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We are people who passionately believe that promoting sustainable buildings and communities transforms the way people live, work, and play.  Promoting and building green buildings and neighborhoods will help the economy, the environment, protect the heritage of Rhode Island  and ensure that our grandchildren are able to enjoy a better quality of life for generations to come.

The vision and mission of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are to improve the quality of life by transforming the design, composition, and operation of the places where we live, learn, work, and play within the short space of a generation.

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2014 – 2015 Academic School Year

The Rhode Island Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition being launched for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year. Brought to the region through a collaboration between the USGBC Rhode Island Chapter and The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Please visit our Green Schools Challenge page for more information, call Lorraine Nik, Administrative Coordinator at 401.780.4337 or email her at

Taco Inc.

Announcing the New Geothermal Presentation by Rich Medairos at TACO, Inc

Geothermal Systems have been available for decades as viable energy efficient HVAC systems. In recent years many groups have provided new products  and technologies to advance Geothermal systems.

To learn more, visit our Education Page.

The East Bay Met Center Tour

Met Center

This tour will showcase built examples of passive and active systems that were implemented for the East Bay Met Center.The East Bay Met Center is approximately 20,400 square feet of new construction (including balconies) and is designed to be net-zero ready with a predicted site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 35kBtu’s/s.f./yr.

Date: November 6, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Address: 115 Girard Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

You must register if you plan on attending this Tour.

Click Here to Register!

Please contact Kathy Arthur-Tyler for more information at


Co Sponsored by AIA RI and USGBC RI


The U.S. Green Building Council – RI Chapter would like to Thank our Gold Sponsor, National Grid for funding this Tour.

National Grid

Brought to you by National Grid, Stephen Turner, Inc and the Conservation Services Group

Intelligent and Sustainable Resiliency

An Op-Ed by Kenneth J. Filarski, Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Upper Northeast Regional Committee.

On behalf of the U.S. Green Building Council, as an architect, a planner, and Chair of USGBC Rhode Island, it is our vision to create and enhance buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Our work embraces the triple bottom line of: people, planet, and profit. People for our work creating healthy communities and happy citizens; planet for enhancing our surroundings for a cleaner and livable environment; and profit for building a more robust economy.


RI Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG)


Search for information on green building on the U.S. Green Building Council  website, the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG). Click Here!

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West Haven, CT CVS Store Awarded the LEED Platinum Certification

This achievement marks the first CVS/Pharmacy Store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eight LEED certified building. “CVS Health is proud to celebrate this model store, which allows us to pilot environmental innovations and uncover best practices we can apply to other facilities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health. The West Haven Store uses 40 percent less energy and 50 percent less water compared to traditional buildings of similar size. CVS/Pharmacy plans to incorporate some of the successful elements from the West Haven store into future new stores.  Learn more about the company’s green building efforts in the CVS Health 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

The CVS Celebration Ceremony occurred October 20, 2014 and was attended by USGBC RI and CT Chapter representatives, West Haven Town officials, CVS employees and members of the Architect and Building teams.



We are Launching Our New Green Vets Program

The Green Veterans program is dedicated to helping our nation’s heroes learn about sustainable building and green living, while at the same time helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. By empowering Veterans to be volunteer leaders in their communities, the program’s goals are to nurture opportunities for continuing education, networking, employment, corporate engagement and green entrepreneurship.

For more information on this program, visit


Stay updated on the LEED Dynamic Plaque 

The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a real-time building performance platform that’s now available to all. As USGBC continues to champion building performance through the Dynamic Plaque you can stay updated on Here you can join a demo or watch the latest video. Please spread the word to your members and colleagues.

Rhode Island First to Adopt International Green Construction Code


 As of October 2010, Rhode Island is the first state in the U.S. to recognize the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as an option for the design and  construction of all major public facilities. In 2009 the state passed the Green Buildings Act, which requires all new public projects to be built to LEED Certified standards—with some exceptions. Rhode Island now recognizes IGCC as equivalent to LEED for the purpose of the requirement.

IGCC applies to commercial buildings—new, existing, traditional and high-performance—and offers ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternative code from which jurisdictions can draw. Rhode Island’s application of the IGCC for public buildings is not the same as using IGCC as the basis for its building code. Recently Richard, Washington, became the first city in the world to adopt IGCC as non-mandatory commercial building code. For more information, visit – Emily Catacchio, October 12, 2010

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New England Institute of Technology
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