US Green Building Council - Ohio Chapter - Southwest Ohio Region

June Statewide Board Meeting and Retreat in Columbus Posted by Eric Anderson on 06/6/17 in Events, Featured


USGBC Ohio will be having a strategic gathering of board members, regional leaders, and members on Saturday, June 17 in Columbus.

We will be focusing on our strategic goals and engage with each other and community experts on how to achieve them.  The morning will consist of board and committee meetings and the afternoon will focus on two key aspects of our mission: advocacy and membership/volunteerism.

Breakfast, lunch and happy hour will be provided at no charge.  Location and agenda coming shortly.

If you are interested in sharing your ideas but are unable to attend, please contact Eric Porr at

All USGBC Ohio members are welcome! We hope that you will be a part of this important event that will help shape the future of our work together.

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This week – Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit! Posted by Eric Anderson on 06/6/17 in Events

Slider_MRSS-1USGBC Ohio Southwest Region is a Sustainability Advocate sponsor of the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, an event that will explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of equity.

We explore why equity is often overlooked in the discussion around sustainability, and the ways in which new economic opportunities can be pursued that are both socially and environmentally just. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Van Jones. Jones is, among many things, a leader working to build an equitable green economy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in linking the economy, the environment and social justice, notably through initiatives he has founded such as The Dream Corps, Green for All and Rebuild the Dream.


Highlights for this year’s Summit:

  • A keynote address by Van Jones (see full bio here:
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring area small business leaders who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their business practices
  • Breakout sessions where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as energy conservation, water quality, local food access, outdoor recreation, sustainable business supply chains and waste reduction.

Click Here to View the Program for the Day 


Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience of professionals who seek to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 9 and be ready to deepen your understanding and expand your network.

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Upcoming Events Posted by Eric Anderson on 06/6/17 in Events, Featured

We have a lot of exciting activities coming up in this month!

Check out the Events Calendar now!

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Webinar: Vegetated Roofs Posted by Eric Anderson on 06/6/17 in Continuing Education, Events, Featured

Vegetated roofs serve many environmental and aesthetic purposes in building.

Green Roofs help save water, reduce the heat island effect, restore habitat and increase the human desire to enjoy outdoor space. During the program, attendees will learn about the industry, design criteria, what products are available, how to maintain green roofs, and how they perform in the northern climate. We will go over some examples, including hospitals and pollinator friendly buildings Green (vegetated) roofs touch 6 categories and many points within LEED v4.

This webinar is approved for LEED AP BD+C CE hours.



  1. Explain how water is used and saved on vegetated roofs in the LEED v4 BD+C and O+M rating system. (LEED Credits: Integrative Process, Water Related Systems; Rain Management)
  2. Describe how restoring habitat in the built environment can not only improve ecosystems but also increase the human desire to enjoy outdoor rooftop space in the LEED v4 BD+C and O+M rating system. (LEED Credits: Site Development- Protect or Restore Habitat; Open Space; Heat Island Reduction)
  3. Understand how to monitor the performance of vegetated roofs in the region to achieve the LEED Credit of Innovation in the LEED v4 BD+C and O+M rating system. (LEED Credit: Innovation)
  4. Understand what role professionals play to making green roofs successful.
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