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.
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
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
- 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:
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Awareness & Education
Innovation in Design
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.
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 Gala
The Annual USGBC-LI Gala provides Long Island's leaders the opportunity to meet like-minded proffesionals who are promoting our sustainable built future!
This quarterly meet and greet attracts individuals from many different industries who share a common interest in healthy and sustainable environments.
Evening "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 hor d'oeuvers and drinks!
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: Sammy Chu, Paul Meyer, Neil Rosen & Greg DeRosa - Co-Chairs, Email - advocacy [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] org
Green Incentives - Educates the public on rebates and incentives available for green building projects. | Contact: Dionissios Karnessis - Chair, 631-434-7900. Email - greenincentives [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] 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 [at] usgbc-li [dot] org.