US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter

Learn, Share, and Lead Green

aka USGBC-LA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.usgbc-la.org

Mission

USGBC-LA is about people. Passionate, practical, and informed professionals and advocates who work together to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region for all. USGBC-LA is the best place for anyone to learn the “why”, “who” and “how” of living sustainably, because business as usual is no longer an option. Volunteers and members believe in a sustainable built environment, gaining education, being exposed to innovation, and taking impactful action.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ben Stapleton

Main address

525 S. Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013 USA

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EIN

75-3041444

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service brings together volunteers, parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations to contribute to sustainability projects in schools that create a lasting impact. Green Apple Day of Service is your day of action.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program, through which janitors are certified, provides hands-on energy management and green cleaning training to address Operations and Maintenance practices - energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, water conservation and more - that enable buildings to meet green performance standards, with special focus on resulting energy efficiency.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Green Professional Skills teaches the basics of sustainability and provides an overview of the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings more efficient. GPRO covers the “green gap” between standard trade skills and the new awareness required to successfully implement sustainable building practices.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The annual Legacy Project is a gift to the underserved communities in our region from the USGBC-LA members who assist in designing, building, and supporting it. The Legacy Project team strives to ensure the project is community-supported, has an educational and sustainable focus, and serves a variety of social-economic conditions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Women have led the way in imbuing our values of caring for people and planet into our common spaces, a perspective more valuable to the world than ever before. How can women be bold in combining the best of the fields of sustainability, the built environment, environmental science and public policy to create the spaces that serve as a bedrock to a more equal and just society?

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

Monthly workshops are delivered to provide building owners and managers the information they need in order to comply with the benchmarking ordinance in effect within the City of Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The year’s best built projects are reviewed by a jury and awarded within the categories of Energy, Water, Waste, Social Equity, and Project of the Year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers who gave their time and talent to fight climate change

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We inspire our community members to become forward-thinking leaders and advocates for a sustainable
environment.
We empower the market through education to expand sustainability in the built environment and beyond.
We build and enhance mutually beneficial collaborations across diverse stakeholder groups and address
systemic community challenges.
We advocate progressive policy agendas to drive rapid market transformation to address the
urgent challenges of climate change and environmental justice.

We inspire our community members to become forward-thinking leaders and advocates for a sustainable
environment by:
● Developing emerging professionals, building connections among existing industry leaders, and bringing in new
changemakers that represent the diversity of the greater Los Angeles region.
● Delivering thought-leadership programs by convening subject-matter experts to engage in direct dialogue and
share knowledge.
● Advance sustainable technologies, policies, and certification frameworks that also support diversity and equity.
● Mobilizing our membership through our branches and committees to strengthen engagement and support community
initiatives.
● Utilizing our platform in innovative ways to support transformative projects and people in the community.
● Celebrating community, corporate, and building industry leadership to inspire and accelerate scaled market
transformation.
We empower the market through education to expand sustainability in the built environment and beyond
by:
● Engaging membership and the general public through educational programming for all sectors and space types.
● Delivering programs to educate the public and build a diverse talent pipeline for the green economy.
● Developing and deploying specialized trainings and workshops through targeted events.
● Initiating collaborative projects to identify and address our region’s most critical issues and knowledge gaps.
● Educating members through interactive tools, whitepapers, online resources, and innovative technology.
We build and enhance mutually beneficial collaborations across diverse stakeholder groups and address
systemic community challenges by:
● Engaging communities, organizations, and market sectors who have not historically been connected to the green
building movement (including unions, social equity advocates, and fenceline communities).
● Leveraging strategic partnerships to build a stable financial foundation to support and expand programs and services.
● Providing an inclusive environment where all communities can engage in the sustainability conversation and are
empowered to effect change.
● Collaborating with municipalities, local/regional/federal sustainability-focused organizations, green
building advocates, and agencies to expand sustainability policies in our region and California.
We advocate progressive policy agendas to drive rapid market transformation to address the
urgent challenges of climate change and environmental justice by:
● Expanding activism and grassroots support of social, equitable, and economic changes to support
sustainability and the green economy.
● Supporting and aligning with annual statewide and regional legislative priorities that push the urgency of climate
action.
● Advancing the intersectionality of environmental justice, public health, and equity into policies, programs, and
implementation strategies.
● Galvanizing members to be champions for community sustainability and resilience.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter

Board of directors
as of 06/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Gutierrez-Sullivan

CIM Group

Term: 2025 - 2019

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data