East Tennessee Green Building Council
East Tennessee Chapter Executive Summary
The U.S. Green Building Council was formed in 1993 in an effort to meet building industry needs and provide a single entity to encourage integration, leadership, and education. This consensus-based group of building professionals has fulfilled this need, becoming the center for action on environmental issues facing the industry’s multiple interests. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council in the East Tennessee region want to establish a firm foundation of support for promoting and encouraging environmentally sound practices. This geographical region, while not experiencing a growth rate of adjacent regions, is seeing a demand for increased growth in construction and population demonstrating a need for a local chapter of the USGBC.
It is the desire of the East Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to create a positive impact on the region’s built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies and standards. We endeavor to move the green building industry forward with market-based solutions. The chapter’s membership is open and balanced and is comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the building industry; Including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners, and professionals.
East Tennessee Chapter Vision
Our vision is to achieve a sustainable built environment, including green buildings and healthy communities in the southeastern United States.
East Tennessee Chapter Commitment
We will serve as a respected and visible catalyst for change in the region for green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 19,500 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Members includes building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits.
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.
Buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.
USGBC’s Guiding Principles
USGBC’s Board of Directors has articulated “guiding principles” that will help us all with the decisions we make every day about USGBC and its programs. In an industry predicated on innovation, these principles provide us with clarity and continuity, while also giving us the flexibility to grow and respond to a rapidly changing market.