Sustainability Leaders
Peer Networks

Peer networks that allow knowledge sharing and collaboration between sustainability professionals

The seed for these Peer Networks 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, MEP professionals, and sustainability consultants. BuildingGreen supports and facilitates these networks, creating a safe space for open sharing; a space in which everyone’s voice is heard.

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

  • Sustainable Design Leaders
    These members are in a sustainability leadership role at a firm with a substantial architecture practice and over 25 staff members.
  • Sustainable Construction Leaders
    These members are in a sustainability leadership role at a construction company.
  • Sustainable Advising Leaders
    These members are in a sustainability consulting role and have an established record of thought leadership and innovation.
  • Sustainable MEP Leaders
    These members are in a sustainability leadership role at a firm with a substantial MEP design practice.
  • Sustainable Community Design Leaders
    These members are in a sustainability leadership role at design and consulting firms committed to leveraging design to promote equity and social sustainability in communities.
Note: The annual membership fee is $325 per person.

Collaborate with your colleagues on the forum and during virtual events

Now more than ever, Peer Network members are coming together to share, learn, and push the industry forward. Join a community where people discuss 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!”

To get an insider view of what the peer networks have to offer, read this blog post by Sustainable Design Leader Daniel Overbey. In his words:

“Nowhere else do I find as many opportunities to teach and to learn, to advise and to get support. These peer networks thrive on such a give-and-take within a robust, diverse network of passionate leaders who convene regularly to consider one simple question: What is next for green building?”

Peer network members also get to participate in online discussion forums, private webinars, custom research, and networking events (see the full list below).

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.

Virtual Summit and Online Networking

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the annual in-person summits for each professional peer group will now be hosted online. In addition to this exciting virtual event, there will be regular opportunities to collaborate with your peers during Zoom networking sessions.

  • 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.

Live Webinars

Connect with your peer network and BuildingGreen during regularly-scheduled 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.

In-Person Networking Events (when possible)

  • Invitation to Greenbuild Show + Tell networking event with all peer networks
  • 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 apply to be a member

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

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

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

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