Peer networks that allow knowledge sharing and collaboration between sustainability professionals

The seed for BuildingGreen Communities was planted more than 10 years ago, when a group of sustainability directors first came together to discuss their common struggles and goals. This network of Sustainable Design Leaders created a regular “summit” where they could collaborate, share advice and challenges, and figure out how to move the industry forward.

Since then, the Sustainable Design Leaders (SDL) network has grown organically into a diverse community of architects in various sized firms, and has inspired the creation of parallel groups of sustainable construction leaders and sustainability consultants.

As anyone who has attended an SDL Summit knows, this is a special community. A community where people share ideas and best practices, where they support one another and feel comfortable bringing up struggles and roadblocks they face. As one member said:

“The best combination of intimacy, collegiality, and professionalism I have ever experienced in an event. What a great group!”

While the Summits are a key part of the BuildingGreen Community experience, members also receive year-round benefits and support including online discussion forums for your peer group, monthly webinars, custom research, and networking events. See the full list of benefits below.

Are you a sustainability leader? Apply to join one of our peer networks:

Note: The annual membership fee is $325 per person.

Membership benefits:

Private Discussion Forum

Your own online discussion forum to ask questions and get advice from peers on issues that affect your work.

Whole Network Discussion Forum

Access to the all-encompassing Green Gurus discussion forum that includes members of all the other peer groups.

In-Person Summit

Invitation to an annual in-person Summit for your professional peer group. Each Summit will be limited to 50 participants.

  • The Summit is not a conference with outside speakers or a workshop—it’s a gathering of like-minded professionals facing similar issues and interested in sharing their successes and challenges with one other.
  • The Summit agenda is created from a pre-event survey in which registrants rank their highest priority topics and share their latest challenges and achievements.

Monthly Live Webinars

Connect with your peer network and BuildingGreen during regular live webinars. The webinar content will rotate between expanded versions of 5-minute presentations from Summits, guest experts sharing information on a topic you request, and BuildingGreen presentations on key sustainability topics.

The first webinar in September will focus on insights from the latest Sustainable Design Leaders Summit Report (stay tuned for details).

In-Person Networking Events

  • Invitation to Greenbuild Show + Tell networking event with all BG Communities
  • Invitation to meet-ups at other events such as Living Future, AIA Convention

Resources & Lessons Learned from Summits

Access to Summit Documentation and shared resources with detailed notes, and priority access to Executive Report from each Summit.

Custom Research

Each year we create a custom survey based on a question or need from your peer group—past examples include a salary survey.

How to become a member

For years, membership in BuildingGreen Communities was driven entirely by word of mouth, but we are now inviting a wider audience to apply.

Please fill out an application for the community that best fits your role. Applicants will be contacted within several business days for a brief interview.

Applying for BuildingGreen Community membership is free. If you are invited to join, the annual membership fee is $325.

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