U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a group that works to promote sustainability and energy savings through green building practices and various other sustainable activities. Its most popular program is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which encourages new and existing buildings to be designed and renovated more sustainably than in the past.
USGBC has a web of Student Chapters at universities and colleges across the country. Through these Student Chapters, USGBC hopes to promote more sustainable campuses. USGBC helps students “integrate sustainability themes into their coursework and advocate for sustainable university practices and policies.” The Illinois Chapter of USGBC recently started a subcommittee to create dozens of new chapters across the state. They will provide a regional mentor to serve as a resource and aide with sustainability issues, green economy and other sustainable activities, events and programs that we hope to bring to Springfield.
As a second year graduate student at UIS, I am working to bring a USGBC Student Chapter to UIS to work in conjunction with the established environmental group, SAGE (Students Allied for a Greener Earth). It is my hope that the more widely known names of USGBC and LEED will help bring awareness and interest to our efforts to make UIS a more sustainable campus. We hope to have many events both on campus and in the community to raise awareness and to shed light on the importance of sustainable practices.
These events will be added to the calendar as they come up, please join us when you can and show your support!