AIA Award of Merit: Arkansas Chapter of the United States Green Building Council

This year the Arkansas Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the Award of Merit honoree this year. The Arkansas Chapter, formed in 2001 as a nonprofit affiliate of the national USGBC, has grown every year since its founding. It now includes 350 members from across the state representing architects, contractors, builders, green product manufacturers, distributors, engineers, building owners and state and local government officials.

The chapter has two active branches in Central and Northwest Arkansas and a provisional branch in Northeast Arkansas.

Key programs of the chapter include education, advocacy, community outreach and green schools. In 2011, the Arkansas Chapter significantly expanded its education offering to offer more than 60 separate educational programs, workshops and tours — many that offer local, affordable AIA, PE and GBCI continuing education credits.

USGBC- Arkansas joined with AIA Arkansas in 2011 for the first statewide REALgreen Conference, bringing nationally recognized leaders in sustainability to the state. The chapter ranks in the Top 10 states on a per capita basis for both LEED Project Certification (52 commercial and 30 homes) and LEED Accredited Professionals (490).

The chapter is committed to the vision of green buildings for all communities within a generation.