory and zoning officials understand and embrace the benefits of sustainable building. We have an established process whereby we select worthy projects being proposed on Long Island and work with the owner, developer, builder and designers, as necessary, to ensure these projects come to fruition.
The USGBC-LI Process:
The USGBC-LI Advocacy Committee will evaluate each project on its individual merits, as well as its overall impact on the local community and the environment as a whole. Specifically, the projects will be scored on environmental stewardship, impact on or rehabilitation of the natural environment, use of or generation of renewable energies, and efficient use of water, energy, and other natural resources. Projects seeking certification under the LEED rating system will receive special consideration, however, LEED certification in and of itself is not a prerequisite for participation in this program.
Partnering for a Greener Long Island:
Projects accepted into the program will be assigned a USGBC-LI liaison who will serve as the primary contact. Each and every construction project will be considered on its own individual merits and will not be evaluated based on a set of criteria. The project team will meet with its liaison as well as other chapter members to determine how the chapter can most effectively help the project achieve its overall goals. It is expected that this engagement will include, but not be limited to, our attendance at public hearings, assistance in determining the best methods of obtaining green building certifications, and referrals to industry leaders for consultancies that may be required. Further, the chapter will help to guide participants through the rebate and incentive programs offered by our local utilities, as may be required.
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