Welcome to the Green Building Leadership Institute

Fall 2018 Application Period Closed.

The rising generation is critical in taking the green building revolution to the next level.

It has been 25 years since USGBC started, 18 years since LEED launched and 10 years since the Massachusetts Green Building community came together and formed the USGBC MA Chapter.  Since then over 13.8 billion square feet of space have earned LEED certification and Massachusetts is #1 for LEED Buildings and Energy Conservation. A visit to Boston Seaport and increased flooding due to climate change during storms tells another story about how much work we still have to do.

Now, more than ever, we need knowledgeable emerging professionals leading the way.

With this in mind, USGBC MA is proud to announce the launch of the Green Building Leadership Institute (GBLI) and its inaugural program the Emerging Professionals Certificate Program (EPCP). This program is for emerging professionals and students looking to advance their sustainable building knowledge, leadership skills, community engagement and professional brand to the next level.

How It Works

  • Accepting Applications until September 15th.
  • The program starts Fall 2018
  • Up to 16 participants in the inaugural class
  • Self-paced program lasting up to 18 months
  • Point-based program with points accrued in 4 categories:
    • Accreditations/Certifications
    • Chapter Involvement and Community Involvement
    • Leadership Skill Development.
    • Community Service
  • Certificate awarded after earning 100 points.


  • Enrolled participants will have access to all USGBC MA programs (exceptions may apply)
  • USGBC MA staff will provide support and guidance, along with GBLI member networking nights and program completion celebrations


Details on Credit Categories:

Accreditations/Certification (25 points)
Prove competency in green building industry standards by earning accreditations/certifications in programs including LEED Green Associate(required), WELL, FitWell, Sustainable Sites Initiative, LEED for New Construction and more.

Chapter Engagement (20 points)
Increase your knowledge and build community by attending USGBC MA educational classes and programs, including building tours, networking events, community celebrations, roundtables, committee meetings and more at no additional cost (exceptions may apply.) Participants can earn points for helping to plan an event while gaining leadership skills.  They will be expected to present to our Emerging Professionals Committee, and attend 5 + chapter events. USGBC MA Chapter membership is included.

Community Service (25 points)
Give back to the greater community and exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability by taking part in our annual Clean-Up Project along the Charles River or other community-based volunteer programs.

Leadership Development (30 points)
Build your leadership skills through learning how to articulate your value, build your brand, and practice networking. USGBC MA  and the Emerging Professionals of MA Committee will host networking and professional development events to satisfy this requirement along with leadership training courses.
Want to learn a bit more about how this works? See our breakdown of the point system.


$3,500 for an individual
$2,800 for 3 people
$2000 per for 5 people
Scholarships available on an individual basis

How to get Involved

USGBC MA is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2018 class.

Please contact Vernette Allen at [email protected] for more information.

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