Business View Magazine - October 2018

142 143 U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL - MARYLAND CHAPTER considerable momentum, it was challenging to provide a uniform definition of “green buildings” — let alone a codified mechanism for certifying them based on their sustainable features. “USGBC’s formation and the development of the LEED green building rating system occurred at a time when the built environment was experi- ence a spate of building design trends that resulted in buildings that looked nice, but were built with unsustainable materials, and poorlymaintained environments on the inside,which could have a det- rimental effect on the health of building occupants. “By 1998, USGBC had successfully developed LEED 1.0, and it began pilot testing 19 projects. Following the success of the pilot program, LEED for New Construction saw a public launch in March 2000. “From day one, USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.As technology and innovation advances, and the desire to develop buildings that are green and healthy continues to grow, USGBC remains on mission.” BVM: What is your membership in Maryland? Has the number changed significantly over the years, and if so, why? Are there different tiers of membership? Are there any associate members from different industries? How do you communi- cate with the membership? What are the benefits of membership? Jacobsen: “USGBC is a movement of community leaders, professionals, businesses and innova- tors working to accomplish a single bold vision: healthy, efficient and equitable buildings and communities for all. USGBC members demon- strate their commitment to sustainability while also making an impact within their sphere of influence, advancing the movement for a more sustainable built environment. “USGBC members have access to the greater green building community and industry lead- ership opportunities through participation in USGBC and LEED committees, local volunteer op- portunities, conferences and webinars, and meet- ings with elected officials to advance the green