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Volunteer opportunities

Thanks for your interest in joining a USGBC committee or working group.

We are always on the lookout for candidates desiring to use their individual talents to strengthen USGBC, LEED and the green building movement as a whole. For more information, download our USGBC Volunteer Manual.

All volunteers, who serve on a committee and/or working group, are required to read and agree to abide by USGBC's Code of Conduct for committee and working group members. This includes an acknowledgement of the Antitrust Policy, the Anti-Harassment Policy, and Policies and Procedures for committees and working groups.


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LEED Committees

Do you have practical experience with the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated around the globe? Are you dedicated to advancing best practices in green building and sustainable development?

This call opens June 1, 2017, and the deadline for submissions is August 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

USGBC calls for self-nominations by qualified applicants to serve as members of the LEED Committees outlined below. While there is no set number of volunteer positions available, we expect to appoint approximately 35 volunteers.

Each volunteer position will be for a first term of one year with an option to continue service in accordance with the following policy: 6.1 Committee and Working Group member terms: Committee members may serve a maximum of four consecutive years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus before being eligible for service on the committee again.

Note that USGBC policy states that individuals may serve on a maximum of three USGBC Committees and two Working Groups at any one time. Any one member organization may not have more than one representative on any one Committee and, except for federal government agencies, may have representatives on a maximum of five Committees and four Working Groups at any one time.

Please see the expertise sought by each committee below.

Qualifications

Required

  • Employed by a USGBC member organization.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the below technical areas.
  • Ability to attend at least two-thirds of all committee calls (1 hour in length, 1-2 calls per month), complete offline review and technical work of approximately 2-3 hours per call, and participate in additional calls as necessary.
    • Preferred

      • LEED Green Associate or LEED Accredited Professional
      • Experience with international LEED and green building rating system implementation

      How to submit an expression of interest with USGBC

      Employees of USGBC member organizations interested in serving on any of the committees described below must complete the LEED Committee Expression of Interest Form online. Please note that USGBC might invite candidates to serve on a committee for which they did not indicate interest based on the candidate’s expertise and the needs of each committee.

      Applicable LEED Committee descriptions

      See the LEED Committees webpage for additional information, including committee purpose statements, current rosters, and links to meeting minutes for each committee.

      Technical Committee
      The Technical Committee oversees all LEED Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and recommends solutions regarding technical issues to the LEED Steering Committee (LSC). Technical Committee responsibilities include: coordinating cross-category matters within LEED; reviewing LEED credits and prerequisites for technical validity and recommending improvements; and assessing LEED’s technical rigor, coherence, and achievement trends through a system of performance metrics. The committee’s roles and responsibilities are detailed in its purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Monday at 2pm ET.

      LEED Advisory Committee
      The LEED Advisory Committee (LAC) counsels the LSC and USGBC staff on market and implementation-related issues. Its purpose is to provide expert feedback and insight on how the LEED rating system and related tools, resources, and programs affect the user experience and market uptake of LEED, toward the goals of maintaining LEED’s global leadership and providing effective and satisfying LEED customer engagement. The role and responsibilities of the LEED Advisory Committee are detailed in the committee’s purpose statement. The standing call time for this committee is Tuesday at 12pm ET.

      Technical Advisory Groups
      Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) recommend technical solutions to rating system development and maintenance questions. The groups provide a consistent source of technical advice regarding credit and prerequisite improvement and supporting tool development. TAGs are structured to include expertise for specific technical issues: Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), Location and Planning (LP), Materials and Resources (MR), Sustainable Sites (SS), and Water Efficiency (WE). The role and responsibilities of the TAGs are detailed in their purpose statement. Standing call times for TAGs are as follows: Tuesday at 4pm ET (EQ TAG), Wednesday at 12pm ET (LP TAG), Wednesday at 2pm ET (SS TAG), Thursday at 11am ET (WE TAG), Thursday at 1pm ET (MR TAG), and Thursday at 3pm ET (EA TAG).

      Selection criteria for LEED Committee members

      The committees open for applications seek, at minimum, the following specific areas of expertise. Candidates may indicate additional expertise beyond these areas in their expression of interest form.

      LEED Advisory Committee (LAC)

      • Principal at large architecture firm
      • Commercial real estate services
      • Owner representation of real estate portfolios
      • Owner representation of real estate portfolios at higher education institutions

      LEED Technical Committee

      • Building Operations and Maintenance
      • Residential Multifamily

      Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG)

      • Building operations and maintenance
      • Commissioning (new construction and existing buildings)
      • Demand Response
      • Energy modeling
      • Greenhouse Gas emissions accounting
      • Residential energy (Single Family)
      • Utility programs

      Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG)

      • Daylighting design
      • Low-emitting materials
      • Green Cleaning and Integrated Pest Management
      • Indoor air quality
      • Indoor Air Assessment (new construction and existing buildings)
      • Natural Ventilation
      • Mechanical Ventilation (new construction and existing buildings)
      • Thermal Comfort
      • Acoustics

      Location & Planning Technical Advisory Group (LP TAG)

      • Land use planning and policy
      • LEED ND Practitioner
      • Multimodal transportation planning and policy
      • Sustainable landscape planning: ecosystem services, resiliency, urban design

      Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG)

      • Architects
      • General contractors
      • Infrastructure
      • Institutional procurement agents
      • Life Cycle Assessment
      • Office Furniture
      • Product manufacturers with experience in:
        • Environmental product declarations (EPDs)
        • Materials sourcing issues, including traceability, biodiversity and land use impacts from extraction and manufacturing
        • Materials chemistry
        • Social responsibility in manufacturing
        • Supply chain sustainability
      • Program operators for ecolabels related to the above categories

      Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG)

      • Brownfield Remediation
      • Heat Island Mitigation
      • Landscape Architect
      • Site developer – owner or operator

      Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE TAG)

      • Alternative water systems (grey water condensate collection, wastewater)
      • Irrigation & outdoor water use
      • Projects with high process water loads (data, hospitals, restaurants, etc.)
      • Water code standards, legislation and enforcement
      • Water quality in buildings