Regional Sustainability Organizations

There are a multitude of nonprofits bringing together their local and regional business communities around the topic of sustainability.  Since we weren’t able to find a comprehensive list of such organizations we created one.  Such organizations offer local knowledge and networks and can be a great touch point for getting connected to sustainability in your area.  If you have a suggested addition of a sustainability nonprofit specifically focused on offering business networking opportunities in your area, please contact us here.

Green Plus seeks to complement the work of other organizations promoting sustainable practices in communities by providing a turnkey, national sustainability certification program that works through chambers of commerce to introduce the concepts of triple bottom line sustainability to small and medium sized employers, foster networks of sustainable organizations, and reward participants for their efforts.

 

National

  • Green Chamber of Commerce – The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse business network dedicated to promoting the success of their members, supporting the development of sustainable business practices, and advocating for a green public policy.
  • US Green Chamber of Commerce – The US Green Chamber’s goal is to facilitate and support sustainable business, which spurs innovation, job creation energy efficiency and an overall brighter economic future.

 

Regions

Northeast

  • Environment Northeast (ENE) – ENE is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies.

Northwest

  • Sustainable Northwest – Sustainable Northwest brings people, ideas, and innovation together so that nature, local economies, and rural communities can thrive. Through collaboration, they look bridge rural and urban interests, encourage entrepreneurship, and build trust in sustainable natural resource management and utilization in the western US.

Southeast

  • Green Chamber of the South – The Green Chamber of South brings together businesses across the Southeast to promote growth, innovation, and success of sustainability.

 

By State

Alabama

  • USGBC Alabama (Birmingham, North Alabama, Central Alabama, Gulf Coast) – USGBC Alabama is a division of the national US Green Building Council. Sustainability is at the heart of this organization, as it incorporates economic, environmental, and social criteria in its building certification process. USGBC Alabama holds community and professional events with the goals of education and collaboration in order to further community sustainability.

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Arizona

  • Sustainable Arizona – Sustainable Arizona is a resource, education and action organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Arizona and the Southwest.  They work with businesses, individuals, governments and other organizations to build resilient economies, strong communities and healthy natural environments.
  • Northern Arizona Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (Northern Arizona) – SEDI advances sustainable economic development in the region by providing enabling, facilitating, and collaborative support to businesses, educational and government entities, and other organizations that are working to increase social equity, economic prosperity, and ecological health.
  • Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce (Phoenix) – The Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the success of businesses committed to environmental and social responsibility.
  • Scottsdale Green Building Program (Scottsdale) – The Green Building Program encourages a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.
  • USGBC Arizona Chapter – USGBC Arizona is a division of the national US Green Building Council.

Arkansas

  • Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas (Central Arkansas) – SBNCA is a membership-based group that assists the sustainable and green business community in Central Arkansas. This is a local branch of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). SBNCA facilitates networking, mentoring, and the sharing of information throughout the growing green business community in the region.
  • Sustain Arkansas – A networking web site for business professionals and environmental groups to share information, goals, and upcoming events.
  • USGBC Arkansas Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter seeks to create a legacy for future generations based on responsible planning, design, construction, and operation of the state’s buildings, landscapes, cityscapes, and neighborhoods.

California

  • Bay Area Green Business Program (Bay Area) – The Bay Area Green Business Program distinguishes small businesses that protect, preserve and sustain the environment. Their partnerships that consist of environmental agencies and utilities assist, incentivize, and verify that participating businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints. Businesses that meet the standards are officially recognized as Bay Area Green Businesses.
  • Green Business Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara) – The GBP offers incentives and assistance to encourage businesses to implement voluntary actions to protect, preserve, and improve the environment beyond what current laws require.
  • Green Chamber of Commerce – The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse business network dedicated to promoting the success of its members, supporting the development of sustainable business practices, and advocating for a green public policy.
  • Green Chamber of San Diego County (San Diego) – At the Green Chamber, their goal is to facilitate and support sustainable business through this time of business revolution. Sustainable business spurs innovation, job creation, energy efficiency and an overall brighter economic future and will serve as the foundation for San Diego’s enduring prosperity.
  • Keep the Sierra Green (Lake Tahoe area) – Keep the Sierra Green (KSG) is a voluntary green business program that was founded in April 2009. Its mission is to provide a viable and legitimate forum in which local businesses can promote their sustainable practices.
  • Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program (Monterey) – The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified “green,” participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.
  • Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (Sacramento) – The Sacramento Area Sustainable Business program promotes businesses that take voluntary actions to prevent pollution and conserve resources.
  • San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership (San Diego) – The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership is the largest volunteer-based consortium of business, government, academic & community organizations leading & promoting practices that support a sustainable future for the San Diego region. The Partnership is made up of over 60 organizations in the greater San Diego region and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from Partnership member organizations.
  • Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program (Santa Monica) -Many businesses have taken steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations and have improved their performance, but until now, customers had no way of recognizing which businesses were going “green.”  The City of Santa Monica, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works have joined together to certify and recognize green businesses in the community.
  • Sustainable Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley) – SSV is leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future through collaboration with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and address these highest-priority environmental issues.  SSV do this by engaging prominent Valley organizations to proactively work toward self-imposed goals of reducing regional CO2 emissions and water use – and helping them translate those goals into measurable results.
  • USGBC Central California (Central California) – In 2008, the USGBC awarded the Central California region full chapter status allowing us to promote a mission to transform the way buildings an communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
  • USGBC Central Coast Chapter (Central Coast) – As a regional conduit for sustainable design, their mission is to facilitate collaboration and be a unified voice for the tri-county California Central Coast region, to preserve and improve a unique quality of life and to promote a healthy and prosperous environment.
  • USGBC Inland Empire Chapter (Riverside area) – The USGBC Inland Empire Chapter seeks to promote sustainable strategies and responsibility for the Inland Empire’s environmental legacy and built environment, fostering a healthy, prosperous and improved quality of life.
  • USGBC Los Angeles Chapter (Los Angeles) – The USGBC-LA expresses a commitment to making the greater Los Angeles area a better place to live through smarter planning, better public policy, and environmental strategies.
  • USGBC Northern California Chapter (Northern California) – USGBC-NCC is a membership-based organization that promotes and advocates for green building.
  • USGBC Orange County Chapter (Orange County) – Members of the USGBC-OC Chapter include developers, designers, investors, manufacturers, architects, facility managers, engineers and builders working together to foster more sustainable, healthy and prosperous communities in Orange County.
  • USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter (Northwest California) – The Redwood Empire Chapter’s mission is to promote the design, construction and operation of buildings in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work and learn.
  • USGBC San Diego Chapter (San Diego) – The core purpose of the U.S. Green Building Council – San Diego Chapter is to work together as a community of leaders in order to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated in the San Diego region.

Colorado

  • Alliance for Sustainable Colorado – The mission of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is to advance sustainability through collaboration among nonprofit, business, government and education. They are working to advance economic, environmental, and social sustainability in Colorado by building cross-sector alliances and networks.
  • Be Local Northern Colorado (Northern Colorado) – An organization that promotes local and unique independent businesses for greater community visibility and customer loyalty. By building a common voice with them, they help them build their expertise and capacity, and encourage sustainable connections among them.
  • Boulder Green Building Guild – The Boulder Green Building Guild (BGBG) is an association of building professionals dedicated to promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. They strive to advance the craft of green building; support their members’ environmentally-responsible endeavors; provide effective volunteer opportunities; and be the focal point for communication on green building.
  • Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (Denver) – CORE’s mission is to educate, encourage and enable businesses to adopt sustainable strategies that promote economic growth, value and profit while reducing harmful impacts on the planet and society.
  • Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability (Vail) – The Green Business Partners program features specific Alliance member businesses with a green story to tell.
  • Green Business Roundtable San Juan Citizens Alliance (Durango area) – The Roundtable’s goals are simple – network, inspire, educate, and improve. Attendees include main avenue businesses, home office entrepreneurs, city employees, and environmentally oriented businesses.
  • Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network (Colorado Springs area) – PPSBN is the nexus for networking, information, resources, and tools as it relates to sustainable business practices in the entire Pikes Peak region.
  • Sustainable Steamboat Business Program (Steamboat) – The program focuses on sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line – a new way to define business success.
  • USGBC Colorado Chapter – The Colorado Chapter seeks to advance and promote sustainable planning, design, construction and operation of the built environment through education, improving industry guidelines, policy, advocacy, and information and resource sharing.

Connecticut

  • The Connecticut Green Building Council – The CTGBC is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Connecticut through the promotion of intelligently designed and constructed high performance energy efficient buildings.
  • Sustainable Stamford (Stamford) – Sustainable Stamford is the mayor’s task force on sustainability, established in 2007.  In October of that year, the mayor announced the goals of the group, including the new Energy Improvement District ordinance, clean energy campaign, solid waste and recycling goals, vehicle fleet efficiency, and green procurement.

Delaware

  • Delaware Valley Green Building Council (Lehigh Valley) – The Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the Delaware Valley through sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the region’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities, mindful of the legacy left for future generations.
  • Energize Delaware – Energize Delaware provides rebates, tips and other energy-saving solutions to Delaware residents who want to reduce their utility bills and protect the state’s natural resources.  Energize Delaware is an initiative of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), a unique non-profit organization offering a one-stop resource to help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. The SEU was created in 2007 by the state of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state.

District of Columbia

  • Sustainable Business Network of Washington – SBNOW works with companies to help them integrate environmental and social responsibility principles into their operations and strategy.
  • USGBC National Capital Region Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region Chapter, a local affiliate of the USGBC, provides locally-based leadership, advocacy, education and resources to create a vibrant and environmentally healthy Metropolitan Washington region.

Florida

  • Sustainable Florida – Sustainable Florida – Collins Center is the premier alliance of organizations and leaders committed to promoting sustainable development principles through collaboration and education seeking to balance economic interests with the need to be socially and environmentally responsible.
  • Sustainable Tallahassee (Tallahassee) – Sustainable Tallahassee focuses on community education and collaboration to generate economic development and more sustainable community. Relying on volunteers, Sustainable Tallahassee is harnessing the energy within the community to promote collaboration between local groups, individuals, and businesses to grow the city’s green collar job market.
  • Florida Green Building Coalition – The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a non-profit certification and education organization focused on greening the built environment in Florida. FGBC believes that through education and a focus on environmental, economic, and social responsibility in the building industry will support sustainable growth within a community.
  • USGBC Central Florida Chapter (Central Florida) – The Central Florida USGBC Chapter seeks to be the source in Central Florida for education and outreach about sustainable planning, design, construction and operation of the built environment through leadership, advocacy, and initiative.
  • USGBC Florida Capital Region Chapter (Tallahassee area) – The Florida Capital Region Chapter of the USGBC is to have a positive impact on Florida’s environment, economy, and social well-being by: 1) Promoting LEED and other sustainable building practices and technologies, 2) Encouraging green and sustainable design, construction, and operation of buildings, 3) Developing green and sustainable building standards, design practices, and technologies, 4) Providing outreach and education to their members and communities.
  • USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (Florida Gulf Coast) – The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC is to lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging and advancing environmental friendly knowledge and values as they pertain to the built environment and its relationship and impact on nature and human kind.
  • USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter (Gainesville area) – The USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter’s mission is to promote the design, construction and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
  • USGBC North Florida Chapter (North Florida) – The USGBCNF Chapter is a mission-driven non-profit organization committed to making green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
  • USGBC Northern Gulf Coast Chapter – The mission of the Northern Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC 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 their region’s quality of life.
  • USGBC South Florida Chapter – The South Florida chapter of the USGBC is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainable, energy efficient buildings.

Georgia

  • Sustainable Atlanta (Atlanta) – Sustainable Atlanta creates sustainability strategies and policy recommendations through city-wide collaboration with local businesses, organizations, individuals, governments, and academics. Sustainable Atlanta’s main goals are to foster environmental responsibility throughout the city that supports sustainable economic growth and social responsibility.
  • Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia – A program and group through the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Sustainability Division, the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia is a tool for Georgia businesses who are looking to pursue greater environmental sustainability while also furthering their bottom line. This program fosters collaboration with other businesses and offers quality assistance and guidance from the group’s experts.
  • Southface SWEET Center (Atlanta) – Southface is home to many diverse sustainability programs – both public and private sector-based, and national, regional and local in focus. These programs address areas including regional green building, energy, water, affordable housing, weatherization, radon mediation, and more.
  • USGBC Georgia Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia Chapter was formed in January 2009 to advance and promote sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the Georgia’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities.

Hawaii

  • USGBC Hawaii Chapter – The USGBC Hawaii Chapter exists to create an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous quality of life for all in Hawaii through the transformation of the built environment and the way it is planned, designed, constructed and operated.

Idaho

  • Green Works Idaho – GreenWorks Idaho cultivates the growth of the emerging green economy through business promotion, community education and advocacy. (For both residential and businesses.)
  • USGBC Idaho Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter seeks to promote sustainable design, building, construction and operation to create a better quality of life for Idaho.

Illinois

  • Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance – The FSBA supports members in integrating sustainable business principles to generate a more profitable, environmentally respectful, and socially responsible Chicago economy. This mission is achieved through: 1) Networking to create business opportunities, 2) Education to enable informed decision-making, 3) Promotion of a more sustainable business environment with the government, media, and public, 4) Fostering a community of information, referrals, and peer-based learning.
  • Sustainable Electronics Initiative – The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) is a consortium dedicated to the development and implementation of a more sustainable system for designing, producing, remanufacturing, and recycling electronic devices. Members of the consortium include academia, non-profit organizations, government agencies, manufacturers, designers, refurbishers and recyclers.
  • USGBC Illinois Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national non-profit composed 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.

Indiana

  • USGBC Indiana Chapter – The USGBC Indiana Chapter’s purpose is to: 1) Integrate building industry sectors, 2) Effect change in their local built environment, 3) Educate owners and practitioners in Indiana.

Iowa

  • USGBC Iowa Chapter – The Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council seeks to create a positive impact on the region’s built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. They endeavor to move the green building industry forward with market-based solutions.

Kansas

  • Lawrence Sustainability Network (Lawrence) – The Lawrence Sustainability Network (LSN) promotes ecological sustainability, including local food production, resource conservation, and renewable energy. Its efforts towards sustainability encompass community self-reliance, localized economy, biological diversity, social justice, and grass-roots democracy.
  • USGBC Central Plains Chapter (Central Plains) – The mission of the Central Plains Chapter is to lead the regional transformation of the built environment by promoting ecologically responsible, cost effective, productive and healthy places to live, learn and work.

Kentucky

  • Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance – The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance (KSEA) promotes clean and efficient energy technologies. KSEA educates local citizens, businesses, and organizations and also advocates for sustainable policies in support of clean energy and energy efficiency.
  • Kentucky Solar Partnership – The Kentucky Solar Partnership (KSP) is passionate about bringing solar technologies to Kentucky. KSP influences state policies, and aims to educate citizens, businesses, and any organizations interested in expanding solar energy for themselves, or for local communities. KSP focuses on the environmental and economic benefits of installing solar energy.
  • USGBC Kentucky Chapter – The USGBC Kentucky Chapter seeks to educate and promote the design, construction, and operation of buildings and the built environment in Kentucky that are environmentally responsible places to live, work and learn.

Louisiana

  • USGBC Louisiana Chapter – The USGBC Louisiana Chapter seeks to educate and inspire the citizens & leaders of Louisiana to embrace and implement sustainable design and construction in their natural and built environments, with special emphasis on infrastructure and systems improvement.

Maine

  • Maine Businesses for Sustainability – Maine Businesses for Sustainability is a network of Maine businesses expanding their bottom line through sustainable business practices and triple bottom line values.
  • USGBC Maine Chapter – The Maine Chapter of the USGBC is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Maryland

  • Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing – Maryland Smart, Green and Growing (SG&G) is a program that aggregates different green initiatives across the state of Maryland.
  • Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance – An alliance that educates the public on the importance of supporting the local economy, and encourages businesses and consumers to be environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.
  • USGBC Maryland Chapter – The USGBC Maryland Chapter seeks to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work, learn and heal.

Massachusetts

  • Sustainable Performance Institute (Boston) – The Sustainable Performance Institute is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to mainstream green, healthy, efficient, and intentional building and development. They promote and support this mission through education, policy advocacy, strategic outreach and technical assistance, while recognizing that all of their constituents are fellow agents of change.
  • Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (Boston) – The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is an organization of business leaders committed to changing the way the world does business. The SBN has 20-years of experience in bringing business leaders together along with others interested in topics such as business ethics, the multiple-stakeholder model, and sustainable workplaces to share information and take action.
  • USGBC Massachusetts Chapter – The mission of the Massachusetts USGBC Chapter is to promote the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings and communities in Massachusetts through education, mutual support, and advocacy, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Michigan

  • Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (West Michigan) – The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing sustainable building education to the general public and building industry.
  • Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids) – The Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College is dedicated to the development and advancement of organizations and communities that promote economic viability, natural world kinship, and social responsibility.
  • USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter (Detroit Region) – The USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter seeks 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 in Eastern Michigan.
  • USGBC West Michigan Chapter (Detroit Region) – The USGBC West Michigan Chapter seeks to champion leadership for environmental sustainability in green building and community development through strategic affiliations and comprehensive educational opportunities at all levels.

Minnesota

  • USGBC Minnesota Chapter – The USGBC Minnesota Chapter seeks 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.

Mississippi

  • USGBC Mississippi Chapter – The Mississippi chapter of the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry works to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Missouri

  • USGBC Central Plains Chapter (Central Plains) – The mission of the Central Plains Chapter is to lead the regional transformation of the built environment by promoting ecologically responsible, cost effective, productive and healthy places to live, learn and work.
  • USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter (St. Louis area) – The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the USGBC seeks to support transformation of the built environment with a strong organization that excels in member services and engagement, education, advocacy and marketing around green building practices and principles.

Montana

  • Sustainable Business Council of Missoula, Montana (Missoula) – Provides education and technical assistance to help businesses, organizations, and individuals in Montana adopt sustainable practices that protect and enhance the environment, the region’s economy, and local communities.
  • USGBC Montana Chapter – The USGBC Montana Chapter promotes balanced social, economic, and environmental stewardship in Montana by leading and educating about green building practices that will create healthy and sustainable communities in which to live, work, and play.

Nebraska

  • Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop – The mission of the Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop (NSLW) is to help community leaders throughout the state craft shared visions for efficient resource use, environmental quality, alternative energy, economic opportunities, effective public policy, healthy and vibrant cities, and food-based coalitions.
  • Lincoln Green by Design (Lincoln) – Brings together individuals, businesses, non-profits and government agencies to promote a sustainable Lincoln and Lancaster County. They work to promote smart growth and environmental stewardship through the public and private partnership.
  • Green Omaha Coalition (Omaha) – Promoting a healthy, sustainable community through partnerships, policy, and smart solutions.
  • USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter (Omaha area) – SGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter is a network of building professionals, owners, government officials, developers, contractors and manufacturers working to promote environmentally responsible, economically feasible, occupant-friendly building design and support the LEED Rating System on a local level.

Nevada

  • Nevada Sustainable Business Alliance – The Nevada Sustainable Business Alliance (NSBA) provides an easy way to connect to businesses who value sustainability in their business practices and everyday lives.
  • Black Rock Solar – Black Rock is a non-profit with a simple goal: speed the adoption of renewable energy by building low or no cost solar power in unlikely places.
  • USGBC Nevada Chapter – The U.S. Green Building Council – Nevada Chapter is a non-profit organization and has been an organizational leader in Nevada for green building and sustainability since 2003. their core values of collaboration, environmental stewardship, education, networking and diversity drive us to make a positive difference in the built, natural, and social environments of the state.

New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Business for Social Responsibility – New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is the business organization driving the social responsibility agenda in New Hampshire.
  • USGBC New Hampshire Chapter – The New Hampshire Chapter of the USGBC is out to transform the built environment by providing a forum for individuals to meet, converse and communicate with the larger community.

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Future – New Jersey Future is a statewide research and policy group advocating a smarter way to grow: one that protects open lands and natural resources, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices.
  • USGBC New Jersey Chapter – The New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC seeks to be NJ’s foremost leader promoting, advocating, and providing education for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of high performance buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, cost effective, productive, and healthy places to live, learn and work.

New Mexico

  • USGBC New Mexico Chapter – USGBC – NM is a local non-profit with a mission to transform the built environment through education, collaboration and outreach that promotes environmentally responsible practices that are economically and socially beneficial to the community.

New York

  • Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (Binghamton) – BRSC is working to become a regional information clearinghouse to promote new and existing sustainability efforts, a source for sustainability training and education, a center for networking and coordination and an advocacy group that builds community support for public policies that further their mission.
  • Cool Rochester (Rochester) – Cool Rochester is a non-profit group composed of concerned citizens who are engaging the Rochester community in the fight against climate change.
  • Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes (Ithaca) – The Green Resource Hub offers a variety of programs to support people, businesses, and communities in the paradigm shift to sustainable lifestyles.
  • Sustainable Tompkins (Ithaca) – Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well-being of their communities and region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and personal and civic responsibility.
  • Urban Green Council (New York City, Rockland, Westchester) – Urban Green Council’s mission is to lead the advancement of sustainability in the urban built environment, and serve as a model for other cities, through education, advocacy, collaboration and research.
  • USGBC Long Island Chapter – 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.
  • USGBC New York Upstate Chapter – The mission of the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter is to provide an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate change and help shape the future of green building practices in the Chapter Region.

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association – NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) pursues sustainability primarily through the support of renewable and energy efficient technologies. NCSEA champions the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable energy and provides educational and networking opportunities for communities through events and online resources. Additionally, NCSEA encourages and supports policy efforts to expand sustainable energy opportunities within NC.
  • Southern Appalachia Sustainable Building Council (Western North Carolina) – Their mission is to promote socially and environmentally responsible land use, design and construction through education, networking, advocacy and research.
  • Sustainable Sandhills (Fort Bragg) – Sustainable Sandhills is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving the natural resources of the eight county region surrounding Fort Bragg. Through education, demonstration and collaboration, thay are looking to change the ways we live, work and play.
  • USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter (Charlotte) – The Charlotte Region Chapter (CRC) is a branch of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) covering 37 NC counties that provides green building education through training, events, and advocacy. Aside from education, members of the CRC benefit from incredible networking and volunteer opportunities in an internationally recognized sustainable design and construction organization.
  • USGBC NC Triangle Chapter (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) – The U.S. Green Building Council NC Triangle Chapter is a nonprofit, membership based organization promoting green building practices and knowledge in Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) as well as the eastern region of the state.
  • USGBC Piedmont Triad NC Chapter (Piedmont Triad) – The Piedmont Triad NC Chapter mission is to accelerate the implementation of sustainable building concepts, technologies, and practices through education and advocacy in Piedmont Triad, NC communities and region.

North Dakota

  • USGBC North Dakota Chapter – The USGBC- North Dakota Chapter is the center for knowledge and advocacy of sustainable built environments.

Ohio

  • Columbus GreenSpot (Columbus) – GreenSpot is the place where households, businesses, organizations and community groups learn more about being green and are inspired to take small steps that, together, add up to a big impact.
  • Central Ohio Sustainability Roundtable (Central Ohio) – COSR’s mission is to advance sustainable development in Central Ohio by acting as a resource for awareness-building, learning and collaboration among business, government, non-profits, and community groups.
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC (Northeast Ohio) – The purpose of Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC is to generate broad support for various individual efforts, build momentum, and advance the green building agenda in the region through education, consultation, and cooperation.
  • USGBC NW Ohio Chapter (Northwest Ohio) – The Northwest Ohio Green Building Council seeks to raise awareness of the environmental, economic, and health impacts of sustainable building methods and practices as a way to transform the built environment.
  • USGBC Central Ohio Chapter (Central Ohio) –  USGBC Central Ohio is a division of the national US Green Building Council.
  • USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter (Cincinnati Region) – The mission of the Cincinnati Regional Chapter is to transform the way buildings and communities are planned, designed, built, and operated enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous built and natural environment that improves the quality of life.

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Sustainability Network – The Oklahoma Sustainability Network (OSN) serves to connect and educate the people of Oklahoma concerning the many aspects of sustainability. OSN is a catalyst and a resource for the improvement of Oklahoma’s economy, ecology, and equity.
  • Sustainable Green Country (Northeast Oklahoma) – Sustainable Green Country have actively advocated in the areas of: sustainably-grown local food, clean air, mercury emissions, green building, energy conservation & renewable energy, and “greening” local churches and city governments.
  • Sustainable OKC (Oklahoma City) – Sustainable OKC (SOKC) is a grassroots organization working at the crossroads of business, environment, and social justice in Oklahoma City.
  • Sustainable Shawnee (Shawnee) – Sustainable Shawnee is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable living and educating the community on how to live more “gently” on our planet.
  • Sustainable Stillwater (Stillwater) – Sustainable Stillwater’s mission and objectives focus on: 1) Promoting community sustainability through different campaigns, projects and volunteer/educational opportunities; 2) Connecting those working towards sustainability; 3) Serving as a resource for environmental information integral to the sustainable future of Stillwater and Oklahoma.
  • Sustainable Tulsa (Tulsa) – Sustainable Tulsa promotes responsible economic growth, environmental stewardship and quality of life for all.
  • USGBC Oklahoma Chapter – The USGBC Oklahoma Chapter seeks to promote sustainable living and building practices within the Oklahoma built environment through the efforts of education, advocacy and outreach.

Oregon

  • Cascadia Green Business Chapter – Cascadia Green Building Council is one of three original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only international chapter in North America. They strive to become a leading force in green building by forging alliances with organizations that have a stake in the future of this region.

Pennsylvania

  • Green Building Alliance (Western Pennsylvania) – Green Building Alliance is a nonprofit organization that advances economic prosperity and human well-being in Western Pennsylvania by driving market demand for green buildings and green building products. As a national pioneer and the first U.S. Green Building Council affiliate organization, GBA continues to be a catalyst in the region and strives to meet the ever-growing and ever-changing demands of the green building marketplace through multiple programs and initiatives.
  • Sustainable Philadelphia Initiative (Philadelphia) –  The Sustainable Philadelphia Initiative helps fuel the momentum to make Philadelphia become one of the most sustainable region in America.
  • Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (Philadelphia) – The mission of the Sustainable Business Network is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. This is accomplished by educating and growing a broad base of local, independent businesses and educating policymakers and the public.
  • Delaware Valley Green Building Council (Lehigh Valley) – The Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to transform the Delaware Valley through sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the region’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities, mindful of the legacy left for future generations.

Rhode Island

  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Rhode Island – NESEA RI’s goal is to enable cross-disciplinary collaboration among professionals working to create a sustainable future.
  • Sustainable Business Network of Rhode Island (SBNRI) – The Sustainable Business Network of Rhode Island is a network of locally owned businesses, service providers and community organizations committed to building a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable Rhode Island for future generations.
  • USGBC Rhode Island Chapter – The Rhode Island Green Building Council offers an array of educational and outreach events statewide on the merits of green building and energy efficiency.

South Carolina

  • Go Green Charleston (Charleston) – Go Green Charleston (GGC) is a “non-profit community” that educates and empowers users and members interested in making their own lives and communities more sustainable. GGC can connect local businesses, homeowners, or organizations as well as advertise local sustainability events and initiatives.
  • The Sustainability Institute – The Sustainability Initiative (SI) of South Carolina uses green building services as well as education and outreach to help communities achieve a higher level of sustainability. SI offers green building and weatherization trainings to communities and also runs Challenges such as the Charleston Green Business Challenge, which aims to highlight and encourage sustainable businesses in Charleston.
  • Sustainable Midlands (Midlands) – Sustainable Midlands (SM) is passionate about harnessing citizen participation in order to achieve more sustainable communities in the Midlands of South Carolina. SM offers educational tools and resources as well as platforms for community wide collaboration, all in the effort for sustainable and responsible community development.
  • USGBC South Carolina Chapter – The South Carolina Chapter, with representatives from numerous educational, governmental and private industries, strives to uphold and disseminate the goals of the U.S. Green Building Council, while working on a local level to educate the citizens of South Carolina about the benefits of green building and sustainable communities.

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • East Tennessee Green Building Council (East Tennessee) – The East Tennessee Green Building Council seeks to facilitate and promote planning, design, construction and operation of buildings, communities and landscapes that are environmentally, socially, and fiscally responsible.
  • Southern Appalachia Sustainable Building Council (East Tennessee) – Their mission is to promote socially and environmentally responsible land use, design and construction through education, networking, advocacy and research.
  • Sustainable Tennessee – Sustainable Tennessee (ST) was established by numerous organizations and individuals with the goal of creating a state-wide sustainability agenda for Tennessee. ST understands the need for all aspects of Tennessee’s economy and lifestyle to embrace sustainability in order to clean the state’s natural resources and create positive community development.
  • USGBC Memphis Regional Chapter (Memphis region)- The mission of the Memphis Regional Chapter of the USGBC is to educate the Memphis Metropolitan and Greater MidSouth community in the art and science of sustainable design and construction practices, and to guide the community into the regular implementation of such practices.
  • USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter – The USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter strives to further the USGBC’s mission of promoting buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work by applying these principles to the Middle Tennessee area.

Texas

  • North Texas Green Council (North Texas) – The North Texas Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization. They look to promote a sustainable, profitable and healthy built environment in the North Texas area through education, professional training and outreach.
  • Texas Green Network – The Texas Green Network is a modern chamber-of-commerce, a community of Texas businesses, organizations and individuals committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable best practices in the way business is done.
  • USGBC Central Texas Balcones Chapter (Central Texas) – USGBC Balcones seeks to accelerate the transformation toward sustainable building and land development practices in Central Texas through innovation, advocacy and partnerships.
  • USGBC Chihuahuan Desert Chapter (Borderland) – The USGBC Chihuahuan Desert Chapter seeks 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 Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (Borderland) – The USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter seeks to create a healthy, cleaner, safer and greener built environment is available to everyone along the gulf.

Utah

  • USGBC Utah Chapter – The USGBC Utah Chapter seeks to create an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable way of life by transforming how neighborhoods and buildings are designed, built, and operated.

Vermont

  • Sustainable Rutland (Rutland) – Sustainable Rutland is committed to promoting environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the Rutland region.
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of its citizens.
  • Vermont Green Building Network – VGBN’s member base includes a wide range of interested and enthusiastic individuals from many different sectors who are committed to transforming the way buildings are designed and built in Vermont.
  • Sustainability Institute – The Sustainability Institute is a non-profit that applies systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges. The Sustainability Institute is a non-profit that applies systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges.

Virginia

  • Hampton Roads Green Building Council (Greater Hampton Roads area) – HRGBC seeks to promote sustainable building practices in the region through educational programming and endorsement of the LEED green building rating system.
  • James River Green Building Council (Central Virginia)- The James River Green Building Council (JRGBC) wants to create a positive impact on the region’s built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards.
  • USGBC Southwest Virginia Chapter (Southwest Virginia) – The U.S. Green Building Council Southwest Virginia Chapter takes sustainable building to the forefront of the communities extending from Roanoke to Lynchburg, Abingdon, and Lexington. They provide educational opportunities to members and the general public at workshops, community forums and expos.
  • Virginia Sustainable Building Network – Promoting environmentally sound  building practices and sustainable development in Virginia.

Washington

  • Cascadia Green Business Chapter – Cascadia Green Building Council is one of three original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only international chapter in North America. They strive to become a leading force in green building by forging alliances with organizations that have a stake in the future of this region.
  • Resource Venture (Seattle) – Resource conservation service for Seattle businesses. Provides ideas, examples and guidance.
  • Shoreline Green Business Program (Shoreline area) – The Green Business Program was created in 2008 to assist businesses in Shoreline to operate in an environmentally efficient manner, and to recognize and promote businesses that meet environmental compliance and conservation criteria.
  • Sustainable Seattle (Central Puget Sound) – Founded in 1991, Sustainable Seattle is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the Central Puget Sound. They create cutting-edge products and processes to reach sustainability locally and globally.
  • Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability – NBIS provides businesses and professionals who are serious about profitable sustainability with the connections, skills, tools, programs, and resources that are vital for success in the green economy.

West Virginia

  • West Virginia Green Works – The non-profit West Virginia Greenworks, Inc., focuses on training and retraining workers for opportunities and emerging careers in high performance building, renewable and alternative energy, and energy conservation. It also offers sustainability information and training in other key arenas including transportation, air quality, water and waste water management, land use and planning, forestry, and agriculture.

Wisconsin

  • Sustain Dane (Madison) – Sustain Dane a non-profit organization committed to creating communities that deeply enjoy, care for and are sustained by their unique environment.
  • Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (Madison) – The mission of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) is to shape the future by facilitating and promoting ecologically sustainable practices within Wisconsin’s Built environment.
  • Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council – The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

Wyoming

  • USGBC Wyoming Chapter – USGBC Wyoming transforms the built environment by promoting a responsible, efficient, and cost effective whole building approach to design and construction. We do this by providing practical educational programs and by conducting our chapter in an open and fiscally responsible manner.

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