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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

 Green Apple Day of Service – Claiborne Pell School Tour

Join us and the Rhode Island Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) for a tour of the Claiborne Pell School, 43 Dexter Street, Newport, Rhode Island on October 2, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The new Pell School was completed in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Green Ribbon School and is  NE-CHPS ” Green” School verified. Some of the features that distinguish this school’s design and construction are:

  • Projected energy savings of 50% above code.
  • 40% reduction in potable water use.
  • Classrooms that are well illuminated with natural and artificial light, thermally comfortable, and have healthy indoor air.

Along with a tour we will have Presentations from Joe da Silva from RIDE, Kenneth J. Filarski, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C from FILARKSI/ARCHITECT+PLANNING+RESEARCH and Chair USGBC RI, and Matt LaRue from HMFH Architects. For the kids, we will have a  scavenger hunt and a chance to win prizes.

From the Pell School, we will head downtown for drinks and appetizers at a one of the fabulous Restaurants in Newport. Please join us!

UNERC Drop-In Call

Thank you Josh, for a really interesting discussion on Resilience and building practices!

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!


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

And here is . . . What Is LEED?

For more information, visit Greenbuild 2014.

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