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Tour of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

January 12, 2012

Date: 01/12/2012 Location: Washington, DC Description: Foreign journalists visit the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on a Foreign Press Center tour. - State Dept Image

January 12, 2012; Washington, DC
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Saul Hernandez
Telephone: 202-504-6327; email:

The Washington Foreign Press Center organized a tour of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Foreign journalists based in Washington were able to learn about the mission of the USGBC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as well as its consensus-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. The tour also included a tour of the USGBC headquarters and the features that have helped the facility earn a LEED Platinum rating.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States, and buildings are major users of potable water supplies. As a result, managing the environmental impact and energy use of buildings can improve energy security and address global problems like climate change. USGBC promotes the implementation of practical and measurable measures in green building design, construction, operations and maintenance through its LEED green building rating system, the internationally recognized benchmark for high-performance, green buildings. Over 43,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising nearly 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries worldwide, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and India.