Iowa Chapter Focus Statement
The Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council seeks to create a positive
impact on the region's built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building
practices, technologies, policies, and standards. We endeavor to move the green building
industry forward with market-based solutions. We are a 501.c.3 non-profit organization.
Our Mission: To promote and enable the integration of sustainable practices into Iowa’s built
Our Vision: Iowa is a place where all people live, work and build sustainably.
History of the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
Several individuals of the building industry in the Des Moines area began meeting in April of
2004 with the goal of building a coalition of USGBC members in the state of Iowa for the
purpose of creating an Iowa Chapter of the USGBC. This initial group of approximately 10-
12 individuals involved Des Moines area architects, engineers, landscape architects, the
Executive Vice President of AIA Iowa, a regional insurance representative, representatives
from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the University Architect for Iowa State
University, the Director of the Iowa Energy Center, and local and regional building
manufacturing representatives. This initial group contacted the USGBC and began working toward
organizing status as defined by the USGBC. In September 2004 a decision was made to
proceed with chapter formation and a letter of intent was sent to USGBC. Recognition as an
organizing chapter was given by USGBC on September 21, 2004.
Today the USGBC Iowa Chapter has more than 170 members. The chapter's membership is open and balanced and is comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the building
industry, including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners,
building professionals, utilities, government, research institutions, professional societies
The USGBC Iowa Chapter would like to thank the following donors for their support:
If you would like to make a personal donation or if your organization is interested in becoming a USGBC Iowa Chapter sponsor to help promote the integration of sustainable practices into Iowa's built environment, please click here for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the Chapter's Board Members.
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