Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background


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.

For more information, visit Greenbuild 2014.

RIGBC LogoRhode Island Green Schools ChallengeApeiron Institute Logo

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

Cocktails and Conversations

Join us at the NEREJ Networking Event being held in Providence in September. For more information, contact Rick Kaplan at 1- 800-654-4993 or email

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres

When: September 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Hilton Providence

Tickets: $49  (USGBC  RI members receive 20% discount*)

* contact Lorraine Nik at for information on how to receive your discount

Do Green Homes Fetch Higher Sales Prices?

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features is $47,600 higher than for homes without any green features, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage, Redfin.
Green features include solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, strong environmental ratings, and certifications from programs such as Energy Star or LEED.“All of these features reduce your home’s impact on the environment,” says Julie Jacobson, a Redfin real estate professional in Los Angeles. “Going green also means saving money on monthly bills, especially when you take advantage of the various rebates and tax incentives available; it can really be a win-win.”
So where can you find the highest concentration of homes with green features? Redfin ranked neighborhoods based on the share of its “green” listings to overall listings in neighborhoods across the country over the past two years.

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!

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.

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.”


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

And here is . . . What Is LEED?

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