- 10 Ways To Get Involved
1. U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org)
A 501(c)3 corporation founded in 1993, based in Washington, D.C.
Transforming the market place through cost-efficient, energy-saving green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
*77 chapters *14,000 member organizations *162,000+ LEED credentialed professionals
*150,000 new and existing building certifications * 9.6 billion square feet of LEED certified space
USGBC’s 9 LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating Systems™
LEED is the global standard for practical and measurable high performance green building design, construction, operations and maintenance.
- Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
- New Construction *LEED for Core & Shell
- Commercial Interiors
- Neighborhood Development
- Retail: New Construction and Major Renovations
Technical criteria is proposed, publicly reviewed, and approval by consensus by member USGBC organizations.
LEED 2009 has 100 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Plus, 6 additional points are awarded for Innovation in Design and 4 additional points for Regional Priority Credits.
Certification levels by points are: Certified: 40–49 Silver: 50–59 Gold: 60–79 Platinum 80-100 .
LEED V4 is currently under review to launch in November 2013. Look for updates and educational opportunities form USGBC U.S. Caribbean Chapter.
2. Green Building Certification Institute (www. GBCI.org)
GBCI is a third-party organization established in 2008 to provide independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs within the framework of USGBC’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems™. GBCI offers the marketplace validation that building certifications and professional designations have met specific, rigorous criteria.
Professional Credentialing: GBCI develops and administers the ANSI 17024 accredited LEED Professional Credential exams, which include the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials, as well as the LEED for Homes Green Rater and LEED Project Reviewer professional certificates.
GBCI also oversees the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED Professionals. This continuing education requirement keeps LEED professionals at the forefront of the rapidly evolving green building industry, driving ongoing excellence in the marketplace and ensuring that LEED professionals are the most qualified in the field.
Project Certification: GBCI administers the LEED certification program, performing third-party technical reviews and verification of registered projects to determine if they have met the standards set forth by the LEED rating system. Dedicated technical experts ensure building certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity. Six billion square feet are currently registered with GBCI for certification.
3. USGBC U.S. Caribbean Chapter
P.O. Box 40320, San Juan, PR 00940-0320
We are: A 501c3 and 1101 non-profit organization incorporated in San Juan, PR in 2005.
Mission: Educate for the transformation to a sustainable built environment in our region.
We are Continuing Education Providers to CIAPR, CAAPPR, GBCI.
- Over 200 individuals including building owners, architects, landscape architects, contractors, realtors, educators, students, engineers, planners, and community members.
- Over 70 corporations and organizations
- 4 branch development projects in Ceiba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ponce, and Mayagüez.
U.S. Caribbean Chapter Board of Directors
2013 Board of Directors
President: Vincent Pieri, AIA LEED AP (email@example.com)
Vice President: Carlos Rodriguez, PE LEED AP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Quenia Johnson, Comptroller (email@example.com)
Secretary: William Agosto, PE, Structural (firstname.lastname@example.org)
USVI Representative: Donna DeJongh, AIA (email@example.com)
USVI Representative: Kenneth Benjamin, AIA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Past- President/Education & Green Schools Consultant: Cristina Algaze Beato, AIA, LEED AP
Founder / Past-President/ Advocacy Consultant: Dr. Fernando Abruña, FAIA (email@example.com)
Advocacy: Jesus A. Garay, LEED AP, PMP, BSEE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Education: Adriana Bultrón Rodríguez, AIA, LEED AP EB-O+M (email@example.com)
Emerging Professionals: David Turpin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Events: Eugenio Lopez-Rivera(email@example.com)
Green Schools-SEEDS : María Correa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Membership : Jorge Rodríguez-Bacardí (email@example.com)
4. USGBC U.S. Caribbean Student Groups
UPR Río Piedras
UPR Mayagüez- firstname.lastname@example.org
Universidad Politécnica- email@example.com
5. FLORIDA CARIBBEAN REGION
The Florida/Caribbean Region consists of eight USGBC chapters in Florida and Puerto Rico
The Florida-Caribbean regional committee mission is to support USGBC strategic goals and the collective and individual objectives of the 8 Florida/Caribbean Region Chapters through collaboration, advocacy, communication, resource sharing, capacity building and organizational excellence.
We encourage you to learn about developments and initiatives of other Chapters in our Florida-Caribbean region, and if you are traveling to Florida, to attend your host Florida chapter’s special events and meetings.
The Florida Caribbean Regional Council is made up of two representatives from each of the 8 USGBC Chapters in the region. We network, coordinate efforts and share best management practices to leverage resources to impact the entire region.
6. ARCHITECT FERNANDO ABRUÑA SCHOLARSHIP
USGBC U.S. Caribbean Chapter established The Architect Fernando Abruña Scholarship in honor of its founding president and leader of sustainable architecture in Puerto Rico. Its purpose is to provide financial support in their college careers to students committed to sustainability. The program’s goal is to provide incentives for young people of Puerto Rico to the successful conclusion of their careers and can contribute in a concrete and meaningful sustainable development of our region.
Dr. Fernando Abruña, FAIA, practitioner Abruña and Musgrave Architects, has been featured Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico for 30 years. His vision of sustainability is reflected in multiple projects, more than 10 books and hundreds of articles and presentations. Among its landmark projects include the Casa Ausente- The Missing House and Ecological School Carmelo Delgado, in the municipality of Culebra, and Puerto Rico MicroCasa of all first in their respective categories. Architect Abruña developed the sustainable design workshop at the school of Architecture of the UPR and was instrumental in establishing the presence and consistent outstanding students from Puerto Rico in the biennial competition Solar House in Washington DC. Among his most recent projects is the development of vehicles for the City.