Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Green Building United

Philadelphia, PA

Mission

Green Building United fosters transformative impact in our communities through green building education and advocacy. Our vision is a sustainable, healthy, and resilient built environment for all.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Alex Dews

Main Address

2401 Walnut Street, Suite 103

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

Keywords

Green, Sustainable Design, Green Building, Education, Advocacy, LEED, Passive House, WELL, Living Building Challenge

EIN

33-1010961

 Number

2592758332

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (C03)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

WHY BUILDINGS MATTER We’re born in them, we go to school in them, we work in them, and we go home to them every day. While we mostly take them for granted, the way we design, build, and operate buildings and their sites has a profound impact on environmental quality, on the local economy, and on public health. Climate change is here. It has indisputably altered our region’s weather in the past decade and will continue to demand more of our built environment in the years to come. Buildings are the primary driver of climate change in our region, and by far the best opportunity to mitigate and to adapt to future climate impacts.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Green Building Education

Policy & Advocacy for a Sustainable Built Environment

Strategic Initiatives

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of testimonies offered

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Green Building United is committed to making all buildings in our region sustainable, healthy, and resilient. Buildings matter to our health and well-being because we spend the majority of our time indoors; they factor prominently in our economy because of the vast scale of the design, construction, development, and operations sectors; and they represent the best, most actionable opportunity to reduce climate and environmental impact through the efficient use of energy and natural resources. As the building industry continues to evolve, Green Building United will lead the way locally on green building education, advocacy, and programs. Our strategic plan outlines a course for the next three years by looking closely at where our work stands now, where it needs to go to advance our mission, and how the organization will develop the resources required to achieve our goals. The plan reflects Green Building United’s recent evolution on a number of fronts: the merger of three green building organizations into one; a new name and a refreshed brand; a broader focus that ranges from improving base building codes to benchmarking existing buildings and certifying them using the many tools and standards that continue to raise the bar for building performance. In short, Green Building United’s goal is to improve the sustainability of all building types at all points in the building lifecycle.

Education & Engagement Green Building United provides networking and educational programing designed to create lasting community and environmental impact in a collective, positive way. We provide a variety of learning opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills around green building and sustainability. Our education and networking events build our community by engaging within and beyond our membership, volunteers, and stakeholders. Our programing also demonstrates Green Building United’s value to partners, sponsors, and members. Green Building United offers introductory- through expert-level content on a wide range of topics (Passive House, Living Building Challenge, LEED, health and wellness, green stormwater infrastructure, and more), in a variety of settings. Through workshops, seminars, webinars, building and site tours, and multi-day conferences, we help our stakeholders build their professional networks while maintaining professional credentials and staying current with the latest on policies and codes. Green Building United also provides a number of volunteer opportunities through committee and board work, signature events, and special projects. Policy & Advocacy By engaging its diverse membership in policy and advocacy efforts, Green Building United’s community can credibly inform lawmakers and bureaucrats of the impact of legislation and policies on sustainability industries. In addition, engagement in state and local policy and advocacy efforts to improve sustainability in the built environment scales impact well beyond single projects. This work reaches audiences that may not already be engaged in sustainability, and is the key to transforming markets. Green Building United monitors legislative activity in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as the City of Philadelphia. Each year, we develop a coordinated action plan through a stakeholder process which includes prioritizing key bills and policies to advance green building and identifying tactics to educate and mobilize the organization’s membership, elected officials and government, and the general public. This action plan is then implemented and re-evaluated the following year. Strategic Initiatives Green Building United leads several strategic initiatives that complement and reinforce our education and advocacy work. Strategic initiatives are the place where we directly implement programs or lead research designed to advance specific goals within our mission. These initiatives change over time based on resource capacity and need, but are carefully selected to maximize the impact of the organization. While they are staff-led, strategic initiatives provide deep engagement opportunities for the broader community of members, volunteers, and partner organizations. For more detail on our Strategic Initiatives, please visit our website at www.greenbuildingunited.org to review our Strategic Plan or Strategic Initiatives' webpages.

Green Building United staff (4 FTE/2 PTE) are experienced at delivering effective programming that employs the expertise and skillsets of a diverse network of individuals and organizations. In addition to building on the experiences of our membership base and broad professional network, our staff team brings a range of professional, academic, and community experience to effective program implementation. Highlights include: Academic knowledge and achievements (Masters degrees in Sustainable Design, Natural Resources and Environment, City & Regional Planning, and Climate Science & Policy); community organizing experience at the regional, city, and district levels; and citywide program implementation (i.e.energy benchmarking, the Philadelphia 2030 District, and successful advocacy for the adoption of modern building codes in Philadelphia).

Green Building United's current Strategic Plan is divided into three priority focus areas: Education & Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, and Strategic Initiatives. Each focus area identifies key directions (under the heading "Where do we need to go?") and strategies (under the heading "How do we plan to do it?"). Green Building United has detailed work plans for each of the above areas, and also includes a Development work plan. These work plans are used throughout the year by staff, board, and communities, and revisited formally as part of annual reviews and annual planning. For example key directions and strategies listed under Education & Engagement include: Where do we need to go? ■ Engage communities that are currently not well represented within Green Building United ■ Focus on quality educational content and volunteer pathways over quantity ■ Streamline organizational activities for improved cohesion and effectiveness ■ Raise the profile of the organization as the premiere source of information on green building ■ Grow membership and member engagement every year How do we plan to do it? ■ Develop clear, actionable internal and external communication strategies ■ Set metrics, measure impact, and communicate results of education and member engagement activities ■ Ensure representation from all stakeholder groups on committees to build a strong, cohesive organization ■ Consistently improve programming through better planning, coordination, and evaluation For more detail please visit our website at www.greenbuildingunited.org to review our Strategic Plan.

Green Building United publishes an annual report in March of each year outlining the organization's accomplishments. The most recent annual report can be viewed on our website at www.greenbuildingunited.org.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes