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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.



  • Upcoming Events

    Take a Look at Upcoming Events

    April 26th – Providence is planning a big Earth Day event with 39 clean-ups and tree plantings around the city. Go to for more information.

    April 30th – Environment Council of RI’s annual “Earth Day the State House” from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. All are welcome.

    May 10thEarth Day Clean-Up at Hope High School, Providence RI

    For more information on our Upcoming Events, please visit our Events & Programs Page.

  • 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!

LEED for Neighborhood Development

The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system was jointly developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). LEED-ND aligns the principles of smart growth, New Urbanism and green building into a set of national standards for green planning and design making it the first national system for neighborhood design.


“LEED for Neighborhood Development is potentially the most transformative and powerful tool we have for influencing and establishing holistic and sustainable communities. But we have to use it.
LEED-ND’s inherent power and its beauty begins by integrating its holistic framework into our comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision regulations so we can create and guide the sustainable future for the places we call home, neighborhood, community…and earth.”



New LEED Testing Information

” The deadline to take the old LEED exam is June 15th, 2104. After that date, professionals will be required to take the new exams. All exam preparation materials for the LEED 2009 exams for LEED AP BD &C, LEED AP ID & C and LEED AP O+ M, as well as LEED Green Associate exams for LEED 2009 will remain valid until the changeover date of May 31st, 2014. New v4 materials will be announced as the LEED v4 exam approaches. The new LEED exams are expected to be more challenging because it will include new credits and a new credit category, so many professionals are rushing to take the exams before the sunset date in 2014. However, the structure of the credentials – Green Associate and the LEED AP – is expected to remain unchanged.”

For more information regarding LEED exams,  please visit

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.

IGCCapplies 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

  • Call for Volunteers

    Get Involved!

    The Rhode Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is looking for Volunteers.

    Why Volunteer?

    Advance sustainability & green building activity in Rhode Island

    Inspire new audiences to adopt green building principles

    Gain exposure to new audiences

    Demonstrate your green expertise

    Network with USGBC volunteers, leaders and partners locally and nationally

    Access valuable green building tools, resources & trainings

    Acquire LEED Credential Maintenance hours are available as a volunteer

    For more information, please contact Lorraine Nik at or call 401-780-4337.
  • LEED classes

    The Education Committee is looking for people who would like to attend the LEED AP or the LEED GA class.

    Please contact Lorraine Nik at or call 401-780-4337 to have your name put on the list.

U.S. Green Building Council rhode Island Chapter’s Partners

New England Institute of Technology
Taco Inc.
Regan Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
Fidelity Investments
Elaine Construction
Dryvit Inc.
Abernathy Lighting Design
National Building Products
PARE Corporation
Building Engineering Resources Inc.
The Green Engineer Inc.
Veitas & Veitas Engineers Inc.